Chester & South Clwyd Branch pubs selling real ale
- Duke of Wellington
A small traditional, tidy, cosy and characterful two roomed local popular not least for its home cooked food. 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
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
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.
- Duke of Wellington Llangollen Road, Acrefair LL14 3SG (01978) 820000
- Grosvenor Arms
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 Phoenix 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. Following a successful beer festival last year this will become a regular event.
- Grosvenor Arms Chester Road Aldford CH3 6HJ firstname.lastname@example.org(01244) 620228
- Little Owl
East Countess Way, Nr. Gawer Park, Chester
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
Large roadside pub close to Bache railway station and the Countess of Chester Hospital. It was completely refurbished and reopened in May 2017 by owners Joseph Holt Brewery. The interior is long and narrow with an open-plan feel, yet has distinct separate seating areas. Four cask ales are available from Holts or their micro Bootleg Brewery. Food is available all day and there is a small beer garden at the side for sunnier days.
- Little Owl East Countess Way, Nr. Gawer Park, Chester Bache CH1 4DA email@example.com(01244) 379266
- Buck House Hotel
This hotel in the centre of the village happily re-opened in October 2015 after refurbishment by new owners, the Wrexham Lager Beer Company.
In bright white decor throughout, it features a spacious carpeted lounge and a wood floor public bar with adjacent pool room / seating. TV sports is well catered for here with a pull down high quality big screen and even mini TVs on the lager font!
There is also a rear dining room to cater for weddings, private functions and what not. You'll not overlook the old well and black telephone box in the lobby either.
- Royal Oak
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
- Buck House Hotel High St Bangor-on-Dee LL13 0BU ku.oc.eednorognabesuohkcubeht@seiriuqne(01978) 780336
- Cock O'Barton
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.
- Cock O'Barton Barton Rd Barton SY14 7HU moc.erihsehcboc@ofni(01829) 782277
- Black Lion
Known locally as the Hole in the Wall, this friendly pub overlooks the delightful Clywedog River and is adjacent to the Clywedog Industrial Trail. It is popular with locals, walkers and visitors to the nearly Bersham Heritage Centre. The wood panelled bar serves two rooms, both with real fires in winter, and a side lounge with log burner. Basic hot bar food is available all day. Beer & music festival usually held over August bank hol weekend. The sort of place you immediately feel at home. The No.6 bus, from Wrexham, stops close to the pub, or get nos 2/3 and walk across from Rhostyllen. Pub may close early if quiet.
- Black Lion Y Ddol Bersham LL14 4HN moc.mahsrebnninoilkcalb@ofni(01978) 290193
- Bickerton Poacher
Wrexham Road, Bulkeley,
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.
- Bickerton Poacher Wrexham Road, Bulkeley, Bickerton SY14 8BE moc.tcennoctb@rehcaopnotrekcib(01829) 720226
- Spital Vaults
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. It serves up to three ales from the Marstons portfolio usually including a Jennings beer. There is a bagatelle table and darts can be played. Outside at the rear is a small smoking area.
- Spital Vaults Spital Walk Boughton CH3 5DB (01244) 324480
- Brassey Green
- Shady Oak
8 Bate's Mill Lane
Situated in a splendid rural location with panoramic views of Beeston Castle and the Peckforton Hills from the beer garden, the pub is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and those using the adjacent Shropshire Union Canal. Work is on going on upgrading the camping site and winter hours are in operation. Pub relaunched in April 2019.
- Shady Oak 8 Bate's Mill Lane Brassey Green CW6 9UE (01829) 730581
- Bridge Trafford
- Chester Fields
Sandfield Farm, Chester Road, Bridge Trafford
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.
- Chester Fields Sandfield Farm, Chester Road, Bridge Trafford Bridge Trafford CH2 4JR ku.oc.sdleifretsehceht@nnieriuqne(01244) 303100
- Mill House
Broughton Retail Park, Chester Road
Modern family pub / restaurant, part of the Fayre & Square brand, purpose-built to cater for the adjacent Broughton retail park. Open plan it is loosely food orientated on one side and slightly less so the other where there's a TV and large local landmark decorative prints.
