Restaurant 1539

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Restaurant 1539

Restaurant, Bar, Roof Terrace, Events Venue

Chester Racecourse spans over 65-acres and lies on the banks of the River Dee.In Roman times, the river, which was then much wider and deeper, flowed right up towhat is now the base of the medieval city wall.

Within the water stood a smallisland upon which stood a stone cross, the stump of which you may still see at the Racecourse today. The Roodee, which Chester Racecourse is fondly known,derives from this time, the Saxon word ‘Rood’ – means a cross or crucifix and theNorse suffix ‘Eye’- means an island, thus literally ‘The Island of the Cross’.Over the years this has been corrupted to the name that we now know as The Roodee.

On February 9th 1539 the first recorded horse race took place in Chester to replacethe famously bloody Shrove Tuesday football game, which in 1533, was banned from the city. The first recorded race was formed by the Lord Mayor of the time, Henry Gee,whose name is now synonymous with racing with the British nickname for racehorses, ‘Gee Gees’.

In 1817 the racecourse’s iconic grandstand, where our restaurant is now positioned,was first built. The view from our Roof Lounge and Restaurant shares a fairly similar view now to 477 years ago with panoramic views of the Roodee and the River Dee,a spectacular view whether the Gee Gees are in action or not.

Restaurant 1539 offers the most unique backdrop in which to enjoy a drink, savour a delicious meal or mingle in our Roof Lounge. Our menu offers twists on classic British favourites alongside dishes inspired by flavours from across the globe.

We have a fabulous brigade of culinary masters creating the ever changing menu incorporating the finest local produce from Cheshire and the surrounding region.

Make your own Gin

Make your own bottle of gin from scratch! Choose the botanicals and flavours, sit back as it slowly distills, then take it home to enjoy. Your day will also include a 3 course lunch and sample G&Ts.

Enjoy our ‘hands on’ gin experience with a difference, this is your opportunity to create a personally concocted gin from a recipe of your favourite botanicals and flavours.

Begin your experience by learning all about gin, before you blend and distill your very own bespoke bottle to take home. Your afternoon will also include a delicious three course lunch, complemented by sample gin and tonics to whet the appetite.

Based on two people sharing a still, the cost is £75 per person, this includes; a 3 course lunch, sample G&Ts and the gin making experience to craft and blend your own bespoke bottle of gin to take home. Limited spaces available.

Book your gin experience here

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