With the food and drink renaissance in full bloom, a guided “Taste of Chester” walking tour offers the chance to sample a range of food and cultures in a relaxed and unique setting.
Gareth Boyd, who also runs Chester Running Tours started the tours in the summer of 2018 with the aim of showcasing the best independent food on offer alongside “off the beaten” track history and commentary of the city. ” I love experiencing great food, learning about and exploring amazing cities/locations and their history. When visiting cities overseas joining a food walking tour has been a great way to see, learn and taste” he says.
The informal tours have been embraced by independents such as Jaunty Goat, Hanky Panky pancakes, Pierogi Polish dumplings, The Cheese Shop, the hugely popular Stile Napoletano and many others. Gareth says he focused on the businesses which offer “attentive customer service and knowledgeable staff and owners who really have a passion for offering great food. Our tours are not just walks with food sampling – instead they provide a complete fun and tasty ‘experience. ”
Gareth agrees that over the last year or so, the food and drink scene has grown and continues to grow at great pace. Recent additions include Arabic/Libyan inspired Baytea, Italian restaurant Da Noi, Death by Tacos and Jeffro’s Wingz and Tingz in the market, and the vegan cafe Jaunty Goat. The growth of the revived market and its international food offering was one of the big success stories of 2018. “Everyone can enjoy a wide range of international cuisine, visit a vibrant market and the vegan/vegetarian offering is definitely marking its mark in 2019.” He says that for him personally, the market is now one of his favourite places to eat with the community atmosphere complimenting the food and friendly service.
Currently 3 different tours are available, taking place on Fridays and weekends. Each tour lasts 3.5-4 hours and includes 7 stops for food and drink along the way. Commentary on Chester’s history is included and dietary requirements are catered for.
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