An elegant restaurant, for years named after the 'Arkle' the famous steeplechaser, which was owned by the Grosvenor family (who own this hotel) - but now after its chef. The dining room, approached through a maze of corridors, has gleaming tables and is bedecked with paintings of famous racehorses.
The food offers has bold flavours, starters, such as 'Devon Crab with Caviar'; 'French Pigeon with Wild Mushrooms and Smoked Bacon' or 'Terrine of Rabbit with Foie Gras' - set the style.
Perhaps follow with 'Lancashire Suckling Pig with poached Langoustines and White Bean and Mustard Rémoulade'; 'Beef fillet, sticky Short Rib and Ox and Truffle Pudding' or 'Turbot with Ceps, Smoked Bacon and Red Wine'.
Desserts are delicious - 'Baked Chocolate and Almond Génoise with liquid Cherries and iced Kirsch' and 'Vanilla Squash Blossom Fitter with Poached Rhubarb' - being a good examples.
For men, a jacket and tie is required. No mobile phones.
There's a cheaper, and less formal, glass-fronted brasserie on the found floor - this is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Closed
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 19.00-21.30; Set D from £69.00, Tasting Menu £90.00 (8 courses)
- Seats: 50
- Wine: An enormous wine list, includes a few bottles under the £30 mark, and a good selection by the glass.
- Children's portions: No children under 12
- Wheelchair access: Yes (also lavatory)
- Nearest station: Chester Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - in Chester City centre, near the Eastgate clock, and the City wall.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Lunch, 24th Dec-20th Jan; 22nd-30th Aug
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available