I was recently given the challenge by Superbreak of exploring a city in 48 hours, and I had no hesitation in choosing the historic city of Chester. We live 25 minutes away from this beautiful city, but there is so much that Chester has to offer that we have never experienced. Chester is a city full of variety, from ancient walls to modern and vibrant restaurants. So what did we get up to during our 48 hours.
Where we stayed
The Chester Grosvenor is located right next to the famous Eastgate Clock, and is a luxurious 5* hotel. You are literally in the heart of the City, but The Grosvenor provides a calm and tranquil place to stay. Our room was on the 4th floor, and as soon as I opened the door I knew we were somewhere special. Robes and slippers were provided, a sumptuous marble bathroom and a personalised welcome awaited us.
It’s incredible to think that The Grosvenor has been a hotel for over 150 years, and has retained it’s Michelin star in the Simon Radley restaurant since 1990. The hotel is luxurious, elegant and has impeccable service, and we had the most enjoyable stay with them. The Grosvenor is available to book on the Superbreak website.
What we did
A visit to Chester would not be complete without a walk around the famous Chester Walls. We joined the walk at the Eastgate Clock, and after a few failed attempts at getting a selfie with the clock behind us we headed towards the river.
We left the walls and strolled through the Roman Gardens. In all the times I had visited Chester, I didn’t even know these beautiful gardens existed. The Gardens also house the Roman Baths.
We stumbled across a Roman Guard in the amphitheatre who was regaling a group of children with his stories.
We visited the Grosvenor Museum which is free to enter, with a suggested donation of £3 per person. We wandered around the different exhibitions, and particular liked the Samurai Arms and Armour which is running until the 21st February 2016.
I have walked past the Cathedral on many occasions but have never stepped foot inside. This time was different, and we spent a good hour inside the vast building. When you first open the heavy wooden door and get a glimpse inside, it really does take your breath away. And there is even a replica model of the Cathedral made of Lego.
After all the sightseeing it was time to hit the shops. I love shopping in Chester, but this time I opened my eyes and saw the amazing architecture and history all around us. Chester really is a breathtaking city, and it was like I was visiting for the very first time.
Where we ate
I have wanted to visit Hickory’s Smokehouse for ages, and we opted for a lunchtime reservation as the evening was all fully booked. It does book up in advance so if you are planning to go, book early. Hickory’s is opposite the River Dee and is an authentic American BBQ restaurant. No sooner had we sat down and we were served with a bag of popcorn, definitely my type of restaurant. Our waiter was extremely informative about all of the dishes Hickory’s serve, and I opted for a Gumbo dish. Gumbo is a hearty and spicy stew from Louisiana, and it was extremely tasty. Husband had the ham and cheese sandwich which was equally delicious. Sadly we had no room for the incredible desserts they offer.
In the evening we were booked into The Yard, which is a family owned modern Italian restaurant. We arrived a little early so went downstairs to The Boardroom which is their new bar. A Gin and Tonic later and our table was ready. The Yard was smaller than I expected, but had a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Our mains were extremely tasty, though my husbands was a little on the small side. The service was outstanding throughout the evening, and I would highly recommend The Yard.
So that was our 48 hours in Chester. We had an incredible stay thanks to Superbreak, and I can highly recommend Chester as a city break, where history meets modern and has something for everyone. Infact it was the perfect place to spend our Valentine’s weekend.