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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cheshire Food And Drink

Have a pen chance for fine dining? Or prefer to have a good hearty meal in a warm, cosy pub? However you like your appetite to be satisfied, a stay in Cheshire will oblige with a host of culinary options.

Pick of the bunch

There are so many incredible eateries in Cheshire that it almost seems unfair to highlight just a handful. However, there are some truly outstanding options that stand taller than most – not only on a county-scale, but compared to the entire country.

Among them is Simon Radley at the Grosvenor Hotel, which is a French gourmet restaurant that offers a menu that changes seasonally. It has a much coveted Michelin star and places a firm emphasis on using fresh, local ingredients. In the same city meanwhile, you’ll find the Chester Cathedral Refectory, which gives you the chance to dine in the same place as 13th Century monks.

For something a little bit different, head to the Brasserie at Crewe Hall Hotel. Not only does it offer a modern, retro experience but it also has an AA rosette for quality with a contemporary, bistro style menu. Meanwhile, the Faulkner Bar and Kitchen in Chester has recently undergone a major refurbishment with a retro chic. Or if you fancy some Italian cuisine then check out Bacchus Restaurant, which overlooks a newly created Italian garden and terrace. Similarly, just across the Welsh border, Borders Restaurant in Ewloe has an outstanding reputation for food; while The Alderley Restaurant has won three AA rosettes and has scooped numerous Restaurant of the Year titles.

If you prefer a pub dining experience then check out The Windmill Inn, a traditional yet modern British restaurant with a range of home-cooked food. It makes an effort to use local ingredients and suppliers wherever possible. Also worth a look is The Bouverie, a modern, contemporary pub in the garden quarter of Chester.

On the trail

Of course it’s not just the county’s restaurants that highlight the amazing food and drink in Cheshire. For a real taste of Cheshire you can tuck into some delicious grub from its lush pastures including tangy cheese and juicy meat.

Cheshire offers something of a food trail including farmers’ markets and food festivals such as the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival; the Congleton Food and Drink Festival; the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival; and the Middlewich Beer Festival. You can also settle in at Roses Tea Rooms at Ness Botanic Gardens for a homemade treat including delicious deserts such as rhubarb crumble (pictured).

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