Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
Eastgate Street, Chester, CH1 1LT
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
That this restaurant has enjoyed Michelin star status for 20 years is no surprise. It is, quite simply, the most fabulous dining experience in Chester. Yes, it’s pricey. No, you can’t bring the kids. Yes, you must be suitably attired. You simply must not miss this if you can afford it; it’s an experience, not just some food. I dined here for my 30th and we still, excuse the pun, “dine out” on the story: a waitress just for the freshly-baked bread; gold on my dessert (gold!); the most incredible panna cotta in my starter (which also included oysters and caviar but the panna cotta is what struck me as simply the highlight of my life’s dining experiences. Yes, it was that good).
A pinch of imagination and a rich mountain of excellent produce aid Simon Radley in his perfectly executed delivery of a top-class menu. Choose from a la carte or go for a marathon taste sensation with the eight or so courses of the tasting menu. Delicacies like frog’s legs, rabbit and snails sit comfortably on both menus, which change seasonally, alongside simple ingredients such as chicken, pear and mushrooms. What Simon does with these uncomplicated things is what creates the magic on the plate. All this is backed up by an epic of a wine menu.
Formal, but not stuffy, with a backdrop of warm decor and comfortable furniture. Conversation is hushed but the restaurant doesn't have a cold, empty feel. All that said, the food is what you’ll remember.
Though formality reigns, friendliness is still forthcoming. You’ll never be left wanting for staff, or attention if you require it; as previously mentioned, there’s even a dedicated bread server.
At the heart of Chester’s best hotel, the The Chester Grosvenor and Spa, which couldn’t get more central.
The tasting menu weighs in at a healthy £80, a la carte at £69. Don’t be put off. It’s worth it. And there are special offers to be enjoyed. Get a three course meal, with canapés and amuse bouche, for £45 from Tuesday to Thursday until November 30th.
More information on Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor:
- Price guide:
- Eastgate Street, Chester, CH1 1LT
- 01244 324024
- Opening times:
- 6.30pm-9pm last orders Tues-Sat, closed Sun and Mon
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
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