GUSTUM Italian Speciality

‘New Italian eatery Gustum recently opened on the Northgate walls, in the space formerly occupied by a bookshop. An extensive renovation has seen the unit transformed into a welcoming continental style cafe/takeaway.  The menu offers Italian delicacies such as parma ham, mozzarella and gorgonzola, with veg and other products sourced locally. 

Owner Marco Di Pasquale chatted to us about his new venture and his love for the city.”Gustum is Italian speciality. Gustum is Latin for breakfast/brunch, a midday snack. I decided to open a little cafe/takeaway on the city wall, the menu recalls a little bit of the Roman Empire’. (taken from

Jacob Skeldon, Georgii Valeev, Dmitri Vigul, Michael Wiggan, Phil King, Simon Matthews, Stephen Walton, Philip McKay, Chris Reynolds, Campbell McConnell, Julie Dennis, Sara Dobson

Joseph Benjamin

Joseph Benjamin is a Chester restaurant owned and run by brothers Ben and Joe Wright. The idea behind the restaurant is simple – top quality food and drink in a comfortable and relaxed environment, prepared with honesty and integrity and served with care and attention.

The restaurant has held a Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ award (“offering good food at reasonable prices”) since 2012.

Joseph Benjamin opens at 9am for coffee and breakfast. Lunch is served from noon till 3pm and then, on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 6pm.

David Gill, Jenny Meehan, James March, Michele Landel, Susan Welsby, Liz Fitzgerald-Taylor, Ian Hill Smith

Commonhall St. Social

Fabulous venue spread across 3 floors with an open terrace and lots happening all the time! Interesting and sometimes locally sourced craft beverages and ever changing fridge stuff. See the boards next to the bar for some of our newer bits and bobs. We also serve food, check out the menu on our website!

Louisa Johnson, Sharon Hall Shipp, Gill O’Shea, Lisa Jayne Holmes, Evelyn Donnadieu, Heather Lannin & David Heke, Lilith Harrison –Rooke, Thomas Jeffrey Davies, Roger Young, Robert Burgess, Philip Westcott, Magenta Shepley, Georgina Vinsun, Catherine Parry, Adrienne Brown, Sophie, Matthew Martin, Lloyd, Susan Barber, Tim Cottee Christopherson, Sasha Llewellyn, Richard Shipp, Anastasia Tilston

Chichester Arms

The 'Chi' as it's now named (originally Chichester Arms) after a recent, beautifully tasteful refurbishment has all the character, charm, welcoming atmosphere and 'good feel', accompanied with the free-fall banter of the Chester 'Garden Quarter' locals that I strongly feel as a sound reason that you should go out of your way, or to new people in the area, to experience everything the Chi is. I doubt it'll be your first and last visit. Yep... that good. Be part of the Chi crowd.

Jackie - the landlady who was highly influential in the refurb design - and her long standing loyal staff know and ACTUALLY run a pub for people to enjoy of all ages whatever the time of the opening hours. It's Jackie's passion... and it shines through. Live bands including the super- cool , immensely talented residents playing every Monday -The Terry Burgin Blues Band ("eat your heart out Maddy Waters" they say!), along with open mic, purely fun kariokki and quiz separate evenings, tasty wholesome food, nice and easy local clientele ( absolutly no pretentious people to be found here ) with an amazing Juke box. Spotify maybe has met its match... well not quite but go and indulge yourselves with searching out those long-since heard ,or regularly played tunes throughput the 60's to present day. Great fun, lashings of nostalgia and maybe a little jig or two probably cus 'no-ones watching'... honest !

Come down to the Chi to enjoy in my words 'what a cracking pub this is'. I wouldn't bet against you making new friends to make it an extra special time, coming back time over. I did a few months ago and it's been well worth my walk past a few others... quite a few times now.

These are unsolicited comments from a fan of passionately run, distinctive pubs with that 'special feel' one experiences from time to time. Simple as that. Reckon it's my what was that you are drinking did you say? Cheers folks!”

Mark Roland, John Cockshaw, Kevin Raikes, Gerard McGregor, Angus Mcdonald, Barbara Witkowska, Chloe Feldman Emison, Lilith Harrison –Rooke, Karen Lawrence, Zoe Sanders, Susan Plover

The Sandy Box,

“The staff are the best thing about this place which is saying something given how delicious the food and cocktails are!
We were a party of six who had booked a table for food after the races. Food was delicious and really reasonably priced. 100% recommend the kahuna burger, great that you can choose to double it up too. Quality meat, clearly homemade and a delicious bun!
When it came to drinks the staff asked what sort of flavours we liked and made cocktails based around those, I asked for something kiwi flavoured and gin based - they did not disappoint
Can't wait to come back again!”

Susan Welsby, Mark Funge, Luciana Hermida, Jay Hurst, Emily Holmes, Dave Cope, Alice Jenkins, Annette Jansen, Liz King

Maison Claire boutique hotel

Maison Claire is a unique boutique bed and breakfast. Maison Claire is just a 2 minute walk into the city centre. All our rooms are beautifully decorated and are comfortably furnished with en-suite showers, TVs and tea/fresh cafetiere coffee making facilities. We have a pretty garden area for you to enjoy tea/coffee and snacks. It is a warm and friendly Victorian house close to the centre of Chester. We are a traditional, family-run B&B combining comfortable, quality accommodation with a personal service, useful advice and local knowledge in a homely, relaxed atmosphere.

