Another Chester dining review and another fabulous, independent restaurant for WLGT to shout about!
The Green House in Chester still feels pretty new to me. They’ve had a stop-start launch period as they first opened their doors last year (and we all know how that went), so it’s great to see them now have a clear run at delivering their superb quality, small plates concept to delighted diners from Chester and beyond …
April and Max are super-knowledgeable about food and drink despite being in their 20’s, which gives them such a fresh and innovative approach to the restaurant industry. They have a steely determination to quality and integrity which is so exciting – and if they are capable of so much now, I can’t wait to see what they will achieve in years to come.
The team at The Green House is tight knit and very, very focused and with big smiles all round, you can’t help but get totally drawn in to their vibe – we felt like we were on holiday! April is a Cestrian through and through and has been working in the industry since the tender age of 14, and Italian Max is every inch the expert and perfectionist when it comes to warm and relaxed hospitality, with very high standards. We also met Chef Adam who is clearly having fun in the kitchen with big flavours and amazing produce – the list of local suppliers is as good as it could be including Hoole Food Market and David Joinson Quality Meats.
We arrived and ordered a couple of delicious, freshly mixed cocktails. I went for the special Watermelon cocktail of the day (check out the video for that epic rum creation) and Phil had the ‘Nice with Spice’ (dark spiced rum, chilli infused chocolate liquor, coconut syrup, fresh lime and pineapple juice) – both of which were cocktail-tastic!
On to the food. WOW! I have to say that sharing small plates with my favourite people has become my favourite way to dine. Lots of different little surprises which keep on coming is definitely a heavenly way to spend an evening, and The Green House delivers with a huge amount of style and sass. We had; Bite sized chorizo (tastiest I’ve ever had) – Seasonal pierogi with savoy cabbage and onion deglazed with white wine and cider vinegar, tossed in sage butter served with sour cream – Gambas von ajo – The Green House scallops on cauliflower puree topped with crispy pancetta and pomegranate – Blow torched mackerel with artichoke pure, sweet goji berries, pickled shallots and mico-shoots – Beef Tagliata served pink tossed in a rocket salad with fresh truffle, pecorino cheese and sun-blushed tomatoes – and Lamb croquettes with pea puree – all of which looked stunning and tasted amazing. They came out of the kitchen a couple at a time, giving us time to savour each one (and take photos obvs!), and because we were sitting downstairs in the bar we could chat to April and Max about the ingredients and ideas behind their fabulous menu.
Luckily we had just enough room for a dessert to share, and the Lemon meringue pie was the very best I can remember. Max then created a ‘digestive flight’ for us including Frangelico, an Italian speciality and a house spirit – the perfect finish to an outrageously good dining experience.
The Green House is a real gem for Chester – a very special place which adds to our already spectacular food and drink landscape. Outstanding.