Whenever we get the chance, Gabby and I like nothing more than getting out for something to eat and recently we got a beautiful day in which to wander through Chester and pick out somewhere for lunch.
As unbelievable as it sounds, it was sunny and comparatively warm, so off went the winter coat, out came the sunglasses, and off we went hunting for good food and, of course, good tea.
We decided upon a place named Ginger, a great little deli and wine bar that’s found on Northgate Street in the centre of town. We’d been a couple of times before, both for a cup of tea in the day, and for drinks after dinner, and really enjoyed the warm welcome and intimate atmosphere inside. And with great food and drink on offer too, what could be better?
Ginger only opened in November, but it’s already becoming a popular place to go to relax and unwind. It is owned and run by mother and daughter team, Sandra and Jade, and between them and a few friendly members of staff, they provide something different to the usual haunts for us Cestrians (that’s Chester folk to you out-of-towners) to enjoy.
We settled down at a table and started perusing the menu. Tea wise there was a good selection of classic, loose leaf blends to choose from. I went for an Earl Grey, although I know from previous experience that the Darjeeling is also particularly nice. Ginger stocks a lovely range of food products like pates, chutneys and ales that are pretty much all sourced locally, and the tea is no exception. Sadly, my lack of planning on the day has meant that I forgot to make a note of the company that produces the blends, so you’ll just have to stop by and find out for yourself!
Although severely tempted by the charcuterie sharing board, we both opted for a sandwich. Sometimes you just can’t beat a good butty! The food arrived very nicely presented, although that didn’t last long when I got my hands on it. The tea came too, and with the sun pouring in from the windows and daffodils on the table, the light and floral Earl Grey definitely seemed like the right choice.
It was a great opportunity for us to relax and do some planning. Rather excitingly, Gabby and I will be moving in together soon and the time to start searching for a place is very much upon us. We’re hoping that it won’t be as stressful as it’s often made out to be! The other bit of planning is for a Summer holiday, with a potential little jaunt down to the south of France on the cards. Anywhere with a little bit of sun and sea will do for me though!
Ginger was the perfect place for us to spend our laid-back Sunday lunchtime, and I would definitely recommend going if you get the chance. They even have a little tray of chocolates on the counter which makes the whole experience that little bit sweeter! We left feeling well fed and happy, out into the Spring sunshine, certain to return again some time soon.
If you want to take a look at what Ginger have on offer then check out at http://www.gingerchester.com/
Do you have a favourite little place for food and drink? How about a place you think I should visit? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.