James March, Mark Reeves, Susan Wooler, Rob Owens, Claire Halliday 

Booth Mansion

Booth Mansion is a Grade 1* Listed building in the centre of Chester. Based on Watergate Street just 50m from the Cross we are in the centre of Chester, the County town of Cheshire has a rich and varied history dating back to pre Roman times. Booth Mansion has recently reopened after a number of years lying dormant as an Art Gallery, Tearooms, Retail Space and Serviced Office Space.

​Recently being granted a Full Alcohol License it s a Classical environment to relax and enjoy the ambience of a period listed property. The Booth Foundation was created in 2016 as a Social Enterprise and Not for Profit organisation to support the Arts in Chester, Cheshire and the North West of England. We focus on exhibiting and supporting local artists based in Cheshire. Come and join us for a relaxed light lunch, Afternoon Tea or a glass of wine or beer in the 17th Century Ballroom.

John Lilley, Georgii Valeev, Ioanna Sakellaraki,  Karen Beattie, Phil Lockwood, Rob Owens, Annette Jansen, Emily Knox, Janet Im, Tim Cottee Christopherson, Yigit Tasdemir

Café Rouge

Join us on the terrace this summer - for an al fresco brunch, lunch or dinner. Discover our beautiful outdoor dining space and find the perfect spot to relax and while away the hours as we take care of the rest...
Situated on Bridge Street, the historic heart of this picturesque city, Café Rouge Chester has a beautiful Parisian-inspired interior, we have the perfect setting in which to meet friends or just unwind over a glass of your favourite.

With a fantastic menu filled with delicious innovative takes on the classics and dishes inspired by different regions of France, there's something to suit everyone.

Jack Thompson, Kim Keogh

LA Arms

The Liverpool Arms is known to many as The LA is Chester’s only full time gay friendly establishment. Recently refurbished, the atmosphere is fantastic every evening. A sister bar to Bar 6T9, it is full of entertainment and regular great shows.

Alexei  Shidlovskii, Cyd Hindle, Sarah Adams, Nicola Powys, Christopher Furminger, Andrew Leigh


“A sunny morning in busy Chester. We spotted this cafe off the main drag. A warm welcome; delicious coffee (quite rare, I'm afraid); fantastic cake; relaxing, moving music which added greatly to our experience! What a gem! Bellisimo!”

Allisdair McNaull, Clive Christopherson, David Thomas, Mark Reeves

Ginger Wine Bar & Delicatessen

“A proud Cestrian, raised in my family’s city centre pub. For the past six years I’ve worked as Fundraising Manager at The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, the cancer hospital for our area.

I had long harboured a dream to run a wine bar/deli in Chester, but it was only after my mum Sandra got the all clear from an aggressive form of breast cancer that we decided life was too short not to take the plunge.

For a long time I’ve hoped somebody would open a relaxed wine bar-come-deli-type-place in Chester. I don’t always want to go for a big meal on a Friday night, I love live music but don’t always want a loud band… after a busy week I want to graze on nibbles over a bottle of wine, listen to background music, and relax.

I started planning how I’d do it, if I ‘won the lottery’…

… I haven’t won the lottery! But nobody else opened what I felt Chester was missing and my partner encouraged me to look into it further. After my mum survived a cancer diagnosis and gruelling treatment regime four years ago, we decided life’s too short. I gave up my job and mum decided to give hers up too! We opened Ginger wine bar & delicatessen in November 2015.

It has been a labour of love, we cook almost everything ourselves and anything we realistically can’t, we source local. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Jade & Sandra”

Kathrine Geoghegan, Iori Agoston, Roy Goodman

Cinderbox Coffee

Great little coffee shop with friendly and quick service. Light snacks and lunches available including cakes, tea cakes, sandwiches, paninis and salads. Good offer on bacon sandwiches with coffee of your choice. Older couples and young families were visiting the day we went. High chairs available plus low soft seating areas as well as dining style tables and chairs to suit a range of customers. Will definitely come here again.

David Tarrant, Bryn Sutcliffe, Claire Halliday, Dale Emmerson, Roger Young, Rob Owens, Kim Keogh 


Marmalade is an intimate licensed cafe on Northgate Street in the heart of Chester's independant scene.  We offer a full breakfast and lunch service as well as delicious homemade cakes and great coffee.

Newly expanded and licensed, Marmalade offers a spacious, comfortable dining experience where you can enjoy a bottle of beer, a cheeky glass of prosecco while you listen to our fabulous music and while away the afternoon.

We're happy to serve you 'to go' but love to see you sit and enjoy our food, music and atmosphere.

Isabelle Cains, Lucy Purrington, Tom Davies, Marion Jones

Chester Art Centre

Martin Crampin, Brigitte Watkinson, Claire Mehag, Lisa Jayne Holmes, Wanda Garner, Allisdair McNaull, Gaynor Davies, Katherine Sullivan, Lucy Purrington, Simon Matthews, Yvonne B, Szilvia Ponyiczki, Susan Wooler, Philip McKay, Michelle Harrison, Mark Edmonds, Juliette Anne, Jay Hurst, Jana Brodkin-Singh, Lisa V Robinson, Nika Tarawska, Dave Cope, Angus Mcdonald, Chloe Feldman Emison, Barbara Mercer, Adrian Beamish, Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene, Gerard McGregor, Yigit Tasdemir, Aimee Green, Lorraine Thorpe, Judith Hay, Dione Robero, David Holmes, Heather Lannin & David Heke, Lynda Sterling, Georgina Vinsun, Frank Barnes, Cyril Tilstone, Benilda Beretta, Gerard McGregor, Guy Wilkinson, Rachel Hinds, Melody Smith

The Sandy Box
LA Arms
Joseph Benjamin
Commonhall Social
Cafe Rouge