Chester certainly seems to have become the hot ticket for restaurant chains and independents over the past year, with a whole host of new eateries springing up left, right and centre. But what about the next generation?

Now artisan wine bars, a French brasserie and good old-fashioned steak burgers are destined for the city too.

Some are opening before Christmas, but some you'll have to wait a bit longer for.

So for the foodies out there, here are some dates for your diaries.

Panda Mami World Buffet

What? The brains behind this international cuisine outlet – which promises to take diners on a 'gastronomic journey through different countries and cultures' – have grand plans to open 30 more restaurants over the next five years, but lucky Chester is home to one of its first.

Where? 25 Newgate Street, CH1 1DE

When? Monday, November 28

Steak 'n' Shake

What? The classic American chain has picked our city as the location for its first franchise in the UK.

It's already got a cult following in the US thanks to its loved hand-dipped milkshakes and steak burgers.

Where? 14 Frodsham Street, CH1 3JL

When? Saturday, December 10


What? Based on traditional Parisian bistros, Côte specialises in classic brasserie dishes with a modern twist.

Another chain, it prides itself on the 'informal and friendly' atmosphere at its restaurants.

Where? 36 Bridge Street, CH1 1NQ

When? Spring 2017

All Bar One

What? This 'stylish city' watering hole will take the place of Blackhouse Grill, offering cocktails, craft beers and wine, as well as an extensive food menu.

Where? 19 Newgate Street, CH1 1DE

When? Early 2017

Here come the bars...


What? An Italian wine café – where you can indulge in the Italian ritual of drinking, nibbling on food and relaxing after work – will set up shop in the former West Cornwall Pasty Company premises.

The fast-expanding company was founded by two Italian men who met in Manchester in 2013, and by the end of this year they will have 10 bars.

Where? Northgate Street, CH1 2HA

When? Early 2017


What? Chris Laidler's independent is modelled on an Italian enoteca – a wine shop where people can sample produce in a bar before buying.

The venue's main fare will be artisan wines and stinky cheese, but it will also sell craft beers and small-batch gins.

Where? Rufus Court

When? Friday, December 9