Chester & South Clwyd

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub Guide

Chester & South Clwyd Branch pubs selling real ale

  • Acrefair
    • Duke of Wellington Llangollen Road, Acrefair LL14 3SG Telephone(01978) 512716

      A small traditional, tidy, cosy and characterful two roomed local. Nostalgists will enjoy a rare outside gents! In summer there's a colourful floral display as well as a lawned garden with tractor.

    • Hampden Arms Llangollen Road Acrefair LL14 3UG Telephone(01978) 449015

      Tidy well run cream coloured local. Cosy traditional carpeted public bar has darts and sports TV. A separate larger lounge leads onto rear decking.

    • Oddfellows Arms Chapel Street, Acrefair LL14 3TB Telephone(01978) 822135

      A sadly all too rare and under appreciated intimate wet-led local. It comprises of a bright small basic front bar and a darker tiled-floor room with low ceiling and high backed settle facing a wood fire. To the rear is a games room with darts and table football.

  • Aldford
    • Grosvenor Arms Chester Road Aldford CH3 6HJ Telephone(01244) 620228

      This is a spacious, stylish and unashamedly upmarket pub. Full of character it is multi-roomed with a pleasant garden room leading to an outside terrace and lawn with picnic tables. Inside the décor could be described as ‘modern-traditional', with lots of bare wood, bookcases, pictures and chalkboards. Four ever-changing guest beers compliment the house beer brewed by Brightside plus Weetwood and Tim Taylor beers. The high quality food from an imaginative menu is very popular and served all day. A function room upstairs can seat 14 people. An annual beer festival is held in the summer.

  • Bache
    • Little Owl East Countess Way, Nr. Gawer Park, Chester Bache CH1 4DA Telephone(01244) 379266

      Previously known as the Eight Rights, this is a large open plan pub on two levels. Popular with families in summer, not least because of the play area.

    • Mill at Upton 76 Liverpool Road, Bache, Chester Bache CH2 1AU Telephone(01244) 390859

      Large roadside pub, tied to Joseph Holt Brewery, close to Bache railway station and the Countess of Chester Hospital. The interior is long and narrow with an open-plan feel, yet has distinct separate seating areas. Food is available all day and there is a small beer garden at the side for sunnier days.

  • Bangor-on-Dee
    • Royal Oak High Street Bangor-on-Dee LL13 0BU Telephone(01978) 781602

      Eye-catching Mock Tudor pub nestled on the banks of the River Dee in the picturesque village of Bangor-on-Dee. Formerly known as the Royal Hotel and The Oak hence the modern day name The Royal Oak, this food-led pub has been a public house since 1851. Inside is a smart well decorated open plan bar and side lounge. Outside is a small patio garden area and further seating overlooking the River Dee, next to the historic bridge and St Dunawd's Church.

    • Wrexham Golf Club Holt Road Bangor-on-Dee LL13 9SB Telephone(01978) 364268

      Golf club

  • Barton
    • Cock O'Barton Barton Rd Barton SY14 7HU Telephone(01829) 782277

      Originally a small 17th century wayside inn its name comes from the cock horses that were hired out to provide extra pulling power over the local hills. It is said that Oliver Cromwell took shelter here as the civil war approached Chester. The pub was enlarged and extensively refurbished in 2006 into the contemporary design it is today. There is a spacious open plan lounge dining area with other rooms leading off into the original part of the inn. A large canopy protects the outdoor drinking/eating area. 3 regular beers are served from the Stonehouse and Conwy breweries with another guest beer on usually during the summer. Look out for Funtime Friday every Friday from 4.30pm - 7pm with beer at £2.50 a pint.

  • Bersham
    • Black Lion Y Ddol Bersham LL14 4HN Telephone(01978) 290193

      Known locally as the Hole in the Wall, this warm and cosy Hydes tied-house is adjacent to the Clywedog Trail with the Bersham Heritage Centre close by. The pub comprises of two carpeted rooms in front of the bar with a smaller snug to the side. Log burners and comfy bench seating add to the homeliness. Accessible by bus to Rhostyllen and short walk albeit with steep steps.

  • Bickerton
    • Bickerton Poacher Wrexham Road, Bulkeley, Bickerton SY14 8BE Telephone(01829) 720226

      Originally dating from 1642, this large modernised pub/restaurant sits close to the Sandstone Trail. Bed and Breakfast or on-site camping is available, whilst the traditional Skittle Alley can be hired for private functions. Food lovers are catered for in the restaurant, with a Saturday Carvery plus BBQs from time to time, Beers are sourced from a tied list and include the likes of Theakstons and Caledonian.

  • Boughton
    • Spital Vaults Spital Walk Boughton CH3 5DB Telephone(01244) 324480

      This is a traditional English pub - a short walk from the Shropshire Union Canal or Chester city centre. It is tucked away from the main road off Alma street. Sports TV dominates. There is a bagatelle table and darts can be played. Outside at the rear is a small smoking area.

  • Brassey Green
    • Shady 8 Bate's Mill Lane Brassey Green CW6 9UE Telephone(01829) 730008

      Situated in a splendid rural location with panoramic views of Beeston Castle and the Peckforton Hills, the pub is a popular destination for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts and those using the adjacent Shropshire Union Canal.

      It was re-named the Shady when taken over by the Cheshire Pub Company who operate several establishments across the county.

  • Bridge Trafford
    • Chester Fields Sandfield Farm, Chester Road, Bridge Trafford Bridge Trafford CH2 4JR Telephone(01244) 303100

      Smart open-plan lower level bar with lots of polished wood and chrome. The mezzanine dining area serves light bites and snacks at lunchtimes with a more extensive menu available in the evenings. A lively youngish clientele, attracted by up to three local ales make this ‘the place to be’ on a Friday and Saturday evening. The attractive landscaped car park and small outside seating area gives superb views across the fields adjacent to the River Gowy. Quality accommodation is available, and the widescreen TV is used mainly for sporting events.

  • Broughton
    • Mill House Broughton Retail Park, Chester Road Broughton CH4 0DP Telephone(01244) 533235

      Modern Flaming Grill relaxed, family pub, purpose-built to cater for the adjacent Broughton Shopping Park. Open plan and food-orientated where booking is recommended but not always necessary. There is a small cosy raised area set aside for drinkers opposite the bar. Sports TV throughout. Entered through a spacious sunny patio.

    • Offa's Dyke Broughton Hall Road Broughton CH4 0QN Telephone(01244) 520133

      This popular, modern estate pub has been at the heart of the Broughton community for more than 40 years. Meals are served in the large family-friendly lounge as well as the more lively public bar. Here you will find TV sport plus pool and darts. Quiz nights are Thursday and Sunday in the lounge. There is a spacious beer garden at the side. Dog lovers look out for Belle, the white Shar-Pei.

  • Broxton
    • Egerton Arms Whitchurch Road Broxton CH3 9JW Telephone(01829) 782241

      Large rural pub with wood panelling, comfy seating, real fires & memorabilia to peruse. Excellent service from friendly & enthusiastic staff. Large garden for summer drinking. Food also recommended – good value range from traditional to more adventurous. Beers are Robinsons Unicorn and three from Bridgehouse Brewery.

    • Sandstone Nantwich Road Broxton CH3 9JH Telephone(01829) 782287

      Rural Inn dating back to the 17th century which looked gone forever some years ago but has now been brought back to life by the new tenants. Ideally situated for walking along the Sandstone Trail, it also handy for local cycling routes and has ample car parking at the rear. The entrance leads to a small bar and dining room with an impressive refurbished log burner and old piano. Futher rooms reveal themselves as you walk around the pub, including a separate conservatory dining room. The landlady is very keen on the quality of her ales, with the three handpumps offering beers from Weetwood Brewery.

  • Brymbo
    • George & Dragon Ael Y Bryn Brymbo LL11 5DA Telephone(01978) 758515

      A splendid characterful Lees tied-house hidden away a short walk up from the high street. There is a functional lounge here but all the life is in the marvellous, cosy, intimate snug warmed by a central wood burner.

    • Railway Tavern Railway Road Brymbo LL11 5EA Telephone(01978) 755599

      Externally unprepossessing former Banks pub now run completely free of tie. Deceptively large inside (which is just as well as it can get mobbed on Welsh rugby days), there's a pool table at the rear and a cosy front snug.

    • Y Tai Railway Road Brymbo LL11 5EA Telephone(01978) 758307

      A two room former Burtonwood pub which isnow part of the Marstons Pub Company. The TV sports dominated bar also has pool and darts. The low-lit lounge is somewhat cosier and has unobtrusive TV (typically showing horse racing), a fish tank, stone fireplace and other older fittings.

  • Bwlchgwyn
    • King's Head Inn 24 Ruthin Road Bwlchgwyn LL11 5UT Telephone(01978) 753089

      Small and friendly free house standing on the main road through Wales' highest village. Reopened in July 2017 after an impressive refurbishment. Entrance is through a well furnished room, with a wood burner to the left and large TV to the right, and the bar facing you. To the side is a another comfortable room with banquette seating.

      The pub offers hearty and good value bar meals, including Friday and Saturday breakfasts, with two locally sourced beers on handpump (usually Big Hand). Bus services during opening hours are limited.

  • Cefn-y-Bedd
    • Hollybush Llay Road Cefn-y-Bedd LL12 9UD Telephone(01978) 761716

      Popular with families this modernised food-led Marstons tied house is low-lit and open plan but partitioned into several distinct areas. Various bon-mots, old adverts and local prints decorate the walls.

  • Chester
    • Albion Park Street Chester CH1 1RQ Telephone(01244) 340345

      Presided over for almost 50 years by legendary landlord Mike Mercer until his sad passing, this Victorian street corner local adjacent to the city walls, is now run in precisely the same vein by his family. Quiet, cosy and conversational, it comprises three rooms including a snug. Flags, enamel signs and other memorabilia from the First World War are on display throughout along with patriotic posters and part of an old wooden aircraft propeller. Some of the more unusual artefacts include old 78 records in a display case and illuminated "Shell" petrol pump tops over the bar. Chocoholics will be particularly taken by the large enamel advertising sign for Fry's chocolate. An open fire in a tiled fireplace keeps the chill away and, for those darker nights, candle-lit tables - some converted treadle sewing machines - provide extra atmosphere. The home-cooked dishes, including a variety of curries and daily specials, are very popular..

    • Alexander's Live Rufus Court, Northgate Street Chester CH1 2JW Telephone(01244) 340005

      Atmospheric music / comedy bar. Food available. Beware admission fee. Jazz Sunday afternoon. See their website for details

    • Architect 54 Nicholas Street, Chester CH1 2NX Telephone(01244) 353070

      The Architect, which opened just before Christmas 2012, lies in landscaped grounds between Nicholas Street and Nuns Road in Chester close by the city walls and Roodee racecourse. It is a conversion of St Martin's Lodge which had originally been the two storey regency home of famous architect and bridge designer Thomas Harrison but had been boarded up ever since the police vacated their headquarters next door to make way for the new HQ building. As we've come to expect off Brunning & Price, they've made an exemplary job of restoration with the pub basically comprising of two halves. Making full use of the rambling original interior of the listed Georgian building, to the right you'll find several rooms of varying size and intimacy given over to dining with table service. For something less formal and more pub-like head into a sympathetic brick extension where the bar looks down on an impressive spacious lower level seating area. If you're a devotee of B&P pubs you'll be familiar with the decor, fixtures and furnishings. There's the usual frame-to-frame prints (of varying topicality), the tall bookshelves, wood floors, carpets and rugs, fresh flowers, blackboards, chunky furniture and lots of glass and window. Outside there's a patio with sloping lawns which we can expect to be mobbed particularly when the horse racing season resumes in May. Regarding CAMRA's raison d'etre, the real ale, expect Phoenix B&P Bitter and Weetwood Cheshire Cat as standard backed up by guest beers from Beartown, Tatton and Titanic.

    • Bear & Billet 94 Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RU Telephone(01244) 311886

      Historic Grade I listed, 17th century, timber-framed building situated close to the river Dee and comprising three floors. Ground level features a front bar and wood fire with more table seating to the rear. Upstairs is a quieter seating and dining arrangement while the floor above serves primarily as a function room. TV screens showing sport on two floors but this is only really obstrusive for the bigger games. Small outside area to the rear. Quiz and live folk music on a Sunday evening. Up to five beers (typically northern) available plus a real cider. Market Town Taverns operate a 10% discount with CAMRA membership.

    • Bluestone 117 Christleton Road Chester CH3 5UQ Telephone(01244) 738149

      New bar located in a parade of shops in the Boughton area of Chester. The name Boughton is derived from Bluestone and this is thought to be the name of a boundary stone alongside the road, hence the origin of the bar's name. Inside there is a mix of wooden topped tables with either high stools or low-level upholstered bench seats. The clean lines of the restful colour scheme and subdued background music provide a relaxed atmosphere, assisted by the presence of air-conditioning for warm summer days. Three handpumps provide a choice of beers from local breweries and some further afield. There are ten craft beer lines and an electronic display shows details of those currently available. For cask, check the handpump clips. Normally four real ciders are available. There is a comprehensive selection of bottled/canned beers stored in fridges located in the bar area. Children are welcome until 7pm. Limited public parking and pavement seating directly in front of the bar.

    • Boathouse The Groves Chester CH1 1SD Telephone(01244) 328709

      Lee's pub set it a lovely waterfront location by the River Dee. Comfortable lengthy bar with side rooms. Beer garden and boat on the River. Food popular. Now has accommodation block on part of the car park.

