by Webmaster, 26th May 2021
Scoring highly in this year’s Michelin guide, Chester is the foodie capital of the north west
Now we are finally allowed to dine out, what better place to visit than historic Chester? After working up an appetite enjoying the splendour of the ancient walls, plus a visit inside the beautiful cathedral and a gentle stroll down the river Dee, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to eat.
No less than eight restaurants feature in this year’s famed Michelin Guide, including one with a much coveted Michelin star, which is a huge accolade considering larger, neighbouring Liverpool only has six entries.
The Michelin star was awarded to Simon Radley of the Chester Grosvenor, making it one of very few restaurants across the country to hold this award for over three decades.
“To continue to be one of only a handful of north west restaurants to hold a Michelin star is a huge achievement for us as a team and it humbles us every year,” says Simon Radley, executive chef. “Chester has an exciting, vibrant restaurant scene that grows year by year. It's been exciting to watch new talent emerge in the city and be justifiably accoladed by what's considered the world’s most important dining guide.”
As well as providing delicious food, sustainability is now on the menu for restauranteurs. Hypha (pictured below), which sits nestled on the city walls above Northgate Street, has been awarded just one of 23 UK green stars. This award is given to establishments that achieve high levels of gastronomy and sustainability. It sits amongst esteemed company like Raymond Blanc’s, Le Manoir, River Cottage, Sat Bains and L’Enclume.
“The team have been totally overwhelmed to receive such an incredible accolade from Michelin,” says Nicholas Friar, owner of Hypha. “To say we're passionate and committed to sustainability is an understatement. Creating zero waste is as important to us as the food we produce, so the green star is really the ultimate recognition.
“We have to take a smart approach to maximising our ingredients to be able to create zero waste. This includes sourcing growers wisely and using our in-house composting, which is then returned as fertiliser to our growers to create a closed-loop system.”
Chester's other restaurants to feature in the Michelin guide include Joseph Benjamin, Upstairs at The Grill, Da Noi, Covino and Chef’s Table.
Carl Critchlow, manager of Chester BID, an organisation representing some 400 local businesses, is immensely proud of the city’s foodie achievements.
“We’re so delighted to see these restaurants achieve such success,” says Carl. “We’re a city that champions our independents. Our very geography and infrastructure, with medieval rows and cobbled lanes, just suit small businesses and we've seen much success in this sector. In 2020 over 76 percent of new businesses were independents and we predict we'll see this figure grow over the next five years.”