RestaurantsCheshireChesterCH2

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Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Gary Usher’s increasingly famous Elite Bistros chain started with this “lovely neighbourhood bistro” in Hoole – although it’s “only small”, and it’s in what might seem like “an unlikely location”, being a low-key residential suburb of Chester, whose main claim to fame is that it’s not far from the railway station. The venue bears all the all-round formula that’s driven Gary’s success though: an “intimate” yet “bustling and lively” atmosphere; “warm, humorous service”; and “generous portions of very well-cooked food” from a “slightly unusual” menu that’s “very reasonably priced”.

Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Gary Usher’s increasingly famous Elite Bistros chain started with this “lovely neighbourhood bistro” in Hoole – although it’s “only small”, and it’s in what might seem like “an unlikely location”, being a low-key residential suburb of Chester, whose main claim to fame is that it’s not far from the railway station. The venue bears all the all-round formula that’s driven Gary’s success though: an “intimate” yet “bustling and lively” atmosphere; “warm, humorous service”; and “generous portions of very well-cooked food” from a “slightly unusual” menu that’s “very reasonably priced”.

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu
50

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £17.00 £20.00
Pretheatre £18.00 £21.00
SundayLunch £20.00 £25.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £24.00 £4.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.50
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
11 Charles St, Chester, CH2 3AZ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm

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