With the government recently releasing the ‘Eat out to Help Out’ scheme, we have compiled a list of the best places to grab yourself some lovely food if you're living in Chester or just visiting, after all, there are so many lovely independents to choose from!
Many places in Chester have signed up to the initiative which will see menu prices slashed through August as part of the Government push to stimulate the economy because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s between 3rd August and 31st August will see businesses that have signed up to the scheme offering 50% off your food and drink bill, up to a value of £10 per person with the Government reimbursing businesses.
As well as independents, chain restaurants will also be taking part in the scheme see below for some of our favourite restaurants taking part:
Breakfast & Lunch
Atina Kitchen is an informal, family-run restaurant with a menu featuring Italian cuisine, salads, and homestyle burgers. They also serve a fantastic Mediterranean brunch menu not to be missed when staying in Chester.
An award-winning restaurant serving everything from breakfast to Sunday lunches, The Coach House Inn is not to be missed when visiting Chester.
Reserve you table online here all call them on 01244 351900
A city-centre cafe serving some of the best breakfast and lunch options in town!
Make a reservation here or call 01244 314565
Chester Cathedral Refectory
The Refectory Café, set in a 13th-century monk’s dining hall is definitely not to be missed, whether visiting the cathedral or simply doing a spot of shopping in Chester.
Walk-in from 11am - 3pm Monday-Saturday, 12noon - 4pm Sundays at the Chester Cathedral
Offering a small although well-crafted menu of substantial sandwiches, which can also be a salad option too. Peak Sandwiches have a breakfast menu for the early riser with freshly squeezed juices made to order, with many healthy options and can be ordered any time of the day.
Kate is located in the Chester Market find it here
Bean & Cole
Friendly and welcoming family-owned coffee shop on Frodsham Street.
Pop in to enjoy their coffee options and light refreshments, find them here
A small independent coffee shop serving speciality coffee handpicked from around the world, loose leaf teas, locally baked cakes and sandwiches made fresh every day.
Located on Watergate Street only a stone's throw away from the Chester Cross, find them here
The Flower Cup
An independent botanical coffee shop, located within the walls of Chester, up on the historic Watergate Row level shops. The Flower Cup serves up the very best all day brunch menu with a selection of hand picked teas and variety of coffee whilst being surrounded by plants.
The Flower Cup only accept walk in's and unfortunately cannot take any pre-booked reservations, find them here.
Indulge in delicious sweet or savoury crêpes, waffles, coffee (and even wine) in a relaxing, atmospheric crêperie cafe.
Located on Bridge Street pop in to grab yourself some delicious crepes, find them here
A small independent lunch hot spot for locals of Chester, serving up delicious toasties, wraps, personal pizza's and so much more! This place is brilliant for lunch they even have some tasty desserts on offer if you're fancying it!
Dinner & Drink
The Pied Bull
Make a reservation here or call 01244 325829 to book your table.
Ristorante Sergio is a family-run, family-friendly trattoria in the heart of Chester serving up fresh Italian food from an open kitchen, watch the chefs make up your pizza infront of you!
They are running a 'Sergios From Home' delivery or takeaway as well as taking bookings to eat in, call 01244 314663 to book now.
Burger Shed 41
Currently running on a takeaway service Burger Shed brings American style dining to the heart of Chester. Serving locally sourced brisket & skirt burgers alongside the best hot dogs, milkshakes & craft beers.
Call 01244 311369 to place your order or download the Deliveroo app.
A Buzzing, family-friendly barbecue spot by the river with smoked and grilled meats, shakes and beers.
Book your table here or call 01244 404000, they are also still accepting takeaway orders.
'The Best Vegan Pizza in Town' this small Italian restaurant serves up hot fresh pizza all day every day from 11:30 am.
They are currently only taking phone bookings or walk-ins call 01244 314016 to reserve your space.
Located in a grand Grade II listed building featuring a distinct neoclassical Greek façade and mixes an industrial look with a touch of opulence inside. Opera Grill brings theatre on a grand scale to Chester mixing fine dining with live music on Sunday's with their popular gospel choir service on Sundays.
To reserve a table visit their website here or call 01244 343 888
Telford’s Warehouse is an independently run free house/bar/restaurant and a renowned music and arts venue serving fresh quality food daily, enjoy a nice drink and food down by the canalside.
To book either an inside or outside table please visit the website here
A brick-walled restaurant serving classic Italian main courses, pizza and pasta, including Tuscan dishes. They have a lovely outdoor garden area to enjoy to!
To book visit their website here
A Mediterranean style independent restaurant and bar based in a historic Grade 2 listed building opposite the Storyhouse Theatre on Northgate Street.
Olive Tree Brasserie
Olive Tree Brasserie's menu focuses on traditional Greek cuisine with family-style & individual dishes with a varied wine & cocktail menu. As well as delighting guests with authentic Greek/Cypriot beers, the Olive Tree Brasserie are proud suppliers of the rare Greek spirit Mastiha.
No ordinary takeout, Chip'D serves dutch style chips to takeaway with a choice of 17 tasty sauces.
Visit them on Watergate Street opposite the Storyhouse Theatre. Find them here
An authentic independent french restaurant serving up some of the best French cuisine in the city centre.
Book Here or call 01244 400 014 to reserve your table.
