Review on Upstairs at the Grill
Upstairs at the Grill occupies a handsome Grade II listed building built in 1784 in the heart of historical Chester. Once the original custom house for the port, it was also home to the old head office for Cheshire Life Magazine. The inspiration for the restaurant's name comes from the luxury Savoy Hotel in London, being the combination of the 'Upstairs' bar and the 'Savoy Grill'. The split level interiors house a fabulous upstairs bar, where diners can peruse the menu while enjoying a pre-dinner aperitif. The main dining room is located on the ground floor featuring a warm clubby décor, leather banquette seating runs along both sides of the restaurant set against simply laid tables, creating a discreet and refined vibe.
The award winning kitchen offers a great selection of steaks ranging from an American style Porterhouse to a traditional Chateaubriand, dry-aged for five weeks and sourced from impeccable Welsh suppliers. Kick off with starters in the shape of roast quail with Waldorf garnish, pickled walnuts and roasted pear or fish fans might opt for the pan roasted tiger prawns with garlic and herb butter. Elsewhere there's milk poached plaice, crispy soft shell crab and smoked applewood mash or Gressingham duck breast, cherry rice pudding and three way cauliflower. For a finale consider a sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream or a crème brûlée served with shortbread biscuit.
Accompanying the menu is a well conceived wine list together with cocktails and continental beers.
Upstairs at the Grill is also featured in: Michelin GuideRate this Restaurant
Joseph Jeffreys and Dicson Li
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Thu-Sat (12.00 - 5.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat (5.00 - 9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express