Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cheshire
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Cheshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 197 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
French restaurant in Oxton
11 Rose Mount - CH43
“Year on year Marc Williamson keeps providing a sublime experience that I happily travel up from London for!” – that’s the level of enthusiasm provoked by this 12-seater on the fringe of Birkenhead which is now acknowledged (with a bit of help from this guide over the years) as one of the UK’s foremost destinations: “a must-do, with a warm welcome, fabulous relaxing atmosphere and exceptional food and wine”.
. Sticky Walnut
British, Modern restaurant in Chester
11 Charles St - CH2
“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”.
. La Popote
French restaurant in Marton
Church Farm, Manchester Road - SK11
This “French-style bistro” is a “real find in a small Cheshire village”, with a “varied menu of high-quality dishes” backed up by “wonderful and very professional silver service”. Proprietors Victor Janssen, a Dutch-born chef, and his Scottish wife Lynne ran award-winning restaurants in South Africa for decades, and are now cooking what they like best. Top Tip: “go on a themed evening with live (but not intrusive) music”.
. Simon Radley, The Chester Grosvenor
British, Modern restaurant in Chester
56-58 Eastgate Street - CH1
“Sheer class and quality” shine through the “slightly old-fashioned setting” of the dining room at the Duke of Westminster’s grand city-centre hotel, where exec chef Simon Radley celebrates 21 years at the helm in 2019. His “inventive tasting menus (including a vegetarian version) are served theatrically” and still impress all diners, even if “the price is high for this show”. Baking has always been a feature here: “the pièce de resistance is not the courses themselves, but the amazing bread in between!” Notable cellar here too, which offers a heavyweight selection numbering 700 bins.
. The Swan Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Kettleshulme
Macclesfield Rd - SK23
“About as far from the sea as you can get – but fish is a speciality and it’s always a treat” at this 15th-century pub in a High Peak village. There’s a traditional “cosy bar serving excellent beer” as well as a modern dining room where “ultra-fresh fish and shellfish are cooked in an open kitchen with a Josper oven”.
. La Boheme
French restaurant in Lymm
3 Mill Lane - WA13
“A rare high quality, traditional French-style restaurant”, set on the plush suburban fringes of South Manchester. No-one (of the very many who report) has a bad word to say about the place: Olivier Troalen’s cuisine is “sensational, with exquisite presentation” and “the service is second to none”. It all comes “at fair prices too”. Top Tip: “best at lunchtime: ridiculously underpriced!”
. The Grosvenor Arms
British, Modern restaurant in Aldford
Chester Rd - CH3
“Always a real pleasure to visit”, this “busy”, rather fine ducal pub is on the edge of the Duke of Westminster’s Cheshire estate has “lovely gardens” and serves “a decent menu, with something for everyone, and reliably good results”. “It’s easy to understand how the highly successful Brunning & Price chain developed from its beginnings here”.
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