Off to Chester this weekend. Where to eat and drink? Would love your ideas.

(48 Posts)
JimmyTarbuck Wed 30-Jan-13 09:51:50

We are off to Chester (child-free) and would love some recommendations of where to eat and drink. We like real ale and DH is vegetarian. What do you think? Also, any places to go for breakfast as I don't fancy paying the hotel's price. Any replies appreciated.

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 13:08:32

I live in Chester too... Was also going to recommend Joseph Benjamin to eat, and the Pied Bull (opposite) has a microbrewery, so that might be of interest. Will you have a car or are you staying city-based? I know some good breakfast places around and about. The blue moon cafe by the river does a good breakfast if you don't want to drive out, or "fud" cafe at the top of sandy lane - depends where you are staying because that's a bit of a walk if you were central.

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 13:11:39

Or if you go into hoole, baked cafe is nice for breakfast and the sticky walnut in IMO the very nicest restaurant in the area.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 13:19:39

I love the blue moon!

hellsbells99 Wed 30-Jan-13 15:12:53

oooh I love the Sticky Walnut! Not tried Joseph Benjamin though - I feel a night out coming on.....

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 15:39:19

JB is second best to the Sticky Walnut, but the food is just as good. It is just sometimes a bit tricky to find something you fancy on the menu iyswim. Any excuse for a night out though, eh smile

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 16:10:53

Sticky walnut is fab, just a shame it's a bit outside the city.

If you like real ale you MUST visit 'The Albion pub,its fab.

Ruprekt Wed 30-Jan-13 16:25:19

DH and I are going to Chester for a dirty weekend in May.

DB and SIL are having the boys!

Which hotel are you staying in Jimmy?

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 16:46:26

Ooh, the Albion. I really want to go to the pub now grin

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 16:52:15

Meet you there in an hour
<eyes children sadly>

tinierclanger Wed 30-Jan-13 16:55:39

Another vote for Joseph Benjamin, and their new tapas place next door to it!

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 16:59:57

I know, I'm sat here playing my little violin and looking at my no beer!

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 17:01:01

(Maybe we should have a Chester meet, now this thread has brought us all out of the woodwork)

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 17:01:21

(do I mean woodwork? Why would we be in woodwork?)

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 17:07:13

envy at meet up in Chester. I live in Worcestershire. sad

Ffuntimewincies Wed 30-Jan-13 17:10:01

If you're looking for somewhere to watch The 6 Nations with ale then the Mill Hotel used to show it (and presumably still does).

This year's Good Beer Guide also has...
Bear and Billet (Okells and guest ales)
Brewery Tap (Spitting Feathers and guests)
Cellar (various)
Mill Hotel (various)
Old Harkers Arms (Coach House and guests)
Pied Bull (Adnams and guests)

As someone else has said, The Albion is worth a look. Used to be in the guide but now not so not sure what the beer quality is like.

Hoole cafe, yy, and if you're large of nork, take advantage of the fab independent lingerie shop there too grin.

bigbadbarry Wed 30-Jan-13 17:13:05

chester beer project for reference smile

Ruprekt Wed 30-Jan-13 20:11:23

bumping for OP's hotel

JimmyTarbuck Wed 30-Jan-13 23:08:05

We're staying at the Abode, Ruprekt. Thanks everyone for the helpful stuff you've written.

JimmyTarbuck Wed 30-Jan-13 23:11:51

Special thanks to bigbadbarry for that link. DH is getting a trouser tingle reading it all.

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 07:27:43

Oooh The Abode envy. Michael Caine's hotel. smile

bigbadbarry Thu 31-Jan-13 07:30:07

Oh I so want to eat at abode! Have it earmarked for our next "big" anniversary. Very nice too!

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 07:34:30

Child free in Chester staying at The Abode. <explodes with envy>

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