Arkle

“Accomplished cooking in a stylish city hotel.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

CHESTER, CHESHIRE

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Deep within the luxurious Chester Grosvenor hotel, the Arkle restaurant has a club feel with its warm woods, striking flower displays, rich dark blues and yellows and sumptuous furnishings. The sophisticated space, seating just 40 guests, is illuminated by a skylight and large chandelier, and presents tables elegantly dressed in crisp double linens. Service from smartly uniformed staff is as polished as the modern cooking which displays well-defined flavours and precise technical skills. The menus are continually changing with new dishes that showcase the best fresh produce of the season. From Thursdays to Saturdays in the evenings there’s either the full seven-course tasting menu or the slightly shorter five-course interpretation, and for lunch on Saturdays, a three-course menu is offered. The vegetarian and plant-based tasting menus hold their own alongside the other options. Whichever way, diners get to enjoy the full Arkle experience. So, start with exemplary bread made by resident baker ‘Barry’, then you might find dishes such as scallop ceviché, radish and caviar, and Pink Fir potato, Jerusalem artichoke, Granny Smith and truffle. Delight number three could be Creedy Carver duck, preserved raspberry and spices followed by line-caught sea bass, English asparagus, XO salt. Next to pack a punch is salt-aged beef fillet, sprouting broccoli, miso and yeast extract, or partridge Wellington, Wye Valley asparagus, broad bean and pea. Dessert could be white chocolate, juniper, crème fraîche, and citrus preceding the intriguing cacoa bean, husk and nib. If you’ve still room, there’s a cheese trolley heading your way. The accompanying wine flight includes glasses from around the world, beginning with a sparkling wine from the Gusbourne vineyard in Kent.

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Arkle
Eastgate, CHESTER, CH1 1LT

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Sunday, Tuesday
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 690
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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