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. Lord Clyde British, Modern restaurant in Bollington Kerridge - SK10
2017 Review: “Remarkable food in a village pub, with imaginative, successful ingredient combinations and great service” elicit real raves for Ernest and Sarah van Zyl’s very superior venture, which numbers a chef’s table and tasting menus up to £165 per head amongst its many dining options.
2. 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”.
3. The Nag's Head British, Modern restaurant in Haughton Moss Long Lane - CW6
2017 Review: “One of the Ribble Valley Inns” – this “lovely, friendly gastropub” lives up to the brand with “good locally sourced cuisine” that’s “served in great surroundings”.
4. Allium by Mark Ellis British, Modern restaurant in Tattenhall Lynedale House, High Street - CH3
2018 Review: This “whitewashed former village shop has turned gunmetal grey” with its transformation at the hands of the ex-head chef of nearby Peckforton Castle into an ambitious restaurant with rooms. There’s the odd mixed report on the service, but most feedback suggests it’s one to watch.
5. Docket No.64 British, Modern restaurant in Chester 64 Northgate Street - CH1
2019 Review: Hot on the heels of opening Docket No. 33 in Whitchurch, this autumn 2018 newcomer opens in the heart of the city (on the site of the Ginger Wine Bar, RIP). Chester has always had a shortage of ambitious modern British ventures making this potential rival for the likes of Sticky Walnut all the more welcome.
6. 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.
7. 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’.
8. 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”.
9. 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.
10. The Alderley, Alderley Edge Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Alderley Edge Macclesfield Rd - SK9
2018 Review: A “great location” in an upmarket 1850 mansion sets the (WAG-friendly) tone at Chris Holland’s fine dining spot; NB a three-month refurb to add a new bar/lounge and restaurant area was due to begin in September 2017, with a limited menu served in the bar in the interim.
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