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Review: The Barristers Restaurant, Knutsford

Review: The Barristers Restaurant, Knutsford

So, you think you've seen it all when it comes to dining out in Cheshire?!

Knutsford has firmly established itself as one of the leading foodie destinations, and with so many diverse restaurants and bars around the town, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all bases have been well and truly covered!

Well… not quite! We're delighted to report that it has also recently welcomed a truly iconic restaurant establishment housed within The CourtHouse – a stunning Grade 11 listed building built in 1818, which was formerly Knutsford Crown Court.

Seriously, you won't find anywhere else like The Barristers Restaurant in Cheshire! The CourtHouse is an imposing Grade 11 listed Georgian property constructed from sandstone block boasting stunning highly decorated ceilings and wood panelled walls. Encapsulating history, culture, style – dining in the opulent surroundings of Barristers Restaurant is a unique experience.

Serving a delicious homemade menu that is fresh and seasonal from many local suppliers, foragers and gatherers, it's led by their Executive Chef, Stephen Tuke (formerly of the Grosvenor in Chester.)

Lunch is served from 11.30am, followed by their sumptuous Afternoon Tea and if you still have enough mileage – stay on for dinner and cocktails! Chill out with friends and family on Sunday with their Roast and all the trimmings and there's an extensive Wine and Drinks Menu to accompany every dish!

We booked The Barristers on a relaxing Monday evening and enjoyed a welcoming and hospitable service. On entering the restaurant for the first time there is certainly the 'wow factor' – my eyes were immediately drawn to the high ceiling and glass dome.

Excuse the pun but 'hat's off' to Flat Cap Hotels (!) – the Cheshire-based hospitality group who are the brains and talent behind this concept, they've done a magnificent job of bringing the building back into the community and making it relevant as well as multi-functional.

Co-founder Dominic Heywood describes it, as a 'quirky and fluid social space' with its eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary art and mirrors of all shapes and a size furnishing the walls.

Here's what we decided to order...

Tit Bits

Delicious homemade House bread with flavoured butter


Cured Cod, red cabbage, ink, cucumber, caviar


Best end of lamb, burnt carrots, fava beans, podded peas, layered potato and rosemary jus. Side order of vegetables

Halibut, cauliflowers, spinach, potato fondants, curried flowers, brown shrimp and caper butter. Side order of chips

The presentation was beautiful and not overly fussy, and portions were generous.The lamb was melt in the mouth cooked to perfection and the vegetables were excellent. As you can probably tell from her order, my guest is a fan of fish – and really enjoyed both her choices. The starter portion was just the right delicate balance and not too filling.

As I was having quite a substantial main I had opted just for the bread which in hindsight was a mistake only because I had the opportunity to sample something far more tantalising for the taste buds -  such as their Babaganoush – Spiced aubergine, cumin, bread sticks and crusty bread…

Never mind, they'll be a next time! We'll also be back to sample their dessert menu which includes favourites such as Tiramisu and Banoffie Pie and for Chocolate lovers there is an amazing baked dark chocolate Tart with sticky kumquats, liquid chocolate and chocolate soil – heaven!

With the party season fast approaching, it's also worth mentioning the extensive facilities on offer at The Courthouse if you are looking to book somewhere soon.

The Court Room has a banqueting capacity for 400, which is perfect for weddings, exhibitions and private events (it's also South Cheshire's largest ballroom).

The Moneypenny Suite. A grand reception and drinks area, which connects with the Court Room and can comfortably, accommodate 150 guests.

It's going to be popular so get in touch to find out more.

Venue: The Courthouse Hotel, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 OPB
Tel: 01565 743 333
Tags: the courthouse knutsford, food and drink cheshire, reviews, cheshire restaurants

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