Slow Boat Restaurant
The Slow Boat is one of Chester's longest established restaurants and has gained a reputation for fantastic spicy food from around South East Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
To book visit their website here or call 01244 317873
Palm Cocktail Bar and Eatery
Chester’s most fashionable independent food and drink location. By day, Palm is a foodie’s paradise – serving sweet and savoury treats and even hosts a Bottomless Brunch every Sunday.
To reserve your table visit there website here
Wok & Go
You have two options to dine from Wok & Go in Chester, one is situated on Northgate Street just opposite the Storyhouse & the second is on Foregate Street near Revolution Bar.
Located in the heart of Chester Market Stein's offer high quality, home-cooked foods with an emphasis on taste, cooked from fresh using local produce from the market stalls.
Pop down to the Market to grab a table. Find them here
Death by Tacos
Probably the best taco bar in Chester serving up a range of flavours and combinations along with beer and TEQUILA, this market stall is a must-visit when in Chester!
Find them down at the Chester Market.
An award-winning restaurant serving top-quality food and drink in a comfortable and relaxed environment, prepared with honesty and integrity and served with care and attention.
An authentic Italian Food & Wine bar boasting quality wines and tempting Italian food at Northgate Street. Enjoy Italian Aperitivo, the ritual of drinking, nibbling and relaxing after work at Veeno.
Reserve a table online at their website here or just pop in we're sure they will accommodate you!
Urbano32 is a pizza restaurant, bar & social meeting place. The focal point of the restaurant alongside the amazing rustic, industrial interior is the handmade clay pizza oven, this place has some of the best pizza in Chester with a fantastic location on Bridge Street.
To reserve your table call 01244 311487 or visit their website here
The York Roast Co
Remember the famous Sunday dinner in a wrap that went viral? Well, these are the guys that created it, pop down to their cozy restaurant on Bridge Street to see their full menu that's jam-packed with slowly-roasted meat sandwiches, crispy roast potatoes, moreish sides of crackling and stuffing… and gallons of gravy!
The Boathouse is a warm, welcoming family pub in the heart of Chester. Situated on the famous River Dee, located just a 5-minute walk from Chester city centre shops and attractions serving a variety of pub classic dishes.#
The White Horse Chester Racecourse
A great quality venue offering fabulous food and set in a stunning location on the racecourse itself. A great family-friendly pub with a fantastic play area for young children.
This is a super-cool venue with a gorgeous outside space, a very special gold cocktail bar downstairs, and the most instgrammable interior in town is a must-visit when you're in Chester. The team at Popcorn are great, you'll be sure to meet some lovely people in this local hotspot.
Moules a Go Go
A family-owned and operated independent continental style bistro and bar situated in the heart of the historic city of Chester. Serving up the best muscles in town, Moules a Go Go is a definite choice if you enjoy seafood.
Reserve you table here or call 01244 348 818
The Ruan Orchid offers a mouth-watering menu in a welcoming, Eastern-inspired atmosphere. Walking into The Ruan Orchid, you can see that you will have a truly unforgettable experience. Coming in from the hustle of Chester City Centre, you are greeted with Traditional Thai surroundings.
They are now open for bookings, takeaways & deliveries call them directly on 01244 400661
Istanbul BBQ is an established restaurant in the centre of Chester offering authentic Turkish Cuisine direct from a large charcoal BBQ and fresh bread from the oven, prepared by Turkish Chefs.B
Not only is The Brewery Tap worth visiting for the craft beer alone, it's also set in a beautiful Jacobean, timber-framed building that's oozing with character. Its imposing 18th-century brick façade creates the perfect setting for you to sample their range of craft beers and delicious food.
Find them at 52-54 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RU
Bear & Billet
Built in 1664 to replace a building destroyed in the Civil War, the Bear & Billet is one of Chester’s finest examples of a black and white half-timbered building. The fantastic location and exquisite range of beverages & food paired with the friendly team ensures that every event, no matter what the size, is memorable for all the right reasons.
Call 01244 311886 to reserve you table.
The Yard is a family-owned and run Modern Italian Restaurant in the centre of Chester. It combines both style and substance, with food prepared by their head chef, who has previously worked for Gordon Ramsay.
To reserve your table at this fantastic restaurant visit their website here
Siam Thai & Teppanyaki Restaurant
Another staple Thai restaurant in Chester, on the ground floor is Chester’s first Japanese Teppan-yaki restaurant while upstairs is an authentic Thai restaurant and bar. Be amazed by the chef's skills by booking a private dining table with your food being freshly prepared right in front of your eyes.
To make a reservation visit their website here or call 01244 403222
A Funky bistro in former mill for craft beers and Mediterranean food amid bare brick and iron columns serving a very popular Sunday roast, be sure to book in advance to catch a table at the Artichoke.
The Ship Inn
Surrounded by the historic Chester city wall, with home-cooked food and quality Cask ales – the Ship has everything a traditional English pub should have.
To reserve your table at The Ship Inn book directly through their website here
The Faulkner Arms
An award-winning gastro pub situated in the popular area of Hoole, a bustling and vibrant suburban village filled with independent shops, bars & restaurants just a 10 minute walk from Chester city centre serving food all day.
Also situated in Hoole, the Sticky Walnut is an award-winning local bistro, serving humble dishes using the best possible ingredients. This restaurant is very popular with the locals so be sure to book in advance to get the chance to try their exquisite menus.
To make a reservation visit their website here