Cheshire Dining Articles

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The Church Green (2009)

The Church Green (2009)

Until recently, the leafy village of Lymm was a bit of a backwater as far as eateries were concerned. But that's all changed with the arrival of Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne. Byrne took over The Church Green, previously a 'gastropub' which was singularly underwhelming, at th...Read This Article

Country House Dining In Cheshire (2009)

Country House Dining In Cheshire (2009)

At this time of year, nothing beats the grandeur of lunch or dinner in a stately location. And you don't have to be a millionaire to sample a taste of the good life. Cheshire is packed with absolutely gorgeous country house hotels all offering everything from fine dining to fixed...Read This Article

Oddfellows (2008)

Oddfellows (2008)

Chester is not exactly short of places to eat. So any new establishment setting up shop within its ancient walls needs to be pretty special. Oddfellows is exactly that. Housed in a 17th-century building which was once the home of an ancient tradesmen's guild, it combines the excl...Read This Article

Where To Beat The Credit Crunch (2008)

Where To Beat The Credit Crunch (2008)

The credit crunch has had a serious impact on all of us. Even in Alderley Edge, the Cheshire village with the most champagne consumption per capita in the UK, restaurateurs are taking steps to keep the punters coming in on off-peak nights. Others are fast catching on to the idea....Read This Article

Residence (2008)

Residence (2008)

Residence occupies an absolutely fantastic building right in the centre of Nantwich. It is a Georgian mansion, which, variously, has been used as a courthouse and personal residence. For years, it was a restaurant called Peppers, which closed down a while ago. Now it has risen fr...Read This Article

A Taste Of The Med In Cheshire (2008)

A Taste Of The Med In Cheshire (2008)

The first person to bring a taste of the Med to the UK was arguably cookery writer Elizabeth David whose books oozed sea and sunshine and were British bestsellers at a time when olive oil was something most people bought from the chemist and vegetables like green peppers and aube...Read This Article

London Road Restaurant & Wine Bar (2007)

London Road Restaurant & Wine Bar (2007)

Alderley Edge is a legend of in-your-face affluence and none of it is exaggerated. Champagne consumption here per capita is the highest in the land and even the charity shops are full of designer gear, no doubt cast-offs from the many footballers and their wives who live roundabo...Read This Article

La Belle France In Cheshire (2007)

La Belle France In Cheshire (2007)

For the past ten years at least, 'Modern British' has been flavour of the month on Planet Restaurant. Eateries come and go but there's a common theme -- menus offering what's essentially comfort food - upmarket fish and chips, bread and butter pudding -- at prices which are somet...Read This Article

Heddy's (2007)

Heddy's (2007)

Wilmslow may be awash with restaurants and many come and go. But Heddy's -- the owner is Heddy Ghazizadeh -- really is a local mainstay. The Middle Eastern fare on offer here is seriously authentic and seriously good. A holiday feel permeates this bright and breezy restaurant whi...Read This Article

Sunday Lunch In Cheshire (2007)

Sunday Lunch In Cheshire (2007)

Nothing, not even the Full English Breakfast, beats a classic Sunday Lunch. The prospect of roast meat with crisp roast potatoes, luscious gravy and fresh vegetables really is an unbeatable combination -- in the right environment, of course. But too many places still serve up ove...Read This Article

The Shaker Room (2007)

The Shaker Room (2007)

At the height of the 1980s, every High Street had a cocktail bar. Grotty pubs were transformed into flashy palaces serving a motley collection of drinks (most with suggestive names). And then the fashion moved on. . .So it's good to see that Altrincham now has a new place where y...Read This Article

Gastropubs In Cheshire (2007)

Gastropubs In Cheshire (2007)

It's an over-used term, and sometimes an utter misnomer which at its worst can mean horribly over-priced food at restaurant prices. But the gastropub is here to stay and Cheshire has some of the very best. Some are in swanky locations; others tucked away in less likely backwaters...Read This Article

Joseph Benjamin (2007)

Joseph Benjamin (2007)

The county town of Chester has many fine places to eat and drink. One of the newest and best is Joseph Benjamin. Its formula is one which was perfected many years ago by places like Valvona and Crolla in Edinburgh and the question is why there aren't many more places like it. Bas...Read This Article

Fine Dining In Cheshire (2007)

Fine Dining In Cheshire (2007)

Cheshire has a long list of places where five-star food reigns supreme. Not the vogueish, party animal type of places (though there are plenty of those, too) but venues where quality food and a classy ambience is the paramount reason for going. Here are a few venues to consider f...Read This Article

Olive Press (2006)

Olive Press (2006)

Michelin-starred chef and entrepreneur Paul Heathcote made his name back in the 1990s with Modern British fare, which ingeniously combined traditional recipes with innovative cooking and stylish delivery. His flagship restaurant at Longridge, near Preston, and the ever-growing Si...Read This Article

Where To Dine With The Family In Cheshire (2006)

Where To Dine With The Family In Cheshire (2006)

Dining 'en famille' is not usually much fun in this country. The so-called 'family friendly' restaurants tend to be pretty tacky and fully paid up members of the Freddy Frog's Fast Food Factory school of cooking. Happily, there are exceptions to this rule. And some of the best pl...Read This Article

Swan With Two Nicks (2006)

Swan With Two Nicks (2006)

Locations don't come much nicer than the one which is enjoyed by the Swan With Two Nicks. Perched on the edge of the Dunham Massey estate, it's a fair approximation of a rural idyll yet only a 10-minute drive or so from the busy urban hub of Altrincham. All of which helps makes t...Read This Article

Putting The Spice Into Cheshire (2006)

Putting The Spice Into Cheshire (2006)

A couple of years back chicken tikka masala was declared our favourite national dish. But no doubt running it close is the Great British Public's more recent yen for other Far Eastern delights such as Thai green curry and crispy duck with pancakes. Spring rolls and Thai fishcakes...Read This Article

Pecks (2006)

Pecks (2006)

Less, so they say, is more. But that's definitely not a culinary philosophy which applies to Pecks. This restaurant, a mile or so from Little Moreton Hall near Congleton, is truly a one-off and very much a full-on food experience. They do lunches here but dinner is the main event...Read This Article

Italian Dining In Cheshire (2006)

Italian Dining In Cheshire (2006)

Cheshire is pretty well known for its love of La Dolce Vita. Grittier parts of the northwest may pride themselves on regional delicacies like black pudding and pigs' trotters but in Cheshire, Italian food reigns supreme as the favoured option for a night out. Even tiny places lik...Read This Article

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