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Chorley restaurant serving classic British dishes with a sophisticated edge dubbed ‘best for miles’

Written by on January 15, 2022

Hidden away off the beaten track, is a small, yet very popular family restaurant bringing its customers the best of fine dining within a relaxed setting.

Encore restaurant in Chorley is the area’s best kept secret serving the best of local produce with their modern British cuisine.

Since opening in 2018, this hidden gem, tucked away behind Chorely Theatre has gifted the town with warm service, tasty food and cosy atmosphere for all.

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Owner, Gareth Tebay wanted to bring the essence of fine dining to his home town but having witnessed many attempts that have failed over the past years, he knew he had to do something different.

Encore, while serving up incredible meals is set in a friendly environment, where chatter is welcome and elbows can certainly go on the tables.

Beautiful rustic interior bringing in a cosy atmosphere
Beautiful rustic interior bringing in a cosy atmosphere

“It had been a experience trying to figure out which formula works for fine dining and in that time we kind of gained the reputation of having a higher quality experience,” Gareth said.

“I wanted it to have the fine dining experience but in a more relaxed, laid back environment.

“I’ve always had the opinion that a stranger is a friend and a friend is family and that’s how you treat the guest, it’s a very simple formula if you break it down.

“I always want to make people feel really welcome and really valued.”

Delicious plate full of beetroot risotto
Delicious plate full of beetroot risotto

Encore restaurant had even been nominated for two food awards in as little as six months of opening.

But if the food, ambience and style of the restaurant can’t speak for themselves, the reviews will.

Out of 385 TripAdvisor reviews, a whopping 324 of those rate their experience at Encore as excellent with five out of five bubbles and the comments are full of high praises too.

One customer left this review: “Pleased to find this high end restaurant in Chorley. Delicious food beautifully presented with complex tastes. Simply but tastefully furnished. A varied menu reasonably priced The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable Will certainly introduce to our friends.”

Another customer shared their views and said: “We have had a lovely meal today. Top class service, and delicious food. Couldn’t fault a thing. A special mention to Richard, the head chef for the beautifully cooked and presented meal, and to Simon, the young waiter for very attentive service. A lovely atmosphere and looking forward to visiting again soon.”

Tasty cod dish served up in Encore
Tasty cod dish served up in Encore

This customer couldn’t seem to fault the restaurant at all: “We ate from the 3 course set menu and it was just fantastic! I had the boozy fondue, beef blade and ice cream. I don’t usually eat meat and only eat it in really good restaurants. The beef and the jus (which I usually call gravy!) was just superb, so tender and tasty.

“You know when something tastes so good, that you don’t want to talk, you just want to eat in silence so that you can savour it? Well that’s how I felt about the beef and jus. My friend had the cod and he loved it.

“Nice bottle of Sauvignon and all for just under £70 for 2 people! I don’t know how they produce such fantastic quality food at such a reasonable price! Best restaurant in Chorley and for miles!”.

This customer raved about their Sunday roast and said: “Visited on Sunday for a roast dinner. My chicken was buttery soft and the accompaniments were perfect. Cauliflower cheese, the best carrot I’ve ever tasted and the crispiest roast potatoes. All served with a bowl of green goodness and a pot of delicious gravy.”

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