September 27th, 2012

Cheshire's 10 best restaurants

It's the Cheshire Food Festival this weekend but how does the county fare if you want to eat on the cheap? After a previous visit to Chester, Tony Naylor now picks his budget favourites from across the county where you can lunch for £10 or less.

Gusto, Alderley Edge & Knutsford

Cheshire's 10 best restaurants
Alderley Edge village centre. Photograph: travelib europe/Alamy


£10 doesn't buy you a lot in Alderley Edge. The archetypal well-heeled Cheshire village, it is a world of Bentleys, big sunglasses and tiny dogs. Gusto, a high-quality northern pizza'n'pasta chain, chooses not to exploit that moneyed customer base. Consequently, its wood-fired 12" pizzas (authentically thin, blast-cooked bases; fresh, sweet, expertly seasoned tomato pulp) still come in under £10. The set lunch menu (main plus drink, £9.95, until 5pm) is good value. Alternatively, in the evening, split a pizza and a couple of side salads with two beers (from £3.65; Sam Adams Boston Lager, £4), and, if you are strict, two of you should be able to eat here for £22. If it is a sunny day, grab a seat outside, on busy London Road, and watch the world go by. It can be very entertaining.

• Most mains, salads and pizza, £6.95-£11.25. 75 London Road, Alderley Edge, 01625 583993 and 81 King Street, Knutsford, 01565 755487, www.gustorestaurants.uk.com

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GUSTO ~ Restaurant and Bar: Italian for taste and enjoyment
Inspired by the elegant charm of a classic Italian ristorante with a contemporary buzz and a modern, stylish interior, GUSTO brings the true "taste and enjoyment" of Italy to our guests.

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