Our CB Homes office is based in the beautiful, rural heart of Cheshire. Tarporley, to be specific. Although our surroundings are green and peaceful, we’re just a stone’s throw away from the buzzing city centre of Chester! We’re massively grateful to be in such a great location and it got us thinking. Many of our housing developments are located in similar areas – fields on the doorstep and exciting cities not much further away. That’s the great thing about residing in Cheshire, Shropshire and the surrounding counties: you get the best of both worlds!
So, we started thinking about the best bits of living so close to a city like Chester. And the first thing we thought of was, well, the food! The walled city is bursting at the seams with great independent eateries; you’d never have to eat at a boring chain restaurant again. Here is our list of five Chester restaurants that you should definitely try:
Nine Elephants Thai Drink & Dine
Nine Elephants may be a newcomer but it’s burst onto the food and drink scene in a way that we’ve not seen for a while. There weren’t many Thai restaurants in Chester (just two) so Nine Elephants had a good chance. The eatery is based just outside the city walls on Northgate Street, so it’s in a prime location for people popping into town. There’s an incredibly extensive menu with everything from stir-fries and curries to street food and sizzling noodles.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or have other dietary needs, the freshly-cooked food will be altered to your preference by the attentive staff. For lovers of Thai food and a great night out, we couldn’t recommend Nine Elephants more. Oh, and they do great cocktails, too!
With almost 700 reviews on Trip Advisor, it’s safe to say that this tucked-away gem is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors to Chester. Atina Kitchen is located on Foregate Street opposite Primark, Wetherspoons and Revolution, so it’s in a pretty popular area of the city centre. However, you’d never know it was there! Stepping into Atina Kitchen is like stepping into a small slice of heaven.
The staff are great, the drinks selection is impressive and the menu is one of the tastiest we’ve ever tried. From breakfast and brunch to a lovely evening meal, the kitchen is open all day long so you can come and go whenever you please. They’ve got burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes and breakfast specials (including plenty of avocado and halloumi) – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Another favourite amongst locals (see a pattern here?) is La Fattoria, delivering an authentic Italian restaurant experience. If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine then we recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner, where you will be greeted by the friendliest waiters and tastiest homemade food. Step into the cosy restaurant on Lower Bridge Street and you’ll see that the decor is extravagant but with a real Italian vibe. You’ll be made to feel right at home here.
From the creamy carbonara to the fresh Caprese salad, all your favourite foods from Italy are on this decadent menu. We’ve never seen so many pasta dishes in our life; there’s something for everyone from seafood linguine to ricotta cannelloni. Dining at La Fattoria is a real experience – you’ll know what we mean once you’ve tried it.
Gate of India
Travel to South Asia and become immersed in fantastic flavours and warm hospitality: Gate of India is one of Chester’s most-loved Indian restaurants. You’ll find this delightful tavern of tastes on City Road, just a short walk from Chester Station. So it’s located incredibly conveniently for those who’d like to indulge in a beer or two!
The best thing about Gate of India? It is extremely well-priced, you’ll get double the food for the same money you’d pay in a similar restaurant elsewhere. Whether you fancy a lamb pasanda or a king prawn balti, you’ll find exactly what you’re craving in this old-school curry house. And the entire time you’re enjoying your meal, you will be served with a smile. Guaranteed.
Porta Wine & Tapas Bar
Last but certainly not least, next up on our list of top Chester eateries is Porta Wine & Tapas Bar. This hidden gem is tucked away just underneath the Northgate Street city wall entrance, so you’re pretty close to everything else in town, too. Porta is perfect for those looking for something a little bit different. If you’re visiting Chester with your other half, this is a great place for a special treat.
The wine list is fantastic so you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing your tipple for the evening. And as for the food, well, it’s simply stunning. If you’ve never tried tapas before this is definitely a great place to start. From the traditional tortilla and Jamon Iberico to delicious Portuguese custard tarts, you’ll be dying to come back for more.
Check out our current properties and plots for sale near Chester
- The Pastures at Tilstock: 4-bed house available, a 45-minute drive away. Click here for more information.
- Helsby, Frodsham: self-build plot available, a 20-minute drive away. Click here for more information.
- Sandiway, Cuddington: self-build plot available, a 30-minute drive away. Click here for more information.