Top 20 Cheshire Restaurants

The man dubbed Britain’s most controversial chef – TV’s Gary Usher – opened Sticky Walnut in Chester in 2011 but back then he was short of cash, which meant he had to choose between a new oven or tables and chairs. He picked the oven and never looked back. Since then, he has launched five more award-winning restaurants throughout the North West.

But Gary’s not the only good thing to come out of Cheshire. The county is home to an incredibly diverse range of eateries.

With everything from Thai and Chinese through to Indian and traditional English fare, visitors to the area and locals looking for some satisfying grub don’t have to travel far in the county to find the perfect place to eat. Our 20 top Cheshire restaurants, which are located in Knutsford, Wilmslow and Chester, to name a few homes, also lend amazing atmospheres, inspirational interiors and gorgeous gardens ticking several boxes for a day or night out.

Something to suit every taste

Whether you’re looking for an independent family-run eatery or a Michelin star venue, there’s something to suit every budget and palate. Take a chance on Chopstix in Nantwich for the best oriental cuisine around, savour the Spanish at Warrington’s Law Ramblas Wine & Tapas or linger a bit longer at Romazzino in Nantwich for a true taste of the Med.

For a classic country meal out, The Frozen Mop in Mobberley hits all the right notes. It’s a charming 19th century country pub with a traditional British menu, log fires and a rustic feel. And coming soon, if you fancy wearing your best frock is Poco, which is opening soon in a swanky part of Hoole. The independent-owned business will specialise in small plates offering tapas, pincho and cicchetti.

Award-winning venues

In fact, eight Cheshire restaurants were named among the best in the North West and nominated for accolades in the Food Awards England 2022 – including Chester venue Upstairs at the Grill, up for the Best Restaurant accolade.  The team there is counting down to the re-opening after an extension. The region also boasts several Michelin star restaurants, including Covino in Chester, offering British cuisine and Da Noi, where the Italian chef pairs season-following dishes with the perfect wine. Cheshire also boasts one of the longest-standing recipients of a Michelin Star, the Chester Grosvenor, which only just lost its star for the first time since 1990, after the departure of Simon Radley as the executive chef.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and book a table at one of our top 20 Cheshire restaurants. You can be confident you won’t be disappointed when you book a table at any of the eateries we have recommended here.

1

La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor

Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LT

Parisian-style brasserie swathed in leather and wood with an upmarket menu and local ingredients.

“With all the swagger of an authentique Parisian outfit, it has black-leather banquettes, shimmering brass and a giant hand-painted skylight, plus a menu that builds confidently on classic ideas,” according to the AA’s judges.

2

Sticky Walnut, Hoole

11 Charles St, Cheshire, Chester CH2 3AZ
Award winning local bistro in the heart of Hoole, serving humble dishes using the best possible ingredients.
3

Cibo, Hale

6-10 Victoria Rd, Hale, Altrincham WA15 9AF

Cibo of Hale is a modern day classic Italian restaurant open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Cibo serves hand-made pasta, pizzas, seafood and meat dishes from Italy using only the finest ingredients. Our Hale restaurant provides classy space and is located at the top end of Victoria Road with a big city feel.

Cibo brand is developed around two princples:

#1 Combine authentic Italian food with impeccable service
#2 To provide you with an intimate and personal dining experience.

Cibo is Ideal for couples, friends and families as well as special occasions. With an extensive menu and a wine and beverage list to complement every dish, there’s no better reason to visit. If you like the Italian cuisine, you’ll love Cibo; come for the food and wine and stay for the atmosphere and occasion.

4

The Church Green, Lymm

Higher Ln., Lymm WA13 0AP

The Church Green is a family owned Pub, Deli and Event space in the heart of Cheshire.

Made famous by chef Aiden Byrne and a hard working, dedicated kitchen and service team, we offer a one of a kind food experience, be it for pleasure or business, events and weddings or simple home cooked food.

5

Next Door, Frodsham

68 Main Street Main Street, Frodsham WA6 7AU England

Their family butcher’s 2 shops down has been going for 3 generations and supplies all of the meats for this charming restaurant. It sits within a characterful 17C timbered house and features a series of low-ceilinged rooms and a lovely internal courtyard. Dishes are modern, well-crafted and tasty.