- Offa's Dyke
Broughton Hall Road
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 popular TV sport, plus the pool and darts teams and poker nights as well. Quiz nights are Thursday and Sunday in the lounge. There is a spacious beer garden at the rear. Up to three beers are available during the week and up to five a weekends.
- Mill House Broughton Retail Park, Chester Road Broughton CH4 0DP ku.oc.gnikeneerg@0636(01244) 533235
- Egerton Arms
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.
Sold to Robinson's Brewery in October 2019 so beer list will require updating no doubt. Any updates welcome.
- Egerton Arms Whitchurch Road Broxton CH3 9JW moc.smra-notrege@tnemeganam(01829) 782241
- George & Dragon
Ael Y Bryn
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
Externally unprepossessing former Banks pub now run completely free of tie hence why it often rewards with a welcomingly unusual ale choice. Deceptively large inside (which is just as well as it can get mobbed on Welsh rugby days), there's pool at the rear and a cosy front snug.
- Y Tai
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.
- George & Dragon Ael Y Bryn Brymbo LL11 5DA (01978) 758515
- Kings Head Inn
Friendly local's free house standing on the main road through one of Wales' highest villages. Reopened in July 2017 after an impressive and modern refurbishment. Entrance is through a neat and tidy room, with a large wood burner to the side and the bar facing you. To the side is a another comfortable room with banquette seating. The pub offers hearty bar meals with two locally sourced beers on handpump (usually Big Hand). Bus services during opening hours are limited. Wheelchair access is possible via the back door but please phone in advance to arrange this.
- Kings Head Inn Ruthin Road Bwlchgwyn LL11 5UT moc.oohay@daehsgnik(01978) 753089
- Cefn Mawr
- Mill Inn
Small basic uncommercialised locals’ freehouse within easy walking distance of Llangollen Canal, Trevor Basin and the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Situated down a narrow one-way lane in the lower part of an old industrial village. The smoking area backs on to the original mill stream. Wifi and large screen TV for sports in main bar. No food. One or two ales are served regularly, depending on time of year and business of the pub; Harvest Gold from Offa's Dyke Brewery is always on, Clwyd Gold from Facers brewery is more occasional. Occasional guest beers may be served.
- Mill Inn Mill Lane Cefn Mawr LL14 3NL (01978) 821799
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.
- Hollybush Llay Road Cefn-y-Bedd LL12 9UD ku.oc.buphsubylloh@ofni(01978) 761716
This is a Victorian street corner local whose three rooms include a snug. Flags, enamel signs and other memorabilia from the First World War are on display, including patriotic posters and part of an old wooden aircraft propeller. An open fire in a tiled fireplace in the snug keeps the chill away, and when this room is used for diners in the evenings, the tables are candle-lit to provide atmosphere. 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. Many of the tables are converted from treadle sewing machines. The Albion is inevitably popular with tourists thanks to its position adjacent to the City Walls. The food includes home-cooked dishes, please check their website for serving times. Bed and breakfast is now available in two comfortable ensuite rooms. The Albion was the first Chester city centre pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value after an application by the branch.
- Alexander's Live
Rufus Court, Northgate Street
Atmospheric music / comedy bar. Food available. Beware admission fee. Jazz Sunday afternoon. See their website for details
54 Nicholas Street,
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. Prices range from £3.30 to £3.70 reflecting a seriously upmarket establishment.
The Steam Mill, Steam Mill St
Popular bar by the canal and in ground floor of the Steam Mill. The large bar area has table service or you can choose to order at the bar. The rear area is often full of diners and 2 for 1 pizzas are popular on Mondays. Wood floors, bare brick and seating create modern atmosphere. The four handpumps serve beers from Cheshire, North Wales, Shropshire and Manchester. Open from 9 for cakes, tea, coffee.
