A NEW food and drink trail has been launched in Chester.

A Taste of Spring in Chester was launched today (March 1) and runs throughout this month, featuring the best of our local produce right here in the City, Cheshire and North Wales.

The trail is a collaboration between local promotional platform We Love Good Times, local produce specialists Taste Cheshire (who also run the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival), Marketing Cheshire and a host of bars, restaurants, dining pubs and bistros.


A Taste of Spring in Chester is a new campaign to support the citys hospitality businesses.

A Taste of Spring in Chester is a new campaign to support the city's hospitality businesses.


A Taste of Spring in Chester is a month-long celebration of the best use of local produce on menus, as well as a separate cocktail trail and a real ale trail, featuring a selection of locally brewed beers and spirits from award-winning distillers.

This city-wide initiative is also part of ‘Designed by Nature’ and ‘Spring Blooms’, which is seeing art installations and special events appear across the city to mark the arrival of springtime in parks and outside spaces.

‘Designed by Nature’ has been created by the Destination Chester network, to celebrate the city in all its glory after a challenging period.


An Artezzan offering.

An Artezzan offering.


Alongside the installations, there is a host of free activities for all the family including kayak taster sessions, zero-waste cocktail making, street theatre and acrobatic performances.

For more information, visit www.visitchester.com/springblooms.

A Taste of Spring in Chester includes a digital and printed map with QR code, to guide local food and drink lovers and visitors alike around the city to enjoy produce from over 30 independent venues, that continue to pride themselves on delivering great quality and service, despite such challenging times over the last two years.


The Chester Fields beer.

The Chester Fields beer.


The campaign will showcase dishes from the city’s only Michelin Green Starred restaurant Hypha, as well as cocktails from neighbourhood bar The Suburbs in Hoole.

Sustainability is celebrated with a closed-loop food and drink system on Common Farm in Waverton, which delivers award-winning beer and pork straight to their own dining and real ale pub in the city centre, The Brewery Tap.

Local producers themselves are also celebrated, including Orchard Range Eggs in Christleton and the city’s longest-standing food retailer The Cheese Shop, which source the very best Cheshire cheese, chutneys and condiments.


Food at Hypha.

Food at Hypha.


The campaign will also include a competition to win a Taste Cheshire hamper full of award-winning locally produced food and drink, as well as two special Chester Dining Events, one at Michelin-recommended The Forge on Grosvenor Park Road, and another with TV Chef Ellis Barrie at The Townhouse Hotel & Restaurant on Lower Bridge Street.

Organisers will look to make this an annual event in the city’s food and drink calendar, which is headlined by the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival over Easter bank holiday weekend at Chester Racecourse.

For more information head to wlgt.co.uk/a-taste-of-spring-in-chester

Funding to provide the services in this project is provided by the Welcome Back Fund (WBF). WBF is managed by Her Majesty’s Government and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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The project is receiving more than £300,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.