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Located in the heart of Chester we strive to offer you the best seasonal dining experience in the North West. Completely influenced by the fresh local produce available that day, our menus are constantly changing with exciting dishes to capture the taste of the season.

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We work closely along side a couple of guys called 'The Natural Veg Men' who grow all types of veg and salad to support our menus. An added touch to our small restaurant is that our kitchen is completely open allowing you to interact with the chefs and watch your food being cooked.

During the day the vibe is casual and you can pop in for coffee or one of our many loose leaf teas. Lunch is served from 12pm and includes a fabulous range of award winning produce and a number of our signature dishes.

At night we run a small but innovative seasonal menu and everything from our freshly baked bread to our delicious ice cream is made on the premises. We are also very proud to offer exciting vegetarian and gluten free options.

Our love of all things local has also led us to showcase work from local artists and while you’re enjoying your cuppa you can peruse the preloved cook books we have for sale. The space is small and intimate and complete strangers have been known to leave as friends.

...we hope you’ll come in with an open mind and shoot the breeze with us.

The Veg Men

We work closely along side a couple of guys called 'The Natural Veg Men' who grow all types of veg and salad to support our menus. An added touch to our small restaurant is that our kitchen is completely open allowing you to interact with the chefs and watch your food being cooked.

Tea & Coffee

During the day the vibe is casual and you can pop in for coffee or one of our many loose leaf teas. Lunch is served from 12pm and includes a fabulous range of award winning produce and a number of our signature dishes.

Evening Menu

At night we run a small but innovative seasonal menu and everything from our freshly baked bread to our delicious ice cream is made on the premises. We are also very proud to offer exciting vegetarian and gluten free options.

Intimate Restaurant

Our love of all things local has also led us to showcase work from local artists and while you’re enjoying your cuppa you can peruse the preloved cook books we have for sale. The space is small and intimate and complete strangers have been known to leave as friends.

...we hope you’ll come in with an open mind and shoot the breeze with us.

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Menus

Dominated by the best seasonal produce available to us, our menus change on a weekly basis. All our meat and fish is sourced locally and we pride ourselves on innovative vegetarian and gluten free options. We operate lunch menus from 12pm to 2:30pm, with our evening A-la-carte menu kicking in at 6pm.

The whole concept behind our restaurant has grown from a passion to use only the best seasonal food and drink we can get our hands on. Here's a selection of the produce we have been using...

Spring

Local Produce

Heritage Beetroot

First introduced by the Romans the baby beets that appear in May are one our our favourite spring treats. The days of pickled red beetroot are long gone, the Veg Men grow us a range of gold, white and candy beets that give our late spring menu a hit of earthy sweetness that will stop you in your tracks.
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Broad Beans

If there was ever a marker that the growing season is well underway and that a bounty of produce is about to start flowing from the fields then it’s the arrival of the broad bean. Native to North Africa they are one of the oldest beans with a history dating back to the bronze age. A little fiddly for the chefs to work with but a delightful legume that always raises a smile.
Seasonal Produce

New Season Onions

The humble onion, not so humble when they’re as good as the Veg Men’s! Sown in early Autumn and overwintered these beautiful fragrant onions hit the restaurant from mid spring. With a beautiful mild flavour Liam and his team love to work with them because of the quality they bring to our dishes.
Spring Produce

Radish

A real marker that the growing season is underway and a hefty bounty is not far off. We love seeing the vibrant colours of the radish, from classic reds to the more unusual pinks, greens and golds they are a delight to behold. These crunchy, tangy morsels bring us an extra joy as the Veg Men also grow a range of radish seed pods just for. Liam and his team love to get their hands on them find new ways to incorporate them in to our dishes.

