14 Cuppin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, Relaxation
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Francs
The oldest independent restaurant in Chester knocks the socks off some of its chain neighbours. It’s unlikely you’ll stumble on this little place, but make sure you seek it out; you won’t be disappointed.
Large ornate mirrors, globe lamps and old French posters adorn the walls; naked wooden tables are dotted here and there; and beams criss-cross the ceiling to complete the look of this grand old terraced building. The lighting is bright and the busyness of mouths –with both the consumption of food and the telling of tales – makes for a lively and jovial atmosphere.
Wikipedia describes a bistro as “a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting”. Francs fits the bill perfectly. There’s nothing pretentious about the menu: moules, Toulouse sausage, pan-fried chicken, potato rostis, steak hache, beef bourgignon, belly pork with a red wine jus. It’s simple French food done really well.
I’m a fan of Francs for an early dinner or boozy lunch: that Parisian buzz and clatter of cutlery could drown out the romance of intimate conversations of a Saturday night.
A friendly welcome is followed by an immediate jug of water on the table, chased by attentive and speedy table service. I hate to be asked too many times if my meal is ok, but these guys get it just right.
Down a side-street in the city centre.
Extremely good value. The early bird menu (between 5pm and 6.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and all day Monday) represents fantastic value for money with two courses and a glass of wine for £10. The £7.95 two-course lunch menu is a bargain and on Wednesdays if you buy a large glass of wine it will be topped up all night for free. Main courses average at £12.
More information on Francs:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Restaurant
- French, Traditional
- 14 Cuppin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN
- 01244 317952
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri noon 3pm and 6pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times