- Bear & Billet
94 Lower Bridge Street
Historic Grade I listed, 17th century, timber-framed building situated close to the River Dee and comprising three floors. The ground floor has three separate areas and a real fire. The second floor includes a dining area and the third floor can be used as a function room. TV screens showing sport on all three floors. Small outside area to the rear. Quiz and live folk music on a Sunday evening. Up to five beers available that will usually include two from Okells, together with a real cider.
- Big Hand Alehouse
85 Watergate Street
Previous history as various restaurants and bars but now run by the Big Hand Brewery and transformed into a relaxed alehouse. 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. Three Big Hand beers are always available, plus three guests and a real cider on hand pump. Food menu comprises platters, pies. light bites and sandwiches with Roasts available on Sunday. Currently accepting CAMRA Wetherspoon vouchers as discounts off the beer.
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
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. As with the Falcon (also in Chester), Sam Smith's understate the pub's assets and attractions. They are a rum bunch.
13 St Werburgh Street
Two storey rambling bar with quirky, rustic potting shed theme. Decorated throughout in pale mint green with plenty of distressed wood, floral ironwork, caged lighting, various agricultural bric-a-brac and frame-to-frame prints. A Heath Robinson contraption is suspended over a bar where real ales are dispensed from fitted barrels on the back wall. Top end prices.
- Boughton Hall Cricket Club
Boughton Hall Avenue, Boughton
This purpose built clubhouse for the cricket and football teams of Boughton Hall features 3 varying real ales. The interior is essentially one large function room which it does cater for. But beware, food is only available when there is a function on or after a match.
51 Garden Lane
One time street corner local now modernised and opened out with central bar.
- Brewhouse & Kitchen
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
Imposing pub popular with TV sports fans amongst others. Adjacent to the Shropshire Union Canal making it an easy pleasant walk / cycle from the city centre.
- Bull & Stirrup
8 Upper Northgate Street
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
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 local 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, Duvel served on draught. (See the beer page on their website for the full run down.)
**During December only, Thursday will see early opening from 1pm. Will revert back to 4pm in the New Year.
19-21 City Road
Welcoming and occasionally lively bar, furnished sparingly and with quirky non-matching pieces. Three TV screens show live sport at most times, though music nights are no more with this offering having transferred to their sister establishment The Cornerhouse nearby. 6 handpumps dispense cask beer from micros far and wide, with Marble Pint being the only regular. There are also 3 real ciders regularly available, plus up to 5 craft keg beers. Simple bar food is available Monday to Saturday. Free bacon sandwiches are a popular treat on Sundays and free food is laid on for major Champions League, Premiership and rugby fixtures. Below the main bar is the cellar which can be booked for private parties. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2014 2015 (Cheshire area) Cider Pub of the Year 2017. Cask-AID every Monday sees £1 off the price of all real ales.
- Cherry Orchard Inn
5 Chapel Lane
Lively and popular suburban pub featuring an open plan layout that is still extremely warm and welcoming. There are 4 handpumps featuring 3 regulars and 1 rotating guest, with a real fire to sit beside. There is the occasional live music and TVs featuring regular programmes NOT just sports.
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- Cheshire County Sports
Plas Newton Lane
The Sports Bar can be found in the main building along Plas Newton Lane. Beer is often from Cheshire Breweries such as Weetwood and Tatton. Light meals are available.
- Chester FC Blues Bar
Bar at the football ground so only open for matches or specific events. Usually 1 ale from Spitting Feathers Brewery available on handpump.
Away fans are usually welcome unless advised otherwise by the police for high-profile matches.
- Chichester Arms
66 Garden Lane
A traditional red brick back street pub, now refurbished and marketed as a "community hub" with live music. Sadly the mutli-room layout has been lost but the refurbishment is of a high standard. Quiz nights on Wednesday. There is a beer garden at the rear.
