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A Taste of Spring in Chester is a brand-new food and drink trail, featuring the best of our local produce right here in the City, Cheshire and North Wales.

This is a collaboration between local promotional platform We Love Good Times, local produce specialists Taste Cheshire (who also run the much-loved Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival), Marketing Cheshire and a whole host of fabulous bars, restaurants, dining pubs and bistros who are bouncing back from the pandemic so admirably.


A Taste of Spring in Chester is a month-long celebration of the best use of local produce on our menus, as well as a separate cocktail trail and a real ale trail, featuring a superb selection of locally brewed beers and spirits from award-winning distillers.

This city-wide initiative is also part of ‘Designed by Nature’ and ‘Spring Blooms’, which will see art installations and special events appear all over the city to mark the arrival of Springtime in some of our favourite parks and outside spaces. ‘Designed by Nature’ has been created by the Destination Chester network, to celebrate the city in all its glory after a challenging period. Alongside the installations, there is a host of free activities for all the family including kayak taster sessions, zero-waste cocktail making, street theatre and acrobatic performances. Head to the Spring Blooms site for updates on the programme as it unfurls this month.

A Taste of Spring in Chester kicks off 1st March and includes a digital and printed map with QR code, to guide local food and drink lovers and visitors alike around the city to enjoy fabulous produce from over 30 independent venues, that continue to pride themselves on delivering great quality and service, despite such challenging times over the last two years.

Taste of Spring Map

The campaign will showcase dishes from the city’s only Michelin Green Starred restaurant hypha, as well as cocktails from everyone’s favourite neighbourhood bar The Suburbs in Hoole. We also celebrate sustainability with a closed-loop food and drink system on Common Farm in Waverton, which delivers award-winning beer and pork straight to their own dining and real ale pub in the city centre, The Brewery Tap. Local producers themselves are also celebrated, including Orchard Range Eggs in Christleton and the city’s longest-standing food retailer The Cheese Shop, which source the very best Cheshire cheese, chutneys and condiments.

Artezzan Chester

The campaign will also include a competition to win a Taste Cheshire hamper full of award-winning locally produced food and drink, as well as two special Chester Dining Events, one at Michelin-recommended The Forge on Grosvenor Park Road, and another with TV Chef Ellis Barrie at The Townhouse Hotel & Restaurant on Lower Bridge Street.

A Taste of Spring in Chester runs from 1st to 31st March, and organisers will look to make this an annual event in the city’s food and drink calendar, which is headlined by the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival over Easter bank holiday weekend at Chester Racecourse.

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Funding to provide the services in this project is provided by the Welcome Back Fund (WBF). WBF is managed by Her Majesty’s Government and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is receiving more than £300,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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Chester’s first plant-based, sustainable venue.

The Suburbs
The Suburbs

Suburbs is an intimate and independent cocktail bar and grazing spot in the heart of the Chester suburb of Hoole.

The Brewery Tap
The Brewery Tap in Chester offers a wide selection of best cask ales

Good, honest food and drink is served up at The Brewery Tap in the historic surroundings of Gamul House, a former Jacobean hall.

The Cheese Shop
Food & Drink Shop
The Cheese Shop. Photo Credit: The Cheese Shop

Visit us online or in person to see our great range of cheeses. With a wide selection of ewes, goats, vegetarian and unpastuerised cheeses - you won't know where to begin!


Located in Chester’s iconic Pepper Street, Artezzan takes an honest approach to Mediterranean inspired food served in a modern, fresh, feel-good way. Offering a unique dining and drinking experience celebrating an authentic Mediterranean taste.

The Forge
The Forge

The Forge is a the latest in a group of extraordinary restaurant and dining experiences by restaurateur and chef Mike Robinson.

Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival
Food & Drink
Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival is returning to it's usual Easter weekend dates for 2023, from 8th - 10th April at Chester racecourse.



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