Lunch Reservations 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner Reservations 6pm – 9.30pm

6

Da Noi, Chester

63 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NG, United Kingdom

Da Noi is an intimate place in the heart of the city, where the staff do everything they can to please their guests. The chef, a native of Italy, offers freshly made, authentic Italian dishes which follow the seasons. Every dish has a suggested wine pairing, with a mini wine flight offered at lunch.

7

Upstairs at the Grill, Chester

70 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LA

According to the Michelin Guide, Upstairs at the Grill is  “Smart restaurant offering prime quality steaks – including porterhouse and bone-in fillet or rib-eye; the 5 week dry-aged cuts are from premium Welsh beef. Eat in the moody cocktail bar or downstairs amongst the cow paraphernalia.”

8

The Church Inn, Mobberley

Church Ln, Mobberley, Knutsford WA16 7RD

he Church Inn of Mobberley is a traditional yet stylish 18th Century country pub located on the edge of the village opposite the 12th Century St. Wilfrids Church. Mobberley is a leafy haven situated between the Cheshire towns of Wilmslow and Knutsford and on a straight country lane from Hale. It is only 8 miles from Manchester Airport and only 15 miles from the city of Manchester yet you are in the heart of some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside.

The pub has a main bar with intimate small dining rooms, there is a ‘boot room’ for a ‘muddy boot’ pint of ale. Upstairs sits the George Mallory room and the Chefs Library both available for private dining and meetings. We have a pretty summer terrace overlooking St. Wilfreds Church and the famous stocks of Mobberley.

9

Hypha, Chester

5 City Walls, Chester CH1 2JG

Created by Nicholas Friar and sitting high on the historic city walls of Chester, hypha is an experimental dining experience with bold aims. Continually moving within a closed loop system, hypha’s sustainable ethos brings together local produce with exceptional standards. Every hero ingredient has been grown in Chester or its surrounding areas.

hypha offers a constantly evolving, micro-seasonal tasting menu. Using ingredients from local suppliers, growers and foragers, the hypha menu changes to match the environment. Our menu can change day-to-day, sometimes developing as the day unfolds.

Our closed loop system gives us a unique approach to how we use our food. hypha features our own fermentation lab and creative food workspace, where we use every stem and stalk to proudly develop an evolving menu that demonstrates how amazing food and creative thinking can help us make a smaller impact.

10

La Popote, Marton

Church Farm Manchester Road SK11 9HF

Nestled in the glorious countryside of Cheshire, La Popote is a beautiful French restaurant that boasts Tante Marie trained Chef Joseph Rawlins, and the wonderfully warm Parisian hospitality of his partner, Gaëlle.

From fresh, seasonally sourced ingredients, to the finest wines from across the globe (with a focus on French wines), fine dining in Cheshire really couldn’t get any finer than with La Popote. Dedicated to celebrating authentic French cuisine in the UK, our menus are catered to a contemporary audience, and take advantage of the best local produce.

Monday  – Wednesday : Closed

Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 | 6:00 – 10:00

Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00

11

Docket No. 33, Whitchurch

33 High St, Whitchurch SY13 1AZ

Located in the market town of Whitchurch, Shropshire, Docket No.33 offers a Tasting Menu by
Stuart Collins focusing on the best local and seasonal produce sourced from Shropshire,
Cheshire & the Welsh Borders.

The menu changes frequently, along with the availability of the freshest ingredients.

LUNCH – SATURDAY – 12:00pm – 4pm

DINNER – WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
7:00pm – 11:00pm

12

1851 Restaurant, Peckforton Castle Tarporley

Stone House Lane, Tarporley CW6 9TN

The 1851 Restaurant offers a unique dining experience, featuring classical French and modern British cuisine. The menus are brimming with fine dining options, some classic with a modern twist and others as full of imagination as they are flavour. Holder of a Taste Cheshire Award, the 1851 Restaurant treats diners to a gastronomic extravaganza. Featuring carefully selected, locally grown and reared produce, all hand-picked by Executive Head Chef Mark Burke to best reflect the season and the region.

Open daily from 6pm. Reservations are open to both hotel guests and all other visitors.

13

Juniper, Wilmslow

46 Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AP

Juniper is a collection of artisan brasseries, serving and internationally inspired menu of fine food and beverages, together with attentive customer service to create a high quality dining experience.

14

Wild Shropshire Restaurant, Whitchurch

25 Green End, Whitchurch SY13 1AD

The epitome of a field-to-fork experience, Wild Shropshire’s cooking focuses on terroir-led, micro-seasonal dishes using ingredients from artisan producers and growers in the surrounding area. The surprise, multi-course tasting menu changes daily and dishes are creative, sophisticated and full of depth.