Former Grade II-listed St Andrew’s United Reformed Church transformed into a smart, classy bar and restaurant. Walking into the building you will be immediately aware of the quality of the refurbishment - the high church roof with clerestory, stained glass windows and parts of the old church organ have all been included in the design, together with suits of armour, plenty of oak and stylish upholstery. Two hand pumps on the bar serve Weetwood Cheshire Cat and Eastgate with an occasional third from the same brewery. A mezzanine level is reserved for dining and offers fine views of the bar area below. A big plus for this city centre venue is the large outdoor terrace which has plenty of seating and can be quite a sun trap on fine days. A value burger and pint offer is available during the week.
- City Tavern
32 Frodsham Street
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. Wetherspoons vouchers are accepted as well as a loyalty card for regulars.
- Coach House
39 Northgate St
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.
- Commercial Hotel
St Peter's Courtyard, Northgate St
Tucked away at the rear of St Peter's church near the famous Chester Cross. A multi-roomed bar now primarily marketed with students and light night revellers in mind. The pub dates back to 1817 and was designed by prominent architect Thomas Harrison. Cask has made sporadic appearances on the bar. None on on last few passes and staff admit they don;t sell enough if it so fair enough. Better none on than a stale one (or worse).
- Commonhall Street Social
10 Commonhall Street
Tucked a few yards down an eponymous side street off Chester's busy Bridge Street. The former Weighing Room re-opened in November 2014 after being stylishly refurbished with plenty of wood, exposed brickwork and eye-catching pallet walling. Cushioned seating and low lighting add to a cosy atmosphere. The new look also came with an increased emphasis on beer. Up to three cask ales plus a traditional cider are served from wall taps while there are also craft keg and bottled beers. Please note that 2/3 pint schooners are the smallest size served, no halves.
4-8 City Road
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. 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
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
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.
- Deva Tap
121 Brook Street
Popular venue close to the railway station, taken over by the team at Deva Craft Brewery in March 2017. The brewery was then sold in late 2017 and split from the pub business. 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. On the bar you'll find five handpumps selling White Rat and four changing ales, usually including one dark brew. Four real ciders, ten keg taps and numerious bottles add to the choice. Food served daily Wed-Sun, various meal offers are available.
- Dublin Packet Inn
Market Square, Northgate Street
Long narrow pub with outdoor seating overlooking the busy town hall square. SKY sports are shown. Ex-Everton legend Dixie Dean 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
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!
Lower Bridge Street
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 and traditional food. Popular with tourists and locals alike, it can be busy in the evenings and at weekends. This is one of two outlets for Sam Smiths in Chester - the Boot being the other.
- George & Dragon
1 Liverpool Road
With its black and white Tudor style facade, the George and Dragon Hotel is an old coaching inn a few minutes walk from Chester city centre. There are 14 recently refurbished ensuite bedrooms and a luxury feature room, which offers a large sleigh bed with plasma television screen, digi-box and dvd player, ideal for a romantic weekend away.
- Goat & Munch
52 Garden Lane
Chester's first micro pub set up in a former electrical appliance repair shop in the Garden Quarter - an area heavily populated by students. The bar is painted in blue and decorated with lots of wood including the bar front itself made from old pallets. Furniture includes Swedish high tables and chairs plus some bench seating. Venetian blinds keep out excessive sunlight while artificial illumination is provided by T-lights and filament bulbs. There is also a brighter side room with a sofa leading onto a unisex toilet. As for the beer, expect 3-4 real ales (plus craft keg and interesting bottles) - generally sourced relatively locally. Discounted beer prices on "Moshpit Tuesdays"! Parking can be difficult.
- Golden Eagle
18 Castle Street
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.
- Hickorys Smokehouse
American barbecue style bar with side sports multi TV room. Outside patio drinking area overlooking river Dee.
- Little Oak
99-101 Boughton, Boughton
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!
- Live Rooms
1 Station Road
Specialist live music venue/nightclub.
