With no fewer than five Michelin-guide restaurants in the city and 14 across the region, Chester takes its eating out and restaurants very seriously indeed. From BBQ joints to high-end French restaurants, we’ve rounded up the best places to eat in Chester to suit every taste and budget.
Spanning French, Brazilian, Italian and some high-crafted takes on British classics, Chester’s restaurant scene is one of the strongest in the north-west. We’ve pulled together our must-visit restaurants in Chester on our dedicated page.
Not only does Chester have some truly excellent cafés within its medieval walls, but you’ll also find some of the best names – Hanky Panky Pancakes, anyone?
The crepe café is an excellent place to start, with sweet, savoury and even alcoholic pancakes on offer. Or take a long and satisfying draw on one of their shakes, sundaes or smoothies, with lactose-intolerant pancakes and milkshakes available on request. If your taste buds have been titillated, head to Commonhall Street, a couple of miles from our Central (South East) hotel.
Just as enterprising is the Ginger Wine Bar and Delicatessen, near Chester Cathedral. The perfect place for a daytime coffee or an evening glass of wine, they stock a wide range of lip-smacking treats including homemade pâtés, cheese platters, freshly baked focaccia and an impressive selection of gins, wines and beers. Eat in or take away, the Deli is perfectly placed on Northgate Street, a mile from our Chester City Centre hotel.
Another multi-purpose venue, Artichoke Café Bar and Bistro serves everything from Sunday roasts to freshly ground coffee, cocktails and ales and a tempting selection of cakes. Overlooking the canal, they use locally sourced meat, fruit and veg to create contemporary breakfast, lunch and evening menus, as well as offering 2-for-1 pizza deals during the week.
The excellently named café Marmalade is an independent, licensed café in the heart of Chester off Northgate Street serving breakfast and lunch, as well as cakes and some outstanding coffee. The trio of freshly prepared soups come highly recommended for lunch, while their cakes alone are worth the mile walk from our Chester Central North hotel.
The final outlet worth shouting about is the Cheshire Sandwich Company. With dozens of sandwiches, toasties and salads on offer, it’s the perfect refuelling stop after a busy day sightseeing and shopping. The sandwiches are all made to order but the small café can get busy at peak times during the weekend, so be prepared to wait or get your sandwich and coffee to go.
Video guide to places to eat in Chester
Held on the third Saturday of every month between 9.30am and 4pm, outside Chester Town Hall, Taste Cheshire Farmers’ Market brings together 30 companies and producers selling you pretty much anything you can eat, including sausages, cheeses, craft ales, pork pies and more.
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