Old Harkers Arms

Address: 1 Russell Street, Chester, CH3 5AL, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 344525

- Mid-range

4.3

This is the top joint in Chester for some fancy pub grub.

It doesn’t look much from outside, but inside is one of the best pubs in Chester. The decor is homely, with pared back detailing like knocked about wooden tables and chairs and painted brickwork. There are old port boxes on the ceiling, bunches of frames on the walls and no music to drown out the ring of lively conversation. The drinks are expensive but the food is top notch. Get there early or late for dinner, otherwise you’ll be hovering for a table.

Food and drink
4.6
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

It feels so obvious to say the food here is proper British grub with a modern twist, as it’s exactly what you’d expect – but then what’s wrong with that? Pork and apple sausages with sage mash sit on the menu alongside beef and ale pie and good ol’ fish and chips. Smaller appetites will enjoy lighter bites and sandwiches.

Recommended dishes

I like my lamb to render a knife unnecessary, it should simply fall away from the bone with a fork. This shoulder of lamb simply melts in the mouth (£14.95).

Ambience

Lively atmosphere provided by loyal locals in-the-know and visitors with smiles delighted to have stumbled on this place.

Service

Informal but extremely friendly and helpful.

Location

On the canalside, though there are no tables outside. You’ll find the pub down some stairs off the uninspiring City Road.

Price advice

It’s not cheap, and you rarely find a deal. Main courses go for between £9 and £14, light bites around £6 and a pud is around a fiver.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • People watching
  • Relaxation

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