    • Boot Inn 9 Eastgate Row, Eastgate Street Chester CH1 1LG Telephone(01244) 314540

      City centre pub dating from 1643. The facade was restored in the 19th century but it has been known as the Boot Inn since 1750. Original beams, fireplace and wooden furniture are complemented by a display of the ‘wattle & daub' construction. More of that, along with a tapestry and iron chandelier in the stairwell to the upstairs toilets. Also look at the splendid rear parlour with cooking range and screened settle seating. Just a shame the mullion windowed Eastgate Room is no longer open to the public. Strict no electronic devices (including mobile phones) & no swearing rules. Full range of brewery's bottled beers including Stingo.

    • Boughton Hall Cricket Club Boughton Hall Avenue, Boughton Chester CH3 5EL Telephone(01244) 326072

      This purpose built clubhouse for the cricket and football teams of Boughton Hall features 2-3 varying real ales and is essentially one large function room above the changing facilities. Fine views of the cricket are afforded from the verandah.

      In summer there is a large outdoor marque. Snacks available on special occasions. Contact the club for more specific food arrangements.

    • Brewery Tap 52-54 Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RU Telephone(01244) 340999

      A former Jacobean banqueting hall, owners Spitting Feathers Brewery won a CAMRA English Heritage Conservation and Conversion to Pub Use award in 2009. Charles I stayed in the Grade II listed building in 1645 and, behind a perspex panel, part of the original wall can still be seen. Reached by fifteen steps from the street, this city centre pub's stone floors, high ceilings and tapestries create a terrific ambience. A comprehensive, changing list of real ales from micros, many local, complements the house beers from their own brewery in nearby Waverton. The food is inventive and freshly prepared.

    • Brewhouse & Kitchen Love St Chester CH1 1QY Telephone(01244) 404990

      The Forest House was built in c1759 as the town house of one Trafford Branston and is the central block of one of Chester's finest surviving Georgian buildings. Now part of the Brewhouse & Kitchen group who have a number of outlets countrywide. A brewery has been installed downstairs which will produce a range of house beers plus seasonal varieties. Many original features of the house have been retained. As well as a large bar at Mezzanine level with a cosy room off, there is a substantial long cellar with another bar splitting the two seating areas.

    • Bridge Inn 111 Tarvin Road, Boughton Chester CH3 5EF Telephone(01244) 312120

      Imposing pub adjacent to the Shropshire Union Canal making it an easy pleasant walk / cycle from the city centre. Turbulent recent history of changing landlords and periods of closure but re-opened in November 2023 after smart refurbishment and run by a couple determined to make a success of the place.

    • Bull & Stirrup 8 Upper Northgate Street Chester CH1 4EE Telephone(01244) 394840

      Opened as a Wetherspoons Lodge in February 2017 after an excellent conversion. The inside is now almost unrecognisable from the old layout but has been sympathetically done. The main room has a full-length bar with plenty of seating and a view of the kitchen area through an open frontage. The rest of the pub has a variety of interesting seating areas. Excellent pictures and paintings adorn the walls and the old-favourite tiling mural of King Edgar remains a delight to see. A small courtyard to the side includes ramped access. Alcohol is served from 9am.

    • Cavern of the Curious Gnome 61 Bridge Street Row East Chester CH1 1NW

      Located on one of Chester's unique shopping galleries called the Rows, this deceptively spacious venue comes in two very distinct halves. Downstairs is Paysan where the emphasis is on wine, coffee and cheese. Upstairs you'll ascend into the decidedly offbeat Cavern of the Curious Gnome. Here, a colourful large papier-mâché dwarf gazes down on a Belgium beer grotto. Red-and-white spotted toadstool seating immediately catches the eye but there's plenty more quirkiness to be found amongst the decor. On the beer front, besides the welcome four hand pumps serving changing cask ales, Belgian beeroisseurs will be delighted by a diverse selection of lambics, gueuzes, Trappist ales and much more including, uniquely for the north-west. The Cavern offers CAMRA members a very generous 20% off on cask from Monday to Thursday inclusive.

    • Cellar 19-21 City Road Chester CH1 3AE Telephone(01244) 318950

      Welcoming and occasionally lively bar, furnished sparingly with craft manufactured pieces. Three TV screens show live sport for football and other major events, though music nights are no more with this offering having transferred to their sister establishment The Cornerhouse nearby. Six handpumps dispense cask beer from micros far and wide with Timothy Taylor Landlord being the only regular. There are also five real ciders regularly available plus up to eight craft keg beers and a very wide selection of craft beers in bottles and cans from around the world .

      Bar food, consisting of meat and cheese platters and pizzas is available daily. Free bacon sandwiches are a popular treat on Sundays. Beer tasting event on the 1st Monday of the month featuring exclusive and exotic offerings from around the world (booking highly recommended). Below the main bar is the eponymous cellar which can be booked for private parties. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2014, 2015 & 2023 (Cheshire area), Cider Pub of the Year 2017 and North West Cider POTY 2022.

    • Cherry Orchard Inn 5 Chapel Lane Chester CH3 5EN Telephone(01244) 343230

      Lively and popular suburban pub featuring an open plan layout that is still extremely warm and welcoming. Sports TV's dominate each area. Usually only the one beer on handpump.

    • Chester Rugby Club Hare Lane Chester CH3 7DB Telephone(01244) 336017

      Well-run club on the outskirts of Chester. The modern large lounge has patio doors leading to outside drinking area overlooking the pitch and across to the stand. Although a members club, occasional visitors are more than welcome to have a drink but beware that closing times maybe vary dependent on them hosting an outside function.

    • City Tavern 32 Frodsham Street Chester CH1 3JL Telephone(01244) 328007

      A versatile and deceptively large city centre sports pub on a busy shopping street. The main room consists of farmhouse-style low-seated cosiness, albeit with TV screens, while to the rear, complete with balcony, the emphasis is more on dining. A modern plastic-lawned yard exists if there's ever sunshine to be enjoyed.

    • Coach House 39 Northgate St Chester CH1 2HQ Telephone(01244) 351900

      Comfortable pub/hotel close to the town hall. Main bar area has stripped floorboards, tables & chairs plus comfy sofas. Woodburning stove in feature fireplace provides a warm glow in the winter months. Smart uniformed and attentive staff provide efficient service. Separate dining area adjacent to the open plan kitchen.Hotel has 9 rooms to 4 star AA standard. Beers from Marston's portfolio.

    • Cornerhouse 4-8 City Road Chester CH1 3AE Telephone(01244) 347518

      Attractive, candle-lit mock-tudor building at the bottom end of City Road featuring lots of bare brick and wood floors. Run by the same team as the Cellar just over the road so no surprise to find four quality real ales on plus a selection of bottled beers. Teh two guest ales are usually one dark and one pale. Ten keg lines, five permanent and five rotating. An extensive wine selection is available with many of the bottles shown off in a stylish display behind the bar. Live music is downstairs in the main bar. Upstairs is a free to hire function room. Food is of the platter variety (meats, cheeses, breads etc) plus snacks. Seating at the front of the pub makes the most of any good weather!

    • Cross Foxes 21-25 Boughton Chester CH3 5AF Telephone(01244) 354101

      Mock-Tudor fronted lively sports bar on the fringe of the city centre. Front room with chequerboard flooring with side and rear partitions. A separate side room has pool tables with more upstairs.

    • Cross Keys 2 Duke St Chester CH1 1RP Telephone(01244) 344460

      This attractive red brick one-room pub was bought by Joules brewery in 2012. It has subsequently undergone a stylish refurbishment with oak floors and wood panelling throughout. Notable features are the etched mirrors and stained glass windows depicting other hostelries in the Joules estate. A large upstairs function room ("The Slaughtered Lamb") has received an equally lavish makeover while at the front is a small terraced veranda ideal for late afternoon sunshine. Pies are always available and a traditional roast on Sunday. The pub hosts a popular quiz on Thursday and live Irish music on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

    • Dee Miller 1 Coniston Road Chester CH2 2LH

      Estate pub which underwent a long period of closure and dereliction. Half the building now incorporates a discount supermarket chain while the remainder has been refurbished and re-opened as a community hub.

    • Deva Tap 121 Brook Street Chester CH1 3DU Telephone(01244) 314440

      Popular venue close to the railway station. The interior is fairly open plan but still has the feel of three separate rooms - a small area by the door, larger seating area in the middle and the bar at the far end. The exterior has a very unusual but stunning roof line and there is a small courtyard with picnic tables. Besides the cask, you'll usually find real ciders, plenty of keg taps and numerous bottles to add to your choice. The food is simple but of high quality and includes gourmet burgers.

    • Dublin Packet Inn Market Square, Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HA Telephone(01244) 637131

      Long narrow pub with outdoor seating overlooking the busy town hall square. SKY sports are shown. Also self-styled as Dixies in honour of Ex-Everton legend Dixie Dean who was a former landlord. The pub is named after a packet boat that sailed to Ireland from Chester's long silted up docks.

    • Duttons Wine Bar 10-12 Godstall Lane Chester CH1 1LN Telephone(01244) 401869

      Modern style large bistro bar with emphasis on food, owned by Lees Brewery of Manchester. Located in Godstall Lane, a boutique passageway which provides a route from Chester historic Rows onto Werburgh St. Open for tea, coffee, lunches and dinners, popular with shoppers at lunchtime and evening diners at the weekend. Outdoor seating area is separated for smokers and non-smokers at lunchtimes. Good spot to watch the world go by! May close earlier if quiet or open later if busy !

    • Eaton Golf Club Guy Lane, Waverton Chester CH3 7PH Telephone(01244) 335174

      One real ale usually available.

    • Falcon Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RS Telephone(01244) 342060

      The Falcon is a famous Chester landmark, easy to find, being a striking half-timbered substantial building set on a large crossroads in the town centre. A traditional style pub in an impressive black and white building which is the surviving half of a twelfth century mediaeval town house. Situated within the city walls on the edge of the main shopping area, it attracts a varied clientele. The two-roomed back bar has a stairway leading to an upstairs (but rarely opened) function room. Purchased by the Grosvenor family in the 1600s, the building was extensively modified and haphazardly repaired in the 19th century. It was then that it was first used an an inn and a "cocoa house". In 1979 the Grosvenor estate donated the building to the Falcon Trust. After extensive restoration work, the Falcon was re-opened in 1982 by the Duke of Westminster. Of particular historic note are the large stone piers and a late medieval timber partition in the front bar which are the remnants of an elevated "row" similar to those which can still be seen in Chester's main streets. Possessed of a spacious bar, with traditional surroundings, it serves traditional beer from Tadcaster in Yorkshire. This is one of two outlets for Sam Smiths in Chester - the Boot being the other.

    • Golden Eagle 18 Castle Street Chester CH1 2DS Telephone(01244) 638026

      Candle lit and open plan the Eagle is close to the law courts and museums but just off the beaten tourist track. In recent years it has slowly been transformed into a smartly turned out pub with a restored fireplace and plenty of polished wood. The juke-box is second to none.

    • Halcyon Garden 52 Garden Lane Chester CH1 4EW Telephone07526 798525

      'Chester's first micro pub in a former electrical appliance repair shop in the Garden Quarte when it opened as the Goat & Munch. The front room contains the bar, made of old pallets, and furniture including high tables and stools. There is a side room with additional seating, including sofas. Up to three cask beers available (typically golden type), together with a good selection of keg and bottled beers plus real ciders.

    • Henry Potts 85 Watergate Street Chester CH1 2LF Telephone(01244) 820559

      Previous history as various restaurants and bars, most recently the Big Hand Alehouse. It is now in the hands of Jerry Brunning, re-opening in May 2022 and named after a former clerk of the peace for Cheshire who lived in the building in 1820.

      The main bar area of raised tables and stools, with complimentary newspapers, has a step up to a comfortable side room with an adjacent marvellous cosy cellar area rear including a bagatelle table. Conveniently situated for circumnavigators of Chester's famous Walls or thirsty racegoers.

    • Hickorys Smokehouse The Groves Chester CH1 1SD Telephone(01244) 404000

      American barbecue style bar with side sports multi TV room. Outside patio drinking area overlooking river Dee.

    • Homebrew Tap 5 Faulkner Street Chester CH2 3BD

      Opening in late 2021, and part of a chain of bars originally set-up in the Wirral, this is a simple, single-room bar of bare boards and plenty of seating. Dog-friendly with interesting eclectic range of bottled beers in the small cabinet plus several craft keg offerings. Usually just one cask ale.

    • Leopard 91-95 Foregate Street Chester CH1 1HE

      New build sister pub to the William Jessop in Ellesmere Port. Sports bar of impressive proportions; a large ground floor area with lots of differing screens catering for all tastes plus a dinky upstairs lounge attached to an artistic roof terrace including swallows. Three cask beers to begin with but envisage this being whittled down.

    • Little Oak 99-101 Boughton, Boughton Chester CH3 5BH Telephone(01925) 573420

      Good value, community pub enjoying a revival under ownership of the Bravo Inns sportsbar chain. Rambling interior ranging from quieter snug area at one end to opened out darts floor space. Please note - the car park at the rear is NOT for the pub and clampers operate very efficiently there!

    • Liverpool Arms 79 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HQ Telephone(01244) 310232

      Located by the Northgate, a cheerful, smartly furnished corner pub of two sides; lively bar and cosy, smaller lounge. Long-standing gay venue for both sexes but all are made welcome.

    • Lock Keeper Canal Side Chester CH1 3LH Telephone(01244) 980773

      Large canalside inn, furnished to a high standard and retaining it's high ceiling from its previous use as a warehouse. Wooden flooring and wood panelling can be found throughout each room making for a nice relaxed atmosphere. There is a large seated drinking area next to the canal and Cow Lane Bridge.

    • Lodge Bar 8-10 Hoole Rd Chester CH2 3NH Telephone(01244) 324971

      Lounge style bar, part of the Bawn Lodge Hotel, situated half a mile from Chester Railway Station in the suburb of Hoole. The bar at the entrance leads onto intimate alcove seating and then a large side lounge. Two handpumps serve rotating ales from Salopian, Merlin and Mobberley at competitive prices. Good value food available all day. Large outside beer garden is very popular in the summer. One of very few pubs where traditional bagatelle can be played.

    • Marlborough Arms 3 St. John Street Chester CH1 1DA Telephone(01244) 323543

      Small city centre pub exclusively serving Stonehouse beers. Quite spartan inside with green walls, bare floorboards, rudimentary murals, breweriana, carewarn sofas and bench seating. Inverted barrels for stand-up drinkers. The odd pub name spelling is due to a signwriter's error that's stuck.

    • Mill Hotel Milton Street Chester CH1 3NF Telephone(01244) 350035

      This popular city centre hotel is a conversion from a corn mill originally built in 1830. The main bar area, serving bar meals, has TV screens showing sport at most times. A quieter conservatory is at the front while a canalside restaurant is across the hotel lobby. There's also a restaurant cruiser which sails serving lunch and dinner. Up to five beers are regularly offered with Mill Premium and Weetwood Bitter as regulars. A draught cider is usually available.

    • Moules A Go-Go 6-12 Cuppin St Chester CH1 2BN Telephone(01244) 348818

      A cheerful relaxed continental style restaurant / bar which surprisingly sells one cask ale. Emphasis obviously lies with food but nonetheless drinkers are welcome. Acoustic music on Fridays.

    • Mount Inn The Mount, Boughton Chester CH3 5UD Telephone(01244) 342797

      A warm, well-appointed terraced public house owned by Hydes Brewery. Comfortably furnished throughout it features a variety of seating areas with unobtrusive pool table at the rear. A diverse selection of interesting prints jostle for wall space. Doors open out to a rear patio with sweeping views across the river Dee to Chester Meadows (although neighbouring conifers could do with a trim to make the most of the panorama). Dogs are permitted in both the garden and in the pub. There is 50p off all cask noon until 7pm Monday to Thursday.

    • Oak Tree 1 Upton Grange Chester CH2 1BL Telephone(01244) 374195

      New build pub close to the Countess of Chester Hospital. Started off as a Hungry Horse in August 2014 called the Race Horse but in October 2017 became Goodwins bar/kitchen. Real ale has been and gone and is now back again.

    • Old Harkers Arms 1 Russell Street Chester CH3 5AL Telephone(01244) 344525

      Upmarket pub converted from the ground floor of former Victorian canalside warehouse. Timber flooring, traditional wooden furniture and cast iron pillars provide an insight to its former use. Blackboards list the real ales with tasting notes, usually nine are available with a selection of bitters, stouts, milds or porters. Many are from local breweries. Ciders and perrys listed separately and served from the cellar and was branch cider pub of the year 2018. Brunch served from 10.30 am, daily meny from midday. Booking is advised for the busy weekend period. Children are not allowed at any time. Hosts meet the brewery nights and occasional tap takeovers. Outside seating with views of the canal. Early opening time may be flexible but alcohol is not served early doors.

    • Old Queen's Head 97 Foregate Street Chester CH1 1HE Telephone(01244) 354070

      Gay-friendly, open plan pub with darts, pool and Tuesday chess club. Racing TV with the locals in the afternoon and entertainingly lively in the evening when hosting karaoke and disco nights.

    • Olde Cottage 34-36, Brook Street Chester CH1 3DZ Telephone(01244) 324065

      Welcoming traditional community hostelry on a popular eating and drinking street close to the bus station and between the city centre and railway station. The pub benefits from a range of pub games with a dart board and bagatelle. There is a real fire in colder weather. Four hand pumps serve a rotating range of guest beers. These come from the Admiral list - one local beer per week allowed out of tie (not via SIBA). Quiz every Wednesday night. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2022.

    • Olde Custom House Inn 65-67 Watergate Street Chester CH1 2LB Telephone(01244) 324435

      Popular 17th century pub with three distinct drinking areas, once used by the Customs and Excise. It has one of the few beer gardens in the city centre, and is in a convenient location for shoppers, tourists and race-goers alike. Meals are served all day, every day with varying good value food offers throughout the week. The smaller front bar can be used as a function room. Cheap beer Mondays after 17.00!

    • Olde Kings Head 48-50 Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RS Telephone(01244) 324855

      Dating from 1622, this is the former abode of Randle Holme, Mayor of Chester before the Civil War (four generations of his family worked as Chester Heralds and historians in the 17th Century). The attractive black and white timbered exterior leads into an underwhelming, basically furnished, dimly-lit, low-beamed lounge with banquette alcove seating. A partitioned side room features paintings of monarchy.

    • Peacock 158 Christleton Road Chester CH3 5TD Telephone(01244) 349668

      Large, roadhouse pub.

    • Pied Bull 57 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HQ Telephone(01244) 325829

      An oak-beamed city centre pub which is the oldest continuously licensed premises in Chester. Staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic & friendly. Site of the only micro-brewery within the walls of Chester, producing a range of house ales. Not cheap despite their provenance. Quiz night on Thursday. Traditional, high quality pub meals containing locally sourced ingredients, available all day. Beer garden is a boon in warm weather. 10% CAMRA discount on beer and joining the Regulars Club earns 10% discount on food as well.

    • Piper Pipers Lane Chester CH2 3LS Telephone(01244) 748936

      The Piper is located on the outskirts of Hoole by the former ring-road. It is a comfortable, modern open-pub, discernibly split between drinkers and diners, with a welcoming, friendly environment. There is a patio outside at the front of the pub with lots of bench seats. Bus route to/from town stops opposite the pub.

    • Queen Hotel City Road Chester CH1 3AH Telephone(01244) 305000

      One of the largest hotels in Chester, opposite the railway station. The plush non-residents bar is called the Waiting Room and features interesting art work. Closing time is at the discretion of management.

    • Red Lion 59 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HQ Telephone(01244) 321750

      Close to Chester's town hall square, the Red Lion was built in around 1600 although it is heavily modernised inside. Notable by its black and white style of the Tudor period it claims a haunted cellar, a tale emphatically retold by a previous landlady. Today it can be a lively pub popular for its sports TV. There is a single bar area with a dedicated dining room behind, though meals are served throughout.

    • Saddle 21 Grosvenor Street Chester CH1 2DD Telephone(01244) 324022

      Large red brick pub refurnished with local pictures and a horse-racing theme. Pool table in the games room. Outside patio area to the rear. Relaunched as a live music bar in March 2017. Open Mic sessions Wednesday, Karaoke Friday. Look for the guitar neck handpulls.

    • Sandstone 9 Castle Croft Road Chester CH4 7QD Telephone(01244) 952679

      Like its sister pub, the Bluestone in Boughton the other side of Chester, this is a small bar located amongst a parade of shops. It too serves an excellent range of cask and craft keg beers. A fabulous and very welcome addition to Westminster Park suburbia as there are no pubs and bars anywhere else nearby!

    • Shropshire Arms 45 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HQ Telephone(01244) 321194

      Lively drinkers pub close to the Town Hall which is particularly popular for TV sports events and music nights. Re-branded as a Craft Union Pub in spring 2021.

    • Square Bottle 78-92 Foregate Street Chester CH1 1HB Telephone(01244) 312281

      Roomy Wetherspoon converted from a former shop partly on the site of historic town house grounds. Large L-shaped bar with a small raised area, several TV screens and cosy cubicles. Pub name is derived from an artefact unearthed on the site.

    • St Werburgh's Catholic Parish Centre 26 Brook Street Chester CH1 3DZ Telephone(01244) 321218

      St Werburgh's Parish Centre has been sited on the corner of Brook Street since 1975, close to the train station and bus routes. Based in the historic former Bowling Green Hotel, the Centre offers many facilities - snooker tables, pool, darts, crown green bowls and the traditional game of bagatelle. There is a big screen TV showing Sky Sports. There is a comfortable function room for hire which accommodates 100 people approx (car parking is available). Non-members welcome for one-off, casual visit but show up regularly and you'll be asked to cough up the £5 annual membership!

    • Telford's Warehouse Canal Basin, Tower Wharf Chester CH1 4EZ Telephone(01244) 390090

      Adjacent to the City Walls and situated on the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal this converted Georgian warehouse has original features, industrial artefacts & a glass frontage overlooking the canal basin. Friendly, knowledgeable staff serve two house cask ales plus a varying range of guests, usually seasonal & often local. At least one cider is generally available. This is a specialised live music venue so it's worth checking the website for details as admission charges may apply though CAMRA membership often lets you in for free. The venue hosts regular Open Mic sessions & an annual beer and cider festival. Quality food is available & there is an outside drinking area with picnic tables. The upstairs restaurant is family friendly and is available for hire. It can be very busy on race days as the race course is close by.

    • Town Crier City Road Chester CH1 3AE Telephone(01244) 317925

      Attractive Grade II listed Italianate style pub built opposite Chester station. Usually two ales are on including a house beer brewed by Mobberley. The pub has a sizeable beer garden. Several screens televise live sports, including a row of bench cubicles with individual mini TVs.

    • Union Vaults 44 Egerton Street Chester CH1 3ND Telephone(01244) 400556

      Friendly corner neighbourhood pub, and a core part of bagatelle and darts leagues, this victorian building has three distint areas, including a snug which is well away from the TV end. This is a Punch Tavern with two real ales and (unusually for Chester Centre) a real cider.

    • Victoria The Cross, 2, Watergate Row Chester CH1 2LD Telephone(01244) 347882

      Located in the very heart of the city on the historic Rows overlooking Chester Cross. A central bar with upholstered seating all around. A less cramped raised rear room leads out onto St Peter Square and some outdoor seating. Can be very lively at weekends when doormen are standard.

    • Watergates 11-13 Watergate Street Chester CH1 2LB Telephone(01244) 320515

      Occupying a vaulted former wine cellar housed in the medieval stone undercroft of the Grade I listed Old Crypt building which all makes for a fascinating low-lit rambling interior.

    • White Horse Chester Racecourse Chester CH1 2LY Telephone(01244) 304650

      Family friendly gastro pub set in the Paddock Enclosure adjacent to the Parade Ring at Chester Racecourse. Huge children's play area.

  • Childer Thornton
    • Halfway House New Chester Road Childer Thornton CH66 1QN Telephone(0151) 339 2202

      The Halfway House is a former coaching inn dating from the 1770s, based at the midpoint between Chester and New Ferry. (See old prints of the pub and surrounds on the walls.) Although open plan nowadays, it still retains much of it’s original character. There are several drinking areas featuring some smart comfortable bench seating. A genuinely friendly local for conversation. The full compliment of four handpulls is now entirely free of tie so look out for some unusual ales appearing. Pub has a darts team, dominoes team, a golf society and also hosts local football teams after matches. Open mic night every other Wednesday and fun quiz night Thursdays 10pm

    • White Lion New Road, Childer Thornton, Ellesmere Port Childer Thornton CH66 5PU Telephone(0151) 339 3402

      Friendly village local which has been an inn since 1724. Main bar features original inglenook fireplace fitted with wood-burning stove. A snug is located off the bar and there is a separate cosy room across the corridor. A new dining area extension was added in December 2014. Home cooked, good value meals are available all day until 8pm (Mon-Sat) and 5pm (Sun). Monday is steak night and Tuesday is curry night. Pleasant outdoor drinking areas located at the back and front areas of the pub. Outdoor children’s play area also. While the regular beers are now brewed in Wolverhampton, one beer from Thwaites scaled-down brewery in Blackburn is usually on sale along with two others from the same stable.

  • Chirk
    • Chirk AAA Sports & Social Club Holyhead Road Chirk LL14 5NA Telephone(01691) 773676

      Sports and Social Club for Chirk AAA. Please note - Real Ale is not always available

    • Hand Hotel Church Street Chirk LL14 5EY Telephone(01691) 773472

      This old coaching inn in the centre of Chirk is situated on the former Holyhead to London road. A large wooden sculpture of a Welsh dragon presides over the lounge bar, where the real ale handpumps are located and bar food is served. Meals are served in the classically-styled restaurant. The old brewery building behind the hotel is now converted for functions. There is a caravan site nearby.

    • Stanton House Holyhead Rd, Chirk LL14 5NA Telephone(01691) 774150

      Striking yellow sandstone community local and Hydes tied-house. It's spacious front bar has simple furniture and bench seating. There are prominent TVs as well as a dedicated darts area featuring framed pics of famed players from the word of arrows! A side room with sports trophies leads onto a rear dining room along with another dartboard and pool table.

  • Christleton
    • Cheshire Cat Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester Christleton CH3 6AE Telephone(01244) 332200

      The Cheshire Cat in Christleton is a country pub & restaurant with rural charm and rustic character. Built on a site of much historic importance, The Cheshire Cat is said to sit on the grounds of a battle fought between the Cavaliers and Roundheads. Originally constructed in 1801, the building was seconded by the government as an administration office in World War II, it was left derelict until 1970 before being beautifully restored to reflect its long and interesting heritage. There are 14 rooms available for accommodation.

    • Christleton Institute Village Road Christleton CH3 7AS Telephone(01244) 336674

      Homespun members club in heart of the village with snooker room. Non-members may be required to sign in.

