Food and drink
There are some inventive and drool-worthy meat dishes on offer, such as pork collar, lamb fillets and duck breasts, with tempting accompaniments like creamed bacon gnocchi, bread sauce and grilled fennel (not all on the same plate!). Some of the experimental dishes can be a little hit and miss (I didn’t enjoy my Potted Gloucester Old Spot with Pink Lady apple and a salad of scratchings), but the classics are wonderful. There’s a fantastic selection of pre-dinner cocktails too – to be taken in the bar – and the wine list is comprehensive.
Buzzy when busy, but the lack of atmosphere when diners are few is strongly felt – maybe because of the table layout, which points you in the direction of your fellow diners (or indeed, empty tables).
There’s a noticeable difference between service in here and a couple of rooms away at [node:167782]. That said, the service is still top class: considerate and courteous.
This is Chester central. At the heart of the city, the restaurant is part of the [node:120430] and overlooks the busy street life under the Eastgate Clock right outside.
Even without the consistently good value and frequent deals (such as three courses for £29.50), the menu is worth the dosh; main courses cost around £20.
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- Special occasions