Covino

Vicky Andrews
Covino Restaurant, Chester
Image from Covino Chester

Chester has raised the bar for wine lovers in recent years and Covino has become a firm favourite with the city’s oenophiles thanks to an incredible wine selection, laid back atmosphere and fabulous selection of food.

Owner Chris Laidler started out as a wine merchant, supplying some of the city’s top restaurants with organic and natural wines from all over the world. The natural progression was for Chris to get his own place and Covino was born on Northgate Street, slap bang in the cultural heart of Chester.

Covino boasts an impressive selection of over 130 different wines from around the world, ranging from the classics, all the way through to the more left field. Drop in for a glass or bottle of wine and grab a perch at the bar for the best seat in the house, where you can watch the chefs in the kitchen working their magic. Bar snacks include juicy gordal olives, salted catalan almonds, ortiz sardines and beetroot ham. Wait, what? Beetroot ham? Yep, as well as King Peter ham, they do a veggie version too. Nice.

Once you’ve got cosy, you probably won’t want to leave. Small plates here have a focus on simple ingredients with big flavours, perfect for a light lunch or full-on dinner. The menu changes regularly with the seasons but you’ll often find the likes of artichokes with ricotta and salsa verde, cuttlefish black risotto with cavolo nero, or pork schnitzel with sauerkraut.

Desserts are just as heavenly and they have some interesting cheeses that you might not have stumbled across before, including Rove des Garrigues, a fresh and chalky goat cheese from Southwest France, which matches wonderfully with a glass of rosé. There’s also a private dining room tucked away in the cellar and throughout the year Covino hosts seasonal Supper Clubs and taster menus with accompanying wine flights.

There are plenty of places to buy a bottle of wine, but why go for plonk when you can have a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino with some finely sliced King Peter ham? Covino is more than just a wine bar; they want you to buy better and live better. We’ll raise a glass to that.

118 Northgate StChesterCH1 2HT View map
Telephone: 01244 347727 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Thursday12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Friday12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Saturday12:00pm - 10:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Covino

Until
ActivityLiverpool
Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions

Where to go near Covino

The Cheese Shop, Chester
Chester
Shop
The Cheese Shop

The Cheese Shop has been a source of speciality cheeses in Chester for 25 years and has over 200 different cow, goat and ewe cheeses available -including pasteurised, unpasteurised and vegetarian varieties.

Chester
Event venue
Alexander’s Live

Established in 1991, Alexander’s puts on an amazing range of live music including jazz, blues, soul, roots and rock, comedy & drama. Alexander’s is famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday.

Hypha restaurant, Chester
Chester
Restaurant
Hypha

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

Storyhouse, Chester
Chester
Theatre
Storyhouse

Chester’s Storyhouse houses two theatres, a cinema, library, restaurant and bars within a rejuvenated art deco building.

Chester
Gallery
Chester Visual Arts

Chester Visual Arts has brought pop-up exhibitions to Chester’s most iconic buildings, including The Old Library and Chester Cathedral.

Chester
Chester
Tourist Attraction
Chester Visitor Information Centre

This is the meeting point for Tours Around Chester who offer a variety of tours ranging from food walking, running and themed running (including beer or gin).

Chester Indoor Market
Chester
Shopping Centre
Chester Indoor Market

Recipient of the Best Small Indoor Market at The Great British Market Awards 2020, Chester Market offers foods from around the world.

Chester Cathedral
Chester
Place of worship
Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is a living community of prayer and worship, and a centre of excellence in Church Music with a rich and fascinating heritage.

Whitmore & White
Chester
Shop
Whitmore & White

Whitmore & White is an award-winning deli and independent wine merchant in the heart of romantic Chester serving a plethora of charcuterie, cheeses and confectionery.

Culture Guides