Sticky Walnut

Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Sticky Walnut

Gold Award

Funky young chef (and crowd-funding success story several times over) Gary Usher has done a terrific job here, turning the Sticky Walnut into a brilliant local bistro that receives top marks for consistency, value and quality. Readers can’t get enough of the place, praising Sticky Walnut’s “great quality food” as well as its “good service”.

Gary’s upbeat, sparky cooking matches the restaurant’s offbeat vibe with a succession of creative ideas amalgamating influences from the Med and beyond – all served at very reasonable prices. The eponymous ‘sticky walnuts’ might appear in a roast beetroot salad with spiced pumpkin seeds and ricotta, but he doesn’t overplay the ‘nutty’ theme, preferring to channel his energies into intriguing dishes such as crispy pig’s head terrine with caramelised apple and barbecue sauce or salt baked turnip with Gouda mousse, maple butter, lemon herb crumb and wild garlic.

Some meaty mains are a tad more conventional (think a sharing dish of aged sirloin on the bone in red wine sauce and with a side of truffle and parmesan chips), while eclectic desserts might include baked pineapple and white chocolate cheesecake with poached pineapple and lime sorbet, or perhaps dark chocolate mousse with peanut brittle and banana ice cream. The food is complemented by some intriguing world beers, trendy aperitifs and plenty of wines with gentle mark-ups.

Sticky Walnut is a true all-rounder of a restaurant, offering up a good value set menu and a hearty Sunday lunch offering, which features the likes of rolled and stuffed pork belly served alongside roast potatoes, carrot and swede, broccoli, and apple sauce. Mini foodies meanwhile can enjoy the kids menu, which is sophisticated without being alienating to little ones – think chicken schnitzel with potato wedges and peas, followed by tonka bean ice cream topped with warm chocolate sauce and honeycomb.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Child friendly, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


11 Charles Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3AZ

01244 400400


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-17:00
Mon 18:00-21:00
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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Fernando M

04 May 2017  
Perfect cuisine from someone who really cares about what he does.
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