Summer

Fresh Veg

Cucumber

The Veg Men grow a small range of cucumbers just for us and they are a delight to behold. They focus on old traditional varieties that you just wont find in the shops, Dragon‘s Egg cucumber and Green Apple cucumber are two of our favourites but their stand our winner is the large Armenian cucumber.
Summer Produce

Edible flowers

Summer sees a wide range of edible flowers coming from the Veg Men, courgette flowers to pea flowers, chrysanthemum flowers to electric daisies, each week through the summer the range grows and give our chefs a chance to work some some of the most beautiful and interesting produce out there. Liam and the Veg Men work closely to ensure that the flowers bring flavour to the plate, if they don’t have something special to them then they don’t make it from the field to the kitchen.
Fresh Food

Heirloom Tomatoes

A rainbow of colours, a menagerie of names and a host of flavours make up the Veg Mens selection of heirloom tomatoes, from June to October our menus are a-wash with them. Growing over 14 traditional varities using the age old method of feeding the soil and letting the soil feed the plant, the Veg Men take great pride in their tomato crop. Picked on the morning of delivery these very special toms are allowed to ripen on the plant and not picked early like many commercially grown crops. The quality in flavour of these tomatoes all comes down to the farming techniques behind them.
Seasonal Food

Aubergines

Some are big, some are small, some are round, some are slim. We’d never seen so many wired are wonderful varieties of aubergine until we started working with the Veg Men. Their desire to search out the best heritage seed varieties really shows in the aubergines they produce. The best thing is balance of flavours they provide, ranging from mild and sweet to acidic and slightly bitter, when they are on the plate you can really taste the quality.

Autumn

In Season Produce

Veg Men Salad mix

A mixture of field grown and greenhouse raised salad crops make up the Veg Mens amazing autumn salad mix. The buttery, fresh flavours of summer are replaced with a hit of mustard, earthy beet leaves and bitter chicories. Across the season anywhere between 7 and 14 varieties enter the mix with the reduced daylight hours making the growing slow but the flavour intense.
Fabulous Food

Main crop carrots

With the change in weather so come the arrival of the beautiful, big, crunchy main crop carrots. Coming in a range of colours their flavour is fantastic and get us in the mood for autumnal cooking. Red and purple varieties are said to be the oldest and native to Afghanistan and you’ll find them alongside the Dutch inspired orange ones and the beautify mild and sweet yellows.
Fantastic Food

Jerusalem Artichokes

Much maligned and misunderstood but something we wouldn’t be without. The Jeruselum artichoke is said to be the first ever cultivated vegetable and with a heritage like this it just has to be part of this list. The Veg Men wait till after the first frosts before they start to harvest them, the frosts develop the tubers flavour and give us something extra special to work with.
Local Produce

Kohl Rabi

This unusual look vegetable is a favourite of ours and we love to see it on the menu in autumn. Its sweet crunch ‘root’ is actually the stem of the plant and is widely used in Kashmiri cuisine. The Veg Men grow us both purple and green.

Winter

Squash

Squash

The lean winter months see the arrival of some monstrous squash in to our kitchens, one of the Veg Men’s specialities. Grown over the whole summer the fruit are allowed to ripen and mature on the plant, they are then stored away from the frosts and their flavours allowed to develop. The flavours they bring to our menus in winter are second to none, it’s like eating sunshine stored from the summer months.
Winter Produce

Leeks

Winter leeks are sweeter and richer than those harvested in summer or spring, this is why we get the Veg Men to hold back part of their leek harvest till February. In Rome Leeks were said to be a favourite of Emperor Nero who believed that eating them helped improve his singing voice!
Fresh Ingredients

Oca

Oxalis tuberosa, a staple in South America that is making a come back in the UK. First introduced in to England in the mid 1800s this winter tuber is something truely special. Planted in May and harvested in December this slow growing crop adds something special to the plate in winter. Their psychedelic exterior leads to a lemon/apricot freshness, which can be eaten raw or cooked in numerous ways. The longer the tubers are left in the ground the better the taste, they are something definitely worth waiting for.
Winter Food

Cavolo Nero

King of the brassicas according to the Natural Veg Men and we couldn't agree more. This unusual cabbage is available throughout Autumn but at its best during the cold winter months. Sometimes called Tuscan Kale its dark green leaves are packed full of vitamins, minerals and most importantly flavour.
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Since our journey has begun we have not only found some fantastic independent suppliers, but some great friends who share our passion about fresh seasonal food and drink. Here are a few of our pals...

