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Chester’s first plant-based, sustainable venue

Focusing on craft cocktails, small plates and fermentation; ‘hypha’ is the coming together of Nicholas Friar; who’s been in the industry for over 15 years, working in some of the best bars and restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ice Rattaphaet; a restauranteur born in Thailand and owner of ‘Nine Elephants Thai Drink & Dine’.

Located on Chester’s iconic Roman walls, this pretty little spot has the perfect setting. Fitting for date nights, meeting with friends or a quick (but still tasty) lunch. Inside you’ll find an informal but interactive space, with hanging foliage and bare wood walls. You get a sense of being in an ‘all natural’ environment as soon as you step in.

Hypha have a strong ethos, and that is to bring Chester a restaurant that is 100% plant based. They are strong believers in sustainability and source a lot of their produce from a Green house in Malpas, you can be assured their carbon footprint is as low as it possibly can be.

Which brings me on to KOJI, a fermentation lab & workspace dedicated to bringing you innovative produce. It’s headed by Sam, who wants to bring flare to the food and drink at Hypha. They also intend to hold masterclasses to show us all how it can be done at home and open a shop for the produce too. It’s all an exciting concept, and a place where they want veganism to be a lifestyle, not a niche or subculture.

Having made the Michelin Guide for 2020, it’s easy to see why, the food can only be described as impeccable. Every ingredient they use here is treated with the love, care and attention it deserves. They believe in letting the flavours of each component speak for themselves (with the help of fermentation sometimes!) and showcase them in a very special way.
At dinner you can choose to dine through the season’s story, giving you 7 delicious courses of the seasons best plant-based produce. You can add a wine pairing or perhaps a glass of the KOJI fermented Kombucha. They have an a la carte menu too, for those not wanting the taste of menu.

This is a very special in Chester, a true dining experience. If you want to enjoy the taste and feel of all things organic, Hypha is the restaurant you should be booking.