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“So very nearly excellent” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sticky Walnut

Sticky Walnut
Ranked #7 of 548 Restaurants in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $111
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chester, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“So very nearly excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Lovely setting inside - only small down stairs but not too cosy.
Open kitchen on a very warm night we were glad we were near the door.Bottled water with a hint of fresh mint - nice touch.
Mrs Tornado struggled to find something that jumped out for main but settled on salmon and was pleased she did.
I had Steak Tartare - and very good it was too - then Quail Wellington - fantastic.
Service was on the money and could not pick a hole in the entire meal - very good indeed - now here comes the "but"!
The loo's are very tiny - this place is short on space - and no real hardship there,the hand sink however is communal.
The gents was not as clean as I would have liked - dirty extractor - and just a bit grubby - ladies the same says Mrs T - but the communal hand towel is unforgivable ! On a very warm night - just one bathroom towel hanging for everyone in the restaurant to use - I didn't know which little part of it to go for that may have been untouched.
I'm not OCD - but found this nasty.
"The Blue Bicycle " in York used to have individual flannels and a laundry basket - new management changed it to paper towels - just not the same - it's the small touches.
Liquid soaps nearly empty too .
SW - I love your place - and your food - get rid of that towel !
Not going to mark it down for that though , and can't wait to go back - a lovely evening.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
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326 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Very good, don't understand the variable reviews”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We were a bit concerned with the variable reviews, but food and service was excellent. A small place which does mean some tables are a bit awkward. We had salmon and crispy egg and lamb tongue for starters. Very tasty combinations. Followed by Quail wellington and lamb neck. I didn't like the quail legs and my beans weren't tailed. We were confused by the truffle and parmesan chips, didn't realise they were potato chips so didn't order. We didn't need them so a fortunate mistake. The two girls who served us were very good and the food was served timely and hot. We had a bottle of Lamadoro which we had when in Puglia great find and good memories of a holiday.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chester
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

I was so looking forward to this restaurant after all the great reviews and perhaps that contributed to raising my expectations which were ultimately dashed. Three stars is a bit harsh but with no 3.5 to award.......
In summary i was expecting a bit more "fine dining" and a bit less 'bistro". Its basically a converted terrace house with a limited menu and spartan surroundings.
The food was nice without being wow factor, the services was good without being great and the general ambience lacked that touch of sophistication. There nothing really to complain about and I wouldn't want people not to go as you make your own mind up about a place but what I will say is that you only pay a small amount more to go to Simon Radley but the difference is massive!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steviec1
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Chester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Evening nothing sticky about it !!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

As a party of 4 we visited the sticky walnut on a Friday Night, it was busy but they had managed to fit us in for a later sitting when we booked last minute. They advised we could go earlier actually on the evening, which was nice. As a vegetarian there was only one option which is not a problem if it is imaginative dish, it was to start Oven roast beets, sticky walnuts, spicy pumpkin seeds, goats cheese - Main Course Blue arancini, poached pears, creamed spinach and walnuts, both absolutely gorgeous... The meat eaters thoroughly enjoyed their meals too, a mixture of pate, ox tongue, lamb & pork belly. All of the meals were beautifully presented & served promptly. We were seated upstairs, which is not a very big area but we were all very comfortably seated & with a wonderful atmosphere, The Staff were very helpful & efficient.
The bill was a little more than we would usually pay but it is so difficult to find such quality. approx. £175.00 for 4 people 3 courses two bottles of wine, 2 beers & 3 spirits a bargain really...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hurricaneSam
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the Best in the North West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is one of the finest eateries in the North West and one not to be missed. 11/10

Visited today for lunch with chef friends (chefs eat out) and was not left disappointed!

To start was a Hake Ceviche with samphire, courgettes and tomato, this dish was fresh, clean, packed full of flavour and marinated to perfection. An absolute triumph (best ceviche I have ever had, better than Robuchon’s 3* restaurant) .........

For main I left it to the chef to choose as I couldn't decide what to have. Chef didn't disappoint serving up a sticky braised lamb neck with light creamy goat's cheese, gnocchi and sage leaves. Again an outstanding dish with every flavour finding its way through.

Dessert was a simple cream brulee which was packed with vanilla and set perfectly, however it was totally over shadowed by the amazing homemade honeycomb that accompanied the chocolate dessert a friend had. Never seen honeycomb like it before.

Coffee was excellent, service excellent, everything excellent.

If you haven't been to Sticky Walnut yet, stop what you are doing and pick up the phone to book a table NOW !!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ChesterChef10
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