1539 Restaurant

Address: The Racecourse, Nuns Road, Chester, CH1 2LY, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 304 611

- Mid-range

4.5

Quality dining overlooking Chester Racecourse.

This good-looking restaurant occupies a prime position over The Roodee; the seats even swivel so you can follow the equine action (or just view the lush course on non-race days). The food offering is just as sublime, with a Sunday lunch menu that offers absurdly good value for money.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
4.8
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Value for money
4.5
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Ambience
4.5
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Location
4.5
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Food and drink

Local, where possible, with inventive takes on traditional dishes. I’m still trying to work out the recipe for a recent lemon posset dessert I was simply astounded by. Popular dishes include the Vale of Clwyd beef and the “1539 Knickerbockerglory” with Pimms jelly, strawberries and white chocolate for £5.50

Ambience

Buzzing on race days, quiet and formal at other times.

Service

Usually good, though last time I visited it was so laid-back it was near horizontal; we had to get up and ask for our food order to be taken after 20 minutes.

Location

A prime spot at The Racecourse, on the edge of the city centre; free parking for diners.

Price advice

Averaging at £14 for a main course and a fiver for a starter/pud on the a la carte menu, Sunday lunch is a steal at two courses for two people for £25.

Tables to book

Definitely any in the windows overlooking the racecourse.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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