Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor retains Michelin star
Cheshire’s only Michelin star has been retained by Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor. The city’s “premier place to stay” has held a Michelin star for an impressive 28 consecutive years.
The Michelin Guide returned with its 2018 edition unveiled this week, revealing the latest group of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland.
Still considered as the most important guide in the world with regards to eating out, Michelin inspectors have spent the last twelve months dining in restaurants throughout the country.
The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant, which is why this news is music to the ears of The Chester Grosvenor, Simon Radley and his team.
Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor has retained the prestigious Michelin star ranking since 1990, an achievement matched by only a select handful of restaurants.
There are only 149 other venues in the UK and Ireland to have obtained the prestigious honour this year - with a mere 20 obtaining two stars, and only five achieving three star status.
Simon Radley joined the team at The Chester Grosvenor in 1986 and his food stems from a classical French training but has a firm stamp of the North West.
He championed regional produce a long time before it became en vogue, preferring a personal relationship with producers and a control on the quality of his ingredients.
Simon commented: “It is fair to say that we have retained the Michelin star for a length of time more than most within the UK, however, every time, I am humbled by the incredible quality and talent that we share this honour with.
“As ever, this is a team effort and I am exceptionally proud of everyone involved, working tirelessly to maintain the high standards that we set to achieve.
“With the high calibre of dining available in the county today, to continue to be the only Michelin starred restaurant in Cheshire and one of only a handful in the North West is also a huge achievement for us.”
The restaurant prides itself on offering contemporary dining, a versatile menu and one of the most extensive wine cellars in the country.
A choice of seasonal la carte or tasting menu is offered to diners.
Some of the dishes featured include:
Choucroute - smoked bacon butter, sweet clams and Obsiblue prawn
Cannelloni - caramelised veal sweetbreads, mushrooms
Chilled Burrata - Carpaccio fig and biscott
En coque - crisp chocolate shell, apple dacquoise and Calvados toffee
With the Simon Radley restaurant having such comprehensive food and beverage menus, as well as additional features (including the renowned bread trolley, with 9 different breads baked on site everyday and a cheese trolley hosting around 30 cheeses at one time) there is a huge ‘repertoire de cuisine’ for staff to familiarise themselves with.
Restaurant manager, Jaime McCormack, works tirelessly to ensure all staff are impeccably rehearsed on every dish and head sommelier Derek Scaife is famed for his immaculate knowledge and access to hundreds of wines from around the world, stored in a cellar that stretches underneath the city centre.
The restaurant has also catered for a number of high profile guests over the years, including senior members of the Royal Family.
Amongst the numerous other accolades The Chester Grosvenor has picked up over the years:
Five AA Red Stars
‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ at European Hospitality Awards, 2015
Named amongst the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants by the Sunday Times, 2016
AA Notable Wine List Award 2016 (Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor)
Decanter Restaurant of the Year 2014 (Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor)
4 AA Rosettes (Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor)
Restaurant Manager of the Year, Boutique Hotelier Personal Star Awards 2016