As much as you’ll find me working my way around Manchester doing my restaurant and bar reviews, you’ll never see me happier than when I’m in Cheshire. A little closer to home for me, I love finding new haunts in leafy, beautiful Cheshire. And if they look as pretty as this place I’m about to review, then I know I’m in for a treat…
Footballer’s wife Chantelle Heskey has launched Parea – Alderley Edge’s newest drinks and dining venture – with her business partners and friends James Golden and Peter Hunter. Situated on London Road at the site of the former Blue Lobster bar, this place oozes insta-glam from the moment you walk up to the shiny new restaurant.
Before I launch into the menus, food and drink review, lets discuss something pretty important: interior goals.
As you approach the venue, there’s a large outdoor terrace to the front of the restaurant adorned with colourful flowers, making it a whimsical and super pretty entrance. Upon entering, that sweet floral theme continues with an extremely Instagrammable floral wall decorated with mirrors.
For special occasions, weekend dining and busier periods, Parea hosts a glamorous upstairs area, which is French-themed with an entire lounge dedicated to champagne brand Laurent Perrier. You’ll even spy baby pink bucket chairs made especially for the venue.
For those wondering what ‘Parea’ translates to, its the Greek meaning for a group of friends who regularly gather together to get excited about life, values, philosophies, and ideas. The place screams luxury straight away, but when I picked up the menu, I was positively surprised at how affordable and reasonable the menu actually was.
So lets take a look…
As you can see, the menu takes on healthy options combined with foodie favourites, like cod lion, jerk chicken and Chilean style Seabass, to teriyaki salmon and vegan and gluten dishes, with a host of healthy but tasty options. The veggie Sweet Potato, pea and coconut curry really stood out to me, but when it came to making my options, I couldn’t resist trying one of the fish dishes…
But anyway, before I get ahead of myself, lets have a sneak peak at some of the incredible cocktails on offer at Parea…
The below photos show a range of some of the most show-stopping (and delicious) cocktails on the menu. I left it in the capable hands of one of the owners, James, to deliver a range of cocktails for myself and my guest to try out.
I got to say, if it’s taste and presentation you’re looking for, you wouldn’t be disappointed with this array…
The ‘Parea’ cocktail, with it’s subtle sweet pastel pink colour and card wedged in between the ice cubes had to be my favourite. And I won’t lie, I waaaaay overdid the Instagram stories when sipping these delights.
Myself and my guest decided to go all out, ordering a starter, main and dessert each from the menu. The menu was really impressive: I felt like there was a good 3-4 choices that really stood out for me from each courses list, making my selection process pretty hard!
I decided to go for Sweet Potato Toast Bruschetta with edamame, mint and feta cheese, which was actually a really unusual take on a bruschetta starter – a lovely veggie option. My guest opted for Thai Scallop Fritters with peanut and chilli dipping sauce, which again, presentation was perfect and the food was incredibly tasty.
I was torn between the Sweet Potato option and the Chilli King Prawn and Chorizo starter, which I’ll chose next time I come! But with all starters ranging from £5 to £5.50, each one is a pretty sweet deal!
Again, the main course options were all very tempting, but I settled for the Cod loin with crispy bacon, brown shrimp butter and sweet potato hash. My guest went for a meat option, picking the Cumin crusted Lamb Rump, with a creamy Korma sauce, almonds and flatbread.
Both meals arrived with the best presentation efforts once again, an my cod was seriously yummy. I’d say the highlight though had to be the cluster of prawns in a rich butter poured over the cod – such a tasty touch and really gave this dish something different.
Seafood lovers would be totally impressed.
Again, overly impressed with the prices. Main courses start from £11 to around £15, with steaks coming in at £16. The side dishes also lured us in, whilst we ordered a helping of crispy sweet potato fries and wilted spinach to have with our fish and lamb.
I guess you’re probably thinking that at this point, I went a little sweet potato crazy!? Well, if you like something and it’s served up well!…
So last but not least, you have to finish off a great dining and drinks experience with a helping of desserts. It’s kinda rude not to, right?
We shared a vegan friendly Coconut and Chocolate cheesecake, made with cashew cream, cocoa and coconut ganache, and a Vanilla ice cream Affogato with espresso and biscuits. It was pretty incredible just how tasty the ice cream was with the rich espresso poured on top.
And don;t even get me started on the cheesecake! Very indulgent and chocolatey with a creamy coconut and cashew taste.
The service was brilliant – a warm welcome followed by attentive service the whole way through. I have a feeling Parea will take off good and proper in Alderley Edge.
Although the place screams luxury and premium dining, the affordability should hopefully shun some of the judgemental views that Alderley Edge is a very pompous, flashy place to drink and dine. Yes, you get the premium experience at Parea, but you don’t have to expect to pay £20 minimum for a main course and a drink…
Well done team!