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The Old Harkers Arms, Chester - pub details

Old Harkers Arms
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Address: 1, Russell St, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 5AL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7650) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chester (0.3 miles), Bache (1.3 miles)

Chain: Brunning and Price

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user reviews of the Old Harkers Arms, Chester

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Upmarket place with a good choice of ales. Food is expensive but excellent. Nice to sit outside and watch the barges go by.
baxterfish - 13 Jun 2017 16:29
Went in this the other day for what must be the furst time in over 20 years. Not much seemed to have changed. There are still old bookshelves around the place, and the food is still overpriced. What does seem to be new(er) is the tables outside by the canal and round the corner into the next street. There are two sets of 6 handpumps which sell mainly (but noy completely) different beers – so 9 or 10 different in all. I tried the Manchester coffee Stout which was very nice. The main drawback of this place is that it is firmly on the “bright young things” circuit, and gets packed out with very loud lager drinkers.
Martinsh - 29 Sep 2016 23:43
Pricey but well worth a visit. Tremendous selection of ales. Great to sit outside yesterday in warm sunshine watching walkers and canal boats going by.
wirraldrinker - 5 May 2016 21:01
This lovely old building in it’s canal side location houses then very good Old Harkers Arms.

Our 2nd pub after the Cellar Bar and even though it’s busy it’s nowhere near as packed as the Cellar was.

Large inside with the bar directly in front of you as you enter and 2 large seating areas on either side.

On the bar are 9 hand pumps with 9 different ales on. With all this choice I opted for a few pints of Weetwood’s Cheshire Cat @ 4.0% which were very good. There are a number of real ciders available from direct in the cellar as well as a selection of decent lagers. Quick service from the many bar staff every time I went to the bar.

Loads of pictures on the walls of many different subjects, including several of the local area.

We stayed for a couple of hours, the atmosphere in the pub was really good with a good mix of punters.

Food available but I only saw desserts being served.

Good location, Lovely building & a cracking pub.
lezford - 26 Oct 2015 14:15
This clean and tidy canal-side pub features the cliche of some book-lined walls but others bore an eclectic pictorial mix of sportsmen, birds, old adverts, cartoon, bygone actresses and buildings of interest. I had the Brunning and Price Bitter, which was perfectly serviceable and the Brimstone Rhode Island, which was not so much to my taste. The latter was not fault of the attentive barman who had offered me a sample of these and the four other real ales on offer. Didn't eat but the food looked interesting if, like the beer, pricey. Clearly part of a chain, but a superior chain - Brunning and Price is no JDW.
Kenny260556 - 15 May 2015 15:37

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