LNOF Guide to Chester
If you're looking for somewhere that's compact, clean and stylish - Chester is worth more than a passing consideration. The city is a splendid cocktail of activity, luxury, clothes, cuisine and champagne. As well as the stores, there are winding streets full of crafts and cafes, and the kind of eye-catching, deliciously decorative city centre that hasn't sold out its identity to binge-drinkers along the way. It’s a touch of class.
The bars are a mixture of mock Tudor inns and swanky riverside establishments, where the volume is mercifully manageable and the priority is clearly ambiance and enjoyment rather than profit and pulling. Chester’s splendid narrow lanes and low-beamed buildings, coupled with a smattering of restaurants whose decor and menus are thoughtful and considered – make for an awfully refined hen party.
This is the kind of place you'd gladly live, given the city's status as a clean, cosmopolitan money belt with highly attractive architecture and the huge priority on retail therapy. In fact, there's more turnover on Eastgate and Foregate Streets per square metre than there is in London's Oxford Street.
The atmosphere is laid-back and understated throughout – with lots of gorgeous little eateries, tea rooms and cafes sit snugly in the city centre, as well as some sophisticated and swanky bars and clubs line the inner city area. They are not smug with it, but Chester's locals ooze comfort and style. You can happily go about having the hen weekend of your lives in Chester without being just one of 300+ other pre-wedding parties. The local characters are known for being friendly souls, which you’ll realise when you first set foot in characterful Chester.