Joseph Benjamin

Address: 140 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 344295

- Mid-range

4.7

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
4.8
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.3
90%
Location
4.4
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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