Written by Hayley in Out and about

The Sticky Walnut is one of my favourite restaurants in Chester. The small and cosy bistro is situated in trendy Hoole and has enjoyed great success over the years. A couple of weeks ago I met my aunty Angie for an after work treat. As you walk into the restaurant you are greeted by friendly staff, your jackets taken off you and hung next to the row of chefs aprons. We were sat down at a lovely candle-lit wooden table in the window, perfect for people watching on the high street.

We decided to go for the early doors menu and at £18 for three courses and a glass of wine, it is an absolute bargain! We enjoyed our glass of wine whilst pondering over the menu. Angie and I ended up ordering exactly the same, which happens quite a lot! Usually I’m the type of person who likes to try something I haven’t had before but every time I come here I just have to have the chicken liver pate, it’s absolutely to die for! This time it was served with a green tomato chutney and toasted focaccia which is baked on site. One of my pet hates when ordering pate is that you get a big slab of pate and the smallest portion of bread, Sticky have got the perfect ratio, which made me very happy! For mains we ordered the chargrilled onglet steak, which in English is known as hanger steak. The dish was presented beautifully and was full of colour. The steak was cut into thin delicate slices that had a lovely chargrilled flavour to to the outside and it was perfectly tender in the middle. The steak was served with a watercress salad and chipotle and tomato salsa. We ordered a side of the chunky and crispy hand cut truffle and parmesan chips which were a delicious addition. For dessert we were tempted by the honeycomb ice cream which came with pieces of homemade honeycomb, but I was swayed by the Jamaica cake which was so fluffy and light, served with a generous helping of butterscotch sauce and clotted cream.

Yet again I was thoroughly impressed by the Sticky Walnut. The food was fantastic, beautifully presented and served by staff who were kind and showed passion for the food they were serving. I’d usually only come here for a treat but the early doors menu makes it the perfect place to come for a casual catch up with friends after work during the week. The normal a la carte menu looked brilliant too with an inventive selection of different dishes to suit everyone, I can’t wait to come back soon or maybe try one of the other restaurants in their family – The Burnt Truffle in Heswall, Hispi in Didsbury and coming soon, Wreckfish in Liverpool.

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