Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cheshire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Cheshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 198 restaurants in Cheshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Cheshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Cheshire Restaurants
1. Simon Radley, The Chester Grosvenor British, Modern restaurant in Chester 56-58 Eastgate Street - CH1
Acclaimed by some conservative types as “the best dining experience in the north-west of England” – this much-accoladed dining room sits in the heart of an unusually grand city-centre hotel (well, it is owned by one of the UK’s wealthiest men, the Duke of Westminster) right next to Chester’s iconic Eastgate clock. Simon Radley has held a Michelin star here nigh-on since he joined in 1998, and his “awesome” cuisine, the “wonderful service” and the duke’s impressive cellar (with 700 bins) maintains this as one of the region’s culinary ‘heavy hitters’ if you are seeking an experience of traditional luxury and sophistication. “Huge bill” though. The hotel also provides “the best afternoon tea for miles” in its Arkle Bar & Lounge.
2. Fraiche French restaurant in Oxton 11 Rose Mount - CH43
“One of the best in the country” – Marc Williamson “never fails to please and delight with his superb food, excellent wine list, and friendly and knowledgeable staff” at this “very intimate” venture on the edge of Birkenhead. In December 2018 he closed the restaurant with plans to move across The Mersey into Liverpool and double in size from his existing 12 seats (it’s so small, you need to book months in advance). After a March 2019 rethink, though, he decided against scaling up and decided to stay put and do a minor refurb. As he commented in the Liverpool Echo, after he’d decided against going down the expansion route: ‘For good or bad, you get 100% of me – the décor is me, the visuals are me, the music is me. I care, I guess – it’s a passion’.
3. Sticky Walnut British, Modern restaurant in Chester 11 Charles St - CH2
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”.
4. The Chef's Table British, Modern restaurant in Chester 4 Music Hall Pas - CH1
“Small but perfectly formed” – this “tiny place with an open-plan kitchen” tucked away off Northgate Street serves “wonderful food” with “great depth of flavour” and “you’re really well looked after” too.
5. La Boheme French restaurant in Lymm 3 Mill Lane - WA13
“Superb... as always” – there’s no let-up in standards at Olivier Troalen’s classy local fave rave (est. 2000, in a posh suburb, half an hour’s drive from Manchester), where the “excellently presented French-style favourites come with a twist”.
6. The Grosvenor Arms British, Modern restaurant in Aldford Chester Rd - CH3
The original branch of the now-sprawling Brunning & Price empire – an imposing and very character Victorian pub owned by the Duke of Westminster on the edge of his Cheshire estate. Besides pleasant gardens, it has “everything that you’d want in a country gastro pub: a good menu and wine, great bar stocked with special gins and guest beers, but most of all a fab atmosphere”.
7. The Lime Tree British, Modern restaurant in Bollington 18-20 High Street - SK10
It’s not as well-known as its famous Didsbury sibling, but Patrick Hannity’s “excellent” brasserie is “just as good” according to its local fans, with “fantastic” and “consistent” cooking.
8. 1539 British, Traditional restaurant in Chester The Racecourse - CH1
“With stunning views over Chester Racecourse” (“book early to be sure of a window table”), this well-established venue marries “fine wines and food” and, so long as you “don’t go on race days”, there are “usually quiet areas for those important business meetings”.
9. Moules A Go Go International restaurant in Chester 6-12 Cuppin Street - CH1
“A long-term favourite which has been going for decades” – in recent times now decamped to La Tasca's old digs from its original home in The Rows – it boasts “plush and trendy” décor; “the moules marinières are wonderful and there are nights dedicated to surf and turf or lobster”.
10. Cornichon British, Modern restaurant in Tarvin 71 High Street - CH3
Just a short drive outside Chester, a smartly appointed “bar and bistro in an old family grocers shop retaining much of the original features and fittings of the Georgian building” (The Gunnery). “A straightforward menu is well realised” and weekend brunch is a feature.
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