Food and drink
A slight step up from gastro-pub style food. Begin your feed with favourites such as scallops or beer battered tiger prawns, start to feel full with choices like cod and chips (£10.25) or ribeye steak (£16.95) and, if you can manage to put another piece of cutlery to your lips, finish off with a sweet dessert such as summer pudding or chocolate brownie.
I’ve never experienced plumper or tastier rope-grown mussels (starter, in white wine and cream sauce; £5.85), not even those straight off a mussel farm in Scotland! They’re off the menu at the moment and I’m hoping that’s because it’s off-season, rather than a permanent disappearance. The sharing board of desserts (four for £11.75) is a great way to see how nice your friends really are.
Quiet during the day, early evening, and some week-day evenings. At the weekend however, this is party central, though the restaurant is upstairs and isolated from the bar-hugging crowd.
Sometimes a bit too cool in the restaurant, though the bar staff are faultlessly cheery and helpful.
Despite its central location and the fact it has two entrances, it’s easy to miss The Living Room. Find the doorway on St. Werburgh Street, or enter via Godstall Lane. You can almost smell the pews of Chester Cathedral, but if shopping is your religion, the restaurant is just as close to the main shopping drag.
It’s not the cheapest meal in Chester, but offers can be found by registering on the website to claim vouchers (www.thelivingroom.co.uk).
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching
- Special occasions