Food & Drink in Chester

Dive into the food & drink of Chester, from cosy pubs to exquisite fine dining. Find where to eat for your visit and indulge in the city's vibrant food scene

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By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 27 May 2024

Immerse yourself in the flavours of Chester. Here, the food scene combines centuries of history with modern culinary creativity.

Explore our guide to the best places to eat in Chester. Discover everything from traditional pub fare to innovative fine dining experiences.

Find the best places to eat in Chester

Chester's culinary scene is as rich and diverse as its history. From fine dining experiences to casual pub fare, there’s something to tantalise every palette.

Chester’s casual comforts

Sometimes a comforting meal in a cosy atmosphere is what you crave and Chester has plenty of inviting options. Discover traditional pub fare alongside flavours from across the globe.

  • Ye Olde Custom House: Steeped in history, Ye Olde Custom House is a 17th-century establishment that offers a warm welcome and a hearty menu of British pub grub. Wash them down with a selection of real ales in this historic setting.

  • Hickory's Smokehouse: American barbecue enthusiasts won't want to miss Hickory's Smokehouse. Savour succulent slow-cooked meats, signature sides, and creative cocktails in a vibrant and casual setting.

  • Sticky Walnut: A multi-award-winning local bistro in the heart of Hoole, on the outskirts of the city centre.

Diverse dining in Chester

Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomic journey through the charming streets and Tudor-style buildings of this historic city, where you will find a plethora of cuisines to choose from.

  • Twenty Eight: A fresh approach to British tapas, from the team behind popular Chester restaurant The Chef’s Table.

  • Artezzan’s Mediterranean Pinchos: A small plate dining experience, featuring eclectic dishes such as Grand Carbonara flambeed at the table and aged grappa and rolled in a wheel of aged Grana Padano cheese.

  • Chester Market Hall: Full to the brim with food stalls from around the world, with many traders providing special offers and deals on Tuesdays.

Fine dining in Chester

Chester offers sophisticated dining experiences for those seeking culinary excellence. These restaurants capture the city’s commitment to innovative cuisine and impeccable service.

  • Arkle: Situated in the Grosvenor Hotel, Arkle offers an unforgettable fine dining experience. Explore innovative tasting menus and a la carte dishes featuring seasonal ingredients and premier presentation.

  • La Brasserie: A vibrant 2AA Rosette Restaurant also situated at the prestigious Grosvenor Hotel, where you can enjoy beautiful dishes using flavours and ingredients from home and abroad.

  • Chef's Table: Modern European cuisine takes centre stage in the relaxed yet stylish setting of Chef's Table. Enjoy carefully prepared dishes that focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

Veggie and vegan food in Chester

Chester's dining scene caters to those seeking plant-based options. Explore a selection of cruelty-free fare at these popular veggie and vegan spots in Chester.

  • The Flower Cup: This dedicated vegan cafe offers a fresh and colourful menu of homemade dishes in a friendly atmosphere. Expect delicious breakfasts, lunches, sweet treats, and a selection of speciality coffees and teas.

  • Shrub: Modern vegetarian and vegan fare is the focus at Shrub. With a menu featuring plant-based burgers, curries, and more, you can enjoy global flavours in a relaxed setting.

The best places for drinks in Chester

Whether you fancy a bespoke cocktail or a pint from a local brewery, Chester has an establishment for everyone. Raise a glass at these popular drinking spots.

  • Prohibition Liquor Co.: Step back in time to the speakeasy era with a visit to Prohibition Liquor Co. Hidden behind an unassuming shop entrance, this atmospheric cocktail bar serves up inventive cocktails and a selection of craft spirits.

  • The Boathouse Inn: Located on the banks of the River Dee, The Boathouse Inn offers a relaxed pub atmosphere with scenic riverside views. This traditional pub offers a selection of ales, wines, and classic pub grub. It’s a great spot to unwind after a day exploring Chester.

  • Cosy Club: Designed with a stunning art deco interior and featuring delicious cocktails, ideal for a teatime tipple or bottomless brunch.

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