This post is written in collaboration with Roomzzz
Well hello there! If you don’t follow me on social media (which, in all honesty, you should be because I’m hilarious) you might not have seen Joe and I took a trip to Chester a couple of weeks ago.
I love discovering more of the UK. I’m pretty much in a constant state of bankruptcy and my annual leave allowance is less-than-great, so we can only usually afford one abroad trip (or a couple of small abroad trips) each year, meaning we try and do mini UK city breaks when we can.
Chester has been on my list for absolutely ages. I spent my entire childhood visiting Chester Zoo, but that’s as close as I ever got. I’d heard so many great things about how pretty it is and how much history it has, I jumped at the chance to visit when Roomzzz invited me and Joe to stay in their Chester Aparthotel for the weekend.
(There’ll be a post all about their fab hotel later this week, just FYI. Would 100% recommend staying there!)
We wanted to fit as much of Chester into our trip as possible, whilst still having a chilled weekend. We’d already done Chester Zoo a few times (because we’re children at heart and it’s SO FUN) so scratched that off our list to give us an extra day in the city.
When we arrived, we checked into our hotel, took some snaps of the room, freshened up and went for a wander around the city.
We did some shopping, I dropped basically my entire wage in H&M because oh my god it was so much better than the Leeds store for some reason??
We walked round virtually every street to try get our bearings and to see what we stumbled upon. We went into the Grosvenor shopping centre to escape the rain and admire the architecture, found the cathedral and went for a few drinks in a local bar.
After a lot of walking, we went back to the hotel to change (and on the way saw THE most spectacular sunset I think I’ve ever seen) and went out for dinner and drinks. We had SO many food and drink recommendations from you guys on Twitter, but we ended up at Cote Brasserie. There’s actually one in Leeds that’s just opened, but we’ve never made it in to try. Honestly? Some of the best food I’ve ever had! Especially to say it’s a chain restaurant! If you ever go, order he Prawn Gratinée, Roasted Pork Belly and Tarte Fine aux Pommes because YOU GUYS. I’m still dreaming about that damn food.
We wandered the streets of Chester a little tipsy from all the wine and couldn’t find anywhere to sit and drink that wasn’t totally rammed, really loud or only had standing space until we stumbled upon Corks Out – the most gorgeous little underground wine bar I’ve ever been in. I want to pick it up, put it in Leeds and live in there! After another bottle, we decided to head back to the hotel for an early (ish) night before another day of exploring.
The next morning, we woke up early and went for brunch. After grabbing a few croissants at the hotel, obviously.
We went to a gorgeous little cafe (that also doubled up as a plant shop!!) called The Flower Cup and had brunch that was so delicious, I may have contemplated sacking off the rest of our day and setting up shop with endless avo toast, halloumi and orange juice.
Joe had to stop me from buying ALL the plants, obviously. “Do you want to carry all of those around Chester for the rest of today?” Fair point, babe.
We’d dedicated Sunday to walking the famous walls and I’m so glad we did, because the weather was MUCH nicer. Our hotel overlooked part of the walls, so it was only a 2 second walk to get started and it only took us a couple of hours to walk them (with lots of stops for photos, obviously).
Some of the sights were absolutely stunning, and it was so interesting to learn about Chester’s history. I’m a big fan of ancient history, so I found it all fascinating.
We had such a fantastic time in Chester and I’m already planning a trip back when the weather is a little warmer. If you’re in the market for a UK city break, definitely bump it to the top of your list – you absolutely won’t regret it!
Big thanks to Roomzzz for putting us up, and keep your eyes peeled for a hotel review coming later this week!
Also, as a top tip, if you ever stay with Roomzzz, don’t forget to use #Roomzzz in your posts. If you do, you’ll be entered into the monthly prize draw where you could win A+ prizes like a free stay at Roomzzz or a fancy meal for two people!
This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Roomzzz and they also kindly gave us a free stay. But all words, opinions, images and enthusiasm for this flipping amazing city are my own.