These are strange times indeed, and there won’t be one single person amongst us not affected by the Corona Crisis. Its unprecedented, it’s scary and it’s very real.
However some of our beloved food and drink businesses have been able to adapt to our new reality by creating delicious menus which can be collected by us, or delivered by them.
Here’s our guide to dining at home this weekend – but we’ll have to leave the candles, table decorations, mood lighting and playlist to you.
The Chester Fields Country Pub & Restaurant
First up is The Chester Fields Country Pub and Restaurant. This fabulous dining pub sits at the very heart of its community and le boss Mark Jarvis created the concept from scratch nine years ago, and his car park has not been empty since.
The Chester Fields is incredibly close to my heart and Mark has always found new and creative ways to surprise and delight his guests with the most consistent food and super-friendly service. True to form, Mark and his team have launched their new Home Delivery Service From Pub to Porch – and we cannot wait to try their ‘Ready to Heat’ range, created by one of our favourite local Chefs, Helder Filipe.
Thanks to Chef Helder, you can guarantee this menu will be bursting with local produce and bags of flavor, and we will definitely by ordering their Sunday lunch family feast (get your pre orders in quick as it will definitely sell out!)
Artichoke at Home has also just launched, these great guys have built up a truly loyal following for Rob’s superb food and Nev’s enchanting and unique style of hospitality. Everyone loves their delicious pizza and Sunday Roast in particular, so its really good news that you can pick up tapas, sharing dishes, salads and pizza Thursday to Saturday between 4pm and 9pm and their legendary Roast on Sunday 12noon til 6pm.
Local delivery also available and is free on all orders over £25 (£5 for under / approx 2 mile radius). Give them a ring on 01244 329229 to place your pre order and pay over the phone.
What would we do without The Suburbs?
Lockdown does not mean we have to miss out on our favourite meal of the week. I would be shouting from the hill tops about Kingdom’s amazing Thursday Steak Platter deal but I can’t, because he’s already sold out! So maybe you’ll be able to enjoy their oh-so-gorgeous Sunday Roast, but you’ll have to be quick to make your pre-order as that will probably sell out too!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
If you haven’t discovered the delights of Paysan yet, then now is the time. A wine & cheese café located on the historic rows of Chester? What’s not to love! (we do, we can’t get enough of it!). Their menu is quite simply 1/2 rotisserie chicken, frites and aioli plus you can include a bottle of incredibly good wine for delivery or collection. What more do you need?
Available 4pm to 9pm Wednesday to Saturday / 2pm to 6pm Sunday. Give them a call on 01244 641704 – delivery is free on all orders over £25 (£5 for under)
Isolation doesn’t have to mean Desolation! If you’re craving the sweet stuff, then have we got some good news for you! We know how much you all love them, so we are chuffed to bits to let you know that Hanky Panky are now delivering.
Fancy a bit of Italian?
If you fancy a bit of Italian at home this weekend, then we’ve got you covered. Ristorante Sergio are serving their super-popular take away menu over the weekend (can also be delivered) and Made in Italy in Hoole also come very highly recommended.
Now for something WOW! Since arriving in the city last year, Da Noi on Bridge Street have been seriously impressing their guests with Chef Valentina’s fabulous authentic Italian cuisine. Choose from the most divine menu including starters, mains, desserts and wine, and find out for yourselves why they are featured in the Michelin Guide. We’ve dined with this adorable couple on three occasions and its been amazing every time.
Local Catering Companies embracing the Dining at Home movement
Its good to see a couple of local catering companies embracing the Dining At Home movement too. When we asked the One Chester Plan members who they would recommend, both Lilybetts Catering and The Sticky Sausage Catering Company came out on top. Click on their respective links to see their menus.
The Black Dog Chester
This fabulous new venue hadn’t been open very long before the start of the Corona Crisis, but you can see what a huge investment these guys have made to the local food and drink industry if you have a little mooch on their Facebook page. So please join us in supporting them with their new Date Night service which is superb value.
Bottle of wine plus 2 courses £17pp or 3 courses £20pp (Personally, I’ve got my eye on the Lemon Meringue Roulade for dessert!)
The Handbridge Gastro Pub
A lot of you have been very impressed with The Handbridge Gastro Pub’s new delivery service – and if you love pub classics, you need to support these guys this weekend (we all need to order their Fish & Chips for Fish Friday .. right?)
They’re offering free delivery to Handbridge, Curzon Park, Westminster Park, Saltney & Hoole. So lets all go Off To The Bridge without leaving our front room this weekend!
And so to finish …
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous cheese platter with a glass of red to finish? However you’re dining over the weekend, finish off in style with a cheese board full of local produce provided by The Cheese Shop (you can also order crackers, chutneys and pickles at the same time) perfectly accompanied by a bottle of something totally delicious from White Fox Wines.
The Cheese Shop are offering free delivery on orders over £10 in the Chester area and on the Wirral. Postal delivery available, P&P from £3.50. Contact Ann on 07762 541 717 or at email@example.com
Live Well Cheshire West
CWVA, Cheshire West and Chester Council and The Welcome Network have been working closely together to provide an opportunity for local businesses in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). Together they have put together some incredibly important information on how to access essential services including meals, food shopping and other practical support: https://livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Categories/4854
Stay safe and dine well this weekend my friends x