There is no menu, the food served on any particular night will be informed directly by what is outside in that moment.

Our phillosophy is to give you many small courses (10-12) the dishes distilled down to their essence, only containing what it needs to.

15

Chef's Table, Chester

4 Music Hall Passage, Chester CH1 2EU

We work collaboratively with our producers, and our menus change every four to six weeks to reflect what’s growing @ Field 28.

Owing to the produce-focused nature of our kitchen, you will find a robust offering of vegan and vegetarian dishes on each menu alongside the best of British seasonal game and seafood from field to coast. We can accommodate most food allergies with prior notice -please get in touch with us directly to discuss any food allergy concerns as not all allergens are listed on the menu.

Later this year, we will be opening our doors to our new location on Pepper Street, where we have a bit more room to stretch our legs. Until then, we are running a pop-up at the “little Chef’s Table”, our newly refurbished premises at 4 Music Hall Passage. Hours and seating are limited so please book early to ensure your preferred time.

16

The Fishpool Inn, Northwich

Fishpool Road, Delamere, Cheshire, CW8 2HP

Idyllically positioned on the edge of the enchanting Delamere Forest and amidst the stunning Cheshire countryside, The award-winning Fishpool is without doubt one of the county’s most popular gastro inns.

The cutting edge, environmentally friendly, open fronted kitchen is a hive of creativity where our passionate, talented chefs work their magic as they cook freshly prepared meals using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. The seasonally changing menu is varied to suit all tastes and features traditional home comforts and modern British and European dishes. And not forgetting a little taste of Italy with the Fishpool’s flavoursome flatbreads and authentic Italian style pizzas, cooked to perfection in the superior Jestic wood stone oven. A firm favourite at the Fishpool is the unrivalled home-made, hearty pies with their succulent tasty fillings wholly encased by delicious puff pastry.

17

Covino, Chester

118 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT

Covino is a small owner-run wine bar & restaurant in the heart of Chester. We serve daily-changing menu of seasonally inspired small plates, guided by the quality and provenance of ingredients, with a real focus on simplicity and flavour. This is served alongside an extensive, yet thoughtfully chosen array of over 130 different wines from around the world, ranging from the classics, all the way through to the more left field.

Covino started as an even smaller wine bar & shop in 2016, situated just around the corner. At the end of 2018 we outgrew our humble beginnings and moved to Northgate Street, where our evolution into a restaurant began.

18

San Carlo Fiorentina

Marriott Hotel Hale Road Cheshire, Hale Barns, Hale WA15 8XW

Located at the Marriott Airport Hotel on Hale Barns in Cheshire, San Carlo’s Fiorentina restaurant is a stylish destination offering the best in authentic Italian food. Enjoy a glass of Italian wine at the stunning solid marble feature bar before taking your seat for lunch or dinner in one of the luxurious booths or at one of the grand tables.

On the Fiorentina menu you’ll find spectacular seafood, meat, pasta and pizza dishes, however Fiorentina’s skilled chefs are best known for cooking the finest steaks in the region. In a league entirely of their own, steaks at Fiorentina are cooked using a special Robata wood-fired flame grill which greatly enhances their flavour. Fiorentina is also the only restaurant in the group to serve up traditional Sunday lunch. Add to this offering an expertly stocked wine list and you’ll be spoilt for choice when you dine.

San Carlo Fiorentina is an intimate and friendly restaurant, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, yet situated conveniently close to Manchester airport. In the summer months, the restaurant’s stunning terrace is also the perfect spot for alfresco dining. The Italian restaurant is open from noon until late seven days a week and offers free parking on site.

19

Victors, Hale

169 Ashley Road Hale Cheshire WA15 9SD

The beautiful Cheshire village of Hale is where Victors was born back in 2014. Located on Ashley Road, Victors has firmly established itself as the ‘go to’ restaurant and bar for both the locals and locals of the surrounding areas. The 100 cover restaurant and bar is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the train station, village car park and a matter of minutes from local towns Altrincham and Wilmslow. The hustle and bustle of this venue from brunch through to dinner makes it the perfect place to dine and drink 7 days a week.

20

La Boheme, Lymm

3 Mill Ln, Lymm WA13 9SD

The family owned restaurant is lead by Olivier Troalen, the head chef, with his wife Adele, ably supported by an experienced team with a strong French influence in both the kitchen and the front of house.