If you want a decent place to stay with beer in Chester, this is where to head. A fair number of handpumps, not a lot of them serving much exciting, but a few obscure local breweries on display. Prices are reasonable for a hotel.
Visited on 30th January 2016. Bar on the ground floor of a hotel. Quite a modern looking place with really nice furnishing but probably feels a bit too nice for a beer venue.
Range of beer wasn’t that great on this visit but still managed to find something I hadn’t tried. Quality was good, prices not bad. Service efficient.
A venue I wouldn’t rush back to as it seemed a little too odd
ManVsBeer (2012) Hebden Bridge, England | March 24, 2014| Updated March 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.