Fin (1144) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 22, 2017
The Old Harkers Arms is a large pub, I guess that in days gone by it would have been an old warehouse catering to the needs of the canal traffic. We popped in here on Saturday 18th March 2017 the we being me, Loz and Baz (6th pub of the day) though we were joined by the returning three, namely Isobel, Jude and Kay. This really is a big, big place but like Cellar it was really busy, but I had a brief wander and it has a centrally located bar L shaped bar with plenty of casks, all cask no keg as far as I could see and the cask selection whilst fine hardly set the pulse racing. Lots of seating and plenty of folks eating here. Most of the seating was around the outer edges of the pub though it did open out to a larger areas to both the left and right of the bar.
As already indicated the beer selection whilst pretty extensive isn’t great with a few locals and plenty of boring brown stuff and a few goldens. Not sure what the bottle/can selection was like as it was just too busy to start checking out such stuff, we only spent 20 mins in here and probably my least favourite of the day, in fact it was so busy we actually finished up our drinks outside (in March!) as the weather had cleared up a little and I dare say that out here in the summer by the canal is the best way to enjoy this place.
Converted canal-side warehouse between the Railway Station and the town centre. Large open spaces and a low hum of conversation. We have been here before and remember the beer range being more adventurous, it now seems pedestrian unfortunately. We will visit again but hoping for some improvement.
Visited on Saturday 30th January 2016. Large Bunning and Pryce chain pub down by the canal, chalk board has a list of the beers which is handy, the place is definitely for the great and good of Chester, beer range is a mix of local and national beers, well kept. Place is a little pricey. Service was good.
I like the pub, food is decent too. (Didn’t eat on this occasion but have in the past). Worth a stop. It is pretty handy for the station.
cgarvieuk (357) Edinburgh , Scotland | June 10, 2015| Updated March 16, 2017
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.. BUt ive had a few poor (one very buteric) beers here. SO take care
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.