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Sticky Walnut, Chester, Cheshire

Sticky Walnut

4.7
4.7
1657 Reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro

Welcome to Sticky Walnut, from the team behind Hispi, Burnt Truffle and Wreckfish. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, British, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01244 400400

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Are you planning a special event? Our Elite Bistro Events team would be delighted to cater for you at your chosen location in the North West or even further afield. Send us an email to events@elitebistros.com with details of what you are looking for and we will be happy to help.

Popular dishes

Menu

Mains

  • Sticky Braised Beef£6.00

    chips and garden peas

    • Tomato Penne Pasta£5.00

      parmesan

      • Fish Goujons£5.00

        chips and garden peas

        • Roast Beef£5.00

          with all the trimmings (available Sunday lunchtime)

          Sweets

          • Mint Choc-Chip Sundae£3.00

            chocolate sauce

            • Sticky Ginger Cake£3.00

              toffee sauce

              Last updated: 11 March 2022

              What 1,657 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.7
              4.7 based on recent ratings
              • 4.7Food
              • 4.8Service
              • 4.6Ambience
              • 4.5Value

              NoiseModerate

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              • Cheshire

                Best Overall

              • Cheshire

                Best Food

              • Cheshire

                Best Service

              • Cheshire

                Best Ambience

              • Cheshire

                Best Value

              • Cheshire

                Fit for Foodies

              • Cheshire

                Neighbourhood Gem

              • Cheshire

                Special Occasions

              • Cheshire

                Most Booked

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Best Overall

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Best Food

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Best Service

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Best Ambience

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Best Value

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Fit for Foodies

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Healthy

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Lunch

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Neighbourhood Gem

              • Cheshire West and Chester

                Romance

              • Cheshire West and Chester

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              • Cheshire West and Chester

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              1. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                London

                4 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined 1 day ago

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Whilst a little out of town it is walkable in about 25mins. Venue was small but well ventilated and even though we were sat right next to the kitchen, it didn’t feel cramped. Menu was varied, with something for everyone despite small selection. I had the special starter and main. Starter was amazing but the main (beef) was chewy and frankly inedible. I complained and was replaced with beef from standard menu which was superb, as was the sticky toffee desert. Great wine list as well. Would definitely recommend despite the issue with my first main. I

              2. PR

                PaulR

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 1 day ago

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Lovely evening. Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

              3. HR

                HilaryR

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 1 day ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Really lovely place. Friendly, attentive staff and gorgeous food. Bit pricey but it was delicious.

              4. J

                James

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fantastic food and setting, me and my partner really enjoyed every minute of the experience. Rachel was a brilliant host. We will definitely be returning soon!

              5. SH

                StephanieH

                Newcastle

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Beautiful food - everything was exceptional. Little extras like home made focaccia when we arrived and little chocolate fudge with coffee. Excellent friendly service.

              6. SC

                SimonC

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 3 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food and excellent service.Bistro menu tremendous value for money. Look forward to going back.

              7. PH

                PamelaH

                Manchester

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 3 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We had a fabulous meal at Sticky, I had pate followed by Halibut and my husband had cod followed by pork - delicious, inventive, clever cooking. You never disappoint, thank you for a lovely evening.

              8. EB

                EmmaB

                London

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Gorgeous Sunday lunch, exceptional food, wine and service. Highly recommend.

              9. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Manchester

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We loved all the food and general dining experience

              10. MH

                MikeH

                Manchester

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall4food5service5ambience4

                Well looked after, fabulous food, good wines and a very pleasant environment. Felt a bit rushed at the end but understand the need to turn over the tables.

              11. SR

                SueR

                Cheshire

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The food was delicious and we loved the buzzy atmosphere. Service was excellent, we’ll hopefully be returning soon.

