Chester’s hospitality opens cautiously with a ‘fuss-free opening’

Chester’s hospitality opens cautiously with a ‘fuss-free opening’

The city’s hospitality businesses carefully welcome visitors to Chester with innovative safety measures

Chester city centre restaurants, cafes, bars and opened their doors to customers at the weekend as visitors came to enjoy the much-lauded foodie delights of the city centre’s celebrated hospitality sector.

Carl Critchlow, CH1 Chester Business Improvement District Manager, said: ‘Super Saturday was attended well and gave the city a very cheery atmosphere. The feedback is that businesses managed it well, with customers appreciating an emphasis on safety and caution. We estimate just under two-thirds of the city’s hospitality businesses are open. Many of the city’s businesses are still preparing to open as they undertake refurbishments to facilitate a safe opening.

Carl Critchlow added: ‘What has been really interesting to see is the innovative way the businesses are managing the safety measures. We’re seeing new and improved al fresco areas, table buzzers that tell you when your food is ready, large menus you can photograph or single use menus – and apps and VR codes that bring your menu up on your phone so you can order from the table. Some businesses are managing queues by using planting and non-obtrusive decorative ways that don’t deter from the enjoyment of a dining out experience. Hand sanitisation provision is consistently available throughout.’

The CH1ChesterBID City Hosts are on the streets of the city ready to help visitors in the city. They are offering advice and guidance and will also be happy to hear feedback or suggestions for improvements. Chester Racecourse continues to offer free parking at both the racecourse and Linenhall car parks. Linenhall parking will operate between 6am and 6pm from July 8th as it will be used in the evenings to host Storyhouse’s Moonlight Drive cinema.

Amanda at Steins in Chester Market enjoyed a steady weekend, with ‘grateful customers who were happy to eat out again’

Adeline and Kairit at Jaunty Goat enjoyed a ‘smooth’ opening with ‘respectful’ customers

Storyhouse is open! Only three house rules ‘ wear a face covering when on the move, keep 2 metres apart and enjoy yourself’


Will at Chip’d has been open throughout but now offering walk in service

Stuart, owner of street food ‘Nicebites’ at Chester Market has introduced a digital table calling system

7th July 2020

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