Chester can’t have enough independents as far as I’m concerned, and we are lucky to have some absolutely top-notch independent operators delivering great offerings in the city.
And I am very pleased to say that now we have another one.
Docket No 64 has opened this weekend, and myself and my better half were really looking forward to our preview on Thursday evening. Our friend (and shameless goosebury) Stu Roberts joined us too and, seeing as he is such a beer enthusiast – it was good to have him along to sample the beer menu.
Where to start! It was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. This has always been a charming city centre venue. Predecessor Jade had built up a discerning and loyal following with Ginger Wine Bar, and it seems to me that Chester folk are delighted that something of a similar nature has opened in its place.
I arrived before the chaps – which meant I could have a nice little catch up with owners Fran & Stu. I met these guys many years ago when they were on the opening team for Abode Hotel Chester, and after an uber-exciting hospitality journey which took them as far afield as the Middle East, they found their way back to the UK to go it alone. Docket No 33 opened in Whitchurch – and this set their path for opening very good quality, intimate venues serving great wines, superb beers (says our beer expert Stuart) and delicious food using hyper-local produce.
I was also very pleased to meet new Manager Louise who turns out to be as much of a beer nut as (our) Stuart! Louise had her own pub in Richmond, Surrey and told us how she would source beers from the very best breweries for her ‘tap takeovers’. This lady seriously knows her stuff and something tells me the Chester industry folk are going to love her.
Docket No 64 are serving a very simple menu of the very finest meats, cheeses, bar nibbles and platters. We were served a delicious sharing board, and every item on that board was a star in its own right! We absolutely loved the Appleby’s Cheshire – and the Cenarth Brie was gorgeous. The ‘Rachel’ washed rind goats milk cheese was also heavenly. But the real taste sensation was the Burts Blue teamed up with one of Stu’s homemade digestive biscuits – orgasmic!
All of the cheese served at Docket No 64 has come directly from Northgate Street – as The Cheese Shop owner and expert Carol Faulkner has recommended every single one personally.
And lets not forget about the fabulous meats! My personal favourite was the bresaola home cured with Paso Primero Tinto red wine (find out more about this gorgeous wine here http://www.paso-primero.com) but everything on our board was full of flavour and of superb quality.
Docket No 64 is serving a great wine list, amazing beers, fabulous charcuterie, sublime cheese, great coffees and I understand they’ll be serving breakfast very soon – and did I mention the cocktails?!?
A massive thankyou to Fran, Stu and Louise for a fabulous evening. This will be the perfect place for the very best post dinner cheese board or a pre Storyhouse theatre sharing board. We can’t wait to come back.