              12. SD

                SimonD

                Lancashire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Excellent meal all dishes cooked to perfection and matched descriptions exactly. Wine pairings great too

              13. HM

                HelenM

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                As always, beautiful food in a lovely setting with fabulous staff. Never had a bad meal, always feels special

              14. S

                Sophie

                Cheshire

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere

              15. SH

                ShellyH

                Yorkshire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Simply delicious. So pleased we remembered the recommendation. Best sea trout starter I’ve ever tasted

              16. CA

                ChrisA

                Manchester

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Just love it here Relaxed atmosphere and amazing food. It’s always busy but service is still very good

              17. LW

                LesleyW

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 20 May 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Lovely waitress, starter was excellent Crispy potato cake. Steak and salmon mains very good. Dessert fantastic, Delice de Bourgogne, and the Rhubarb. Overall a lovely experience, Would come back again

              18. GE

                GaryE

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 18 May 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience3

                The venue is a little dated rather than quirky, though the meal was very good. The complete lack of a dress code also demeans the purpose of dressing up for a special occasion, especially when they guy on the next table was in dirty jeans and an even filthier tee-shirt. Just a preference - the bread thingy presented at the beginning of the meal was way, way too big; a quarter of the size would have been too big. A better description of what it was would have helped too. I had the pork last night. The puree was that strong I couldn't even dab a little onto my pork, as you would with a mustard on beef, as it's flavour was way too strong and it severely overwhelmed all the other flavours on the plate; hence it was sampled, but not consumed. Overall, a lovely meal for two with a reasonably priced bottle of wine £130 including a tip.

              19. JS

                JanetS

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 18 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Lovely food, excellent service. Never knew there was an upstairs area. Will definitely return.

              20. NS

                NatalieS

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 16 May 2022

                overall5food5service4ambience5

                We really enjoyed ourselves thank you. We ordered the pork special and when the main came it was the pork off the daily menu but it was delicious and we didn't mention it at the time as we really didn't mind. We will definitely be back, thank you

              21. AW

                AdrianW

                North Wales

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 16 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fourth visit - always impressive. Will be going again soon - I have no doubt!

              22. J

                Joan

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 16 May 2022

                overall3food4service1ambience3

                A nice meal, been waiting to try the place for ages! Our waitress was a little cold and disinterested really which was disappointing. Maybe she was having a bad day. Would return 👍🏻

              23. CC

                CarysC

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Food amazing once again and fast and friendly service. A great place to eat

              24. B

                Bongo

                Manchester

                2 reviews

                3.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 14 May 2022

                overall3food2service2ambience2

                I was not expecting such a small venue and the portions were not very big. Nice to try somewhere different.

              25. AS

                AlisonS

                Cheshire

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on 13 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                My husband and I were celebrating his 60th birthday. It was busy but not too loud. The staff were attentive but not fussy. The food came at an appropriate that me and was lovely and we didn’t wait for drinks

              26. GU

                GraemeU

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 12 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Absolutely fantastic, been waiting two years to go to this amazing restaurant after following the owner on social media! The stars aligned and both my wife and I managed to get meetings in the area and so I made a reservation and we both absolutely loved it!

              27. JW

                JohnW

                London

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 12 May 2022

                overall3food3service4ambience3

                interesting menu combined with VG wine suggestions by the glass. The salmon starter was VG, the vegetarian onion start just good and the rhubarb dessert adequate (not properly cooked and needed more inspiration than a bought doughnut as the centrepiece). but if I lived in Chester, I would like this as a worthwhile option.

              28. a

                agnieszkas

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 12 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Absolutely amazing. Fresh, delicious food, lovely ambience and great service

              29. EC

                ElaineC

                Worcestershire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 10 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Been waiting to go to an Elite Bistro for ages and started with the very first. Customer care was exceptional - clarification on use of vouchers, follow up calls. Staff very helpful and welcoming. Food was amazing - beautifully defined and presented yet in "up north" sizes!! Can't wait to try the others in the group.

              30. SB

                StephanieB

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 9 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The whoosh was excellent and the staff were extremely attentive and kept making sure we were alright as we’d opted to sit upstairs. It’s a beautiful restaurant, really well set up with a fantastic menu and wine selection. I’d definitely come again.