Based just 7 miles from us The Natural Veg Men are specialist market gardeners who grow a mix of heirloom and heritage fruit and vegetables. They share our passion for real food grown naturally. They use low energy organic techniques to grow seasonal produce for local customers, in other words there are no chemicals, no hot houses, no forced growing which in turn means that they only grow what is in season but it’s the tastiest, freshest and most organic produce you will find because it’s not filled with nasties! vegmen.co.uk

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Jaunty Goat Coffee was founded in 2013 and remains a small, independently owned and operated coffee company, based in Cheshire. It was founded by a local family, which has over 40 years’ experience supplying the hospitality industry. With this experience, and our in-depth understanding of all aspects of the coffee industry, we can provide advice, training, support and, most importantly, the unrivalled quality in the cup.We are currently focusing on supplying our coffee to businesses in various sectors of the hospitality industry that wish to serve the best coffee possible. We are striving to elevate and preserve the quality of our coffee and are making every effort, by caring not only for the origin and quality of our products, but also the importance of offering the convenience of an economical supplier, to provide you and your customer with the best possible base for your coffee experience.An advantage of being a small independently owned and operated coffee company is our ability to offer knowledge and passion through education exclusively to our customers; our coffee training room facility allows us to deliver the immediate education that goes into making a great cup of coffee.So whether you’re starting up or have an established business in the industry, if you’re looking to upgrade the quality of your coffee, we’re confident we can help. We don’t want to just sell coffee; we want to work and build relationships with people who have the same passions as we do and are committed to serving great coffee.
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Island Shellfish specialises in supplying quality shellfish from the surrounding coastal waters of the Isle of Man. Based on the quayside in Port St Mary a very historic Manx fishing port they are ideally located for local boats to land their catch each day. Island Shellfish works in partnership with local fishermen to ensure their fishing methods are sustainable, combined with the Isle of Man Governments leading marine conservation measures this ensures that the surrounding waters of the Isle of Man are kept healthy and it also means that they can supply the highest quality and finest tasting shellfish there is on offer.
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Los Dos Amigos was formed in 2013 by “The Two Friends” Neil and Tim, who met 25 years ago when they were backpacking in the Greek Islands. Both have a love of foreign travel and over the years both returned to Spain frequently for business and pleasure, developing a passion for quality Spanish food and produce. Experience confirmed that Spain had excellent produce and one evening, over a few glasses of wine, a plan was hatched to source and import the finest produce Spain had to offer. Whilst having lunch in a small restaurant, off the beaten track, the friends dressed a salad with the house oil provided on each table. Immediately they knew they had found the right product with which to launch the brand. They traced the farm producing this Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil and a deal was done. The rest, as they say, is history… Los Dos Amigos are committed to developing relationships with regional and artisan food producers in Spain and offering fair support in making their excellent produce available to the British market.
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Our butcher is Edge & Son, from New Ferry in Wirral. We choose Edges because: They source directly from local farms within a 25 mile radius. They deal only in rare traditional British breed livestock. They work closely with farmers to produce the best free range, naturally fed, long lived stock which is second to none. They slaughter themselves in their own small but highly regulated abattoir ensuring animal welfare is a priority. They keep their meat impeccably in very high tech refrigeration systems. They have 6 generations of knowledge and it shows. They have also won RSPCA good business awards on a number of occasions and have been given the accolade of ‘Best Food Retailer’ in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming awards; for, in the judges’ words, “they concern themselves with every part of the process from farm to fork”.
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Opening Hours

Monday
6pm-9pm

Tuesday
12pm-2:30pm / 6pm-9pm

Wednesday
12pm-2:30pm / 6pm-9pm

Thursday
12pm-2:30pm / 6pm-9pm

Friday
12pm-2:30pm / 6pm-9:30pm

Saturday
12pm-2:30pm / 6pm-9:30pm

Sunday
12pm-3:45pm

Private Dining
Private dining is available at The Chef's Table for up to 24 guests. We’ll design you a bespoke brunch, lunch or evening menu, help you select the perfect playlist and take care of any speciality drinks you require. You have the restaurant solely for your party and our team will be on hand to take care of you and your guests. For more information speak to one of our team.

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