Old Harkers Arms | Chester, Cheshire
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Old Harkers Arms
Good based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

1 Russell Street
Chester, Cheshire England CH3 5AL [ print map ]
01244 344525


Hours: Mo-Sa 1130-23, Su 12-2230

Mayor: ManVsBeer (3) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 15

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Old Harkers Arms

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Phoenix Arizona 42, Stonehouse Wheeltappers Wheat Beer 44, Conwy Beachcomber Blonde 43, Sandstone ONYX , Hawkshead Windermere Pale (Cask) 83, Weetwood Cheshire Cat Blonde Ale 37
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12 reviews for Old Harkers Arms
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  74%
 Selection  71%
 Food  77%
 Value  64%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  77%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk  (208) Edinburgh , Scotland | June 10, 2015
Old school big wooden pub. massive, 2 banks of taps in different locations on L shap bar with pillers blockiing view. so take care to check out full selection
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan  (66) , England | October 22, 2014
Big traditional boozer with a pleasant canal side outlook, handy chalkboard which was a god save as the place was heaving and the bar was a bar so couldn’t inspect the pump clips. A lot of tables were reserved so I suspect the food is good will visit again and try it out. Close to train station, doesn’t charge ticker tax on halves.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer  (1502) Hebden Bridge, England | April 1, 2014
On the canal right below the bridge with the road that will take you to and from the city centre and railway station. This is a lovely pub in a large open plan period style room around an ’L’ shaped bar that sports plenty of rotating ales. The place is popular despite being a few minutes walk from the main commercial centre and includes a fine drinking atmosphere. More expensive than most in Chester.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (430) , England | August 5, 2013
Part of a small chain of pubs (now backed by money from Frankie and Bennie’s). The Armoury in Shrewsbury and The Woodbridge near Ironbridge are two more of their pubs near water and offering good food and a fine selection of cask ales. On the road from the railway station into the city centre: often my first port of call when visiting Chester, just look over to your left as you cross the canal and it’s down the steps! Nicely appointed and spotlessly clean at all times. This like others they own, is for upwardly mobile, well off customers, although they don’t turn their noses up at normal people. Well worth finding in Chester, if only to see inside.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta  (130) , Luxembourg | August 23, 2012
Ace place over the day. Good selection of ales and well kept! Food is tasty but rather pricey. Service can be rather ’numb’ when busy - so lacking some personality. Can be rather packed and a meet for beer enthusiasts so good place to exchange knowledge and stories.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
bigoldbeer  (5) , England | May 6, 2011
The best pub in Chester by miles, expensive yes, but worth it for the lovely atmosphere, set on the side of the canal (be careful if you have a few too many ales though!) great food I loved the Steak and kidney pudding when I was last there, and a huge choice of ales, which is understandable when you consider the price you’re paying. And the homemade chips are great too. I’d recommend a visit if you’re in the city and have a bit of spare cash. Cheers Brian
Svesse  (239) Hässelby, Sweden | October 8, 2009
Quite large pub in the basement of an old warehouse by the canal. You can see it from the bridge over the canal on your way from the railway station to the city center. 12 hand pumps with beers mainly from British micros, tried a lovely Hawkshead Organic Stout on my visit in July 2009. Friendly and efficient service. Quite cozy despite the fairly large size of the place. Very handy for a pit stop with the canal boat. Definitely recommended.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | September 19, 2009
Cool place in a comfortable old building along a canal. Tasty and interesting menu with a variety of daily specials featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Great selection of scotch on top of their nice variety of well condition real ales. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | March 25, 2009
The first place where you have to go If you are arriving by train. 11 different real ales and one cider on tap. A very good menu. Big rooms and a librery. Worth a visit. A good place to start the day (26.2.09).
DJMonarch  (83) Northwich, England | October 16, 2006
Ideally located just a short walk from Chester railway station. Lovely old building which can get very busy after work hours but if you’re in here early you can sample the ambiance of the back room amongst all the books and wooden panelling, just like being in a library. Beer choice is pretty good if a little pricey compared to the rest of Chester but definitely worth a visit.

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