- Liverpool Arms
79 Northgate Street
Located by the Northgate, this cheerful smartly refurbished cormer pub used to serve ale from the long defunct neighbouring Northgate Brewery. Nowadays it is well known for its promotion of inclusivity within the community.
- Lock Keeper
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
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. Three handpumps serve Salopian Oracle and two changing ales 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
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
This popular city centre hotel is a conversion from a corn mill originally built in 1830. A recent addition is a large conservatory on the street side of the building. 6 beers are regularly offered though there are handpumps for more at busier periods. Mill Premium, Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Weetwood Bitter are regulars. There is always 1 draught cider available. The popular Canalside restaurant is across the hotel lobby and in the bar itself meals are available whenever the bar is open. The main bar area has 3 large screen TVs showing sport at most times. The Hotel’s own L’eau-t Cuisine Broad-beam Restaurant Cruiser sails for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week.
- Moules A Go-Go
6-12 Cuppin St
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
An attractive cosy terraced public house owned by Hydes Brewery. It is split into games area, bar (popular with horse racing fans) & a comfortable lounge with bookshelves. The rear patio has superb sweeping views across the river Dee to Chester Meadows. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Season Winter 2015. Dogs are permitted in the garden but not the pub.
In addition to the member discount on Thursdays there is also currently 50p off all cask all day on a Monday.
- Oddfellows Arms
64 Frodsham Street
City Centre local close to the canal and handily placed for Chester bus station. Cask ale now seems to be on a permanent basis.
- Off The Wall
12 St. John Street
Large split-level pub catering for shoppers and tourists by day, more of a student friendly night club later. Located by the Roman Walls hence the name.
- Old Harkers Arms
1 Russell Street
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. Food served all day, booking advised for the busy weekend period. 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
Large open plan pub close to the centre of town. Gets very lively in the evening when it hosts karaoke and disco nights.
- Olde Cottage
34-36, Brook Street
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 two dart boards, pool 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). Currently offering both a CAMRA discount and a loyalty scheme outside of happy hour (4-7 Mon-Thur, all day Sunday). Quiz every Wednesday night. Chester & South Clwyd branch Pub of the Year 2016 CAMRA Champion Pub of Cheshire 2016
- Olde Custom House Inn
65-67 Watergate Street
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
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 a softly-lit, low-beamed lounge of old coaching inn ambience. Food is served all day and an upstairs restaurant / function room is available.
158 Christleton Road
Formerly branded as as one of Greene King's Flaming Grill chain, the pub has got rid of the garish previous livery and returned to being a more conventional pub ... with a sensible new inn sign. It's been suggested the pub might stock local guest beers. If so, let us know!
- Pied Bull
57 Northgate Street
An oak-beamed city centre pub which is the oldest continuously licensed premises in Chester, also reputed to be haunted. Staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic & friendly. Site of the only micro-brewery within the walls of Chester, producing a rapidly expanding range of house ales (including CAMRA award winning beer -Matador) to complement the varying guest ales. House ales also available as bottled take-outs. Quiz night on Thursday. Regular beer festivals. Traditional, high quality pub meals containing locally sourced ingredients, available all day. New beer garden opened in July 2016 is a boon in warm weather.
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. Often surprises with its imaginative guest beer choice. Bus route to/from town stops opposite the pub.
- Plumbers Arms
21 Newgate Street
Tucked away in a cul-de-sac this small one-room Thwaites pub has attractive exterrnal herringbone brickwork and decorative carvings. It is best known and utilised for its late licence (members only after 2am). The rear sun trap beer garden offers a scintilla of a view of old Chester. Pity it can't be accessed via the adjacent historic city walls.
The Old Exchange, St. John Street
Close to the city's amphitheatre and Roman gardens, this spacious former BT Exchange building has a fresh airy feel to it enhanced by high ceilings, tall windows and the attractive botanic-themed decor. Bare-bricked with parquet flooring, features include communal bench seating, overhead hanging baskets and shelved potted plants and high backed wicker chairs. A more civilised atmosphere prevails during diurnal hours when breakfasts and lunchtime meals are available. In the evening, as prevalent with the whole St John Street area, it becomes the realm of fun-loving social butterflies when live music and crowdeoke takes over. With the emphasis on cocktails and such like, it will be interesting to see if the cask ale remains a permanent feature.
