Olive Tree Brasserie
The first Olive Tree Brasserie opened in Lytham St Annes in 2007, and it’s branched out ever since. The first Chester restaurant opened in 2016. The chic interior and industrial styling is in keeping with the restaurant’s modern cuisine, bringing the Olive Tree to the forefront of the contemporary Greek dining scene. Olive Tree Brasserie has been a benchmark for modern Mediterranean dining in the North, and the opening of the latest venue in Stockton Heath is sure to reinforce this excellent reputation. This eclectic venue is the ideal spot to meet friends for a few drinks, enjoy an evening of live music, or savour authentic Greek cuisine with your loved ones.
Inspired by regular trips to Greece, the chefs have created a menu that’s bursting with tempting dishes, which we perused with a Greek beer in hand. I chose to start with creamy spanakopita, which came perfectly paired with tzatziki, while my partner sampled the dolmades – both were masterful takes on classic dishes. Our main courses were equally impressive. Despite being drawn to the vegan options, I eventually plumped for the pan-fried sea bass – a wise decision. The fish was delicate in both texture and flavour, and combined beautifully with rich potato cakes, crisp kolokithakia fries and a piquant parsnip skordalia. Inspired by fond memories of meals in Greece, my partner opted for an old favourite: shoulder of lamb on the bone. The lamb was exquisitely tender and paired well with Greek-style roast potatoes and rosemary.
The menu reads like a love letter to fresh ingredients and Greek flavours, all with a unique, contemporary twist. Thankfully, we had worked up an appetite walking around historic Chester’s Roman walls before our meal, and we happily tucked into desserts. While my partner indulged in the decadent tahini brownie, I couldn’t resist the honey-sweet baklava with pistachio ice cream. Our meal came to a relaxed end as we sipped rich Greek coffee and soaked up the buzzing atmosphere. The service was attentive from start to finish with every dish beautifully and carefully presented. The whole experience was a delight and we left with smiles on our faces, savouring the taste of the Mediterranean.