It’s mid March. I arrive in Chester nice and early for the morning tour event. The meeting point is the Visitor Information Centre next to The Town Hall. Did you know that the Town Hall clock only has 3 faces, as the English did not want to give the Welsh the time of day. How rude!
Our morning tour is a a new concept food tour concentrating on fantastic award winning market – 5 food and drink stops – all supplied from super independents.
There are 4 guests on this tour – all friends and local to Chester.
The 1st stop is at Crustum and guests enjoy amazing sourdough bread with spread – everyone chooses Nutella with tea/coffee. The 2nd stop is Verde – sister business to the successful and established Steins. Mandy and Nigel launched Verde (with its 100% plant based menu) fairly recently and I’m delighted that my tour guests can enjoy/taste vegan food that they admit they wouldn’t normally try. Not surprisingly the food goes down really well and my guests enjoy receiving a friendly ‘hi’ from Nigel who reveals the business concept and talks about the foods being sampled today
Our 3rd stop is for beer/cider refreshments at That Beer Place. Lisa and Dale have been operating this ‘go to’ venue for over 1 year now. Over 300 different beers/ciders are available to buy/takeaway and 8 draft available on tap. Dale entertains the guests in his usual relaxed knowledgable manner and the guests sample/enjoy beers before we head over to the communal seating area to enjoy award winning pizza.
Stile Napoletano is owned/run by Giacomo and Anita. Their pizzas are legendary and a venue people from far and wide travel to. Today’s tour guests are looking forward to trying the award winning parmagina pizza. During this food stop I reveal the market’s history and how it’s changed and developed over the centuries.
Once the pizza is devoured, we head over to Vinological to enjoy some European fizz with cheese and olives. Simon the owner/manager explains to the group more about the food/drink being sampled and the business concept.
Before the tour (2 hours duration) ends, the guests are treated to a bonus stop for a takeaway gift at the Candy Emporium – retro sweets. This family business has been trading for many many years.
Did the guests enjoy the tour? I think so…here’s a lovely review 🙂
“We had a market tour in March. The four of us had a great time. Gareth was knowledgable and full of fascinating information. The vendors were lovely and friendly and food and drink a real treat. We can highly recommend the market and even went back for our tea.
We’ll be booking another tour soon.
Thanks Gareth!”