Chester restaurant hits high note as they scoop prestigious award

The restaurant team at Opera Grill in Chester are celebrating after winning the Best Newcomer title at the 21st annual Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards.

Proud team members from the internationally inspired Pepper Street restaurant, owned by Individual Restaurants, whose venues are frequented by
celebrities and footballers, joined fellow nominees and winners at a glitzy black tie awards ceremony at the Carden Park Hotel near Chester on Monday night to mark one of the biggest events in the calendar for the area’s hospitality industry.

Editor of Cheshire Life Louise Taylor said: “The Cheshire dining scene has welcomed several good newcomers in the past year but it was impossible to overlook a restaurant whose gobsmacking scale and ambition equalled the grandeur of its name.

“Behind the colonnaded entrance to a former Methodist chapel, a dramatic new restaurant took shape, the result of a £3 million investment.

“The décor of Opera Grill is stunning and the menu is world-shrinkingly eclectic, with many of those ingredients on show behind shop-style counters.

“Add some great music to the mix and you have….Cheshire Life’s Newcomer of the Year.”

The prestigious awards recognise the key players from the county’s food and drink sector including hoteliers, chefs, restaurateurs, pub landlords and food producers and include a number of different categories, with the Best Newcomer section open to anyone in the food or drink industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months.

The criteria include the impact a venue has made on the local community and whether it has helped to promote Cheshire food and drink to a new audience. Opera Grill General Manager Tom Culshaw said: “We are delighted to have won the award and I think it is testament to how hard our team work to make sure guests have an amazing experience.”

The restaurant, with its opulent neoclassical Greek façade and glamorous roof terrace, is rapidly becoming known as one of the most upmarket dining and live music venues in the northwest, with its musical offering recently extending to performances from ‘the People’s Tenor’, Russell Watson and the award-winning opera singer Jonathan Antoine.

The venue will also host the iconic London music club Ronnie Scott’s, starting on Wednesday, July 26 ahead of an exclusive eight-week residency in September, the first northern residency for the club.

The restaurant’s opening, in August last year, was followed this Spring by a glamorous revamp of its sister restaurant, Piccolino, opposite, also owned by Individual Restaurants.

About Individual Restaurants
Founded by Steven Walker, Individual Restaurants is one of the UK’s leading restaurant groups. Their collection of amazing restaurants includes; Opera Grill, Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Bank Restaurant & Bar, Gino D’Acampo My Pasta Bar & Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant.
Committed to continuously delivering outstanding food and service in atmospheric surroundings, Individual Restaurants is a privately-owned company that owns and operates 40 and rising restaurants in central London, other major UK cities, affluent towns and
suburbs. In addition, Walker and his partners also invest in and provide services to, other leading UK restaurant companies which are also often frequented by celebrities, well known sports and TV stars.

Opera Grill
An internationally inspired grill using outstanding ingredients. Standing out from the crowd, our 400-seater restaurant housed in a grand Grade II listed building featuring a distinct neoclassical Greek façade and mixes an industrial look with a touch of opulence inside. Opera Grill brings theatre on a grand scale to Chester. At the heart of our menu is the theatre charcoal grill and wood burning ovens, inspired by revered chefs and restaurants from around the world. The entertainment continues in our first-floor Music Lounge featuring a stage set for live acts, international DJs, covers band The Collective every Friday and Saturday and a mix of soulful classics performed by our gospel choir every Sunday. Later this month the restaurant will host performers from the iconic London music club Ronnie Scott’s, ahead of an exclusive eight week residency starting in September.The distinctive spaces in Opera Grill are all available for hire for meetings, conferences and special events with bespoke menus and entertainment packages.

Book a table:
Telephone: 01244 343 888 Email

Private hire:
For Events and Private Hire enquiries contact Events & Sales Manager, Sara Boothby at:

Be social:
Twitter: @Opera_Grill Instagram: Opera_Grill
Facebook: Opera Grill

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment