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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Brasserie cooking for racing enthusiasts

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At a glance

Open all year
All day dining
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Part of the Chester racecourse complex, 1539 was given a cool half-million's worth of upgrade in 2014. The full-drop windows of the restaurant are still a major feature, and if your heart isn't given to equestrianism, swivel round for an ambient view into the kitchen. It produces up-to-the-minute brasserie cooking, ranging from ham hock terrine with crushed peas and bacon in mustard dressing, to mains like well-timed roast cod with a brown shrimp risotto in red wine reduction, or honey-roast breast and confit leg of duck with braised red cabbage in orange and port jus. Desserts court the popular vote with dark chocolate tart and salted caramel.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
  • All day dining

Chef

  • Chef: Ian Penn

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 40
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from 5.50
  • Main course from13
  • Dessert from5.50
  • 2-course lunch from15.39
  • 3-course lunch from19.50
  • 3-course dinner from29.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 160
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 160
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60

Getting here

In Chester racecourse, access via main car park entrance or by foot from Nun's Road

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Three-course lunch from£19.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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