    • Plough Plough Lane Christleton CH3 7PT Telephone(01244) 336096

      The Plough is a rambling atmospheric pub with distinctive wooden furniture and a rather more genuine collection of bric-a-brac than a theme pub would have. It is said to have been built in 1750 on the site of a gallows, and has the obligatory ghost! The Battle of Rowton Moor in the English Civil War took place nearby. Disabled visitors will appreciate the designated parking spaces, the ramps and toilets. There is a wide range of all day meals. There are two open fires and a fantastic tiny snug. Overall, the Plough is a very good example of a food-based rural pub.

    • Ring O' Bells Village Road Christleton CH3 7AS Telephone(01244) 335422

      A large extended pub in an award winning village. The pub has two rooms with plush modern furnishings together with a contemporary glasshouse extension for dining and functions. Special meal deals include the 2 for 1 Pizzas on Wednesdays, 50% off food on Tuesdays and 2 for 1 burgers on Fridays. There are four handpumps serving a wide range of beers, often including local microbreweries. There is plenty of outside seating and play areas.

  • Churton
    • White Horse Chester Road Churton CH3 6LA Telephone(01829) 270850

      Closed for over two years, the pub re-opened in March 2023 after renovation by Elite Bistros (Gary Usher) following funding from a loan and a share issue from the community.

      The interior layout remains unchanged from previous incarnations, but has received a complete makeover in an attractive, understated yet welcoming style. The conservatory and the rear open areas behind the bar are given over to dining, as is the small snug area to the left of the bar as seen from the front entry. Outside on an elegant raised patio area, where there had previously been a small garden, there are more tables for dining and drinking as required.

      Despite the emphasis on dining, the owner intends to keep the pub feel and is anxious to present top quality cask beer from a variety of sources.

      A local community group had originally made a highly credible bid to buy the pub from the owning pubco when Elite Bistors showed interest. They are not disappointed by the outcome.

  • Clotton
    • Bulls Head Tarporley Road Clotton CW6 0EG Telephone(01829) 781881

      Modernised village local with wood floor and burgundy colour theme. Some local prints on the wall (including the recently demolished Headless Woman pub) plus Beer is Best posters. Wednesday is curry and pint night, Quiz night Monday.

  • Coedpoeth
    • Golden Lion Tabor Hill Coedpoeth LL11 3RP Telephone(01978) 753781

      A fine, friendly, tidy local hidden away up a steep, narrow lane from busy main road. Based round a central bar, there is a conservatory with pool table. The pub hosts Coedpoeth FC after their home matches. A cask cider is planned. Cask ale bar outside in warm weather. Cask beers from Marstons' list.

  • Connah's Quay
    • Halfway House Church St Connah's Quay CH5 4AS Telephone(01244) 821852

      Bought at auction and saved following lengthy closure this is a large, modern open plan roadhouse of several drinking areas most with TV. Family friendly, it has an outside play area along with a beer garden with tables. Cask ale availability hit and miss.

    • Ship Inn 275 High St Connah's Quay CH5 4DJ Telephone(01244) 818916

      Simple no frills local on the main drag through the Quay. Open plan comfortable front room with side area and darts. Pool room to the rear. Rudimentary courtyard out the back. Large screen TVs. Looks may be deceptive and the pub maybe open contrary to looks. Knock on door for landlord to let you in - a method devised to keep out any ne'er-do-wells.

  • Dodleston
    • Red Lion Church Road Dodleston CH4 9NG Telephone(01244) 661636

      Plush l-shaped lounge of slightly formal dining and contiguous relaxed bar areas. A real fire warms both. Sunny beer gardens lie to front and rear and there is an interesting local history information board at the roadside.

  • Ellesmere Port
    • Bondies Bar 2 Chester Rd, Whitby Ellesmere Port CH65 6RU Telephone(0151) 345 8560

      Ellesmere Port's first micropub opened in August 2021. Catering for up to sixty customers it comprises a smartly wood-panelled bar and lounge with simple wooden furniture and sofa chairs. There is more seating upstairs. The three changing cask beers have an emphasis on local provenance including Oaks, Coach House and Brimstage. There are also two ciders and nine keg craft beers. An interesting range of bottled beers includes offerings from Oaks and various local breweries. The pub name reflects a piece of local history. This area of Whitby was called Bondies Hill which originated from the nickname of a former landlord of the long-demolished Sportsman's Arms. Last orders is half an hour before closing There is a free car park just across the main road. The nearest evening buses are a third of a mile away in the town centre.

    • Cat Wolverham Road Ellesmere Port CH65 5BZ Telephone(0151) 355 8594

      Large estate pub on the Wolverham roundabout, recently refurbished by Punch Taverns with real ale introduced in April 2016. Split-level with compartmentalised seating, this local is sports orientated featuring pool, darts and large screens and mini-TVs for the big sports events. There is a very distinct split between the bar and the lounge. 20% cask discounts on Monday. (Beware the keg version of Tetley's which is sold alongside the cask.)

    • Grace Arms Stanney Lane Ellesmere Port CH65 9AH Telephone(0151) 355 3139

      This is a large, vibrant pub recently renovated and now running under the Flaming Grill banner. Two national/regional real ales on offer. There is food all day and Sky Sports. Outside is a popular seating area overlooking Whitby Park. October 2017 - Greene King have sold the site subject to planning to Lane End development company. The plan is for Magenta housing to run accommodation on the site after demolition. The branch is supporting locals in their bid to save the pub -

    • Green Oak Farm Rossmore Road East Ellesmere Port CH65 3BR Telephone(0151) 317 8870

      Large build gastro-pub just off the M53. Food is definitely the focus here with the almost the entire pub set out for dining. A large L-shaped bar leads to an ice cream counter and a separate carvery. Potentially serves up to three beers from the Greene King stable but often just the one.

    • Old Wirral Hundred Capenhurst Ln, Great Sutton Ellesmere Port CH66 2BY Telephone(0151) 348 0259

      Relatively modern spacious estate pub especially popular with families and armchair football fans. There is a children's play area outside. Several ales available at any time, with all coming from the wider Marston's portfolio. Every Tuesday is cask club night where if you buy 4 pints you get a fifth free.

    • Sea Horse Hope Farm Rd, Great Sutton Ellesmere Port CH66 2NP Telephone(0151) 339 9653

      Thriving modern community pub just off the A41. Food not served currently but may be introduced. Many evening events including live music. There are no evening buses but the pub is only 3/4 mile from Capenhurst railway station. Closed for a time before being reopened in December 2019, with Draught Bass reappearing on the handpump.

    • Wheatsheaf 43 Overpool Road Ellesmere Port CH66 3LN Telephone(0151) 356 7454

      Sited close to Overpool rail station this was a typical large "estate" pub built in the 1950's when both private and council housing estates were being constructed around it. Taken over by Wetherspoons in 2000, it underwent a stylish conversion and now features one spacious large bar, including library area, and side room more with families and food in mind. Note: Drivers must enter registrations in console by main entrance to avoid parking charges.

    • Whitby Club Dunkirk Lane, Chester Road, Whitby Ellesmere Port CH65 6QF Telephone(0151) 200 7050

      Large welcoming club on the main road from Chester to Ellesmere Port, formerly known as the Shell Club. Non-members are welcome in the bar which serves up to four cask ales and a good selection of food. Plenty of events are held at the club - see their website for more information. Some are held in the adjoining Oak Room which has a separate entrance and bar with no real ale.

    • William Jessop 65-69 Whitby Road Ellesmere Port CH65 8AB Telephone0844 561 5515

      Large, open plan, town centre bar featuring central raised tables and stools with partitioned banquette seating around the perimeter. If you manage not to be distracted by the so many TV screens that they demand a collective noun, there are some interesting framed local prints on the walls. Excellent spacious well-lit darts facilities and rear outdoor smoking area. Alternating coloured LED strip lighting lures you to the bar where you'll find national cask ales typically from Marstons. Formerly this was the Thomas Telford until being sold off to Amber Taverns. It's named after Telford's colleague and co-civil engineer who worked on the construction of the Ellesmere canal.

  • Elton
    • Wheelwright Arms Ince Lane Elton CH2 4LU Telephone(01928) 726444

      Friendly multi-roomed pub served by a central bar. Comfortable leather banquette seating inside and picnic tables outside. Tall customers need to beware of the low-beamed ceiling doorways. A recent extension to the pub houses a new kitchen and the work uncovered a hidden well. This is now glass-covered and makes quite a feature as you enter via the side door.

  • Erbistock
    • Boat Erbistock LL13 0DL Telephone(01978) 280205

      Reopened under the stewardship of Graham Price (ex-Brunning and Price) late Sept 2019. The Boat has a famously picturesque location on the idyllic banks of the River Dee. Dating from the 13th century, its name is derived from the hand-operated chain ferry which crossed the river at this point. Extensions and infill have made this a strung-out building taking advantage of its southerly outlook towards the river. The small cosy bar has been replaced by a split level bar with handpumps on both sides. The pub is mainly laid out for dining with various dining rooms and side rooms but there is plenty of space for drinkers at the bar. The riverside gardens are exceptional, offering views of, among other things (if you're incredibly lucky) a family of otters resident opposite.

    • Cross Foxes Erbistock LL13 0DR Telephone(01978) 280304

      Marston's, as landlords, took over full operation of the pub from Brunning & Price after January 8th 2023. Old description follows:-

      Superbly located former Border Brewery pub overlooking the River Dee. The light and airy interior features an impressive red tiled floor and a large inglenook fireplace. Although the pub is operated by Brunning & Price, the pub is leased from Marstons hence the relatively restricted Marston's beer range. High quality food is available and there is an extensive list of both wines and whiskies. Prices are high for this area. The tiered garden which sweeps down to the river is a particularly alluring place to linger on a sunny day while admiring the wildlife.

  • Ewloe
    • Running Hare Vista, St David's Park Ewloe CH5 3DT Telephone(01244) 535860

      Situated at St David’s Retail Park, Ewloe just off the busy A494 from Chester to North Wales, the Running Hare is a large, comfortable, new-build cosy pub which focuses on food and carvery all day. Good value beer & meal deals are on offer during the week. Families are welcome with a couple of inobtrusive play areas available. A small sunny beer garden sits at the entrance. Up to three ales from the Marston's stable are served.

  • Eyton
    • Haybank Clubhouse The Plassey Eyton LL13 0SP Telephone(01978) 780020

      Golf clubhouse, open to non-members, within the Plassey Complex. Includes pizzeria and grill. Beers from on-site Magic Dragon Brewery.

  • Farndon
    • Farndon Community Club Sibbersfield Lane Farndon CH3 6NX Telephone(01829) 270151

      On the outskirts of the village, the club is run by the Farndon Community Trust (a registered charity) with a focus on sporting and social activities for residents of the village and surrounds.

    • Hare High Street Farndon CH3 6PU Telephone(01829) 470072

      Smart village pub comprising various cosy areas all with plenty of polished traditional furniture and comfortable seating. Potted plants add greenery while a gallery of prints, pictures and photographs, many of a local nature, adorn the walls. Re-launched as the Hare in October 2020, the pub is one of three pubs belonging to Pubs Limited set up by co-founder of the Brunning & Price chain.

    • Raven High Street Farndon CH3 6PU Telephone(01829) 270605

      Originally built in the 16th Century and set in the heart of the village, this pub reverted back to its original name in 2021 after an extensive refurbishment. Bright and airy open plan ground floor with three distinct areas, all well supplied with modern seating. More seating in outside terrace which is also equipped with a bar. A restaurant on the first floor doubles as function room. Beers are sourced mainly from local breweries. Pizzas head up the food offering which will also include many pub favourites crafted by an enthusiastic chef. Four letting rooms are available on the upper floors.

  • Froncysyllte
    • Aqueduct Inn Holyhead Road, Froncysyllte, Llangollen Froncysyllte LL20 7PY Telephone(01691) 777118

      Standing beside the busy A5 this cheerful freehouse is a simple three-roomed affair with a small central bar with a comfortable lounge, popular with diners, and a quieter side room either side. Rear verandah decking offers panoramic views not least of the Llangollen canal as it approaches the eponymous (though not visible) world famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct. Not to be missed is the mural that covers all of one gable end of the pub Additional parking down the lane.

  • Glyn Ceiriog
    • Glyn Valley Hotel Llanarmon Road, Glyn Ceiriog, Llangollen Glyn Ceiriog LL20 7EU Telephone(01691) 718896

      Handsome white-washed inn standing in the heart of the village. It has several characterful rooms as well as a lounge decorated with pictures of the old tramway.

    • Oak High Street Glyn Ceiriog LL20 7EH Telephone(01978) 803501

      Re-opened in the Jubilee weekend in 2022. This is a small terraced freehouse comprising of a simple lounge area plus side room and rear dining room. There is verandah decking out looking down on the village.

  • Great Barrow
    • Barrow Community Social Club Irons Lane Great Barrow CH3 7LD Telephone(01829) 741403

      A rudimentary club with snooker and pool tables at the front and darts - a popular pastime with the locals - to the rear. Non members are welcome at all times.

    • White Horse Main Street Great Barrow CH3 7HX Telephone(01829) 741633

      Village freehouse. The split level interior includes a small raised front room with plenty of seating (albeit often pre-laid tables). The bar room has Indian stone flooring and a real fire. There is a small patio area to the front and a beer garden through the rear. One or two real ales are available usually from Weetwood. B&B accommodation is available with disabled facilities.

  • Great Boughton
    • Twirl of Hay Caldy Valley Road, Great Boughton CH3 5QJ Telephone(01244) 315766

      Standard modern edge-of-town Brewer's Fayre family food pub with kids play factory attached.

