Cheshire: Food & Drink
When you’re planning on heading out for some scran it’s important that you pick the right place for you. Luckily, when it comes to places to eat in Cheshire, it’s absolutely jam-packed with delicious eateries, jazzy decors and cool themes.
In fact the food and drink scene in Cheshire is so good that the brains that brought Manchester Mackie Mayor, the delicious food court with frozen margaritas in the old 1858 Smithfield Market, are now bringing their creative flair to Cheshire. The teams behind Mackie Mayor, Altrincham Market and Tender Cow have come together to buy a 17th century Cheshire boozer. But until their new ‘proper British pub’ opens we’ve got some great food and drink destinations for you.
Places to eat in Cheshire #1: The best one for sugar-lovers
Holmes Sweet Home in Holmes Chapel includes so many of our favourite things – a pun in their name, Easter egg cheesecakes, rose lattes and doughnuts named after drag queens. To us it’s spot on.
It’s independently run by locals of the town and serves delicious ice cream, cake slabs, milkshakes and coffees. Basically, it’s got everything you need to satisfy that sweet craving. It’s so good in fact it was once described as ‘what they expect you to serve when you go to heaven.’ Pretty high praise.
So when your feet are dragging after a day of pottering around the village, make sure that you pop into Holmes Sweet Home for that sugary sweet boost.
Places to eat in Cheshire #2: The best one for spotting celebrities
Have you ever wanted to dine next to Christiano Ronaldo? Walk the same floors that Taylor Swift has? Well look no further because Fortune City Chinese restaurant, which is right next door to where Harry Styles grew up, is apparently the celebrity hotspot of Cheshire (well, not quite but it’s got some credentials).
When you’re looking for places to eat in Cheshire, this restaurant has been serving delicious traditional Chinese cuisine for nearly 40 years, so you’re definitely safe in their hands. Their aim has always been to serve incredible Chinese food in a modern restaurant setting. So whether you’re after an intimate romantic evening for two or a big dinner party bash, the team at Fortune City will be there to make it happen. Just please, don’t forget to order the 5-spice salt and chilli chips.
Places to eat in Cheshire #3: The one with the best countryside views
The Swettenham Arms is a delightful 16th century inn surrounded by the countryside. If you catch it at the right time of year, you’ll be encompassed by a sweet lavender field on its grounds and an arboretum to take a post-dinner stroll in.
The tempting menus are filled with all your favourite traditional gastro pub grub, so if you’re looking for a place to eat in Cheshire that offers a quiet lunch, a sociable evening meal or a nostalgic Sunday roast, you’re in for a treat at The Swettenham Arms.
It’s not just dinner on offer though, you can join them for ‘Classic Car Tuesdays’ throughout summer, ‘Bike Night’ on Thursdays or ‘Fizzy Friday’, which offers 20% off fizz and prosecco from 5pm-10pm. Lovely bubbly.
Places to eat in Cheshire #4: The best one for doing good
Have you ever wanted to do something meaningful for the community whilst eating your tea? Well, you can at The Clink.
This is one of the best places to eat in Cheshire. It offers delicious, high-quality meals at HMP Styal, a converted chapel. Food is cooked and served by prisoners in training who are working towards getting their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene.
The beautiful restaurant in the Cheshire countryside is adorned with leather upholstery and boardroom tables made by prisoners at HMP Frankland, and poetry from former Clink trainees. The Clink allows prisoners to learn and engage with the public and take steps towards a new life. In fact, The Clink Charity has been achieving stellar results for prisoners for 10 years and has one of the lowest reoffending rates in the UK.
The Clink is frequently in the top 10 restaurants in the area on TripAdvisor so make sure you head down to one of the best places to eat in Cheshire for vegan afternoon tea or book in for a group lunch.
Places to eat in Cheshire #5: The best one for weird and wonderful
What’s the weirdest combo you’ve ordered at a restaurant? Ever had duck with onion bhaji and gravy? What about a katsu chicken burger?
If not so traditional combos are your kind of thing then when you’re looking for a place to eat in Cheshire, you need not look further than The Davenport Arms. This little gem is tucked away in Marton and has a huge selection of delicious dishes for those who like their classics and those who want their food with a twist.
You can enjoy their lunch menus, Sunday roasts and Dinner dishes. Or you can head over to sip a Pina Colada in a plush velvet chair with a zebra print wallpaper backdrop (or any of the other 16 cocktails on their menu: Gin & Jam anyone?) We really mean they’ve got something for everyone.
They’re situated in a quiet little Cheshire village with a lovely golf course next door and plenty of independent shops to browse, making it the perfect place to work up an appetite first.
Places to eat in Cheshire #6: The best one for brunch
Juniper is an artisan brasserie that serves internationally inspired fine foods and beverages for a high quality dining experience.
Their ‘Leading Edge Lattes’ menu is worth a trip alone with a detoxifying Black Magic latte with almond milk, activating charcoal, cacao, vanilla and maple syrup. There’s a blue matcha latte, a red velvet latte, a gold caramel latte, a Lucky Charms latte, and we could go on. For those who don’t like coffee, there’s milkshakes, smoothies and even health shots.
For lunch and dinner, there are artisan bloomer sandwiches and salads and there’s even a healthy menu option. But brunch is where this brasserie shines. If you’re looking for that perfect Saturday morning brunch spot in Cheshire, this is the one. Alongside all the bunch classics there’s grilled steak and eggs, eggs any way, french toast, waffles, Eggs Benedict, caviar and salmon, yoghurt bowls, bircher bowls – all the bowls you can think of! Excuse us, we’re going right now.
Places to eat in Cheshire #7: The best one for dressing up nice
The borough of Cheshire is beautiful and historic, with Chester being a history-lover’s dream. Once you’ve walked the Roman walls once trodden by Roman soldiers, and visited the largest amphitheatre in Britain, it makes sense when looking for a place to eat in Cheshire, you’d want dinner to match the historic grandeur. That’s where the Opera Grill in Chester comes in.
The Grade II listed building has a neoclassical Greek Facade and is fittingly opulent inside too. You can enjoy oysters, ceviche, sashimi, and tartare. There’s a taste of Italy, meats from the land, and fresh catches from the sea. Its menu is impressive and it has a wine list to match and their staff will make sure you have the perfect pairing.
Places to eat in Cheshire #8: The one that makes the best Insta
Bengal Tiger Lily is the National Curry Award winner making it one of the best places to eat curry in Cheshire. Whether you like it eye-wateringly spicy, or prefer a tamer heat, their delectable authentic cuisine is guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds with Chef’s specialty dishes that combine flavoursome Indian cooking with exotic spices and specially sourced ingredients.
The restaurant has big green plants everywhere, cherry blossoms hanging from the ceiling and striking light fittings giving a soft glow to every table. It’s definitely a place you want to whack out the camera and get a few pictures for the grid.
All of this can be enjoyed with excellent strong-bodied, sweet wine that has been chosen to compliment the spicy flavours of India perfectly.