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.
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.
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 .