A happy side effect of lockdown is that food and drink delivery services in Chester are booming. These have proven to be one of the main ways for food-lovers to treat their palate over recent months, all thanks to Chester’s finest establishments keeping their kitchens open to serve the locals, if not their doors. Occasionally, pick up and collection is offered, if it can be done safely, but in the main, the restaurants listed below deliver their wares to your door, whether it be through their own team or a partnership with one of the major delivery companies.
As enjoyable as this is, in many cases this is a temporary solution as soon we’ll be able to safely head out and visit these and other restaurants in person, although we strongly suspect some will keep this option going in some form or other. But until the city opens back up, these cook-at-home deals are a perfect way to bridge the gap before normality returns.
Everything from glorious cheeses to exquisite fine dining set meals, to the finest plant-based ethical eats
The hospitality industry has had to adapt rapidly during both lockdowns, and that means food-lovers must too. Thankfully, this isn’t proving as painful as it might have been, thanks to top restaurants deciding to sell takeaway versions of their popular dishes for us eager consumers to devour in the comfort of our own homes.
Here are some of the best food and drink delivery options in Chester that bring food and drink right to your door. These include everything from glorious cheeses to exquisite fine dining set meals, to the finest plant-based ethical eats in the North. If you’re craving something exciting to tantalise your tastebuds, these restaurants will do the job, and more.
Here are our picks
Covino, 118 Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now
Chester’s much-loved Covino restaurant and wine bar are doing great things for the people of this beautiful city. Formerly focusing on pies, now they’re doing a Saturday offer where they provide customers with a superb meal for two, each week. These options will cover various cuisines and will cost just £30 for a wide-ranging meal that’s likely to lead to plenty of leftovers for that illicit Monday lunchtime treat. Details can be found on their Facebook page, where they explain how you need to contact them by email or direct message to book and pay, then collect at your chosen time on Saturday afternoon. They’ve also relaunched their popular chicken thigh burgers which they’ve saucily titled ‘Fifty Shades of Beige’, for reasons no one will ever know (but it did make us smile).
Joseph Benjamin, 134-140 Northgate St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now
One of Chester’s most adored restaurants, Joseph Benjamin opened in 2006 by brothers Ben and Joe, inspired by their travels and love for food to launch a restaurant that would provide excellent quality cooking, great wine and consistent service, all at a decent price. The idea obviously worked and Joseph Benjamin has been awarded a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide for the last eight years running. And now they have an online shop where some of their finest dishes are ready-made and simply need reheating at home. They have one-off choices, such as the recent Easter special, and a range of small plates, mains, desserts and a mighty Sunday roast. Place your order by 9 pm and it’ll be ready to collect from the venue on either Saturday or Sunday.
Hypha, 5 City Walls, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2JG - Visit now
Chester’s Hypha restaurant at the forefront of delicious and exciting plant-based food. It launched in 2019 as Chester’s first all-vegan restaurant and has gained numerous accolades ever since. And now they have an online arm, Koji by Hypha, where you can order your a range of foodstuffs, such as a range of ferments and pickles and a Make Your Own Kombucha kit, then collect them from 12 to 3 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Simply head to their website and click on the Koji option.
Sticky Walnut, 11 Charles St, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3AZ - Visit now
At the start of lockdown in spring 2020, Gary Usher famously declared he’d never sell a range of cook-at-home meals, not now, not ever. Happily, Twitter’s second most famous enfant terrible has gone back on his word and fans of his Elite Bistro restaurants, which can also be found in Liverpool, Manchester, Didsbury and beyond, can purchase Elite Bistros At Home kit meals and have them delivered directly to your door.
The Cheese Shop, 116 Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HT - Visit now
Who doesn’t love cheese? Man’s greatest creation has an entire shop devoted to it in Chester, and it’s called – you guessed it – The Cheese Shop. Here’s where you can taste and try cheeses you never dared believe exist – or at least you could before Covid came along. But you can order a host of cheese-based goods from their online shop, including cheese boards and well-stocked hampers. Best of all, local delivery is free for purchases over £25 (over £50 for the rest of the UK). Like the old saying goes, eat cheese and be merry.