  • Great Sutton
    • White Swan Old Chester Rd Great Sutton CH66 3NZ Telephone(0151) 339 9284

      The White Swan, originally a 19th Century coaching inn was known in 1851 as The Swan Inn. Open-plan but with plenty of smaller intimate areas plus raised rear area. The pub is tied to Robinsons with always two of their beers on and often up to four. Outside there is a nice seating area. Sky sports is popular here.

  • Gresford
    • Beeches Chester Rd Gresford LL12 8PW Telephone(01978) 853214

      Part of Whitbread's Table Table pub chain and hence heavily food orientated and family friendly. Smart modern decor in a multi-partitioned interior.

    • Griffin Inn Church Green Gresford LL12 8RG Telephone(01978) 855280

      Before you go further - this is a CASH ONLY pub.

      Presided over by Jean, the landlady since 1973, this typifies the friendly community pub where some of the customers have been present for a similar amount of time. Situated next to the 15th-century All Saints Church, the bells of which are one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, the irregular, open plan, single room is adorned with a variety of interesting pictures. The single bar is the centre of lively conversation but it doesn’t impinge on the quieter corners. There is a lawned area to the side, with seating. Children are welcome, in some areas, until 8pm. The No1 Chester - Wrexham bus stops in the village 0.4 miles from the pub. Closing times may change when quiet.

    • Pant-yr-Ochain Old Wrexham Road Gresford LL12 8TY Telephone(01978) 853525

      This is a lovingly restored 16th century dower house which retains many historical features and has extensive gardens close to a small lake. The central room, dominated by a large double-fronted bar, leads to a variety of seating areas including a garden room, a small snug behind the period inglenook fireplace and outside drinking on the patio and lawn. Food is served all day. Five regular beers are supplemented by four guests, often local, draught cider usually available too.

    • Plough Chester Road Gresford LL12 8NE Telephone(01978) 501701

      Heavily modernised village local with a new enthusiastic landlord installed in November 2015. Two cask ales are always available, with sometimes up to 4 to choose from. Beers are from the Marston's list so ales such as Thwaites Wainwright, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Banks CzechMate and Banks Bitter regularly appear. A Carvery is served every Wednesday and Sunday.

  • Guilden Sutton
    • Bird In Hand Church Lane Guilden Sutton CH3 7EW Telephone(01244) 301379

      Situated down a quiet narrow lane and with limited parking the Bird in Hand was extensively refurbished during 2021. Most of the interior is aimed at diners but adjoining the bar is a small room that is not set for dining. To the front of the pub is a paved seating area, and to the side a set of steps lead up to a pretty grassed area with picnic tables. Up to four real ales are available but usually it is two or three.

  • Gwersyllt
    • Wheatsheaf Inn Mold Rd Gwersyllt LL11 4AE Telephone(01978) 755593

      Two room local with separate comfortable lounge and bar.

  • Handbridge
    • Carlton Tavern 1 Hartington Street, Handbridge, Chester Handbridge CH4 7BN Telephone07541 801934

      An imposing traditional pub in the heart of residential Handbridge. A spacious central bar serves both a spacious comfortable lounge and a separate bar with pool table, darts and TV sport. Some colourful banquette seating and note the former bell-pushes.

    • Grosvenor Arms 32 Handbridge, Handbridge, Chester Handbridge CH4 7JE Telephone(01244) 294614

      Attractive red brick pub in the heart of Handbridge with a strong local flavour. Front room is partitioned in two - tiled floor, fireplace and bar to one side, carpeted quieter seating space to the other featuring simple tables, chairs and bench seating. To the rear is a games room with pool, darts and sports TV. Cask beer discount on Mondays.

    • Red Lion 37 Overleigh Road Handbridge CH4 7HL Telephone(01244) 659344

      A deservedly popular locally run pub of Edwardian origin with handsome brick facade, covered doorways and tiled porch. In front of the large bar are leather effect settees and bare boards with a discretely separate games area to the rear right. The cosy snug at the rear left is warmed by a real fire. Major televised sports events are well covered.

    • Ship Inn 18 Handbridge, Chester Handbridge CH4 7JE Telephone(01244) 678400

      Large red brick terrace pub immediately across the historic Old Dee Bridge. Heavily altered, modernised and slightly extended it is now a glass–fronted, well-lit one-room bar with some exposed brick, wood and slate floors. Subtly partitioned, it is pleasantly and simply furnished throughout including a cosy series of tables and chairs around a large fire. Decor consists of unusual nautical themed lighting, bric-a-brac (including a large abacus) of varying quirkiness and, most noticeably in the stairwell, framed prints of local historic relevance. The similarly furnished upstairs restaurant includes a glazed area overlooking Edgar's Field public park.

  • Hanmer
    • Hanmer Arms Hanmer, Whitchurch Hanmer SY13 3DE Telephone(01948) 410253

      After another lengthy period of closure, the Hanmer re-opened on August 2023. Until someone visits and provides a fresh write-up the old description lies below. The cask range, if indeed there is any, will most likely have changed.

      Attractive hotel-restaurant just off the main Wrexham to Whitchurch road. Well used by locals as well as visitors. Lunchtime and evening meals are available from the extensive menu and accommodation is available in 11 en-suite bedrooms. Sunday Carvery is a popular event.

  • Hapsford
    • Hornsmill Chester Rd, Hapsford WA6 0JE Telephone(01928) 727223

      Belonging to the Hydes pub portfolio, this large roadhouse has been refurbished and extended with the addition of an airy orangery. At the other side of the pub are a pair of smaller rooms and a couple of more intimate seating areas. Two real fires are a real boon in winter.

  • Hawarden
    • Fox & Grapes The Highway Hawarden CH5 3DH Telephone(01244) 535961

      Attractive Grade II three-room former coaching inn with wooden floors and heavy beams. Tastefully furnished including banquette seating and sofa chairs.

    • Glynne Arms 3 Glynne Way Hawarden CH5 3NS Telephone(01244) 569988

      A 200-year-old coaching inn at the heart of the village of Hawarden, the Glynne Arms is a comfortable place to try local beers and good quality locally sourced food. The semi-circular bar serves the bar area and adjacent dining room and there is also a separate restaurant with real fire. Limited food menu on Mon and Tues. Decor is sympathetic to the period of the building with several references to the village’s most famous resident, William Gladstone. Popular with walkers visiting the nearby castle and park.

  • Higher Burwardsley
    • Pheasant Inn Barracks Lane Higher Burwardsley CH3 9PF Telephone(01829) 770434

      Serving two to three Weetwood Beers plus the odd guest ale, the Pheasant is a 300 year old half-timbered, sandstone inn, nestling on top of the Peckforton Hills. The lounge apparenty has the biggest log fire in Cheshire, while the restaurant was formerly the farmhouse kitchen and retains the old range. Pictures of Highland cattle, and rosettes from successful shows decorate the walls. Enjoy the superb views over the Cheshire Plain toward the Welsh hills and Liverpool. Set midway along the Sandstone Trail, in magnificent countryside, the Pheasant is ideal for walkers, and a leaflet detailing four circular walks from the pub has been specially commissioned. The castles of Beeston, Cholmondley and Peckforton are within easy reach, while the Cheshire Candle Workshop is close by. Twelve en-suite rooms are situated in an award-winning converted barn, with Bed & Breakfast available. Only eight miles from Chester, this is an excellent spot for visitors to Cheshire or North Wales.

  • Higher Kinnerton
    • Royal Oak Kinnerton Lane, Higher Kinnerton, Chester Higher Kinnerton CH4 9BE Telephone(01244) 748747

      Modernised edge-of-village pub retaining traditional features including olde world entrance parlour and panelling. Ambience and atmosphere is cosy and relaxed with friendly service. Set up for dining but drinkers are equally welcome in the low-lit casual lounge and intimate bar area that include open fires. Outside is a lovely floral beer garden, including an attractive pergola.

    • Swan 41 Main Road, Higher Kinnerton, Chester Higher Kinnerton CH4 9AJ Telephone(01244) 660660

      Village pub of drinkers' bar with pool running into a roomy casual restaurant area, furnished in pine with a pastel backdrop. Sports TV. A sunny patio laid out with tubs and baskets is at the side of the building and a large beer garden lies beyond the car park. Fresh, home-cooked food with a cheaper Rapid Lunch menu including various ciabattas and more exotic dining in the evenings.

  • Holt
    • Peal O' Bells 12 Church St Holt LL13 9JP Telephone(01829) 309826

      Village pub by St Chad’s church with front tile-floored bar warmed by wood burner and small adjacent space for pool table. Opens out to rear for more formal dining. There is a large fully enclosed garden with a small play area. Changing beers are usually relatively locally sourced.

    • White Lion Castle Street Holt LL13 9YW Telephone(01829) 270345

      A small village free house which is popular with locals. Refurbished recently to create a single lounge/ bar with wood burner. The television is usually only used to show rugby. There is some outside seating in front of the pub. Dominoes and pool are played. Opening times may vary so please phone ahead to check. Beers are usually from local breweries.

  • Hoole
    • Bromfield Arms 43 Faulkner Street Hoole CH2 3BD Telephone(01244) 345037

      Large suburban pub of red brick and mock-Tudor. Bright modern interior - the spacious main bar has a quieter front room and barn-like dining area leading off it. A more basic games room is to the rear. Sports TV features throughout. Four hand pumps serve varied beers from national, regional and local breweries. Special offer on food, depending on the day of the week.

    • Faulkner Faulkner Street Hoole CH2 3BE Telephone(01244) 328195

      This red brick corner pub in Chester's most bohemian suburb has been transformed from a traditional local to a more food orientated but very popular bistro bar. The continental ambiance is further enhanced in warmer weather when the large French windows are fully opened. There are usually two cask ales on offer.

    • Oaklands Hotel 93 Hoole Rd, Hoole, Chester Hoole CH2 3NB Telephone(01244) 345528

      Large, comfortable open-plan lounge and family restaurant attached to its hotel on the main road between Chester and the M56. Handy for the nearby guest houses and just a short walk from Hoole village centre. TV sport screens feature. Beers are from the Greene King range. Good value meal deals throughout the week.

    • Royal Oak 16 Faulkner Street Hoole CH2 3BD Telephone(01244) 401620

      Attractive red brick Marston's pub set amidst the bustle of Hoole's diverse mix of shops and restaurants. An intimate local featuring two small cosy rooms either side of an entry corridor that opens into the small main bar. A beer garden is at the rear.

  • Hoole Village
    • Toby Carvery Warrington Road, Hoole Village, Chester Hoole Village CH2 4EX Telephone(01244) 301391

      Large imposing building close to the M53, A55 junction. Attached to a Travel Lodge.

  • Hooton
    • Chimneys Hooton Green Hooton CH66 5ND Telephone(0151) 327 5587

      Formerly a Gentlemen's Club in the 19th Century, this tastefully furnished large roadside pub-restaurant rambles around a raised central bar. Decorative features include bird prints and photos of the former Hooton Park RAF base (now Vauxhall Motors car factory). There's a wood burning fire but does that warrant the eponymous seventeen chimneys?!

    • Woodcote Hotel 3 Hooton Road Hooton CH66 1QU Telephone(0151) 328 5730

      The Woodcote is a small hotel which welcomes non-residents to its 610 Squadron Bar and Grill either to dine (booking recommended) or simply pop in for a drink. It is named after the Auxiliary Air Force's 610 Squadron which was formed at Hooton Park in 1936.

  • Hope
    • White Lion Inn Hawarden Rd Hope LL12 9NF Telephone(01978) 760572

      Solid, stone built traditional pub which has mercifully avoided the dreaded knock-through. Tidy and low lit inside, it has a comfortable carpeted lounge with upholstered bench seating and chairs. In front of the counter is a tile-floored bar with darts while a separate room houses the pool table. Hours may change without notice!

  • Huntington
    • Rake & Pikel Farndon Road Huntington CH3 6BS Telephone(01244) 351500

      A friendly pub situated on the southern outskirts of Chester. There are two rooms: a comfortable child-friendly lounge serving meals all day and a small bar with pool table. TV sport is shown in both rooms. Outside there is an enclosed garden, extra roadside seating and parking.

  • Huxley
    • Inn at Huxley Huxley Lane Huxley CH3 9BG Telephone(01829) 781044

      New pub building sited on the plot of the historic Farmers Arms. Work had been going on for several years before the pub finally opened in February 2019. The build and decor is to a remarkable standard, with stained glass inserts featuring scenes of the old pub plus furniture by the 'mouseman' Robert Thompson. There is a main dining area, with a stunning orangery to the side, but it is the small tap room that draws in the drinkers. 3 handpumps are on the bar with the Weetwood Berties's Brew the only regular. This beer is named in honour of the family dog. The garden area will have furniture in place by summer in order to enjoy the fabulous aspect.

  • Ince
    • Duke Of Wellington Marsh Lane, Ince CH2 4NR Telephone(0151) 356 0222

      Atractive whitewashed village pub in a once isolated marshside village which is now surrounded by refineries and industry. This local underwent a makeover in summer 2019 which brought new signage, flooring, lighting and soft furnishing throughout. This includes the public bar which has a pool table and other pub games. Good value food is available during the day ranging from full meals to sandwiches, cakes, pastries and coffee. The new publicans plan to make the Duke the heart of the community. Sadly Ince is hard to get to by public transport - the no 2 bus is a fair walk away and the train service too infrequent to be usable (Ince & Elton station 950m). Please note that Real Ale is not always available.

  • Johnstown
    • Grapes Inn Maelor Road Johnstown LL14 1NB Telephone(01978) 845187

      Small two-roomed pub just off the main road through Johnstown. One handpump but sometimes the ale may not be available.

