As we head into the weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to create a list of all of the Best Bites from Chester Food and Drink Week including all of these Unique Taste Experiences available at your favourite venues to celebrate our fabulous hospitality sector – and rediscover the city we all love, from a culinary point of view.
So don’t be shy! Dive in and lets show our bars, restaurants, cafés, bistros and dining pubs some extra love over the weekend.
Craft & Company
Sister to Liquor & Co and literally just over the road, Craft & Company is a beer lovers dream and another one of our favourites. Like its Big Sis, great cocktails are very much a thing, as well as a really good craft beer and gin selection.
We recommend; We’re lovin’ their new Sunday deli board … making Sundays great again! Please DM them through their Facebook page to book your table. Cheers
Chester has just become an even better place with the arrival of Vin Santo on Watergate Street. Located in a stunning crypt steeped in history, this gorgeous new wine bar serves 32 wines by the glass as well as an impressive fizz list and gin selection. Owner Simon Parkinson is crazy about wine and his knowledge is such that we have crowned him our resident Wine Expert for the city.
Taste Experience; Who doesn’t love a little bit of affordable luxury? Enjoy a classic champagne cocktail made with Piper Heidsieck for this week only … see you on Thursday Simon!
Artichoke and Gnome & Away
BBJ – The most local taste sensation you’ve ever experienced! Have you tried BBJ yet? A sensational jam made with blackberries from Blacon and a whole loada love from the Artichoke team. Our advice is to enjoy it on a cheese and bacon grilled sandwich. You can buy a jar from Gnome and Away for £2.75.
Twenty years on and still going strong … Barlounge continues to rock our world!
The Lavendar 44 paired with fire cracker Tiger prawns.
The floral citrusy cocktail pairs incredibly with the slight bite of sumptuous crisp Tiger prawns. Created for the nurses on Ward 44 at the countess on a well deserved night out, they asked for a lavender based drink and this is what the Barlounge team came up with. Using Chester Zoo gin, they paired up the 2 big institutions of Chester inspiring two great institutions from their menu.
And thats not all …
Life doesn’t get much better than enjoying a cocktail with bites & boards on the terrace at Barlounge. The Barlounge Platter celebrates the best of all the bites with all your favourites including the iconic Baby Sausages, plus Barlounge Chicken Skewers, Salt & Pepper Edamame Beans, Firecracker Crispy King Prawns, Cheesy Garlic & Herb Pizzetta, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Skin-on Fries.
Question is…who will you share it with? Or don’t share, we won’t judge!
The Barlounge Platter £40
2020 Vision £8.50
The Pied Bull
There are lots of great surprises to be found at The Pied Bull. The most incredible bedrooms, a microbrewery (the smallest inside the city walls we believe), great pub food, a couple of friendly ghosts and this fabulous hidden garden right in the heart of the city. We love it!
In honour of Chester Food and Drink week, their master brewer has made the very hoppy ‘Desirabull’ – fantastic!
Liquor & Co
Gotta love Liquor & Co. This is a super-cool bar with a super-friendly team run by the main man Mouse! Always ready for action, Mouse and the rest of the crew serve delicious drinks with the best brands, and with a serious amount of old-school-bar-charm. They’re currently open Thursday to Saturday evenings for bookings and walk-ins.
Some say he’s a wizard, others say he’s a magician. But whatever fantastical creature he may be, Martyn makes magical drinks in a fairytale bar far far away.
If you can find him, ask him to make you a ‘Coming Up Roses’ cocktail.
Strawberry infused gin, Fernet Branca menta, raspberry syrup, egg whites (to make it all frothy and luxurious) and finished with a spritz of rosewater across the top, garnished with a dried rosebud.
Duttons holds a very special place in the Chester Food and Drink landscape. Now in its 21st year (!), it really is better than ever. They had a super-funky refurb at the beginning of the year which suits its stunning location on leafy Godstall Lane perfectly.
We recommend; Their Half Yard of Ale is back on the drinks list! Choose from Manchester craft lager, Original and The Boilerhouse craft pale ale.
Hanky Panky Pancakes
Hanky Panky Pancakes, so much more than just the naughtiest pancakes on the planet! Discover their fabulous new Spice Kitchen during Chester Food and Drink Week with Kumily cashew curry and a masala dosa, perfect for sharing or solo dining if peckish! Why not wash it down with one of their Weetwood beers, brewed down the road in Kelsall?
Don’t mind if I do!
Olive Tree Brasserie
This is one great quality Mediterranean inspired bar restaurant located up on the rows on Watergate Street. Oozing with authentic Greek charm, the food is delicious and so are their awesome drinks.
Ask for the Graeco-Roman cocktail – A Greek twist on a 1930s Savoy classic ‘Blood and Sand’, fitting into the Amphitheatre element of chester.
Love it Olive Tree Brasserie!
Opera Grill has to be one of the sexiest bars in the city. Its super-decadent decor is always a sight for sore eyes and Sam, Nick, Lewis and the team and beyond adorable. The drinks are seriously super-sexy too, and their recent internal cocktail competition in support of Chester Food and Drink Week showed off their awesome bar skills perfectly (click here find out more about that). In my opinion, a visit to Opera Grill makes the weekend pop!
Well done to Bar Manager Lewis who won their cocktail comp with his epic ‘La Boheme’ inspired by one of the most famous operas in the world … and it didn’t disappoint.
Grey Goose vodka (it is French you see) with pink grapefruit, Kwai Feh lychee liqueur, lime juice, Peychaud bitters (created in 1830 by Antoine Amédée Peychaud, a Creole apothecary from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti) and gomme syrup.
Big Hand Alehouse
Big Hand packs a Big Punch with a friendly welcome and great beer from their very own brewery …
The Big Hand offering for Chester Food and Drink Week is awesome. A Pie and a Pint.
