The Yard Chester

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The Yard Chester

Favourite Italian restaurant has returned with a fresh new look

The Yard has made a great name for itself in Chester over the years, and rightly so. More recently, 2020 saw the partnership of one of Chester’s best Chef’s Carl Noller and The Suburbs Bar & Eaterie founder Kingdom Thenga. Some say this is a match made in hospitality heaven, and we agree.

Throughout lock down both Carl and Kingdom were working hard behind the scenes to bring you a different version of this much-loved restaurant. It’s been given a quirky little makeover inside the intimate dining area, and the menu has had a revamp too. But don’t worry, some of Carl’s classic menu items are still on the menu, including the crispy egg & black pudding starter which he says can never be replaced!

The ethos for food here is modern Italian dining, taking original Italian recipes and executing them with a contemporary twist. Every ingredient is sourced as locally as possible to bring you the freshest of flavours. The pasta is homemade daily, and we think it’s the best in town.

One of our favourite dishes is the Bolognese. This isn’t any ordinary Bolognese however, it’s made with Carl’s very special recipe and instead of the standard beef mince, slow cooked beef cheeks are used. It’s one of those dishes that takes you back down memory lane but surprises you with intense flavours – a grown-up Bolognese. Their traditional Sunday roasts are gorgeous too and come served with a drink included.

On the wine list you will be taken on a journey through Italy (with a couple of cheeky stops in South Africa!), with wines that have a perfect marriage with the fabulous food on offer. Beyond the wine, you will find a great selection of cocktails, beers, and spirits too.

And if you’re not quite done with your evening out once your meal has finished, we have heard if you give the waiter a wink they will show you somewhere you can have some drinks on the down low. Shhhhh though, its our little secret.

We know that food & drink have a big part to play in a restaurant’s offering, but one of the stand-out reasons this place is so good is the service. They’re as hospitable as an Italian grandmother would be.

Chester has many restaurant’s, but The Yard is special. When you arrive, you will instantly feel you’re in your own little bit of Italy – from the decor to the food & drink and of course the service. It may be on the other side of town, but we can guarantee its worth the trip.