A new independent all-day dining experience has opened its doors in Chester.

With seating for 100, Boheme offers a versatile dining and socialising space that transitions from morning coffee, dining to late-night drinks. The new Bridge Street venture is owned by Andi Lowe-Smith and Ben Iles.

Chef de patron Andi said of Boheme: "We wanted to create a space that feels both luxurious and welcoming, where the art of dining is celebrated at any time of the day. Boheme is our dream come to life, where every dish tells a story, and every visit creates a memory."

Andi Lowe-Smith and Ben Iles, owners of Boheme Chester.

Andi Lowe-Smith and Ben Iles, owners of Boheme Chester.

Ben added: "Boheme is more than just a restaurant; it's a hangout where friends and families can come together. We’ve poured our hearts into creating an atmosphere that mirrors our passion for great food, exceptional drinks, and the joy of shared experiences."

Andi, a Michelin-trained chef with a diverse background, has a degree in fine art and significant culinary experience at prestigious establishments around the UK, including his very own Cheshire Dining Experience. Along with Head Chef Curtis Tonge, he brings creativity and culinary expertise to Boheme from his extensive experience in the Michelin dining sector.

The menu, inspired by seasonal produce and with a modern European feel and international influences, features produce from local suppliers such as Shorthorn beef from Hopton’s Butchers and Cornish monkfish from Bricklands Fishmongers.

His partnership with Ben, a fellow entrepreneur (with whom he created the Agave Thieves tequila brand) promises a dining experience that combines exquisite tastes from the bar too. Andi’s passion for pairing flavours shows in his experimental cocktail creations which feature signature creations such as a Marigold Caipirinha and a Wild Garlic Martini.

The Grade II-listed building has been restored over the past four years.

The Grade II-listed building has been restored over the past four years.

Boheme’s all-day concept (from 9am-2am), seven days a week, is designed to cater to every occasion – from morning coffee and freshly baked pastries starting at 9am, lunch is served from noon to 2.30pm, and dinner service from 6pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday, and until 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Pinchos and snacks will be served at the bar from noon until late, with a Sunday menu featuring their signature roast from noon to 5pm. The bar is open every day until 2am.

The name Boheme, inspired by the word 'bohemian', is mirrored in the establishment's interior design, led by James Roberts Interiors. It features influences from Eltham Palace, and elements such as walnut panelling, an Italian marble bar, specialist handmade tiles, and the Moller Chair, all housed in the Grade II-listed building.

Boheme features an open kitchen, a wraparound bar with a range of international spirits, a wine cellar and a development kitchen, with pastries and fresh bread made on-site.

Andi added: “This has been four years of passion and dedication to our vision to create an independent and truly unique restaurant you’ll want to visit way beyond the first time. We can’t wait to welcome you.”