- Queen Hotel
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
Close to Chester's main square, the Red Lion was built in around 1600, with the interior restored as part of the Nicholson chain in 2010. Notable by its black and white style of the Tudor period it claims a haunted cellar, a tale emphatically retold by a previous landlady. There is a single bar area with a dedicated dining room behind, though meals are served throughout. There are 6 hand pumps serving a regularly changing selection of ales
21 Grosvenor Street
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.
- Shropshire Arms
45 Northgate Street
Lively drinkers pub close to the Town Hall which is particularly popular for TV sports events and music nights. A fourth handpump was introduced in spring 2018 with more local beers now featuring. Discount nights and CAMRA discount.
- Square Bottle
78-92 Foregate Street
Typical town centre Wetherspoons pub. There is a large L-shaped bar with a small raised area which has a TV screen. Three regular beers are joined by up to seven guests but five or six is usually the norm. The name of the pub is derived from an artefact unearthed on the site.
- St Werburgh's Catholic Parish Centre
26 Brook Street
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 £2 annual membership!
- Telford's Warehouse
Canal Basin, Tower Wharf
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 Salsa / Latin dance classes & Open Mic sessions & an annual beer and cider festival. Quality food is available & there is an outside drinking area with picnic tables l. 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. It is also the closest real ale venue to Chester FC's ground. Branch Pub of the Year 2017 Annual beer and cider festival held in October. (No admission charge )
- That Beer Place
Unit A19, Chester Market, Forum Shopping Centre, 6 Princess Street
Simple cheerful bar with orange seating in Chester's revitalised market place selling a variety of craft beers and artisan gins. Real ale is available in both bottle and key keg formats.
- Town Crier
Large pub opposite the station. A lager pub for many years, this pub now serves real ale which is proving a popular choice. The pub also boasts one of Chester’s few beer gardens with its own car parking. Has several screens for live sports. Reopened May 2018 after an extensive refurbishment.
- Union Vaults
44 Egerton Street
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.
The Cross, 2, Watergate Row
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.
11-13 Watergate Street
Interesting split-level bar set in a vaulted former wine cellar which is part of a medieval stone undercroft. Busy at weekends. Allegedly haunted by a sailor. Real ale appeared late 2013 after a long, long absence.
- White Horse
Family friendly gastro pub set in the Paddock Enclosure adjacent to the Parade Ring at Chester Racecourse. Huge children's play area.
- Albion Park Street Chester CH1 1RN firstname.lastname@example.org(01244) 340345
- Childer Thornton
- Halfway House
New Chester Road
moc.yks@ssorc-enyaj(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
(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-Thur), 9pm (Sat) and 6pm (Sun). 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.
- Halfway House New Chester Road Childer Thornton CH66 1QN moc.yks@ssorc-enyaj(0151) 339 2202
- Chirk AAA Sports & Social Club
Sports and Social Club for Chirk AAA.
Please note - Real Ale is not always available
- Chirk Tavern
Former British Legion Club which re-opened as a pub. One large square room with the bar against one wall, keeping similar appearance to it's former club use.
** Real Ale might not be available at less busy times **
- Hand Hotel
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. The Salopian Shropshire Gold is on permanently, and the other two taps change between other micro breweries and national brands. There is a caravan site nearby.
- Stanton House
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.
- Chirk AAA Sports & Social Club Holyhead Road Chirk LL14 5NA (01691) 773676
- Cheshire Cat
Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester
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
Homespun members club in heart of the village with snooker room. Non-members may be required to sign in.
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. 3 real ales 2 of which are guests, the licensee is restricted to a list.