A custodial pie made in HMP Berwyn in Wrexham by the inmates themselves, served with a pint of Big Hands very own Spectre.
£7 for a pie and a pint
£12.50 for a pie and a pint with chips and peas.
I’ll definitely be in for that one .
Chester Beer & Wine
Well known for Extraordinary craft beers, speciality wines & spirits – Sam at Chester Beer & Wine is one of our favourite drink experts in the city. She has a gorgeous shop in Handbridge (a short walk over the Old Dee Bridge from the city centre) and she also does deliveries.
If you’re in need of some inspiration – go and see Sam. The city wouldn’t be the same without her.
I love Ryan! He runs one great bar. Amazing kocktails and great service to a soundtrack of everyones favourite tunes. This bar is dangerous – in as far that you lose all track of time, which is perfectly acceptable at the weekend of course.
Any bar that can stick a Caramac in your drink as a garnish and a crispy creme doughnut over a milk bottle full of boozy gorgeousness has got to be right up there. And it is.
His entry for Chester Food and Drink Week is Rose Queen. A heady mix of vodka, rose petal liqueur, St Germain, lemon juice, strawberry pureé topped with Prosecco.
Pink Pioneer – paving the way for a greater Chester. £8.45.
Your taste buds will go on an adventure of their own with this fruity floral mix of gin, raspberry, fresh mint, lavender bitters, Gomme syrup. Topped with soda and garnished with an in-house made lollipop, gold leaf and raspberries. A limited-edition cocktail from the expert Palm Bar team to celebrate the bright future for Chester.
2-4-1 Cocktails will be available Monday – Friday from 4pm – 8pm during Chester Food & Drink Week, including the limited edition above!
A Day For Mums at Chester Race Company Restaurants 1539 and The White Horse.
For those who missed the opportunity to treat mum on Mother’s Day back in March, six months to the day on Sunday 20 September, families are invited to dine at either restaurant and honour mum.
Whether it be for mum, gran, a motherly influence or a mum to be, take the opportunity to celebrate with family or friends on this newly-christened special day.
Mums can expect a warm welcome, a choice of a three-course meal at The White Horse, or a three-course meal at 1539 and a special gift on the day at both venues.
Dining packages cost £32.50 per person at 1539 and £27.50 per person at The White Horse. Children under 12 can dine on the same package for just £15.
They’ve reopened with a bit of a makeover and we’re so pleased to have them back! Check out this Botanical Beauty on offer during Chester Food and Drink Week from The Botanist Chester – Strawberry Cucumber Breeze £8.25.
Tanqueray Gin gets a sweet addition with mint, lemon and cucumber – balancing out the strawberry liquor in this awesome limited edition Botanist cocktail, resulting in a sweet yet refreshing bev.
Plus 25% Off Food Monday to Wednesday throughout September.
Who doesn’t love Popcorn?!? This is one seriously fun and groovy bar with the most instgrammable decor in the city. But its certainly not style-over-substance. The food is great, the team is great and the drinks are delightful. Its one of my favourite weekend hangouts, with a really gorgeous outside space. Perfect!
Gotta hand it to Popcorn for creating one of the most mouthwatering unique taste experiences for Chester Food and Drink Week! Quite simply, delicious currywurst with half a pint of great beer – for a fiver. What more could you ask for? In for that!
The Chester Fields
Gorgeous gardens, outside Alpine style huts and those stunning views over the Cheshire plains – its certainly worth the ten minute taxi journey from the city centre. They have won countless awards for their consistent use of local produce too – what’s not to love?!?
We recommend; 50% Off Food Monday to Wednesday for the month of September. Yes please!
The Yard brings modern Italian dining to the heart of Cheshire.
The Yard returned to the city with plenty of style and sass. The wine is good, the coffee is strong and the welcome has a positively Mediterranean vibe – but the food is the real star of the show. Italian themed menus from one of our favourite Chefs in the city. Carl Noller we salute you Sir.
We recommend; Carl’s Beef Cheek Bolognese. There are no words .
The Blue Bell 1494
This restaurant has been with us here in Chester for years. Many years in fact, as its history goes right back to the mid to late 15thcentury and is said to be the oldest surviving intact medieval house in Chester. It was originally two houses, which were joined in the 18th century. From an early date, the south part of the building has been an inn, its first licence possibly dating from 1494.
Today it is owned by Mick and Rachel who took it over as a going concern about four years ago. They have created a superb-quality Spanish tapas bar and restaurant with a super-sophisticated refurb and a mouth watering menu with some of the best authentic tapas dishes we have ever tasted.
Visit during Chester Food and Drink Week to enjoy a Tapas taster portion of Bluebell signature paella served with a glass of special recipe sangria for £7.95.
Alexanders is definitely an institution! Run by one of the nicest guys in the city Jamie Northrop – a brilliant night out is guaranteed at his iconic Chester venue.
They’ll be serving their wood fired pizzas and snack menu alongside a great selection of spirits, beers & cocktails. My personal fave is the pepperoni & mushroom washed down with a a special quirky can of lager or ale. During the day they operate table service in the garden, but in the evenings on Friday and Saturday they have superb live entertainment (the comedy is first-class), so if you’re going along make sure you buy your tickets in advance.
Details available here; http://alexanderslive.com/
(Pizza £7 / Lager or IPA can £4).
The Golden Eagle
The Golden Eagle takes historic pub values and gives them a contemporary bohemian twist. For lovers of music you will find the finest juke box in town, and a knowledgeable staff who share a passion for music, food and ale. The Eagle is constantly improving and evolving its products and facilities.
During Chester Food and Drink Week, enjoy a Tiny Rebel IPA ‘Club Tropicana’ which is unique to our bar with its fruity aroma and unique taste.