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“Great Meal”
Review of Olive Tree - CLOSED

Olive Tree
Price range: $59 - $99
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Olive Tree may be in Chester, nestled in the sumptuous womb of the Green Bough Hotel, a luxury Victorian townhouse hotel, but for all the world it can feel like you've been transported to Tuscany. Rich Italian wallpaper and beautiful Italianate oil paintings grace the walls. Happily, you can take your time absorbing the space - a table is yours once seated. Savoy-trained chef/patron Philip Martin brings together an eclectic mix of aromas and flavours in an extensive, weekly-changing menu of innovative dishes epitomised by assiette of seafood - a delightful offering of red mullet, brill and king scallops; and Mediterranean vegetables with goats' cheese and parmesan crust. On cold evenings, it's nice to sit nibbling canap��s by the smouldering 17th century lounge fireplace. Attentive service.
2 reviews
“Great Meal”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

Good food, good service.The 1996 menu of the day was very nice and i would take time out to dine there again soon!

Visited June 2012
Thank 123-topdog
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  • English first
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good few but a few loose ends”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

The food was nice, really nice. Small potions but that goes with the territory. We ate early, 7pm, so the atmosphere was very flat in fairly formal surroundings although it did pick up later as the place filled up. We were nicely welcomed and generally the stff were helpful and pleasant however a couple of glitches let the evening down a bit. At a high end expensive restaurant you don't expect to have to ask twice when making requests, we had to ask twice three times for separate things including a round of drinks and the bill. It didn't spoil the night, we had a great time but not sure if we would go back. By the way, watch out for the biggest toilet seat in the world in the loo!

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Steviec1
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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed a fantastic meal in the evening and breakfast the following morning as part of our stay at the hotel. The food was delicious and well worth a visit. The restaurant was not over crowded and the staff were all very helpful and attentive.

Thank thegayrabbi
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Chessington, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
527 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Fabulous food”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

We ate as here both nights as it was included in our package, and the food was, without exception, fabulous.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank PotterMoose
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Not sure”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

our first visit to the Olive Tree was for the Titanic evening. I hate to disagree with the previous glowing reviews, but for me it just wasn't quite what it said on the tin. The food was beautifully cooked, but there was a very long wait between two of the courses. As expected with a multi course menu the portions were not large. Although my husband and daughter said they did not leave the table feeling hungry, I felt slightly that to describe the squab being accompanied by various vegetables was a little misleading. The " vegetables " were more of tiny decorative garnishes. The staff were very pleasant, but when we came to settle the bill it took a long time, there seemed to be some problems finding the correct bill for each party. Although initially we said we must come back, as time has gone by the Olive Tree has kind of faded from our memory, making a return visit less likely. For us the Sticky Walnut remains our favourite Chester restaurant. Expensive ( as is the Olive Tree ) but better value.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank TAMember1234
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