Michelin-rated brasserie in Chester city centre. Quality ingredients are among the reasons why this smart-casual eatery has become one of Chester’s smash hits alongside a perfectly pitched wine list that begs to be drunk with food or alone. Paper-thin Serrano ham and cured brill in blood orange opens a menu that combines brasserie classics with gourmet snacks. Selections could include cod loin with langoustine bisque, Goosnargh chicken supreme with mushroom fideuà (a kind of vermicelli paella), and fresh gnocchi with sage butter and kale crisps. Sweet and savoury endings like Cheshire ice cream Affogato, fruitcake with Colston Bassett Stilton and a lively bottle of Picpoul round off an extremely reasonable meal at this repeat Michelin Bib Gourmand winner. Excellent tapas place, Porta, is under the same ownership next door and there’s a well-received branch in Altrincham too.