When it comes to cafes in Chester, there is an array of delightful coffee shops and tearooms to choose from. Whether you are looking for a place to work or to spend an afternoon catching up with friends, Chester has it all.
Here are 6 of the best cafes in Chester:
Located on Northgate Street, close to the Storyhouse theatre, Ginger is a family run wine bar and deli. With only a few tables inside, Ginger has a cosy, rustic atmosphere that is perfect for catching up with friends.
In the morning a tempting breakfast menu is available. Breakfasts include croissants, toast, scones, yoghurt as well as a ‘posh’ bacon sandwich if you fancy something more filling. Then in the afternoon, choose from meat and cheese platters with a glass of wine or two (or coffee!).
Ginger can also cater for larger groups, such as book clubs, but it is advisable to book in advance. This is because of the limited space inside. Plus, it’s an extremely popular cafe. There are a couple of tables outside for when the weather is nice, and you can watch the world go by.
2. Hanky Panky Pancakes
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savoury snacks, Hanky Panky Pancakes is the place to be to satisfy your cravings. You can choose exactly how you want your pancakes, so get creative and experiment with different flavours. With options such as fruit, chocolate, fudge and ice cream available (and that’s just the sweet stuff!), you may find it hard to decide. Although you can’t beat a classic sugar and lemon pancake either.
Tip: When ordering a pancake with sugar, they certainly don’t go sparingly. Therefore, if you are trying to cut down on sugar, or if you only like a little bit, ask for your pancake without sugar. You can then sprinkle your own sugar from the sugar pots on each table, to ensure it’s exactly to your taste.
Hanky Panky Pancakes is hidden away on Commonhall Street. As you walk up from Bridge Street, it will be on your right.
3. Tea on the Wall
When looking for cafes in Chester, it’s often the case that you want somewhere to have a quick pit stop. As you can probably guess from the name, Tea on the Wall is a small, quaint café and tearoom located on Chester’s city walls. This makes it the perfect choice for a quick coffee stop if you are taking a break from walking around the walls.
Tea on the Wall is light and airy, with some magnificent views of the city. Serving homemade soups, scones and sandwiches, as well as Afternoon Tea, refuel your energy, so you don’t miss out on any valuable sightseeing.
You can fine Tea on the Wall on the city walls near Rufus Court. There are some steps leading up from Northgate Street near the Northgate Arch.
Baristas on Watergate Street on the left-hand side as you walk up from the Cross. Step down into the crypt and you will find yourself in a peaceful setting away from the busy crowds of Chester city centre.
Baristas prides itself on their coffee knowledge to offer an independent alternative to the usual chains. They roast coffee beans each morning, so you know your cup will be fresh and full of flavour, and made by expert baristas.
Baristas also offers an extensive lunch menu, including paninis, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and toasties. The portion sizes are very generous, so you can be sure you won’t go hungry after eating here!
5. Mad Hatters Tearoom
If you are looking for a tearoom with a twist, out of all the cafes in Chester, Mad Hatters Tearoom is one of the most quirky. You will receive your cakes and hot drinks on mis-matched cutlery. You will feel like you have entered your very own wonderland with the topsy-turvy feel of the tearoom.
There is often a good selection of yummy cupcakes to choose from, such as strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter and chocolate flavour, which go perfectly with a warming cup of tea or coffee. Savoury choices include soups, sandwiches, eggs and burgers.
If you have an afternoon to spare, try the Afternoon Tea. You will receive a selection of mini sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth scones with jam and cream, and delicious cakes. Plus, unlimited tea of your choice. You don’t have to stick to the same type, so it’s a good excuse to try different flavours. Options include English Breakfast, Assam, Darjeeling and Peppermint.
Mad Hatters Tearoom is on the rows on Bridge Street. It’s about a 1-minute walk from Chester Cross.
6. Ella’s Bistro
Ella’s café is a small bistro serving homemade lunches, as well as hot and cold drinks. It is an ideal place to come if you are looking for a quiet space to work, read or simply to have a relaxing afternoon.
Ella’s is decorated in neutral tones and provides a traditional café atmosphere, so don’t expect any fancy frills, just lovely homecooked food.
Ella’s Bistro is at the top of Lower Bridge Street, on the left-hand side near Headmasters. It’s quietly tucked away, so can be easy to miss. However, this means that it’s not usually too busy and you should be able to find a table. Even on a busy Saturday afternoon, which is one of Chester’s peak shopping times.
It’s always enjoyable trying a new café that you haven’t been to before. And there are lots of cafes in Chester to choose from. All will have slightly different atmospheres, different menus and different specialities in tea and coffee. There are quieter, traditional cafes as well as cafes with a more modern feel. The cafe you choose will depend on the experience you wish to have.
The best thing about Chester is that it is large enough to accommodate such a wide choice of cafes, yet small enough to be able to walk around. This gives you the possibility of being able to explore until you stumble upon your next favourite café.