Blogging as someone who has lived in Chester for the last 5 years or so, here’s an insider’s guide to the best restaurants in the Roman city of Chester (which was recently voted one of the top 5 prettiest cities in Europe in a poll by newspaper USA Today, beating the likes of Venice and Prague).
Mention Chester to someone and almost everyone thinks of the landmark Eastgate Clock (pictured above), the world famous city walls (a great walk, not least because it will take you around the entire city and return you to where you started out), the beautiful Cathedral (with a history spanning almost 2,000 years) or the distinctive black and white high-street shops (be sure to see Chester's Rows, the second row of stores above those at street level). But after a busy day exploring these iconic sights, where is the best place to grab an evening meal?
Well, I must have eaten in literally every restaurant there is in Chester, so if you are planning to stay in one of our Chester cottages any time soon, the best places to go when you’re hungry are:
1) Upstairs at the Grill, 70 Watergate Street. Ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor, the traditional Sunday lunches here are to die for!
2) Chez Jules, 71-73 Northgate Street. A French restaurant with a lovely romantic atmosphere. I have no idea how they make the high quality food compatible with their great value prices, but they do.
3) Joseph Benjamin, 134-140 Northgate Street. Another very cosy and quaint place to eat in the city centre. Has its own distinctive style.
4) Artichoke on Steam Mill Street. The food generally here is great, but this place does the best pizza in Chester by far. Their wood-fired pizza (which is 2 for the price of 1 on a Monday evening) is comparable to the quality of pizza you get in Italy and, if it is a nice enough day, you can sit outside and enjoy your food by the canal.
If you are looking for a good breakfast or a nice spot of lunch, then try the consistently excellent Zugers Tea Rooms on 2 St John Street. If you are simply looking for a great cup of coffee not from the same-old franchised coffee chains then try the quirky and independent Harvest Moon Espresso Bar on Northgate Street (be sure to order their famous ‘triple death espresso’!) or even Central Perk on Bridge Street, which is based on the famous coffee house from the American sitcom Friends.