England > Cheshire > Chester
wimpyjoe (1436) Hebden Bridge, England | March 24, 2014| Updated March 27, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
A warehouse conversion by the canal. I stayed in this hotel on my last visit to Chester and it has to be one of the most vibrant and busy spa complex in the country as oppose to a relaxing venue. This hotel was full and the municipal rooms packed all day everyday. The ground floor includes a single roomed real ale bar with over half a dozen rotating options that include some decent microbrewery brews, although there’s lager here too given it is a hotel and caters for all. The style of the room is a little bland but to be expected in this environment and the prices are also slightly inflated. There’s a small patio area beside the water that is a fabulous place to sup if the weather is good, but it only holds a handful of people and it is hard to get away from smokers’ smoke if they light up. Live sport is shown in the bar throughout the day.
imdownthepub (527) Banbury, England | July 21, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Large bar within a converted mill, hotel complex, rather like a hotel foyer than a pub. Some seating along the canal, but otherwise a bit of a scrum to get anywhere to place your drinks. Large range of guest beers, mostly local breweries. Not my favourite in Chester but worth popping in.
sic1314 (415) Leiden, Netherlands | August 30, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Well it’s a bar in the cellar of a hotel, so the ambiance is always going to be somewhat lacking, but the beer range is large, interesting and well kept.
Svesse (222) Hässelby, Sweden | October 8, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Restaurant and bar in a hotel and spa complex between the city center and the railway center. It doesn’t get that homely feeling of a traditional pub. But still, 16 hand pumps with beers mainly from Bristh micros is impressive enough. On my visit in July 2009 I tried a couple of beers from Salopian and Bowland. Well kept beers. Service was friendly and efficient. Clientele mainly consisted of hotel and spa residents and the odd beer geek. Food was good and price worthy. Cozy is not the word, but well worth a visit for the beers.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | March 25, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Well, it´s a hotel not a pub. But you don´t mind that when you see 16 real ale taps. All the ales are from microbreweries. While you are drinking you can watch live sports from three large tv screens (26.2.09).
Gethinbeer (122) Nova Scotia | December 30, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place was a nice suprise to find. Family stayed here so popped them a visit and found a good selection of ales on offer. The beer was very good. impressed with the service and a good place to have a beer. Good hotel also if your staying in Chester.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | October 16, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The first time I visited the Mill I was pleasantly surprised to find 16 or so handpumps some of which were serving quite interesting guest beers. Nicely located on the canalside. Large TV screen for the live sports and live music some nights of the week, last time I went it was traditional jazz night.
Gazza (163) Worcester, England | September 6, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A very unusual venue for a scooping venue; a bar in a canalside hotel in a popular tourist city! The beer range has always been good for donkey’s years, but after a refurbishment in the mid 90s where the number of handpumps grew exponentially it became a must-visit if in the area. The beer range may not be as good as in those heady days, but it’s still a cracking pub with every chance of a tick and some top beer if not - was a regular outlet for local Weetwood beers. It’s not far from Chester station so makes a convenient stopover on the way to somewhere with more winners and I’ve even heard the accommodation is quite good!
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