Joseph Benjamin

Price guide: Mid-range

140 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT

Price guide: Mid-range

Joseph Benjamin
#4 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Chester
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Joseph Benjamin

With a focus on home-cooked food and personal service, this is a Chester favourite.

Brothers Joe and Ben (Joe in the kitchen and Ben front of house) offer the warmest of welcomes at their restaurant baby – and their love of hosting and offering up delicious food is keenly felt. This is how family restaurants – in fact most restaurants – should be run.

If you can’t get a table for dinner – and it’s tricky, this place is both popular and small – get a taster during the day when it’s cafe-style, or take your pick from a wide selection of goodies at the deli.

Food and drink: 

Hearty, local and done to perfection – the boys and their team know their foodstuffs. And locals, and local celebrities, know it. The menu is short but very sweet, with a varied offering (usually two meat dishes, one fish and one vegetarian), plus a selection of "JB staples" - like chicken and chips or Caesar salad. They may not do a lot, but what they do, they do well. Expect to salivate over the thought of a slow roast blade of beef, or scallops, or a goats cheese tart, or lemon sole...I could go on.

Ambience: 

Pleasantly minimal decor is lit by candles at night and surrounded by an agreeably calm and contented clientele.

Service: 

Top notch. From the welcome to the coffee, nothing is too much trouble.

Location: 

Tucked just inside the City Walls at the “top end” of town on Northgate Street – it’s an easy walk to anywhere else in the centre (if you should so desire to be anywhere else).

Price advice: 

This isn’t the cheapest joint in town, but you won’t find me complaining about value for money as the quality of food – and the produce used – justifies the price tag. Expect, on average, to fork out £15 for a main course and £6 for a starter. The warm freshly-baked bread (with varieties like walnut and raisin), if you don't want to fill up with a starter, is a snip at £2.50.

More information on Joseph Benjamin:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Deli, Restaurant
Food:
British, Traditional
Address:
140 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT
Telephone:
01244 344295
Website:
http://www.josephbenjamin.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon closed, Tues & Wed 9am-5pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-midnight (last bookings 9pm, last food orders 9.30pm), Sun 10am-5pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Joseph Benjamin? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (2)

A restaurant with the premise of 'keep it simple' and resultantly offering good value service and well-cooked food. If you don't like your dining pretentious, then this is the place to try. It's a bit like a bistro restaurant, with a cosy feel (it has seating for up to 36 people).

Joseph Benjamin is my favourite restaurant in Chester!