    • New Inn Wrexham Rd Johnstown LL14 1NU Telephone(01978) 840481

      Stand-alone sandstone local near Johnstown war memorial. Knocked through, it has an L-shaped main bar with well utilised side stage plus a marginally quieter side lounge.

    • Rhos & District Royal British Legion 11 Maelor Road Johnstown LL14 1NB Telephone(01978) 840075

      Large club which allows CAMRA members entry. Front bar area and a large room at the rear with snooker tables, dart boards and sports TV.

  • Kelsall
    • Farmers Arms Chester Road Kelsall CW6 0SJ Telephone(01829) 759317

      The Farmers Arms is an attractive, traditional local at the very top end of the village on the ‘old’ Chester to Winsford road (hence an earlier spell as “Th’ House At Top”). Lacking the overwhelming gastro element of establishments nearby, this is a comfortable, welcoming pub with several rooms including a lounge area for informal dining. To complete the scene there's a cosy rear patio garden catering for smokers or people who simply wish to enjoy alfresco drinking. One or two real ales are available and food is popular. Eddisbury Fruit and Cider Farm is close by as is fine walking around the Yeld and Primrosehill Wood.

    • Morris Dancer Chester Road Kelsall CW6 0RZ Telephone(01829) 701680

      Classic stylish Brunning & Price pub with all-day food service starting with brunch at 10.30. Exemplary furnishings and decor, plenty of potted plants, rugs on wooden floors etc with well-dressed staff busily manning the new central bar and numerous dining areas. Meanwhile, outside there are well-attended flower beds and three separate areas for alfresco drinking including the back patio with wisteria-clad pergola. The Chester Folk Festival takes place in the adjacent field each May. No buses in the evenings or on Sundays.

    • Weetwood Tap Common Lane Kelsall CW6 0PY Telephone(01829) 752377

      New taproom built adjacent to Weetwood brewery and opened in June 2023.

  • Knowlton
    • Trotting Mare Overton-On-Dee Knowlton LL13 0LE Telephone(01978) 710743

      Roadside pub by the Wrexham / Shropshire border with an eponymous caravan park at the rear. Bright and airy with tasteful decor, it has a small bar leading onto a more formalised dining area which has good reviews for its home cooked food.

  • Lavister
    • Dog & Pickle Chester Road Lavister LL12 0DN Telephone(01978) 541194

      Re-named to the Dog & Pickle in June 2023. More details to follow.

      As the Nags Head this was the pub where the first CAMRA members were signed up in May 1971.

  • Ledsham
    • Tudor Rose Parkgate Road Ledsham CH66 9PD Telephone(0151) 339 2399

      Former thatched tea house/restaurant now grown to a Premier Inn / Brewer's Fayre outlet at the busy Two Mills road junction. Inside there is a bar/lounge with several cosy,little annexes and TV, the separate,multi level restaurant area has the same cosy areas.

  • Little Stanney
    • Ego at Stanney Oaks Stanney Lane Little Stanney CH2 4HT Telephone(0151) 356 3148

      A former Harvester pub near Cheshire Oaks retail park which has been tastefully converted into an air-conditioned Mediterranean-style pub-restaurant. A small area has been set aside for non-diners who are also free to use the beer garden. Dog walkers and their muddy boots are similarly welcome. Two rotating beers are served from Merlin brewery.

    • Old Hall Farm Kinsey Road Little Stanney CH65 9JY Telephone(0151) 357 3941

      Extensively refurbished and rebranded as a Marston's Carvery in April 2014. Handily located at the entrance to Cheshire Oaks it offers 4 beers from the Marston's list to wash down yor carvery meal. Inside are many rooms of varying sizes plus an impressive conservatory. Finding your way to the toilets is like a challenge from the Crystal Maze though. There is outside seating to both sides of the pub and a large playground for children.

    • Rake Hall Rake Lane Little Stanney CH2 4HS Telephone(01244) 257482

      Grade II listed former country house which laboured under various guises until being given a new lease of life and shown off in greater glory under ownership of the Brunning & Price chain. Although strictly speaking open-plan, the layout is compartmentalised into several distinct areas each with their own character featuring solid wooden tables and chairs, button-back banquettes, a decorative library, potted plants and chandelier lighting. The walls throughout are covered with a fantastic array of colourful prints and artworks, many with a local element. Well worth taking some time out to give them the attention they deserve. Upstairs is a fine dining room with views over the outside patio and extensive lawned garden with duck pond.

  • Little Sutton
    • Cheshire Yeoman Welsh Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port Little Sutton CH66 4QR Telephone(0151) 339 3106

      Modernised open-plan pub well regarded for its food. There is a separate area for non-diners with high wooden chairs and stools.The pub used to be the Station Hotel and serve the long vanished Ledsham station.

    • Olde Red Lion 307 Station Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port Little Sutton CH66 1QQ Telephone(0151) 339 2496

      Large roadside pub with open planned interior where evening music nights are a popular feature often running from Thursday through to the Sunday.

  • Llan-y-pwll
    • Holt Lodge Hotel Wrexham Road Llan-y-pwll LL13 9SW Telephone(01978) 661002

      A large hotel complex with a modern central bar and extensive split-level seating.

  • Llanarmon DC
    • Hand at Llanarmon Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog Llanarmon DC LL20 7LD Telephone(01691) 600666

      Cosy free house situated in a scenic location at the head of the delightful Ceiriog Valley and marked by a giant hand sculpture. There are always two real ales available, usually sourced relatively locally. Food and accommodation are both of a very high standard and it is advisable to book meals at busy times. In addition a new spa has been opened onsite. The real fire is very welcome in winter. This dog-friendly pub is popular with cyclists, walkers and tourists. Hunting and local prints decorate the walls.

    • West Arms Llanarmon Dyffryn-Ceiriog Llanarmon DC LL20 7LD Telephone(01691) 600665

      Lavishly appointed hotel, in a fine location at the head of the Ceiriog valley. The cosy lounge with its period furniture and inglenook fires is the ideal place to relax after a day spent exploring the Berwyn Mountains. The adjacent public bar is much more traditional and favoured by the locals. High quality meals are served and there is an open expansive garden at the rear. Sandwiches and afternoon tea are available in between lunchtime and evening food services. Beer range is usually reduced to two in winter months with two additional changing beer Mar - Dec. A word for the unwary - beer prices are well above average! Watch out also for the disproportionately high surcharge on halves. Pub may be closed midweek Feb - Mar. Phone ahead to check.

  • Llandegla
    • Crown Hotel Ruthin Rd Llandegla LL11 3AD Telephone(01978) 790714

      This 400 year old traditional Welsh country Inn was a former Lees pub but is now a freehouse. One or maybe two changing real ales and ciders on handpump from nearby Rosie's are offered.

  • Llangollen
    • Abbey Grange Hotel Horseshoe Pass Rd, Llantisylio Llangollen LL20 8DD Telephone(01978) 860753

      Formerly the home of a local slate quarry owner, this warm, comfortable hotel at the bottom of the Horseshoe Pass serves as the Llangollen Brewery tap. It has a small lounge, restaurant, side pool room and the Oak bar featuring an African Grey parrot as well as a moose head. The brewery itself is in a a separate building out near the main road. The evocative ruins of the Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis are close by. NB Check opening times in winter months.

    • Bensons 11 Bridge St Llangollen LL20 8PF Telephone(01978) 860952

      A glass fronted hotel bar, highly decorated with unusual bric-a-brac, with motorbikes and industrial memorabilia hanging to the ceiling and walls. Rear restaurant and outside balcony overlooking the River Dee.

    • Bridge End Hotel Mill Street Llangollen LL20 8RY Telephone(01978) 861703

      Large Robinson's tied house standing prominently opposite the eponymous Llangollen bridge with the steam railway terminus close by. Public bar plus several dining areas. When the sun's shining the outside seating proves especially popular.

    • Britannia Inn Horseshoe Pass Llangollen LL20 8DW Telephone(01978) 860144

      Two-lounge comfortable hotel that takes its location to an enigmatic extreme by using the superb mountain views to adopt Germanic pine decor and alpine fountain features on the patio, complimented by a charming little Austrian roadside beer garden - the whole looking imperiously down the valley.

    • Bull Inn 20 Castle Street Llangollen LL20 8NU Telephone(01978) 862773

      Former coaching inn with red brick facade. Pool and TV at the rear. Seating is in the outside courtyard. Lively at weekends. Karaoke nights. Pool and TV at the rear.

    • Chainbridge Hotel Berwyn Llangollen LL20 8BS Telephone(01978) 860215

      Historic country hotel with more than 30 bedrooms situated in a superb location between the Llangollen canal and River Dee. Splendid views of the river and its rapids, and the Llangollen to Corwen Heritage Railway at Berwyn station opposite. Travel by bus (no. T3) or steam train to Berwyn and then cross the road bridge or preferably the Chainbridge to the hotel. A pleasant half hour walk to Llangollen can be undertaken via the Llangollen canal towpath. Ales are almost exclusively from Stonehouse brewery. Note: access to and from the overflow car park is via a steep metal staircase and footbridge over the canal. The bar can occasionally be closed for private wedding functions so please check with them if travelling from afar.

    • Corn Mill Dee Lane Llangollen LL20 8PN Telephone(01978) 869555

      A splendidly converted flour mill incorporating the water wheel, with a series of open plan rooms spread over three levels with bars on the first two floors. The large outside decking area has unparalleled views across the raging river Dee to the restored steam railway station. Six pumps serve five regularly changing beers and one cider. Primarily a restaurant with the drinking area being confined to the ground floor bar and outside. High quality food is served throughout the day.

    • Hand Hotel Bridge Street Llangollen LL20 8PL Telephone(01978) 860303

      An attractive large hotel which, from the drinkers' perspective, comprises one spacious, comfortable lounge area. There is an upstairs dining room and a plush lounge for residents as well as a splendid terraced beer garden at the front overlooking the River Dee. In quieter moments the hotel has hints of faded glories but really comes to life at weekends when traditional Welsh choirs can be amongst the entertainment.

    • Liberty Tavern 20 Market Street Llangollen LL20 8PS Telephone07734 914286

      Originally opened as a micropub in 2020, it now opens for breakfast from 9am, with alcohol being served from 10am. The cosy downstairs bar has a prohibitionist theme while upstairs showcases local artwork. There are occasional appearances by local bands. Normally at least one beer is from Cwrw Ial.

    • Prince Of Wales Regent Street Llangollen LL20 8HN Telephone(01978) 860125

      Principally a local's pub on the A5. Low lit and red themed it has a cosy front bar and side room with a model of HMS Victory amongst the decor. At the back is a surprising large rear games / function room including darts and stage area for live music. The pub re-opened in May 2014 and is run by Llangollen Brewery. Closed briefly in April 2018 and planning application for flats has apparently been given. Any more information welcome!

    • Sun Inn 49 Regent St Llangollen LL20 8HN Telephone(01978) 860079

      Just re-opened after a lengthy closure. Old write-up below but suspect much changed...

      A superb free house serving up to five changing ales and a changing cider. Large room a front with 2 small open fires, games area and stage. Live music Wednesday to Saturday evening with open mike night Wednesdays, jazz night Thursdays and rock band night every Friday. A small snug at rear of the bar leading to a covered seating are with large screen TV at rear. Mirrored panels with an etched design.

    • Sun Trevor Sun Bank Llangollen LL20 8EG Telephone(01978) 860651

      An 18th century rambling pub close to the Llangollen canal. A small glazed vestibule leads to the bar/lounge area that includes a very large and interesting inglenook fireplace festooned with brasses, photos, etc. There is a large dining area adjacent. Two changing beers are almost always from local-ish microbreweries. Popular with walkers, climbers, cyclists and narrow boaters.

    • Three Eagles Bridge St Llangollen LL20 8PF Telephone(01978) 869595

      Transformed from the former Wynnstay Arms coaching inn into a smart upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar covering three floors. Cask beer is in the downstairs bar. Note the well near the entrance. Premium price warning! The House beer is rebadged Big Hand Seren.

  • Llay
    • Crown Llay Road, Llay, Wrexham Llay LL12 0NT Telephone(01978) 449528

      A large, open-plan, stereotypic Marston's Two for One themed food pub. Decor includes some interesting artwork especially a large colliery mural. There is a children's play area in the garden.

  • LLwynmawr
    • Mulberry Inn Llwynmawr, Glyn Ceiriog LLwynmawr LL20 7BB Telephone(01691) 718281

      Previously the Golden Pheasant, to much relief this inn reopened in 2014 after extensive refurbishment. It sits in a magnificent location along the Ceiriog Valley and cyclists, walkers and dogs are all welcome. A pleasant garden with decking lets you appreciate the glorious setting while benches out front are a real evening suntrap! The Mulberry also hosts weddings and conferences. NOTE Two handpumps are on the bar but presently only one ale is available at any one time. At quieter times there may not be any ale on so do check ahead if you are travelling just for a beer. Likewise ring ahead if travelling far as the opening hours may vary.

  • Malpas
    • Crown Hotel Old Hall Court Malpas SY14 8NE Telephone(01948) 860474

      Half brick and half black/white timbered building in the centre of the village next to the cross. This lively down-to-earth locals pub - a contrast to the Lion opposite - has a central bar with sports TV, a small room to the left with tables and dartboard and a raised room to the right with pool table and sports TV. According to the old windows the darts room was originally the Smoke Room.

    • Lion 1 Oldhall Street Malpas SY14 8NE Telephone(01948) 807070

      Expensively much modernised, large, rambling, plush (now) gastropub in the heart of the village. Despite a heavy emphasis on wining and dining, there are cask beers which are generally locally sourced.

