Chester Hotspots: Where to Eat

19 March 2019 Fun and Event

Chester Hotspots: Where to Eat



So you’ve started your new life as a student in Chester and you’re excited to make new friends and start exploring the city. While Chester is more compact than other University cities, make no mistake- there’s plenty of restaurants and cafes to try. We’ve put together a list of Chester hotspots to eat at to make settling in a little bit easier for you. How many of these places will you experience during your time at university?


Cheap Restaurants in Chester


Sometimes yourself and your flatmates might want a break from frugal student cooking. Luckily, there are plenty of cheap restaurants in Chester where you can enjoy good food without spending too much of your student loan.


La Fattoria

Address: 25 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RS

This family-owned restaurant is authentic Italian at its finest and a firm favourite among locals. It has a wide variety of dishes, and if you’re feeling indecisive you can get a ½ pizza and ½ pasta combo starting from £7.50. Normal pizza and pasta dishes are priced around £9-£12.

La Fattoria is a great place to consider if it’s a friend’s birthday and you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate. What’s not to love!


Urbano 32

Address: 32 Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1NQ

Urbano 32 is the perfect place to come with friends, offering classic Italian dishes with their own twists along with a newly renovated bar on the top floor which serves delicious cocktails. It may feel a bit swanky but prices are more than reasonable. They also offer 2-for-1 on pizzas on a Tuesday, which is a bargain!


The Cheshire Cat

Address: Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester CH3 6AE

So this place may not be in the city centre but it is definitely worth a visit. The Cheshire Cat is a traditional country pub serving real ale and is located in Christleton. While it might not make your standard plans for a night out, it is the perfect place to go on a warm Summer evening, as it has a fantastic beer garden with a gorgeous view of the countryside. Christleton is a few miles away from Chester, so you might have to invite a friend with a car if you don’t drive yourself!


The Blue Bell

Address: 65 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HQ


It is very easy to walk past The Blue Bell without even thinking about going in but this is a mistake! The Blue Bell is a half tapas restaurant and half pub located near to the centre of Chester. Downstairs you tuck into heart-warming homemade pub grub and upstairs you can enjoy exotic Mediterranean tapas dishes to share (or not!).


The Bull and Stirrup

Address: 8 Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE


If you want to keep things cheap and cheerful then you can’t really go wrong with Wetherspoons. The Bull and Stirrup is part of the Wetherspoons chain and is newly refurbished. It is proving to be a popular place for students because it’s easy on the bank balance and you know exactly what you’re getting… probably a burger on a brioche bun!


Mid-range Restaurants in Chester


Maybe your student loan has just come in or you’ve managed to land yourself a part-time job? It sounds like you might want to treat yourself.


Siam Thai and Teppanyaki

Address: 32 City Road, Chester CH1 3AE


If entertainment is what you’re looking for, Siam is where you need to be. The teppanyaki chefs really do put on an impressive show, getting everyone involved. In this authentic Thai restaurant, you’re always guaranteed good laughs and great food. The cheapest set-menu price is £24.95 per person and includes miso soup with chicken or shrimp, a mixed seasonal salad, Siam potatoes, beef sirloin with peppercorn sauce, chicken teriyaki, king prawns with garlic fried rice and grilled vegetables.


Ring O’Bells

Address: Village Road, Christleton, Chester CH3 7AS

Located just out of Chester in Christleton, this friendly pub serves tasty, homemade pub grub with a modern twist. It’s a great place to take the family when they inevitably come to visit as there is a wide range of choice on the menu. If you have your own transport, you should head to Ring O’Bells on a Monday evening to take advantage of the 2- for- 1 burger deal.


Haute Dolci

Address: Coliseum Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 9HD


Haute Dolci is near to the Vue Cinema located in the Coliseum shopping area (opposite Cheshire Oaks). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the place for you. Indulgent desserts are what they do best, and they have plenty of options to choose from. Anything from hot cookie dough and waffles, to gooey brownies and even chocolate shots, are available! There’s also vegan and gluten-free menus.


