Record night for Chester restaurant signals upsurge in trade in city centre
Despite difficult trading periods throughout 2018 and fresh concerns about the role of the high street recently surfacing, Chester is bucking the trend for food according to city bosses.
After three years of trading in the city, Olive Tree Brasserie had a record number of covers on Saturday, December 1, and although the evening is popular with Christmas parties and festive celebrations, year-on-year and throughout its period of trading, Dean Wilson, owner and director, said it was the best day on record.
“Over the past couple of years, Chester has really become a steadfast foodie hotspot,” said Dean, who created the modern Greek/Mediterranean restaurant brand more than 11 years ago. "There have been a number of high calibre national awards won by both us and our peers, which has really shone a spotlight on the city as a place to dine."
Dean, who owns three other Olive Tree Brasserie restaurants throughout the North West added: “When we opened such a large restaurant in a small city, of course, there was a risk but we have always stuck to what we are and believe in and I think slowly but surely, we have become part of the rich tapestry of the city’s brilliant culinary culture. It's been a record-breaking year and we can't wait for 2019!”
Citywide, Carl Critchlow, BID Manager, said the scene is becoming a strong contender as a foodie destination, nationally.
"Its great to see Olive Tree Brasserie had such a record night, this is a testament to the hard work of their dedicated staff and the excellent food and quality service they consistently deliver.
"We are fortunate to have a wide variety of exceptional food and drink choices available in Chester city centre - from Italian to Greek to Arabian cuisine - we've got it all, and Olive Tree Brasserie are among an elite group of restaurants who have helped stake Chester's place on the UK's dining map!" He added.
This weekend, CH1ChesterBID are planning to celebrate Chester's dining revolution by hosting the CH1 Food & Drink Week.
Mr Critchlow said: "We want to encourage even more consumers to explore Chester's restaurants and bars through exclusive discounts and offers to reward people for choosing to dine in our beautiful city centre. Olive Tree Brasserie will be taking centre stage during CH1 Food & Drink Week so I would encourage everybody to visit Chester and discover what the buzz is all about."
For more information about CH1 Food & Drink Week go to www.ch1chesterbid.co.uk.