Harden's survey result
“A great sense of energy and enthusiasm for the cooking makes a visit fun and very satisfying”, when you visit Gary Usher’s original venture – “a cosy” and “relaxed” bistro in Hoole, “just on the outskirts of the city” (beyond the train station). Having opened in 2011, it’s “still the best eatery in Chester” (unless you are determined to spend a bomb), and – to an impressive extent given the expansion of his north western empire – “standards have been maintained over several years”: particularly the “excellent modern British cuisine” (“with dishes to suit all tastes”). Top Menu Tip: “do try their signature starter of beetroot and sticky walnuts”.
If there was an award for self-publicity, owner Gary Usher would take first prize, and his force of personality has helped create a national reputation for this cute, small venture in Hoole (just outside the city centre). Its popularity doesn’t rest on hype alone though – it’s a “perfect neighbourhood bistro”, with a “very welcoming and comforting feel to the place”, plus “switched on and engaged service”, “simple and delicious food” (for example “chateaubriand cooked to juicy perfection”) and “a well-priced wine list”.
Gary Usher’s small bistro in Hoole, a little outside the city centre, has found fame not just because he’s so adept at plugging himself on social media – but also because of its “decent value” cooking, “really interesting wine list”, and “lovely” ambience.
Garry Usher’s “lovely”, little Hoole bistro “surpasses all expectations” for a local on the fringes of the city, combining service that’s “so helpful and professional” with “reliably original” food and a “lively” atmosphere. He’s a whizz at social media promotion too, as demonstrated by his new venture, Burnt Truffle (see also).
Sticky Walnut Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Imaginative menu. Not long but all designed to show the chef's talent:beetroot salad with sticky walnuts - equals honey -and a yogurt cream; a thick wedge of back bacon grilled to a crisp crust with cooked mushroom as an accompaniment. The monkfish tail was sliced and served in a lush sauce. Decent wine list all moderately priced.Excellent focaccia."
"Lovely little local restaurant in the Hoole area of Chester. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic. This is a fairly small intimate venue so booking is advisable "
|Wine per bottle||£21.50|
11 Charles St, Chester, CH2 3AZ
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|