Food and Drink in Cheshire

Polly Checkland Harding

A restaurant that’s held its Michelin star for over three decades in Chester, an award-winning Belgian-style beer cafe in Crewe, and a cinema reinvented as a food hall in Macclesfield – the drinking and dining scene in Cheshire has all of these, and more. Our guide to the best places to eat and drink in the county includes an excellent independent bakery, Chester’s first plant-based restaurant and a hard-to-find Spanish restaurant on a steep cobbled street.

Enough to whet your appetite? Read on to find out more.

  • 1. Simon Radley, Chester Grosvenor

    Simon Radley, Chester Grosvenor
    Chester Grosvenor

    Simon Radley, Chester Grosvenor, Eastgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT - Visit now

    Experience Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, the award-winning restaurant named after renowned Executive Chef, Simon Radley, which has retained its Michelin star since 1990.

  • 2. Flour Water Salt

    Flour Water Salt

    Flour Water Salt, 9 Market Place,, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EB - Visit now

    An independent bakery with a growing reputation, Flour Water Salt brings fresh sourdough and indulgent pastries to the streets of Macclesfield.

  • 3. Snugbury’s

    Snugbury's
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    Snugbury’s, Park Farm, Hurleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6BU - Visit now

    Snugbury’s is a long-standing family business, serving classic ice-cream using fresh British cream and lots of homemade ingredients.

  • 4. Sticky Walnut

    Sticky Walnut, Hoole, Chester
    Sticky Walnut Cheshire

    Sticky Walnut, 11 Charles St, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3AZ - Visit now

    The Sticky Walnut is an award-winning ‘local’ bistro in Chester, serving humble dishes using the best possible ingredients.

  • 5. Tempranillo

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    Tempranillo, 17 Backwallgate, Macclesfield, SK11 6LQ - Visit now

    Tempranillo reflects the soul of Spain, inspired by the new wave of deli-wine bars and, more importantly, the bars and eateries of Madrid.

  • 6. Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse

    Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse
    Tom's Tap & Brewhouse

    Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse, 4-5 Thomas Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BD - Visit now

    Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse is a popular bar offering an intriguing selection of beers, including creme caramel, coffee and passionfruit.

  • 7. Hypha

    Hypha restaurant, Chester
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    Hypha, 5 City Walls, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2JG - Visit now

    Hypha was Chester’s first plant-based restaurant and has gone on to earn high praise with eco-conscious foodies across the North.

  • 8. Picturedrome

    Picturedrome, 102-104 Chestergate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6DU - Visit now

    Macclesfield’s first ever cinema, re-imagined as a gourmet food hall by the minds behind Altrincham Market, and Manchester’s Mackie Mayor.

  • 9. Enzo

    Enzo
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    Enzo, 44 High Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5AS - Visit now

    Enzo brings classic pizza with traditional toppings to a warm and friendly environment, offering a unique local spot for relaxed cuisine.

  • 10. Joseph Benjamin

    Joseph Benjamin
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    Joseph Benjamin, 134-140 Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now

    Joseph Benjamin is a bustling, modern restaurant below the walls of Northgate Street in Chester and serves up a varied and contemporary range of dishes.

  • 11. Fiveclouds Tap & Bottle

    FIVECLOUDS

    Fiveclouds Tap & Bottle, 8 Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1E - Visit now

    Fiveclouds Tap and Bottle is a small, beer-focused bar and tap room for Fiveclouds Brew Co. – dedicated to serving artisan beers on tap and in bottles.

  • 12. The Rising Sun

    The Rising Sun
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    The Rising Sun, Middlewich Rd, Wistaston, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 8SB - Visit now

    The Rising Sun is a friendly, atmospheric pub serving a wide range of cask ales and lagers, with large bar and dining areas to accommodate.

  • 13. Covino

    Covino Restaurant, Chester
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    Covino, 118 Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now

    Covino is a small wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Chester serving a seasonally-inspired menu of small plates.

  • 14. Miss Marmalades

    Miss Marmalades
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    Miss Marmalades, 31 Pepper Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5AB - Visit now

    Miss Marmalades is a comely Nantwich coffee shop serving extravagant milkshakes and delicious cakes, all within a quirky, homely setting.

  • 15. No.8 Dukes

    No.8 Dukes

    No.8 Dukes, 8 Dukes Court, Mill Street,, Macclesfield,, Cheshire, SK11 6NN - Visit now

    Situated just off the beaten track, Dukes Court is the heart of Macclesfield’s nightlife serving innovative cocktails and old favourites.

  • 16. Gio’s Italian

    Gio's Crewe
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    Gio’s Italian, 23/25 Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6AF - Visit now

    Gio’s Italian offers an extensive range of authentic Italian cuisine, including beef meatballs, calzone and pomodoro sauce.

  • 17. Amy’s Courtyard

    Amys Courtyard

    Amy’s Courtyard, 23a Chestergate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6BX - Visit now

    A not-so-hidden gem that is fast becoming a firm favourite with locals, Amy’s Courtyard is an independent cafe and art gallery located in the heart of Macclesfield.

  • 18. Bru Cafe

    Bru Cafe
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    Bru Cafe, Lyceum Square, Heath Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BZ - Visit now

    Bru Cafe combines a welcoming atmosphere with a unique food menu, making it a popular spot for coffee and cake any time of day.

  • 19. Hops Belgian Bar

    Hops Belgian Bar
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    Hops Belgian Bar, 8-10 Prince Albert St, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DL - Visit now

    Hops Belgian Bar is a cafe-come-bar offering a range of bottled beers, draught Belgian ales, ciders, continental lagers and cask ales.

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