New to the area, we first visited The Gunnery in Autumn of last year on a Travelzoo deal. We are regular 'eater-outers', usually heading towards Chester, but fancied a change for our Anniversary last weekend. We'd had a good meal last time, so thought we'd give it another go. Weren't we pleased we did! We booked via 'top-table' but then realised that there was 'an act' on, so phoned to say that we would like to have a more private, intimate table, to be told by the psychic person that answered that they had already done that. Great atmosphere of what seemed to be locals, when we arrived, which boded well. We were shown thro to the downstairs dining room, where a large party was already seated. Sadly there was a mix up about bookings for said large party, (no fault of the restaurant) which meant that they unexpectedly had TWO large parties. This situation was handled seamlessly by Sarah and the other young, but excellent waiting on team, and everyone was soon accommodated happily. It in no way affected the efficiency of service we received or intimate ambience of the place. A superb meal ensued (seasonal and locally sourced), served attentively and discretely. I can personally testify to the quality and potency of the wine, although possibly somewhat pricey for some pockets. After our lovely meal we retired to the bar area and spent the next hour or so being thoroughly entertained by a brilliant, young male singer. The atmosphere was one of the best we have encountered anywhere in Chester. I always read the bad reviews on TA and can honestly say that I can't believe some of the people writing them visited the same brasserie that we did, they are totally unfounded. In our opinion it is well worth a 'repeat performance'...the sooner the better! In my husbands words: it was fab!
One slight criticism (sorry, I feel duty bound to make just one!) Where are the fab photos of your excellent brasserie on your website? I know upstairs is a work in progress, but one meagre picture of a wall with pictures? What about the exquisite bar? The intimate dining room? You must do better! ;-) And it would be nice to be able to join your mailing list via the website too!
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