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

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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.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 10:03:03

Depends what sort of food you want really. There's lots of good " Real Ale" pubs though. There's a great one up on the rows that does nice food too but I can't remember what it's called. Helpful eh?

Harkers is always a handy one though, some nice beers and decent pub grub.

When we went to Chester we went here and it was lovely but not a lot of choice for vegetarians.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 10:11:15

The brewery tap! That's what it was called, food was nice when we went. Very traditional pub grub though so depends how fancy you want to go.

Have a look on here there a lot of olde worlde pubs because of the area.

BigGums Wed 30-Jan-13 10:19:47

I would second the brewery tap and harkers. A new one has opened that's supposed to very nice - the architect i think. I always liked the red house too.

JimmyTarbuck Wed 30-Jan-13 10:26:25

Thanks for the replies. DH is happy with pub grub so Brewery Tap will be visited, I expect.

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 10:29:42

It's a while ago now but we had a nice meal here, don't know if anyone has been more recently.

They have a real ale bar here but the hotel gets mixed reviews.

I am very envy I love Chester.

hellsbells99 Wed 30-Jan-13 10:30:07

Agree with all the above! Also Duttons is nice on Godstall Lane (runs between the Cathedral and the rows on Eastgate Street); Alexanders is good is you like live music (but a bit more studenty at times); Chez Jules on Northgate Street - informal french style restaurant; I think the Boot on Eastgate street rows does real ale; The Fat Cat or Harkers are nice for an early drink. Had a meal at Artichoke (on the canal off City Road near Harkers) just before Christmas which was very enjoyable - and they had a choice of about 20 types of gin!

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 10:32:53

Feel free to not agree with my two hells. smile

hellsbells99 Wed 30-Jan-13 10:45:12

Hi Sparkling. I agree! Chester Tandoori is good. My husband and his friends like the beer at the Mill Hotel. I like just outside Chester (£6 in a taxi) and love it too! Although it can get a bit rowdy late at night.

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 10:47:54

I like the tame squirrels in Grosvenor Park hells. blush One came and sat on my knee. grin Glad the Tandoori is still good, the DC didn't want to go there last time we went. Ended up at the big pub with loads of floors in the middle of town. Poss a Wetherspoons?

JimmyTarbuck Wed 30-Jan-13 11:10:59

I'm getting excited now grin

hellsbells99 Wed 30-Jan-13 11:29:26

Sparkling - possibly 'Off the Wall'? Grosvenor Park is lovely - then walk through it down to the river and get a nice ice cream!
Have a fantastic weekend JT smile

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 11:32:23

This one hells. Not a recommendation Jimmy, it's purely because the DC love it. wink

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 11:40:22

Chester's lovely. I can't afford to live there unfortunately but I do live close enough to work there! It's a lovely part of the country, I'm very lucky.

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 12:11:01

It's a great location to stay in and go visiting other places in the summer. Last year we went to Liverpool for the day, and Llandudno for the day. The DSs thought it was fabulous, we rented a townhouse near the canal.

DS2 especially likes the 'topless bus'. grin

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 12:31:37

It really is a great base. Half an hour from Liverpool and Manchester by train, fourty mins by car, and the same to the north Wales coast. It's not much more than an hour to get to Birmingham.

I've always lived here so it's easy to forget how nice it is. I don't think anything of popping to Llandudno for the afternoon or Llangollen. And I can't count the hours I've spent just sitting by the river in Chester.

I used to love the topless busses when I was a kid! A townhouse by the canal sounds lovely.

hellsbells99 Wed 30-Jan-13 12:41:42

Hi Sparkling & Randall. I think when you live in a place you sometimes forget how nice it is and you are too busy working and being a parent to enjoy it all! DD2 (14) went into 'town' last summer with friends to go shopping but spent the day having a Boots meal deal in the Grosvenor park with friends, then hiring pedaloes on the river, finishing off with ice creams by the river listening to the band playing in the band stand - a quote from her friend "we had a very civilised afternoon, listening to the band"! .......and we worry that they will all go off the rails ;)
Also both DDs are at an age now where they love getting the train to Liverpool to go shopping with their friends.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 12:45:16

That was my favourite way to spend the afternoon when I was that age Hells.

It still is now tbh, although not the pedalos!

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 12:49:35

DC and I had an exciting half an hour on the pedaloes. I learnt that it is hard to do a three point turn, especially when the Mark Twain is looming into view. grin

MustafaCake Wed 30-Jan-13 12:53:20

This place is great, the food is amazing.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 12:53:34

They scare me now [old gimmer emoticon]

Sparklingbrook Wed 30-Jan-13 12:55:59

The DC want to hire a motor boat next time Randall. grin At least we can get out of showboat's way quicker. grin

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 30-Jan-13 12:57:58

Yes, I can just about manage those. Although in all honesty I do prefer a more civilised sail on the Lady Di grin

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

Joint ticket with the boat and the topless bus. Perfect. smile

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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