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If time seems to stand still in the restaurant tucked at the back of Cheshire’s grandest hotel, the cooking doesn’t. Simon Radley’s willingness to embrace international ingredients and new techniques produces a menu rich with possibilities. To start, Helford oysters are poached and fried, then served with yuzu curd and avocado; agnolotti are filled with salt-cod and served with girolle ketchup. High-end raw materials are a hallmark, whether sourced from a local butcher for the beef fillet with red wine bresaola, scorched leeks and cracked mustard, or from France for squab with dates, dandelions and coffee. Some things never change – the bread trolley is still a thing of impressive, wheaten beauty; the cellar remains thrillingly well stocked – and intuitive staff know when to step forward and when to stand back. An eight-course tasting menu allows ample time to admire the room, which glows with soft golds and well-polished antiques.
Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2015 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in May and June 2015. Thousands of readers and bloggers took part and the results were moderated by the Square Meal editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The survey does not ask for or include any restaurants in London. Click here for a full list of Square Meal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
Simon Radley is a Michelin starred restaurant set within the classical Grosvenor hotel in the centre of Chester. Not short of accolades it is also ranked 47th in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide. We chose the restaurant as a venue for a anniversary meal. Everything about the hotel and dining room screamed classical and traditional in keeping with Chester in general.We took advantage of the Spring offer of the tasting for £59 per head which seemed good value. The bread offering is one of the most extensive we have come across and personal favourites include walnut and fig, potato and brioche...
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