Brilliant bistro fare from crowd-funding expert, Gary Usher. Located in Hoole, just outside Chester, this contemporary bistro falls under the Elite Bistros empire of chef-turned-restaurateur, Gary Usher. Having trained at The Chester Grosvenor, Chapter One and Chez Bruce, Usher is a chef with a passion for getting things just so – and he’s hired likeminded talent, Richard Sharples (Aumbry) as co-conspirator and group executive chef. Usher is also something of a social media and crowd-funding hero whose fourth bistro, Wreckfish, opened in 2017 with more branches planned for Prescot and Manchester’s King Street in 2018. Classic French techniques – and mentor Simon Radley’s passion for citrus – are an influence while exposed brick and heavy oak tables smarten up the townhouse space. Dishes could include charred salmon with ceviche, or braised featherblade with truffle and Parmesan chips. The vanilla crème brulee or richly spiced coconut rice pudding with poached pineapple and sugared hazelnuts make romance somewhat inevitable. A healthy international wine list raises the bar further.