Brewery Tap

Price guide: Budget

52-53 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RU

Price guide: Budget

The "Tap"
#12 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Chester
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, History, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Brewery Tap

No fuss food in a terrific and fascinating Chester pub.

I wasn’t going to recommend another pub for food in Chester, not when the Old Harkers Arms is such a strapping opponent. But I just love “the Tap”. It’s candle-lit in the evenings, always busy and buzzing, and has a fantastic history as a former Jacobean great hall, originally home to a wealthy merchant family. I’ve also recommended it in my nightlife guide – How to have a good night out in Chester, for its simple loveliness as a city centre pub.

Food and drink: 

Honest and filling pub-style meals. The good folks at the Tap, which has a range of proper beers and ales on tap, say they offer “real ale and real food”. Can’t argue with that.

Recommended dishes: 

I recently enjoyed a piece of steak, with pepper sauce and chips, that any high-end steakhouse would be dishing up. It was sublime and I mopped up every last bit with the massive chips.

Ambience: 

Friendly and warm. Kids and dogs happily mingle with older folks and young couples – you’ll even find the Simonseeks staff in there from time to time!

Service: 

Nothing out of the ordinary, as honest and real as the food and ale.

Location: 

In Lower Bridge Street; within the City Walls but a few minutes’ walk from the centre “proper”. Oddfellows is just up the road if you fancy more modern decor for an after-dinner drink.

Price advice: 

The aforementioned steak and chips was just under £10 and some lighter dishes plunge down to around a fiver. Not exactly “cheap as chips”, but ok value.

More information on Brewery Tap:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Pub
Food:
British
Address:
52-53 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RU
Telephone:
01244 340999
Website:
http://www.the-tap.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm; food served daily from noon-9.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Brewery Tap? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Excellent beers in a very busy, noisy and ancient building. serving good value, above average bar food. Try the Beer Battered Haddock & Thick Chips. I defy anyone to say they can get better quality anywhere! We enjoyed 3 superb evenings there during a Twixmas break at the equally agreeable Chester Bridge Hotel just accross the road.