Restaurant 1539 decided on a new venture of an evening of dining whilst listening to Opera by Belle Voci and themed ‘A night at the Movies’

Chester is just 45 minutes straight run from Hale and it is as easy to drive or catch the train.  The Chester Racecourse is just on the outskirts of the centre and is easy to access and has great parking facilities.

On arriving at 7pm prompt and being met by Manger Andre and his team we immediately had a glass of fizz in our hands and were led upstairs to the bar area where the first performance of the night would take place sung by the young Duo (Belle Voci) and their pianist.  It was nice to see people making an effort and dressing up for the event, in such a lovely setting black tie and cocktail dresses seemed appropriate for such a great evening.

The canapés flowed (perfect sized ones) rare beef, smoked salmon, cheese tarts to name a few and so did the top ups of the fizz too.

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The Ladies sang songs from films ‘Life is beautiful’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’ they were excellent and gave a little chat in between to describe the song and which film it came from. On entering the main restaurant we were guided to our booth it was comfy and spacious and we could peruse the set menu for the evening which had 3 choices for each course.


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The staff were attentive, easy to talk to and after discussing the menu we opted for light oxtail soup with artichoke foam topping and the photo definitely did not do this stunning dish justice. It was meaty tasty salty and lovely.

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Next Salmon and fennel fishcake  it was light full of fish and a great way to start off a meal.

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Welsh beef or pan seared sea bass for mains which were beautifully displayed on the plate and were a joy to eat.  The quality of the produce was second to none and the meals were all prepared individually for each table, there was elegance in the restaurant no rushing and the attention to every detail making sure the evening was an experience that customers would never forget.

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Wines served were an American chardonnay and a Muscadet which were great quality and a pleasure to drink. The Ladies sang between each course including songs from ‘Dancing Years 1950s film’ and a song from the ‘Mission Impossible movie’. They were excellent and they made it look so effortless the ecoustics were amazing and the high ceiling only enhancing the whole experience.

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Finishing with citrus cheesecake with pink grapefruit sorbet and ‘at the movies’ pick and mix rocky road, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel popcorn both were a delight and did not disappoint.

Lake District spring water and fabulous coffees to end the evening, it was a complete success and great value for money. SoHale thanks Andre and his team and we look forward to being back soon to talk about more of the events held at Chester Racecourse – this venue is not all about Racing!

SoHale can only comment on the food served on the day mentioned, SoHale always work In line with our policy of upfront and honest opinion pieces. SoHale took all photos of the food eaten at the review.