Olive Tree Brasserie

Address: 39–41 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LE


Located in the heart of Chester is the Olive Tree Brasserie. Inspired by Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, is perfect for those looking for something a little nicer than the usual. It’s great for date nights or just a nice catch up with friends. The modern interior and delicious food is a great addition to your insta.



Best Restaurants in Chester


The following restaurants are considered to some of the best places to eat in Chester. They are also the most expensive, so it might be a good idea to visit them when the parents come to visit. It’s their treat!


Opera Grill

Address: 3 Pepper Street, Chester CH1 1DF


Now this place is something special. This grill restaurant is often frequented by the Real Housewives of Cheshire clan, with the food, drink and sleek interior making it a Chester hotspot to be seen in. The theatre charcoal grill and wood-burning ovens add to the overall experience, serving up high-quality cuts of meat that melt in the mouth and ooze flavour.



Address: 27 Newgate Street, Chester CH1 1DQ

Picanha is the perfect place to come if you’re celebrating a special occasion or you’re in a large group. With something for everyone, they serve up traditional Brazilian cuisine and the finest cuts of meat, using their famous continuous table service method to ensure everyone is satisfied.


Upstairs at the Grill

Address: 70 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LA

Saving the best till last, Upstairs at the Grill is a hidden gem tucked away in the centre of Chester. Steaks are their specialty and we can’t find a single fault with them! High-class service in a polished yet intimate atmosphere ensures every customer feels like royalty, they’re truly onto a winner here. (Our favourite is the Chateaubriand and lobster mac n cheese! *drool*)


Michelin Star Restaurants in Chester


Despite being a small city, Chester does have restaurants with award-winning Michelin star reputations. These include:


  • Joseph Benjamin
  • Chef’s Table
  • Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor


Perhaps some places to try after graduation!


Best Cafes in Chester


There are lots of quirky cafes to try in Chester. So many in fact, that it’s hard to choose where to go! Here are some of our favourites!


Jaunty Goat

Address: 57 Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1NG


The Jaunty Goat is an independent coffee shop that is loved because of it’s cozy interior and quality food and drink. As you might expect, the Baristas know a thing or two about coffee and are on hand to tell you all about the selection of coffee that you can try. Oh, and the homemade cakes are pretty damn good too!


Bean and Cole

Address: 41 Frodsham Street, Chester CH1 3JJ


Bean and Cole is a relatively new addition to Chester’s thriving coffee shop scene. With a focus on good coffee, you can also choose from a basic menu which includes pastries, breakfast favourites on toast and a selection of seasonal specials.


49 Watergate

Address: 49 Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LB


For a spot of wholesome cooking, head to 49 Watergate. This cute little deli in the heart of Chester City Centre sources local produce to create firm favourites. Their black pudding scotch eggs, sausage rolls, and toasted sandwiches are certainly a treat, along with their delicious selection of freshly baked cakes.


Flower Cup

Address: 61 Watergate Row South, Chester CH1 2LE


Looking for a place for brunch? Well, you’ve found it! Situated on the rows, this quirky little cafe-come-flower-shop is certainly Instagram worthy. The brunch menu offers everything from pancakes, cheese on toast and avocado on toast to the Flower Cup Breakfast. It is also a great option if your vegetarian or vegan as it has more choice than most!


Hanky Panky Pancakes

Address: 20 Commonhall Street, Chester CH1 2BJ


For pancakes that make you drool, there’s no better place to go than Hanky Panky Pancakes. Indulge yourself and choose from an extensive menu. Breakfast pancakes, scotch pancakes, savoury pancakes, and oh-so-sweet’re spoilt for choice!


Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery

Address: 49 Bridge Street Row East, Chester CH1 1NW

Is your mum in town? Perhaps a friend has come to visit? Treat yourself to a decadent afternoon tea at the Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery. This Alice in Wonderland inspired eatery is a multi-award winning establishment. While the afternoon tea is highly sought after, Mad Hatters also serves up good quality breakfasts, light lunches, and homemade cakes. It’s well worth a visit! 


So, there you have it! Your guide to Chester’s hotspots when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Looking for advice when it comes to exploring Chester’s nightlife? Check out our new guide, Chester Hotspots: Nightlife for inspiration.