Having not been able to get to the Architect to eat since it opened, I managed to do so twice in one week recently, the first being a Sunday lunch with a large group of about 20 people, and the second being a weekday evening meal with five people.
Whether you are eating or not, it is clear from when you first step into the Architect that the decor is absolutely spot on. It is decorated superbly and provides fantastic outdoor seating areas overlooking the racecourse during summer, and a warm, cost and friendly atmosphere in colder weather. I only hoped that the food did justice to the setting.
Fortunately, it did. Make no mistake that this is essentially pub food in terms of the selection, but it is very, very good pub food. The steak and ale suet pudding that I had might be the best example I have ever tasted of this dish; it was so good that I ordered it both times we ate there. Portion sizes were good, and the food overall was very good value for money bearing in mind the relatively modest cost. In fact, over the two meals not a single person in either group was anything but complimentary about their food.
To round this off the service on both occasions was efficient and friendly, particularly with the larger group where despite some slow down when the place become busier, we were never left waiting to the point where we noticed any delay.
The Architect really is threatening to become one of Chester's best kept secrets for locals, mainly because despite being within walking distance of the city centre it is a little off the beaten path. But if you're reading this and can go along at some point, do so. I can only recommend what is probably my new favourite local restaurant for comfort food.
TOP TIPS: I actually have three this time. 1) Parking is limited, so if you're going at busier times (i.e. evenings or weekends) consider parking at one of the two car parks further down Nicholas Street and walking, particularly in the afternoons/evenings when they are free. 2) The place does fill up for Sunday lunch, so get there at about 12pm to ensure that you get a table. 3) There are some tables where food is served to the left of the entrance which are quite close to the bar, and therefore a little noisier than the dedicated areas for eating. It's by no means excessively loud, but if you're looking for a quieter meal make sure you book a table in the dedicated eating areas and not near the bar.
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