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Chester bistro named one of the 100 best restaurants in the UK

visitor economy 20/08/2021

Sticky Walnut has made the top 100 for the last 9 years.

A bistro in Chester has been named one of the top 100 restaurants in the UK - for the ninth year running.

Sticky Walnut on Charles Street in Hoole was the only Cheshire establishment to feature on the National Restaurant Awards' definitive guide this year, coming in 62nd place.

According to the bistro's owner Gary Usher, it has made the top 100 for the last nine years including this year's guide, which was published on Tuesday (August 17). 

The National Restaurant Awards described Sticky Walnut as a neighbourhood restaurant 'that should be the blueprint for every small bistro in the country'.

The description on the awards' website says: "Gary Usher has become a household name in recent years thanks to his searingly honest and outspoken approach to Twitter and his barnstorming attempts at crowdfunding that have led to him overseeing a burgeoning group of bistros (Elite Bistros), but it is here at Sticky Walnut where it all began.

"The Hoole-based restaurant’s ethos is a simple one – serve humble yet expertly thought out (and delightful) dishes using the best possible ingredients in convivial and unpretentious surroundings – and has become a benchmark for neighbourhood restaurants all over the country in the process. Chester restaurateur Gary Usher, whose Sticky Walnut restaurant in Hoole was the AA Guide's 2014 Restaurant of the Year.

Chester restaurateur Gary Usher "Sticky’s enduring appeal lies in its simplicity but also Usher and team’s acute understanding of what makes a successful bistro tick in terms of the menu’s size, pricing and the featured dishes. 

"In many cases, Usher has taken an ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it approach’ with many dishes, not least his now iconic chicken liver parfait and beef featherblade of beef, having stood the test of time since the restaurant opened in 2011.

"The format is approachable and good value, with two courses for £35, three for £40 – sharing plates such as guinea fowl stuffed with sobrasada, dates and almonds – and portion sizes that you would expect from any self-respecting bistro."

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Gary said: "We’ve made the top 100 every year for the last eight years and tonight we’re in there again. "Running a restaurant isn’t easy but keeping one like @StickyWalnut consistent with its product for over 10 years is absolute testament to its team. Proud."