Four of us had dinner while staying at the hotel for the 88th birthday of one of us.
I checked out which table we would have the day before our dinner, and thought the one allocated might be a little too large for us and saw one that was exactly right. I spoke with Lance who was on duty and he ensured we had that table when we came the next night. This was the first of many very helpful and considerate things the staff did for us.
Another very kind thing was the Sommelier getting us a bottle of SA Chenin Blanc from the Brasserie restaurant's list [where we had eaten in the previous night and drunk this wine] as it was oaked while the only SA Chenin Blanc on his list was unoaked. We had this as a pre-prandial drink because the cocktails seemed a touch expensive for 80 year olds.
This level of service was shown us throughout the meal by everyone one of the staff.
We were amazed to have a bread trolley to choose from, with maybe 6 or so different breads and choice of salted or unsalted butter.
The set menu food was exquisite and besides the 3 course meal [3 choices for each course}which was part of our hotel package, there were additionally canapés in the bar, amuse bouche, a pre-dessert and amuse des dames. Sensational value.
One couple of our party was from London and the other from Todmorden, and it was everyone's first visit to Chester for years, so we had chosen this hotel via Trip Advisor.
Thank you everyone for making it so memorable. I could not fault anything except the price of the wine chosen for us by the sommelier... but this was my fault for handing over the choice to him, when I had a short list of two of the less expensive wines in my head ......We had a Corsican wine that was acceptable but not raved over by any of us..... when there was an interesting Austrian Gruner Veltliner, and a Spanish Rueda that we would definitely have liked better at half the price. A useful tip is that it is possible to have wines here for under £30 which is not all that usual in a Michelin star restaurant, where the cooking and ambience is of this quality. If your budget us under pressure I would bypass the sommelier or pluck up courage to tell him
IF I LIVED IN CHESTER this would be my once a month treat. The locals are very lucky!!
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