Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor is celebrating 30 years of Michelin Star status, following the publication of the Michelin Guide 2020.
The Chester restaurant has retained a Michelin Star every year since 1990 and is one of the longest standing consecutive holders of the award in the UK - joining the likes of Michel Roux’s La Gavroche in London and Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford.
The Michelin Star is the hallmark of dining quality, with inspectors looking specifically at the personality the chef brings to their food, the quality of ingredients and a mastery of flavour.
Executive Chef Simon Radley, who joined the team at the Grosvenor in 1986 said, “The Michelin Guide is all about consistency and maintaining exceptional standards. We are a humble group, we work hard, constantly critiquing ourselves and pushing our standards.”
“Everyone in the team has a part to play and we are all heavily reliant on each other. I am very lucky to have worked with Head Chef, Ray Booker since 2004, he is such an integral part of the restaurant and the two of us complement each other well.”
“Since being awarded our Michelin Star in 1990, people’s expectations have changed. The standard of food that you can buy has changed and household chefs have become more accomplished, which quite rightly, puts pressure on restaurants to raise their standards. Our food is still deeply rooted in the French classics but with a modern twist and a touch of humour!”
In addition to its Michelin Star, the Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor has also retained its four AA Rosettes and its AA Notable Wine List Award with a carefully crafted wine list drawn from one of the biggest cellars in the North of England, boasting over 900 bins.