The Good Food Guide unveiled its 2019 top eateries and award winners this week and Joseph Benjamin, Chester has been awarded the number one spot in the North West.
The annual guide owned by Waitrose and Partners honours the finest dining establishments in the country and champions new and local eateries. In addition to anonymous inspections, the GFG’s entries are based on the huge volume of reader feedback and editor appraisals. This year, Joseph Benjamin achieved the accolade of the best local restaurant in their region due to its great food and its unpretentious atmosphere.
After attending Joseph Benjamin, The Good Food Guide editors said: “Whether you’re popping in for a bacon roll and a coffee, or a lunch of wood pigeon with beetroot ketchup and asparagus, you can expect a genuine warm welcome at this unpretentious eatery, run by brothers Joe and Ben Wright. Pre-theatre specials and Sunday roasts are justly popular, and classic flavours lead.”
Brothers Joe and Ben Wright opened the eponymous restaurant in 2006 after hatching a plan to launch a produce-led, seasonal deli-restaurant in Chester. Joe oversees all kitchen aspects of Joseph Benjamin, working alongside Head Chef Jose Garzon whilst Ben utilises his vast food and drink knowledge by taking a lead on all things front-of-house. The result is a successful neighbourhood bistro which has retained a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award every year since 2012 for its top-quality food at great prices.
Co-founder, Ben Wright comments: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have been awarded this title by the Good Food Guide this year. As ever, this is a testament to our brilliant kitchen and front of house teams, loyal fans and the strong community spirit in Chester. It honestly means so much to be recognised for what we believe in.”
Small and local is important to Joe and Ben Wright whose suppliers can be found but a few metres from their restaurant, the butcher is just down Northgate Street, the cheese shop only 50 metres away and their wine importers but 2 miles away. As well as sourcing locally, Joseph Benjamin has a strong ethical approach and are big supporters of Chester Zoo’s campaign to make Chester the first Sustainable Palm Oil City.