Simon Wood’s second fine dining restaurant, WOOD Chester, this week (Thursday 20 June) opens its doors to the public at the new Hotel Indigo® Chester.
Wood, famed for his octopus and squab pigeon in the 2015 series of MasterChef, was described by Greg Wallace – a regular visitor to WOOD Manchester – as an incredible talent and John Torode said that Simon took something ordinary and made it special!
Guests to the new Chester restaurant can enjoy Simon’s unintimidating fine dining experience with each dish on the menu created with top quality seasonal produce.
The design of the 96 cover restaurant nods to Simon’s signature style, and is a relaxed natural environment in which to enjoy his unintimidating fine dining, making it the perfect new outlet for locals and hotel guests to dine in. At the heart of the restaurant is the chef’s table and theatre kitchen providing the perfect vista for guests to watch Simon and his team as they work.
The jewel in WOOD’s crown, Simon’s tasting menus have been created to deliver a journey through food and flavours, featuring some of the chef’s favourite ingredients of the season. Each tasting menu is served blind, with the option for guests to add a specially matched wine flight to the five, seven and ten course menus.
Since winning the show in 2015, Simon has continued to evolve his offering but some of the food that won him the title are still on his menu, with the dishes developed even further. Fans of MasterChef can now try Simon’s mushroom raviolo, anjou squab pigeon, and citrus tutti frutti for themselves as part of the Wood Chester A La Carte menu.
Dishes also available on the A La Carte include belly pork with cider, apple, sage and onion; Cheshire short rib with Seven Bro7hers stout and truffle; monkfish with Wye Valley asparagus, wild nettle and white beetroot; plus the assiette of lamb with Bosworth ash, Jersey royal and lavender honey.
A massive favourite in Manchester is the Tomahawk steak with peppercorn steak and sides, which will also be available on Tuesdays and a steal at £50 for two to share with two sides and a sauce There are also plenty of options for vegetarians with British vegetables forming a large part of Simon’s menu, and the restaurant also offers a number of gluten free options.
WOOD Chester will be open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, meaning diners can expect a number of new dishes only available at Simon’s Chester restaurant.
New to WOOD Chester is the Sunday lunch menu, which will be served each Sunday between 12 and 6pm. Diners can choose to have one, two or three courses from the set menu, to include the roast rib of Cheshire beef with Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, buttered greens, and beef dripping roast potato.
Breakfast at the hotel offers a variety of guests favourite dishes such as a full English, poached eggs and avocado on sourdough toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and maple syrup, all alongside an extensive continental buffet. WOOD Chester also serves snacks, light meals and picnics all day in the hotel bar and lounge. From flat breads and artisan cheese, charcuterie boards, and baked camembert to the signature Wood Burger or Vegan Wood Burger, there are options available all day alongside the extensive drinks menu.
Hotel Indigo® Chester, the much-awaited new boutique hotel, opens this month and combines the historic charm of the city with modern design motifs full of historical character. Just as no places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each Hotel Indigo draws inspiration from the local neighbourhood, culture and popular trends in food, drink and design to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere.
The new-build features 75-rooms, each designed around historic Chester with quirky nods to the city and its culture. With three room types which differ by floor, guests can expect an eclectic combination of fabrics, wood panelling and references to people and dress from the city’s past.
The new restaurant will also be offering room service within the hotel with WOOD’s special picnics, each delivered to guests room in a wicker picnic basket. There is the option of a Ploughman’s with cheese & pickle, scotch egg, pork pie and scone, or the soup and sandwich with cheese, biscuits and chutney. Each is served with homemade rose lemonade.
WOOD Chester is now taking bookings for the new restaurant here: https://woodrestaurantgroup.com/chester