Looking for Chester restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants in the small city in Cheshire. The best foodie spots include cracking aubergine pizzas at Stile Napoletano, pillowy blueberry pancakes at Flower Cup and freshly made dumplings at Pierogi. Check out our ideas for eating and drinking in Chester, between the city’s Roman walls and medieval alleys…
Best coffee shops and brunch spots in Chester
The Jaunty Goat
Choose between the fruity house blend or guest single-origin brew, a flat white or a V6O pour-over at this coffee shop, which takes its beans seriously. Turn it into brunch with a bowl of gently spiced kedgeree or silken slow-poached eggs on sourdough (discover our guide to baking your own sourdough here).
This plant-garlanded café is hidden away in one of Chester’s famous Rows (covered walkways on top of the street-level shops). You might come for the fiery tofu hash or pillowy blueberry pancakes, but you’ll probably leave with a cactus or funky pot from sister shop, The Violet Palm.
Best restaurants in Chester
The Chef’s Table – for seasonal British dishes
Don’t be fooled by this tiny spot’s simple décor; The Chef’s Table creates elegant dishes from carefully sourced ingredients. The heritage tomato soup is almost too pretty to eat, while honey and lavender peaches are the perfect foil for tender salt-aged duck breast and duck leg faggot.
Pierogi – for Polish food
Within weeks of opening, Chester’s first polish café had established itself as a firm favourite with locals. Pierogi only does two things: hearty soups and a pick ‘n’ mix of plump, freshly made dumplings that often sell out. Save room for dessert – sweet curd cheese and vanilla dumplings.
Porta – for tapas
On Fridays and Saturdays you’ll need to arrive early to bag a spot at Porta, a snug tapas bar tucked beneath the ancient city walls. Order juicy seared pork shoulder with zingy mojo verde and romesco sauce-smothered broccoli, along with a glass of dry, nutty La Gitana Manzanilla sherry.
Best bars in Chester
You won’t find sauvignon blanc on the menu at this wine bar but owner Chris Laidler is only too happy to guide novices through his intriguing array of organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wines. Pair a crisp pétillant naturel with a plate of creamy Brillat-Savarin brie from Normandy.
An unpretentious pub, this promises 20 taps, 40 gins, a handful of real ciders and its own session brew – the zesty, hoppy Saison du Pint. Craft beer connoisseurs can order thirds and soak it all up with a handmade pork pie and pickles.
Best food shopping in Chester
With a new artisanal bakery, sandwich bar and craft beer shop, Chester Market is rapidly turning into a foodie haven. The biggest queue is for Stile Napoletano, where Giacomo Guido makes what might be the best pizza outside of Naples (check out our guide to Naples here). Order his award-winning Parmigiano with melting aubergine and airy crust.
The Cheese Shop
If you’re in need of a picnic, or a delicious gift, look no further than The Cheese Shop, where farmer’s daughter Carole Faulkner stocks the fruit of 180 small producers. Team Mr Bourne’s 1845 (a punchy, tangy mature Cheshire) with artisan biscuits and Mrs Bridges’ caramelised onion chutney.
Best food tour in Chester
Taste of Chester
Explore the city’s Roman history and flourishing food scene on a new Taste of Chester walking tour. Guide Gareth Boyd’s knowledge is second to none, and there are plenty of opportunities to stock up or refuel; the pitstops include Pierogi, Stile Napoletano and indulgent liqueur pancakes at quirky café Hanky Panky.
Words by Claire Webb