Friday, 18 August 2017

The Alchemist in Chester - Food and Drink Review

As The Alchemist describes themselves as ‘a celebration of the unconventional, dark and controversial’, I knew that this bar and restaurant wouldn’t be like any others I have visited before.
The Alchemist began just 7 years ago with their first site in Spinningfields and have now expanded their locations to include another two Manchester spots, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Alderley Edge, Newcastle, London and the newest site in Chester. They mix interesting industrial styled spaces with mixology and fine food.

The Alchemist Chester Food and Drink Menu

I visited the newly opened Alchemist in Chester with my boyfriend Alex and immediately noticed the interior design features which make their style so interesting. Imagine a mix of copper, ancient symbology and glass flasks which look like they originated from a laboratory.
We made our way up to the second floor where the restaurant is housed. The ground floor is a dedicated space for cocktails with cosy seating spaces and hundreds of top shelf alcohol bottles behind the bar.

Alex and I started with some drinks; their cocktail menu unfolds to reveal a periodical table style layout for the menu. Drinks are separated into flavours; fruity, creamy, non-alcohol and shorts. I liked the sound of the drink named 3.5oz of Happiness, a sweet mixture of Portobello Gin, Chambord, citrus and vermouth. This drink is served in its own silver hip flask, which you can keep once finished. If you bring your hip flask back and order the same drink, you receive a discount, which I thought was a nice perk.

The Alchemist Chester Hip Flask
The Alchemist Chester Cocktail Menu

Alex opted for the aptly named Colour Changing One, which contains Reyka vodka, apple, lemonade, citrus and a touch of magic. The drink comes with two small glass flasks containing a blue and one clear. You pour each over the alcohol already in the glass and watch the magic happen. See the video below to watch the colour changes.

The Alchemist Chester Colour Changing One Cocktail

Jerk Chicken with dumplings and rice was my choice of food, while Alex went for the Katsu Curry with coriander rice. I noticed that they had salt and pepper chips on the menu, which are my Chinese takeaway favourites, so we had to share a portion. Both meals arrived quickly to the table and were piping hot. My chicken just melted off the bone and the spicy Jerk sauce was incredible. Alex also thoroughly enjoyed his Katsu Curry.

The Alchemist Chester Jerk Chicken Main Course
The Alchemist Chester Katsu Curry Main Course

I can’t ever say no to a dessert even if I am full, I choose the indulgent chocolate brownie which was served with Salted Caramel Sauce and Ice Cream. Every bite was heaven.

The Alchemist Chester Chocolate Brownie

We loved the atmosphere in the Alchemist so we decided to stay for a few more drinks. This time I picked a theatrical drink called the Lightbulb Moment.  It came in a cylindrical flask and smoke came up through its funnel. The cocktail was a delicious mix of Tanqueray Gin, ginger beer, raspberry, mint and lemon. I also finished the night with a Pornstar Martini and of course, the Prosecco was served in a small flask.

The Alchemist Chester Lightbulb Moment Cocktail
The Alchemist Chester Pornstar Martini

I posted photos and videos to my Instagram story during our visit. Follow me on Instagram so you don't miss a thing.

Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. He gave excellent recommendations and made sure that everything was served perfectly. Alex and I had an amazing night at The Alchemist in Chester and we will be sure to visit again soon.

You can look at cocktail and food menus, as well as book a table at any Alchemist location on their website,
*Food and drinks provided in exchange for an honest review


  1. I love the Alchemist! Thanks for sharing, they make the coolest drinks x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  2. Looks wonderful! There's an Alchemist in Leeds and it's easily my favourite spot in the city :)

    Anika xo |

    1. My boyfriend has visited the Leeds one while at uni and said it was great!

  3. This place looks amazing! The food seems super yummy and so do the drinks!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    1. It really is amazing! You should see if they have one close to you!

  4. I haven't ever been but my daughter has been to both of the Manchester ones and she really likes going, it sounds like you had a nice time, your photographs are amazing xxxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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