British, Modern Restaurants in Cheshire
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. 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”.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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”.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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”.
10. 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.
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