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Restaurants in Chester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Chester is a wonderful historic city, and well worth a visit, in no small part thanks to the wealth of excellent restaurants in and around this beautiful place. These are just some of the highlights of the culinary scene in this quietly excellent area. Try them all. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Discover our top picks

  • 1. The 1699 Brasserie

    The 1699 Brasserie, Chester Townhouse hotel
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    The 1699 Brasserie, 49-51 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, Greater Manchester, CH 1 1RS - Visit now

    1699 The Brasserie is the in-house restaurant for the excellent Townhouse hotel in Chester. An intimate space with just a few dozen seats, it’s a relaxing, elegant room with an equally graceful soundtrack of instrumental music. The aim is to bring unintimidating fine dining to the city, something a city as storied as Chester certainly deserves.

  • 2. The Kitchen at Storyhouse Chester

    The Kitchen at Storyhouse
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    The Kitchen at Storyhouse Chester, Hunter St, Chester, CH1 2AR - Visit now

    Chester’s Storyhouse cultural hub opened in 2017 to widespread acclaim. Not only does this beautifully-designed venue put a major cinema and theatre at the heart of Chester, it also boasts a carefully planned in-house restaurant, simply titled The Kitchen.

  • 3. Upstairs At The Grill

    Upstairs At The Grill
    Upstairs At The Grill

    Upstairs At The Grill, 70 Watergate St,, Chester, CH1 2LA - Visit now

    Attractive steak restaurant and friendly cocktail bar in Chester, specialising in local produce. Their Sunday roasts are famed across the land.

  • 4. Chef’s Table

    Chef's Table
    Chef's Table

    Chef’s Table, 4 Music Hall Passage,, Chester, CH1 2EU - Visit now

    Award-winning, independent restaurant in the heart of beautiful Chester, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food high-quality.

  • 5. Barristers Restaurant & Bar

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    Barristers Restaurant & Bar, The Courthouse, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 0PB - Visit now

    Barristers is a one-of-a-kind high-end restaurant a hop, skip and a jump from Chester in nearby Knutsford, and part of the equally unique Courthouse hotel (as reviewed here). It is, as the name suggests, the in-house restaurant for a former crown court, and as such the menu is laid out in an amusingly law-related manner.

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