Some of the best memories we take away from a destination we visit are linked to food so, for those who are planning a spa break in Cheshire, you might be interested in learning about some of the county’s most wonderful places to eat. Cheshire is replete with top restaurants, pubs, and cafes, providing visitors and locals alike a lovely selection of delicious dining destinations. Of course, Mottram Hall’s superb eating options are a must (including the likes of Carrington Grill and afternoon tea), but what else is available in the wider world of Cheshire? Well, read on to see what you can enjoy when out and about with our food lover’s guide to Cheshire.
Located on London Road, Yu Alderley Edge is a must-visit for those who love superb Asian cuisine. This elegant and glamorous Cheshire restaurant is certainly one of the coolest spots in the county, with their cooks looking to utilise the best ingredients to blend traditional and modern methods of cooking with fine dining. This family-run restaurant boasts an award-winning chef and, as a result, a menu to be truly proud of. Featuring a blend of traditional and modern Chinese cuisine, the menu contains classic dishes you know and love as well as the likes of Thai roasted salmon with lemongrass, chilli, and garlic; smoked corn-fed chicken with ginger and truffle oil, and what is known as the chef’s dinner menu – a three-course feast designed for a minimum of four people.
Speaking to us about their establishment and what sets it apart, the team at Yu Alderley Edge said: “Yu Alderley Edge brings a unique, modern twist on traditional Chinese cuisine. Using only the finest ingredients, Yu’s executive Chef Victor Yu has a phenomenal reputation amongst foodies, earning the title ‘best Chinese chef’ from Gordon Ramsay himself. Last year Yu Alderley Edge won the Golden Chopsticks Award for the best restaurant in the UK beating out a number of Michelin star restaurants. Yu is frequented by a lot of high-profile celebrities in the area from footballers, soap stars and the real housewives.”
Yu has also just launched a new spring menu which incorporates a wider variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
One of Cheshire’s best spots for a contemporary and stylish dining venue has to be Relish Café Bar in Hartford. This location offers a truly complete package, combining great café and restaurant style food with an excellent bar replete with delicious beer, wine, and cocktails. Its comfortable environs are a treat as is its outdoor terrace area – perfect for dining when the sun is out. Painting a more detailed picture of what visitors can expect, the team at Relish Café Bar told us:
“Our vision for Relish was to create a community venue, for a thriving village in the heart of Cheshire. A destination for foodies with a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is certain to receive a warm and friendly welcome. Our interior décor is very contemporary, and we also have our front terrace area, which is a real sun trap for our customers to enjoy some al-fresco dining until 10 pm during the summer months.
“In terms of our menu – this reflects what our customers want, be it a light bite or a hearty lunch, maybe even a glass of wine. All of our dishes are freshly made on the premises, including our tempting array of delicious cakes and traybakes that we have available every day. The breakfast menu is served until 5 pm every day and our eggs benedict is a firm favourite. We change our menu twice yearly to ensure that we can include seasonal dishes, remain up to date with trends and are also able to offer variety to our regular customers.”
Image credit: The Courtyard Knutsford Café
It’s not just excellent restaurants and cosy pubs when it comes to Cheshire’s superb dining scene, there are also wonderful cafes such as The Courtyard Knutsford which won’t fail to delight. Nestled away in the heart of Cheshire’s Peak District, The Courtyard Knutsford Café opens its picturesque doors for breakfast, lunch, and tea. Situated on a cobbled courtyard, there’s even a fascinating Penny Farthing museum which you can explore before or after your meal.
Speaking to us about being one of Cheshire’s best kept secrets and what makes them a must-visit, the team at The Courtyard said: “Tucked away in a hidden courtyard just off King Street, you will find Knutsford’s hidden gem; an idyllic cafe adorned with flowers, that feels like you’ve stepped into a fairy-tale! Inside you will find a delightfully cosy atmosphere, alongside an impressive selection of vintage Penny Farthings, Knutsford memorabilia, and a model train tooting around the top of the restaurant.
“This vibrant ambience, when coupled with welcoming service and scrumptious food, make The Courtyard stand out as the place to visit in Knutsford. Whether you’ve just enjoyed a stroll in the breath-taking Tatton Park, or have just shopped till you dropped in all of Knutsford’s glamorous boutiques, The Courtyard is the perfect place to rest your feet and indulge yourself.”
Taking us on a dive into their scrummy menu, the café adds: “The Courtyard offers a wonderfully British menu, that focuses on utilising locally sourced and fresh ingredients to provide sensational taste experiences; with a wide range of choices, including gluten-free options, we offer all-day breakfast, light lunches, fulsome traditional meals and mouth-watering homemade cakes. A favourite amongst customers is our Welsh rarebit, which uses Tatton Ale, Cheshire Cheese and whole grain mustard, to give a sensational kick to this traditional dish.