  • Marchwiel
    • Red Lion Wrexham Road Marchwiel LL13 0PH Telephone(01978) 447559

      Attractive village pub which has been spared the dreaded fate of being 'opened out' and as such retains a welcome, traditional, separate two-room lay out. The tidy bar has wooden floor and is half wood panelled. There is a mounted TV while pool and darts are shown respect by being given plenty of space. The larger carpeted lounge is more the domain of diners who can enjoy various meal and a pint deals throughout the week.

  • Marford
    • Red Lion Marford Hill Marford LL12 8SL Telephone(01978) 855285

      Two-roomed. Bar with SKY TV and pub games plus lounge. Rear patio garden.

    • Trevor Arms Marford Hill Marford LL12 8TA Telephone(01244) 579418

      The food-led Trevor Arms is situated near the foot of Marford Hill. It dates back to the early 1800's and is a striking white-wash building with several smartly refurbished rooms. The house beer - Lady Blackbird - is brewed by Caledonian. [Local footnote: Marford is an architecturally interesting village built in early Dutch style full of buildings of character featuring crosses which are intended to ward off evil spirits.]

  • Mickle Trafford
    • Mickle Trafford Village Club Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, Chester Mickle Trafford CH2 4EB Telephone(01244) 301526

      A village club, membership is currently £5 per year, providing a communal meeting place since it opened in 1984. The bar is open 7 days a week and hosts events, including live entertainment, quiz nights, bingo nights, bridge and much more.

    • Shrewsbury Arms Warrington Road Mickle Trafford CH2 4EB Telephone(01244) 303262

      Following a refurbishment from the new Enterprise tenants, the pub now has a much improved beer garden with a small children's play area. Prints and pictures adorn the walls, which are mostly bare brick. Antique wooden furniture is mostly set out for dining and the menu has been upgraded showing some exciting food combinations. There is a choice of up to three real ales from national breweries. Opening times are up to 11pm but may close earlier.

  • Minera
    • Tyn-y-Capel Church Road Minera LL11 3DA Telephone(01978) 269347

      Saved after a lot of hard work by the local community, the Tyn-y-Capel at Minera reopened in April 2013. It is an ancient coaching inn with records dating to 1250 AD and described as a 13th century monks retreat. The monks on their pilgrimage from Valle Crucis Abbey would visit the site and it is thought that they would stop to feed the lepers who lived on Minera mountain in the caves, through the mullion window in the wall of the pub. The oldest part of the pub is the stone flagged porch entrance. It passed into private hands in 2017 but is still staffed mostly by local people. Outside is an extensive seating area that affords great views of the Esclusham Mountain.

      Recent reports suggest cask ale is not a guarantee.

  • Mollington
    • Wheatsheaf Inn Parkgate Road Mollington CH1 6JS Telephone(01244) 851804

      A large roadside with split-level interior trading under the Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery brand. Popular with families it serves up to three changing national ales.

  • Mouldsworth
    • Goshawk Station Road Mouldsworth CH3 8AJ Telephone(01928) 740900

      This upmarket JW Lees pub is set in the Cheshire hills near Delamere Forest and is a former coach house dating from 1869. It has two stylish lounges, a public bar and a restaurant and has plush carpeting throughout. The stone fireplace with its stout wooden lintel is a most attractive feature. Outside there is a well equipped children’s play area and bowling green. Conveniently located opposite Mouldsworth railway station, it is easy to reach and is consequently a popular spot for walkers in the Delamere Forest and on the Sandstone Trail as well as users of the Cheshire Cycleway.

  • Newton
    • Bears Paw Dicksons Drive, Newton, Chester Newton CH2 2BT Telephone(01244) 377599

      Well-run, tidy community estate pub. One large open room, it is games focused with pool, darts and large screen TV on one side and morphing into a comfortable lounge 'feel' on the other. The pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value.

  • Penycae
    • Cross Foxes Copperas Hill Penycae LL14 2SA Telephone(01978) 840694

      Friendly community pub now privately owned by villagers who did not want to see their local close. The landlady has been in residence for over 25 years. Small L shaped bar and side area with a games room to the rear. Pub can get very busy for events such as the 6 nations when impromptu singing is also likely!

  • Penyffordd
    • Millstone Hawarden Road Penyffordd CH4 0JE Telephone(01244) 950678

      Imposing red-brick pub in the centre of village. Modernised and stylish with a bright, informal conservatory and inner lounge for dining, bisecting a stone-flagged and bare-boarded airy bar. Outside lies an extensive raised terrace beer garden. Two cask ales are available from local breweries with jars of Penyffordd honey for sale. A pleasant friendly welcome.

    • Red Lion Rhos Road Penyffordd CH4 0JR Telephone(01244) 540682

      White-washed community pub of intimate front bar and larger tiled & bare-boarded lounge. Bits of old fittings are dotted about. Sports TV features. A separate formal restaurant connects adjacent. Pleasant beer garden alongside.

  • Pontfadog
    • Swan Inn Llanarmon Road Pontfadog LL20 7AR Telephone(01691) 718273

      Welcoming village free house in the scenic Ceiriog valley. The cosy red-tiled bar features a central fireplace which separates the TV and darts area from the servery, favoured by the locals. A dining room to the side often features themed food nights. An outside area is accessed through the dining room. More outside space is being developed to include decking and a bridge over the small brook. Thursday is Mystery Charity Quiz night. Please ring ahead if travelling to check opening hours, especially in winter as they may be subject to change.

  • Pulford
    • Grosvenor-Pulford Hotel Wrexham Road Pulford CH4 9DG Telephone(01244) 570560

      Unashamedly plush and upmarket hotel and spa on the A483 opposite Pulford parish church surrounded by landscaped grounds with a brook running through. Inside the multiroomed layout is tastefully and ornately decorated to a high standard with a large screen TV in the bar for sporting events. The C – shaped bar (Nelsons) has an informal dining / drinking area overlooking the car park to the left whilst the right-hand side is given more to dining and adjoins the reception area. Weddings and conferences are catered for in a large separate function room. Accommodation is also provided and a weekly disco / cabaret is held often featuring tribute bands. Two real ales are offered, usually from Weetwood.

  • Queensferry
    • Plough Inn Aston Road, Queensferry, Deeside Queensferry CH5 1TJ Telephone(01244) 811132

      Large well-run pub just off busy Queensferry by-pass. The lounge / dining area has sofas and a popular carvery. A distinctly separate spacious bar has pool and sports TV. Front patio and rear children's play area.

  • Rhewl
    • Sun Inn Rhewl, Llangollen Rhewl LL20 7YT Telephone(01978) 869536

      Isolated Grade II listed ancient whitewashed drovers' inn set in a quiet backwater of the highly picturesque Dee valley. Frequented by passing ramblers, it primarily consists of two plainly furnished but characterful rooms warmed by log burners. The small bar usually serves up to two locally sourced cask ales.

      Not too many pubs left like this these days.

  • Rhostyllen
    • Swan Inn Mount Street, Rhostyllen, nr Wrexham Rhostyllen LL14 4AU Telephone(01978) 264760

      A local's pub in the narrow lanes at the back of the village. The small lounge has a beamed ceiling and bench seating with the bar covering the far wall from the entrance. The larger vault to the right has a large TV screen and dart board. There is a large lawned garden to the side of the pub. Large screen and projector showing all types of sports, with free food at half time. Karaoke, quiz nights, bingo, race nights. live music on most weekends, discos. Free sausage butties on a Sunday between 2-4pm. Enclosed beer garden. Regular charity nights for local charities. Monday ladies darts, tues men’s darts, weds games night (bingo, race night etc) thurs dominos, weekend it’s karaoke, discos (Motown, northern soul, 80,s etc) , live music at least twice a month , Sunday quiz night. Well stocked gin bar, good selection of spirits, bottled beers and draught. Well behaved dogs welcome in bar and garden, free dog treats. Cask beer returned in the autumn of 2017 but can be intermittent.

  • Rossett
    • Alyn Station Road Rossett LL12 0HE Telephone(01244) 570368

      Smart dining pub on the banks of the eponymous river, significantly extended since its days as a Border Brewery tied house. In warmer weather, an alternative to the smart modernised interior, is the extensive riverside terrace. Up to three beers may be on offer, primarily from the Marston’s portfolio.

    • Golden Lion Chester Road Rossett LL12 0HN Telephone(01244) 555300

      Extensive whitewash building with plenty of nooks and crannies, attractive bric-a-brac for wall decoration and smart, traditional furniture. Popular with diners but the bar area remains the domain of the humble drinker. 50p off cask on Monday.

  • Ruabon
    • Bridge End Inn 5 Bridge St Ruabon LL14 6DA Telephone(01978) 810881

      Welcoming and cosy former coaching inn close to the station which has won numerous awards since being taken over and completely revitalised by the McGivern family in 2009. The pub was deservedly awarded the ultimate accolade of CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2011. Multi-time winner of the Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year award (Welsh area). Seven ever changing cask ales are available with irregular appearances of ales from the McGivern brewery at the rear of premises. Real cider is also available. Families and well behaved dogs are welcome in the lounge. The smaller bar is available for use for private functions.

    • Duke of Wellington Duke Street Ruabon LL14 6DE Telephone(01978) 810165

      Striking two-storey white-washed Marston's tied-house decorated with hanging baskets in the summer. Two room, the lively bar contrasts with the peaceful atmosphere of the varnished wood-panelled tidy lounge where musical instruments are part of the decor.

    • Vaults Bridge Street Ruabon LL14 6DA Telephone(01978) 824108

      Small, open plan village local with interesting decor. TV sport popular as well as live music nights. The pub is next to a small domed roundhouse which served as a temporary lock-up for local rogues in the 18th & 19th centuries.

    • Wynnstay Arms Hotel High Street Ruabon LL14 6BL Telephone(01978) 822187

      Handsome, large ivy-clad Robinson's tied-house of eye-catching contrasting brick and stone. Underwent an extensive and impressive refurbishment in April 2018 including re-orientation of the bar. Tastefully decorated throughout, it features many comfortable partitioned areas. While there is a greater emphasis placed on dining the mere drinker will not feel out of place. For warmer days there is a rear back patio as well as a lawned area with trestles beyond the car park.

  • Saltney
    • Chester Golf Club Curzon Park North Saltney CH4 8AR Telephone(01244) 677760

      This venue serves two changing real ales with hand pumps in both the main bar and games room.

  • Sandycroft
    • Bridge Inn Chester Road Sandycroft CH5 2QN Telephone(01244) 538806

      A modern open-plan pub set over split levels, with a very welcoming and airy dining area in a sizeable conservatory. A raised beer garden, bordered with shrubbery, sits next to the attractive brook that runs alongside the pub, crossed by a little bridge to the car park.

  • Saughall
    • Egerton Arms Hermitage Road Saughall CH1 6AF Telephone(01244) 880050

      The Egerton Arms is a good size roadside pub set in a rural location between Saughall and Blacon. The clientele includes locals of all age groups who visit to enjoy the social aspect of this community pub. It plays host to a number of darts, pool and football teams with live bands proving popular on Saturday nights.

    • Greyhound Inn Seahill Road Saughall CH1 6BJ Telephone(01244) 881122

      Handsome village pub set back from the road. A central bar caters for a tasteful split level rambling interior. Some interesting local prints on the walls including one of the unfortunate horned woman of Saughall. Pleasant rear garden space ideal for relaxing on a summer’s day.

  • Shotton
    • Castle Inn Brookside, Brook Road Shotton CH5 1HL Telephone(01244) 813317

      Friendly pub, known locally as Hendys, hidden away at the end of a narrow lane.The interior is open plan with a central wood panelled bar serving both a TV viewing area with pool table and darts board, and a separate dining area. The pub gets lively on weekends, particularly when major sporting events are on TV. Guest beers come from the Marstons range. Look out for `Pleco`, the tropical fish. Occasional live music at weekends.

    • Central Hotel 2-4 Chester Road West Shotton CH5 1BX Telephone(01244) 845510

      Originally built in 1943, JD Wetherspoon bought the rundown premises in 2008, carried out a major refurbishment and reverted back to its original name of The Central Hotel. The interior is in typical Wetherspoon’s mock-Edwardian style. A single very large bar is partially separated into three similarly furnished areas by the remains or the original structural walls. There is also an open seating area between the pub building and the street. The pub holds the occasional “meet-the-brewer” evening.

  • Summerhill
    • Crown Top Road Summerhill LL11 4SR Telephone(01978) 755788

      A Hydes tied house with two distinct halves. One is a quieter lounge with film star caricatures while the bar is where the majority of locals congregate to watch TV, chat or play pool. Bar snacks including pies are available.

    • King William Top Road Summerhill LL11 4TA Telephone(01978) 269380

      Three roomed community local with some wood panelling, a prominent kitchen dresser, bookcasing above the bar, smart upholstered furniture plus a rear raised games room. Up to three ales may be available especially Brains or Timothy Taylor's or locally sourced Magic Dragon.

  • Tanyfron
    • Brymbo Sports & Social Complex College Hill Tanyfron LL11 5TF Telephone(01978) 756686

      A large, modern, well-run members only club (£3 annual membership) with adjacent cricket and football pitches plus tennis, bowls and snooker. A relatively rare outlet for cask ale.

  • Tarvin
    • George & Dragon 67 High Street Tarvin CH3 8EE Telephone(01829) 741863

      Smart split-level village centre pub with a clean modern interior. Pictures, prints and some cartoons adorn the walls. Quality evening and lunchtime meals are available and live music at weekends is a welcome feature. Large sliding doors offer a nice view into the splendid courtyard which has plenty of tables and is a boon in the summer.

