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The hotel has a prime spot within the ancient Roman walls of the city, next to the historic Eastgate Clock, and with its Simon Radley restaurant, The Chester Grosvenor is the undoubted epicentre of the city’s culinary activity. The opulent dining room is rich with shades of gold and cream, with plush chairs to sink into, and a smart and well organised team on hand to service your needs. The dress code is smart, but this is the 21st century, and the mood is suitably buoyant. The fixed-price menu and eight-course tasting menus (vegetarians get their own bespoke version) offer up Mr Radley’s creative take on contemporary British and European cookery, with superlative ingredients and flavour combinations that are nearly always compelling. Take an idea of beautifully caramelised scallops and tender suckling pig, with wild nettles and gooseberries adding layers of sharp and sweet, or another seafood-meat combination, with braised turbot and chicken wings, wee dumplings and blackened artichokes. A lobster and fennel roll is the star of a halibut main course (with poached mussels and saffron sauce), while two might share Edge’s beef sirloin, smoked on Douglas Fir needles. There’s just as much skill and modern pizzazz in desserts such as the en coque – a chocolate and apple combination that is something to behold. The wine list is an epic journey into some of the world’s best vintages.
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Facilities – at a glance
Bold contemporary dining in luxurious room
- Seats: 45
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
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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