- Ring O' Bells
A large extended pub in an award winning village. The pub has 2 rooms with plush modern furnishings together with a contemporary glasshouse extension for dining and functions. Special meal deals include the 2 for 1 Burgers on Mondays and 2 for 1 Pizzas on Wednesdays. There are four handpumps serving a wide range of beers, often including local microbreweries. There is plenty of outside seating and play areas
- Cheshire Cat Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester Christleton CH3 6AE (01244) 332200
- Bulls Head
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.
- Bulls Head Tarporley Road Clotton CW6 0EG ku.oc.evil@daehsllubeht(01829) 781881
- Golden Lion
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.
- Golden Lion Tabor Hill Coedpoeth LL11 3RP email@example.com(01978) 753781
- Connah's Quay
- Custom House
Real ale introduced Spring 2020. Updates welcome please.
- Ship Inn
275 High St
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. Karaoke at weekends - Sat (after 9pm) and Sun (4.30-8.30pm). Beers are often from local breweries such as Facers or Heavy Industry, with some unusual breweries also appearing from time to time. May close earlier if quiet. Change of licencee is April 2018.
- Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
This is a cosy, split-level, low-ceilinged tied-house - an old building in a sea of modern housing. Carpeted, wood-panelled with some bare stonework, the walls feature interesting framed pictures showing Connah's Quay of yore plus prints about the eponymous Arthurian romance. Arguably the least boisterous pub in the area. Mobile devices and swearing are not permitted.
- Custom House High St Connah's Quay CH5 4DF (01244) 812166
- Red Lion
Large L – shaped bar with quiet dining area at one end of the entrance and a more public bar at the other end where locals congregate. A real fire warms both areas in winter. The bar, located by the door displays 3 hand pumps with 2 regular ales usually from Thwaites and an ever-changing guest. (Regulars can choose from a booklet of ales, one for each season) French windows from the dining area lead to a covered outside eating / drinking area next to the landscaped car park. Real ale in a bottle is also available (wheat beer at the time of this visit). Substantial and varied meals, available until 9:30 pm along with bar snacks at lunchtime, tempt diners. The Sunday lunches are very popular.
- Wild Goose
Restaurant-bar, accessed by a long driveway, set in the grounds of the Chester Lakes fishing and camping complex. Open-plan, tidy and tastefully decorated throughout, it features a wine-crate bar front and several dining areas with matching brown chairs and banquette seating. Outside chalets overlook one of the fishing lakes often with attendant Canada geese. Beer may change subject to popularity / demand.
- Red Lion Church Road Dodleston CH4 9NG (01244) 661636
- Dunham Arms
After a few changes of landlord over recent years The Dunham Arms' current incarnation is as a Chinese/Thai restaurant. Sadly the handpumps that greeted you have now gone leaving just the 2 tucked away at the far end of the bar. Formerly the Plum Tree (and Memories way back!), this is a food-led roadside pub, tastefully furbished with prints on the walls polished wood and subdued lighting. Open-plan but several distinct areas to dine in, along with widescreen TV in the bar for sporting events. The sloping but well-lit car park gives a view of the Mersey Estuary. Two beers are available, all from the Marston's list. Food menu can be found at http://www.hkpcl.com/thedunhamarms
- Dunham Arms Chester Road Dunham-on-the-hill WA6 0LN (01928) 723942
- Ellesmere Port
ku.oc.troperemselletac@ofni(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
(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 - https://www.facebook.com/savethegracearms
- Green Oak Farm
Rossmore Road East
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@3975(0151) 317 8870
Large new build gastro-pub opened in May 2017.
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.
- Old Wirral Hundred
Capenhurst Ln, Great Sutton
ku.oc.derdnuhlarriwdlo@ofni(0151) 348 0259
Close to Ellesmere Port Cheshire Oaks, the Old Wirral Hundred, serves hearty great value pub food. Families are welcome and there is a healthy children’s menu on offer. There is a children's play area outside. Up to 8 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
(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.
43 Overpool Road
(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.