    • Red Lion Church Street Tarvin CH3 8EB Telephone(01829) 749189

      Traditional pub at the junction of Church St and High St. The door and windows display etched glass showing the now defunct Chester Northgate Brewery. The Red Lion is a cosy and popular three roomed village local, with a big screen TV in the small intimate public bar, To the left is a small snug and dining room and to the right a games room and bar offers pool and darts. There is a lively and welcoming atmosphere with food available until around 10. An outdoor drinking / smoking area adjoins the car park accessed via the High Street. Contact the pub about their popular Monday night curry night.

    • Stamford Bridge Tarvin Road, Stamford Bridge Tarvin CH3 7HN Telephone(01829) 740229

      Large former coaching inn situated close to the old Roman road of Watling Street. The wooden-floored interior is split between an expansive open plan dining area, a bar and a comfortable lounge area. The pub is very much food-led – Sunday roasts are popular and booking is recommended. There is a large lawn with a children’s play area, and children are welcome inside until 7pm. Camping and caravan facilities are available nearby.

  • Tattenhall
    • Bear & Ragged Staff High Street Tattenhall CH3 9PX Telephone(01829) 423118

      NB Please note this is currently a pop-up pizza bar to the rear of the main building.

      Red brick pub in the heart of the village. In its last guise it was operated as a Thai restaurant. This subsequently closed sparking much conjecture about the building's future. Happily it is currently being slowly brought back to life. Whilst renovations take place inside (with B&B accommodation planned), there is a pop up woodfired pizza operation in the old beer garden area at the rear serving cask beer.

    • Boathouse Newton Lane Tattenhall CH3 9NE Telephone(01829) 771742

      Light, modern airy one-room cafe-bar surrounded by narrowboats in the middle of Tattenhall Marina.

    • Letters Inn High Street Tattenhall CH3 9PX Telephone(01829) 770221

      Whitewashed, friendly 17th century village local that derives its name from being a former sorting office. An attractive unspoilt interior features wooden beams, lots of brassware and a splendid log fire. A Chinese restaurant is incorporated unobtrusively at the rear. Outside is a small sun-trap terrace with smoking shelter. Two real ales often feature an ale from Salopian Brewery plus Greene King IPA.

    • Sport Tattenhall Field Lane Tattenhall CH3 9QF Telephone(01829) 770710

      Multi-sports club run by volunteers with fabulous views across the cricket field to the Peckforton / Bickerton Hills. Comprises one simple bar room. Cask ale availability varies with the sporting seasons and most likely during the cricket calendar! Best to ring up for opening times.

    • Sportsmans Arms 93 Burwardsley Rd Tattenhall CH3 9QF Telephone(01829) 770233

      A handsome white-painted terrace graced by an attractive cobbled frontage and hanging baskets. Unfortunately heavily modernised inside and not the epitome of a cosy village pub it once was.

      Partitioned around a central bar with pool table at the rear and TV sports at the side. A lower level dining area was once a butcher's shop.

  • Tilston
    • Carden Arms Mt View, Church Road, Tilston, Malpas Tilston SY14 7HB Telephone(01829) 250900

      Re-opened in late 2016 under private ownership. An eye-catching traditional pub in the heart of the village with rug-covered wood and tiled floors, two fire places, a nice tidy mix of furniture and attractive framed pictures on the plain white walls. A diverse range of beers are offered but, if you fancy something else, try writing down your preferred tipple and adding it into the suggestions jug. Further work saw the opening of a smart dining room and quality accommodation of 5 bedrooms is now available. Cyclists using the local network are more than welcome, with bike pumps and spare parts being available in the pub.

  • Trevalyn
    • Griffin Rossett Road Trevalyn LL12 0ER Telephone(01244) 204331

      This cosy, attractive white-washed local, said to be 400 years old, stands in the heart of the village about a mile from Rossett. The golden griffin on the wall (for heraldry buffs - statant, wings endorsed) is particularly eye catching. Outside is a grassed garden with trestles and to the rear a certified Camping and Caravan Club Site.

  • Trevor
    • Telford Inn Station Rd Trevor LL20 7TT Telephone(01978) 820469

      Imposing white washed pub on the Trevor Canal basin - a short stroll from the famous Pont Cysyllte aqueduct. Multi-room with rear restaurant but nevertheless surprisingly small inside. There's outdoor seating including a small children's play area.

  • Upton
    • Brewers Arms 164 Liverpool Road Upton CH2 1BD

      Large pub close to the Countess of Chester Hospital. Formerly the Frog, then the Brewers, then the Countess and now back to the Brewera. Let's hope for a bit of stability here after a turbulent few years of closure. More details to follow.

    • Upton by Chester Golf Club Upton Lane Upton CH2 1EE Telephone(01244) 381183

      Club house with separate bar (with sports tv and games), a conventional lounge with dining area plus outside seating looking over the course. An upstairs bar is for full members but general public are welcomed elsewhere. Note that general public pay more at the bar than social / full members who get discounted prices for their annual membership fee.

    • Wheatsheaf 46 Heath Road, Upton, Chester Upton CH2 1HX Telephone(01244) 371159

      Large out of town pub not too far from Chester Zoo. One of Mitchell & Butlers Sizzling Pubs so good for families and value meals.

  • Upton-by-Chester
    • Oakfield Chester Zoo, Moston Rd Upton-by-Chester CH2 1EU

      Part of the Grade II Oakfield Manor, once home to the zoo's founder George Mottershead and his family, The pub is open during zoo hours .

  • Vicars Cross
    • Centurion 1 Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester Vicars Cross CH3 5LN Telephone(01244) 319837

      A smart, comfortable, modern community pub with spacious lounge and bar. Much loved by the community and the only pub in Vicars Cross.

      Cask beers are from the local Weetwood Brewery. Although the pub does no main meals it does offer snacks (e.g. toasties) during opening hours

      It survived an attempt by Admiral to sell it off as a care home thanks to the fighting spirit of CAMRA and the Centurion Community Action Group (CCAG).

      It's success depends upon the support of the local community, please use it or lose it!

  • Waverton
    • Spitting Feathers Brewery Common Farm, Common Ln Waverton CH3 7QT Telephone(01244) 332052

      Brewery based on farm with real ales available eight times a year at Brewbarn events as well as once a year at their popular July beer festival. All brewed on site.

    • Waverton Institute Village Road Waverton CH3 7QN Telephone(01244) 336556

      Village members club with snooker / pool tables, sports TV and adjacent bowling green.

  • Willey Moor Lock
    • Willey Moor Lock Tavern Tarporley Road Willey Moor Lock SY13 4HF Telephone(01948) 663274

      This family- run free house is a former lock-keeper's cottage, reached from the car park by a footbridge over the Llangollen canal. Situated by a lock and on the Sandstone Trail, this pub is very popular with boaters and walkers, especially in the summer. Outside seating is available by the canal and also in the garden. Inside, the pub has a real fire and is decorated with local watercolours and a large collection of teapots. Three changing beers increase in the summer, with at least one from a local micro. There is a separately owned caravan park across the canal from the pub.

  • Willington
    • Willington Hall Willington Lane Willington CW6 0NB Telephone(01829) 752321

      This hotel stands in 17 acres of formal gardens and parkland and has wonderful views across the Cheshire countryside to the Welsh mountains. Willington Hall has a reputation for fine dining. The Gainsborough Restaurant, named after the Gainsborough painting of James Tomkinson which hangs on its wall, is open daily to residents and non-residents for both table d’hote and full a la carte menus (evenings only). Afternoon Teas are available every afternoon in the Study, Drawing Room or of course –weather permitting– on the Terrace. Lighter bites or traditional bar meals (including our famous pies) available from the Bar menu.

  • Woodbank
    • Pesto at the Yacht Inn Parkgate Road Woodbank CH1 6EY Telephone(01244) 880216

      Large food-led pub now owned by the Pesto Restaurant Chain with an attractive new inn sign. It has a smart open-plan, split-level interior with four different dining areas and a bar at the middle level. Outside is a beer garden with trestle tables. Whilst ostensibly an Italian restaurant, the Yacht also has an excellent tapas menu which is very good value.

  • Wrexham
    • Acton Park Chester Road Wrexham LL11 2SN Telephone(01978) 314336

      This large estate pub has an open plan interior with a quieter area for family dining at the rear. Children under the age of 14 are welcome in this area. Although this is a modern pub with contemporary furnishings it still offers a traditional friendly atmosphere and is busy at weekends. The toilets are on the 1st floor but there are accessible disabled facilities on the ground floor. CAMRA discount is offered plus all cask ales reduced in price every Monday and Thursday. Up to three changing beers are also available, which are often Dark Star Hophead, Sharp's Doom Bar or Timothy Taylor's Landlord.

    • Bowling Green 43 Pen-Y-Bryn Wrexham LL13 7HU Telephone(01978) 364706

      Attractive three room corner pub with interesting frosted glass advertising smoke room and vaults. The public bar features Wrexham FC pictures while the comfortable, tidy lounge is decorated with local prints. A small snug room behind the bar has a collection of plates and leads out onto a small patio area with tables.

    • Centenary Club Crispin Lane Wrexham LL11 2AH Telephone(01978) 311217

      Club inside the Racecourse Stadium. Also available for hire.

    • Cunliffe Arms Jeffreys Road Wrexham LL12 7PG Telephone(01978) 311177

      Popular estate pub on the edge of Acton Park. A spacious public bar features sports TV, darts and pool while the contrasting split-level lounge also has a side conservatory. Carvery food service is extremely popular.

    • Elihu Yale 44-46 Regent St Wrexham LL11 1RR Telephone(01978) 366646

      Formerly the Majestic cinema this is a popular Wetherspoon town centre pub handily placed for the bus station and with both train stations within walking distance. As well as the three regular beers there may be up to five guest beers, one of which will be from a North Wales brewery. This is supplemented by two ciders. There are various seating areas in the large single room with a quieter area near the front of the pub. Families welcome until 10pm. Pub quiz on Wednesday evenings. Poker on Sundays.

    • Fairfield Tavern 57 Erddig Road Wrexham LL13 7DW Telephone(01978) 366841

      Friendly street corner community pub of brick and white pebble-dash. Pool led on one side with cosy seating on the other. Local prints on the walls. Real ale availability varies. It had been discontinued due to lack of turnover but has subsequently returned.

    • Fat Boar 11 Yorke St Wrexham LL13 8LW Telephone(01978) 354201

      Sister establishment to a pub of the same name in Mold - both heavily food orientated. A large L shaped bar/lounge downstairs with more dining upstairs. There is a beer garden and smoking area to the rear. The pub is clean and bright with ceiling beams and exposed brick walls.

    • Greyhound 222 Holt Road, Wrexham LL13 9EB Telephone(01978) 290041

      A traditional local with two room layout of lounge and public bar with red and black chequer floor tiling and plush red bench seating. Acquired freehouse status in autumn 2021 which was marked with a return of cask beer.

    • Kings Mills Kingsmills Road Wrexham LL13 0NS Telephone(01978) 449530

      Attractive quite small and relatively unspoilt red brick Marston's tied-house. Feels like there's history to the place thanks to low thick wooden beams, exposed brickwork, tiled floor and an old kitchen range. The pool, darts and TV are crammed into a small room to one side.

    • Magic Dragon Brewery Tap 13 Charles St Wrexham LL13 8BT Telephone(01978) 365156

      Single roomed pub which is the Tap for the Magic Dragon Brewery based in Wrexham.

      Situated on the edge of what was known as the Beast Market, the building started off as the Elephant & Castle before becoming other businesses and now pleasingly back as a pub again.

      Six handpumps with at least four Magic Dragon beers on, including at least one dark ale. A guest ale is also usually available.

      Live music every weekend alternating between Friday and Saturday nights.

    • Nags Head Mount Street Wrexham LL13 8DW Telephone(01978) 261177

      The Nag's Head in Wrexham is a traditional town centre pub dating back to 1661, and was once part of the Border Brewery premises. A fully surrounded central bar serves several distinct drinking and dining areas. A large upstairs function room, formerly the Border Brewery boardroom, caters for several regular monthly events, and can be hired for other private functions. There is a good community feel to this pub. Inexpensive pub meals are always available

    • Plas Coch Plas Coch Road Wrexham LL11 2BW Telephone(01978) 261470

      A stylish red brick Marston's pub found on the Plas Coch retail park close to Glyndwr University and Wrexham centre.

    • Royal Oak 35 High Street Wrexham LL13 8HY Telephone(01978) 364111

      A Grade II listed building with a long and narrow interior. The real fire, wood panelling and etched brewery mirrors around the bar create a comfortable ambience and who can miss the mounted eland antelope head! Three beers from Joule’s plus up to two changing guest beers are available. The small beer garden on the roof is open April-September. No food is available but you are welcome to bring your own. Darts and traditional pub games are played.

    • Saith Seren 18 Chester Street Wrexham LL13 8BG Telephone(01978) 447006

      Previously known as the Seven Stars (the English translation of its current name), this is a grade II listed 19th Century building of red brick and curious corner crenellation located in Wrexham city centre. It has been community owned since it re opened in 2012 incorporating a Welsh Learning centre. Comfortably modernised inside it features various Welsh bon-mots while the ales are sourced from local Welsh breweries. Real cider is typically from Rosie's and Gwynt y Ddraig.

    • Wynnstay Arms Hotel Yorke Street Wrexham LL13 8LP Telephone(01978) 291010

      Striking 18th century Grade II listed red brick hotel standing at the end of Wrexham High Street. Inside is an open-plan totally modernised split level bar with plenty of seating and views outside.