              31. SC

                SuzanneC

                London

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on 9 May 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience4

                It was our first time at The Sticky Walnut and our first time in Chester. It’s a bit away from the centre and a longer walk than we thought, but well worth the journey and would recommend getting a cab. The food is exceptional, it has combinations of ingredients that I’ve never had before, and they really work. There is very much a signature to this cooking and I could have ordered most things on the menu. I’ve removed one star from the food only because the focaccia served at the outset was a bit hard, not fresh enough. Everything else though was top quality. The staff are delightful and helpful. I wish there was a restaurant like this round the corner from my home.

              32. P

                Phil

                London

                5 reviews

                3.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on 6 May 2022

                overall3food3service5ambience5

                Last time we dined here was 2012 and we had the most amazing visit. We ventured to Chester again 10 years later to replicate the evening. Sticky Walnut looks much the same, ambience has been maintained, the service remains excellent. Where I feel it's dropped is in the food. Our starters were good, the duck rillettes were the standout of the entire meal, the pate OK but nothing special. The halibut main was, again, good but nothing special. The portion size for the halibut felt sub optimal, the side dishes didn't lift the dish. The wine was excellent.

              33. NW

                NigelW

                Edinburgh

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 6 May 2022

                overall4food5service4ambience4

                Fantastic food, excellently presented and full of balanced tastes. Not visited for a long while and definitely not disappointed at all, will be booking again soon.

              34. F

                Finewine

                Warwickshire

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 6 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Had a three day stay in Chester and visited the Sticky Walnut on our last evening. Not only was it the best place we ate over the three nights, we agreed it was the best meal all of us had eaten for a number of years. We will definitely come here again if we are staying around the area as this place knocks spots off the Chester competition. If only there was such a foodie establishment near to where I live. We were a party of three and our selections for starters and mains were different and each dish was a taste delight, looked appealing and was the result of a lot of love in terms of preparation and cooking. Can't rave about it enough.

              35. AC

                AliC

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 5 May 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience3

                We had the bistro menu, this was really good value and the food very tasty.

              36. JS

                JamieS

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 4 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Lovely service. Fantastic food. A well deserved treat. Will be back as soon as possible.

              37. DM

                DaveM

                Liverpool

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 2 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent all round, great food and excellent service. Highly recommended.

              38. TA

                TimA

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 1 May 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Unpretentious with great good. Highly recommended.

              39. GW

                GaryW

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 1 May 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Great food, great chain @elite bistros. Excellent service

              40. HN

                HNLS

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 1 May 2022

                overall3food3service5ambience4

                We booked Sunday lunch for a special birthday following a recommendation by a friend, and organised a surprise cake. The service was outstanding and we were well looked after. The cake was beautiful and was served to us with some delicious ice cream - all very tasty, and the focaccia and fudge were lovely touches. Our starters were nice but our mains were underwhelming. The roast potatoes were truly unpleasant - dry, mealy potatoes that had clearly been roasted in advance and had sat around. The gravy was also overpowering and drowned out the flavour of the meat unfortunately. It just didn’t hit the spot somehow. So a really mixed bag and a little disappointing, but we didn’t make a fuss because we didn’t want to spoil a special occasion.

              Safety precautions

              • Cleaning & sanitising

                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                • Contactless payment available
              • Screening

                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

              FAQs

              Sticky Walnut is rated 4.7 stars by 1657 OpenTable diners.

              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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              Booked 11 times today
              Google Map for Sticky Walnut

              11 Charles Street Chester, Cheshire CH2 3AZ

              Additional information

              • Area

                Chester

              • Hours of Operation

                Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–22:00

              • Cuisines

                Bistro, British, Contemporary British

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress Code

                Smart Casual

              • Parking Details

                None

              • Payment Options

                MasterCard, Visa

              • Additional

                Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

              • Phone number

                01244 400400

              • Catering

                Are you planning a special event? Our Elite Bistro Events team would be delighted to cater for you at your chosen location in the North West or even further afield. Send us an email to events@elitebistros.com with details of what you are looking for and we will be happy to help.

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