Starting this month, we are working alongside other Chester restaurants and bars to support SHARE’s new charity initiative of donating meals to the homeless in Chester.

The SHARE’s charity supports families in crisis, people who are homeless in North Wales and Cheshire and also assists refugees fleeing for their lives, wherever they are in the world.

Adam Dandy, founder and trustee of SHARE also commented,

“Homelessness is a growing problem Nationwide, with charities such as Shelter recording a 13% rise in the past 12 months alone, here in Chester we too have seen a significant increase in the number of people rough sleeping, we are trying to engage with these people in an attempt to find help to get them off the streets, the offer of much needed warm food and drink allows us to engage, build trust and offer advice and guidance to people about the services available to them. Until now we’ve struggled as a grass roots local charity to provide all those we meet with adequate food each week which we’d ultimately like to expand to the shelters themselves.

We’ve turned to local restaurants to help us in our quest and have been met with an overwhelming offer of support by nine top restaurants so far, these include four of Chester Racecourse’s restaurants, 1539, The White Horse, Commonhall St Social and Horseradish! Others include The Suburbs, The Chef’s Table, Sticky Walnut and The Coach House Inn. It’s fair to say that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Richard Thomas and his team at Chester Racecourse for helping us to feed people who are homeless in the City!”

The most famous race in the World takes centre stage this Saturday (14 April) at 5.15pm, so now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to choose your horse or horses. Will it be the name, the colours, the jockey or simply the number that help decide which horse you will be shouting around the famous course?

The race is over 4 miles and 514 yards, with two circuits of the Aintree track and 16 fences. Two of the obstacles are only faced once making a total of 30, in the race first officially run in 1839.

Some helpful statistics that may give you a head start in finding that elusive winner…
The oldest winning horse was aged 15 and the oldest jockey to ride the winner was 48-year-old Dick Saunders in 1982 and the youngest was 17. The biggest price of the winner was 100/1 of which there have been five, the most recent being Mon Mome (2009) and the most famous was Foinavon, after whom a fence was named in his honour, in 1967. The shortest price victor was Poethlyn at only 11/4 ninety-nine years ago. The most number of runners to face the starter was 66 with the fewest being 10 and 1984 saw the highest number of finishers when 23 made it back. Only three greys have won, the most recent being Neptune Collonges in 2012 and a lucky number of 13 mares have beaten the boys. The fastest winning time was 8 minutes 47 seconds when Mr Frisk beat Durham Edition home in 1990.

The race is watched and celebrated around the globe but English trained horses still have a stranglehold on the race. There have been 2 French-trained winners but both were in the 19th Century. 2 Scottish trained winners which include last year’s One For Arthur and the famous Rubstic who became the first in 1979. The Irish don’t have the same success as they do at Cheltenham however there have been 16 winners since 1900, including six since 1999 that have made the short ferry trip to Liverpool. You have to have to go back to 1905 to find the one and only Welsh trained victor when Kirkland won by 3 lengths.

The most famous trainer of the race is Ginger McCain who trained the National legend Red Rum. The three-time super horse won his first National in 1973 when just catching Crisp and Richard Pitman on the line. The following year he managed to win again under 12 stone from L’Escargot and also won the Scottish version in the same season, and still remains the only horse to complete the unlikely double. After two seconds in 1975 and 1976 he came back with new jockey, Tommy Stack, to take his third title in 1977 and here’s how Peter O’Sullevan described that last race.

“The crowd are willing him home now. The 12-year-old Red Rum, being preceded only by loose horses, being chased by Churchtown Boy… They’re coming to the elbow, just a furlong now between Red Rum and his third Grand National triumph! It’s hats off and a tremendous reception, you’ve never heard one like it at Liverpool – Red Rum wins the National!”

Good luck to everyone joining us this Saturday! – Can’t make it this weekend, join us for Royal Ascot Ladies Day on Thursday 21 June or the Prix de l’arc de triomphe on Sunday 7 October.

For more information or to book please call 01244 304 611 or email

Wine and Dine every Wednesday in April and enjoy two courses from our set menu and half a bottle of wine for just £19.50 per person. The perfect excuse for you to catch up with friends or have that date night you have been promising your partner.

To book a table call 01244 304 611 or click here

*Available all day every Wednesday, excluding Wednesday 9 May 2018. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Non-alcoholic alternative also available. Complimentary wine to include house option only.

Together with the lovely team at Chester BIRDS we hosted an evening of shopping, dinner and fizz for International Women’s day on Thursday 8 March.

The event was fantastically supported by local small businesses in Cheshire and sold out weeks in advance, with 140 lovely ladies joining us to raise over £3000 for the Chester BIRDS Charity.

On the evening ladies were invited to trial treatments and attend consultations with a number of Cheshire luxury beauty brands. Before taking a wander around our first-floor roof bar, where there were a number of beautiful boutiques.

After a quick shop, ladies enjoyed a two-course dinner in the main restaurant, on the menu, chicken with fresh greens and fondant potatoes, followed by a rich chocolate dessert.

See more images from the evening here.

If you would like to host a charity event or function in 1539 Restaurant & Bar, please email or get in touch here.

Starting Sunday 18 March, we’re offering a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, when any couple dine from the Sunday set menu after 5pm.

Raise a glass to the end of the week and look forward to the week ahead, whilst enjoying a traditional roast with all the trimmings.

See a sample menu here.

To book call 01244 304 611 or click here

*Free bottle of Prosecco when two guests order two, three-course meals are ordered from the Sunday menu after 5pm. Non-alcoholic alternative also available.
Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer not valid on Sunday 11 March, Sunday 5 August. Available for tables of eight or less.

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