“Another standout dish is our Smoked Haddock Florentine; on a bed of creamy mashed potato and wilted spinach, sits a beautifully smoked piece of haddock upon which a perfectly poached egg is delicately balanced and then drizzled with our dreamy hollandaise sauce. This impressively crafted dish is aesthetically impressive, but it is the delicious flavour combinations that will amaze and thrill!”
For a warm welcome that fuses top-tier food with relaxing surroundings, Ring O’ Bells in Christleton is a great place to stop by. With a menu replete with homemade, fresh ingredients, a lot of thought and love has been put into each and every dish. If you’re planning to stop by during your time in Cheshire, you might want to take advantage of their delicious offers, including 2-for-1 burgers on Mondays and 2-for-1 pizzas on Wednesdays. To tell us a little more about what visitors can expect to enjoy, the team at Ring O’ Bells said:
“The Ring O' Bells is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Christleton, only a stone's throw from the city of Chester. Not only a family-friendly venue for meals or drinks, the Ring O’ Bells is also the perfect place for any celebration, from christenings and weddings to birthdays and anniversaries. During the summer months, there is a lovely garden that both adults and children alike will enjoy. We offer high-quality home cooking using locally sourced produce, as well as having a large selection of gins, wines and a range of well-kept Cask Marque approved local ales.
“Our menu consists of the Ring O’ Bells take on gastropub classics, serving established favourites such as beer battered fish and chips and fabulous Sunday roasts alongside Mediterranean-influenced dishes, including our famous homemade hand stretched stone baked pizzas. In a nutshell, the Ring O’ Bells is a welcoming Cheshire pub, combining high-class food with friendly service and a great pint.”
Opening its doors back in 2010, Piste Wine Bar & Restaurant on Tarporley’s high street has quickly become a favourite local spot for those Cheshire residents fond of great food and superb wine. Utilising the finest quality ingredients, Piste has put together an impressive menu ranging from nibbles and boards to share, to brunch and exciting dishes from the grill. Speaking to us about what makes them a special addition to Cheshire’s food scene, the team at Piste said:
“We are a family run, multi-award-winning wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Tarporley’s bustling high street. We aim to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment with an emphasis on quality. Our team here at Piste is made up of individuals who have a flair and passion for food, drink and all things hospitality to help you enjoy your experience with us.
“Whether you’re coming down simply for nibbles at the bar, our famous ‘shin of beef’, fondue with friends or indeed pulling out all the stops, we aim to provide a relaxed, cosy and informal environment with an emphasis on quality, service and value. We also have weekly live music on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons! So, whatever you are after we hope you can wine, dine and unwind with us here at Piste!”
The lovely Cheshire country pub The Fox and Hounds is located in Sproston and excels at serving up deliciously fresh food, sourced from the best locally sourced produce. Settling in by their cosy fireplace for a meal during the colder months is certainly a treat and considering that the excellent menu is accompanied by a carefully cultivated wine list, The Fox and Hounds helps distinguish itself as one of Cheshire’s very best culinary destinations. Telling us a bit more about the dining experience awaiting visitors – beyond their 28-day aged steaks – the team at The Fox and Hounds said:
“The Fox and Hounds is a privately-owned Country Pub that takes great pride in providing excellent food and service. All our products are homemade and sourced locally. Our most popular dishes are our famous Beef and Guinness Pie, Fish and Chips and our Chilli Beef Salad.
"We have disabled access and a children’s play area at the rear with plenty of outside seating. The Fox and Hounds is a great location for business or pleasure. We are also easily accessible from Junction 18 of the M6.”
Image credit: 1539 Restaurant and Bar
1539 Restaurant and Bar is a contemporary English establishment situated on Nuns Road in Chester. Named after the year in which racing began in Chester, 1539 is located on the premises of Chester Racecourse – one of the county’s most popular tourist attractions. With this most unique of settings for your dining backdrop, guests can look forward to a comfortable meal comprised of delicious foods and plentiful drinks. The menu itself is more than a match for the historic view, offering diners some interesting twists on classic British cuisine, as well as serving up dishes inspired by the best global flavours. For lunch, you can look forward to treats such as a char-grilled 27-day aged sirloin steak and for dinner, there are possibilities that include roast rump of Welsh Lamb and beef medallions with sticky glazed short ribs.
Cheshire’s best dining locations and places to eat
- Mottram Hall
- Yu Alderley Edge
- Relish Café Bar
- The Courtyard Knutsford Café
- Ring O’ Bells
- Piste Wine Bar & Restaurant
- The Fox and Hounds
Now that you know what’s in store for you in terms of great food and delicious meals, make sure that you explore all that a stay at Mottram Hall has to offer.