- Whitby Club
Dunkirk Lane, Chester Road, Whitby
moc.bulcybtihw@eibbed(0151) 200 7050
Large welcoming club on the main road into Ellesmere Port. Non-members welcome in the bar which serves four ales and a good selection of food. Plenty of events are held at the club - best see their website for all the information.
- William Jessop
65-69 Whitby Road
0844 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.
- Cat Wolverham Road Ellesmere Port CH65 5BZ ku.oc.troperemselletac@ofni(0151) 355 8594
- Wheelwright Arms
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. Up to three changing ales are on offer from both local and national breweries. There is also a range of bottled real ales to choose from. 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. Train services to Ince & Elton station are very infrequent.
- Wheelwright Arms Ince Lane Elton CH2 4LU (01928) 726444
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
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.
- Boat Erbistock LL13 0DL ku.oc.kcotsibretataobeht@ofni(01978) 280205
- Crown & Liver
Quirky features greet you on entering this comfortable pub diner including dog wallpaper, chandeliers and "hat" lights over the bar. It has an L-shaped bar that serves the main lounge/dining area and a smaller games/TV area There is an extensively furnished outside area with large water feature and smokers patio. Beers are from Marston's portfolio.
- Ewloe Social Club
Large building featuring a games room with 4 snooker tables, TV room, bar lounge and concert room available for private parties. Non-members are welcome but should be signed-in. Voted branch Welsh Club of the Year 2015 and 2017.
- Running Hare
Vista, St David's Park
Situated at St David’s Retail Park Ewloe just off the busy A494 from Chester to North Wales. The Running Hare is a large new-build pub which focuses on great pub food and carvery all day. Families are welcome and there is an indoor and outdoor children’s play area. Up to 3 ales from the Marston's stable are available.
- Crown & Liver The Highway Ewloe CH5 3DN (01244) 531182
- Haybank Clubhouse
Golf clubhouse, open to non-members, within the Plassey Complex. Includes pizzeria and grill. Beers from on-site Magic Dragon Brewery.
A restaurant and bar within the large Plassey complex which also includes a caravan park, holiday home, craft and retail centre. It's also home to Magic Dragon brewery whose beers are available both here and at the nearby golf course clubhouse - the Haybank Inn.
- Haybank Clubhouse The Plassey Eyton LL13 0SP (01978) 780020
Originally built in the 16th Century and formerly known as The Raven, The Farndon sits in the heart of the picturesque village of Farndon close to the River Dee. The village lies on the Cheshire plain surrounded by open countryside, on the border between England & Wales, giving easy access to both Chester and Wrexham. The Farndon has been extensively refurbished throughout with both the pub and restaurant restored to their former glory. The contemporary but modern design creates a welcoming, homely feeling and is enhanced by the warmth from the open log fire and friendly, helpful staff. There is a menu of freshly prepared, locally sourced food available evenings and weekends. For accommodation, the Farndon has 5 boutique bedrooms, all en-suite with flat screen tv, wi-fi.
- Farndon Community Club
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.
- Farndon High Street Farndon CH3 6PU (01829) 270376
- Aqueduct Inn
Holyhead Road, Froncysyllte, Llangollen
Standing beside the busy A5 the pub reopened in 2013 as a freehouse and has been revitalised as a consequence. It's a simple three-roomed affair with small central bar, small games room and comfortable lounge with wood burner. Rear verandah decking offers panoramic views not least of the Llangollen canal as it approaches the eponymous world famous aqueduct. Food includes Sunday lunches and is very popular. Additional parking down the lane. Passing bikers are welcome.
- Aqueduct Inn Holyhead Road, Froncysyllte, Llangollen Froncysyllte LL20 7PY (01691) 777118
- Glyn Ceiriog
- Craft & Kitchen
Re-opened as a restaurant/bar in Summer 2019.... the Oak (Y Dderwen) 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.
- Glyn Valley Hotel
Llanarmon Road, Glyn Ceiriog, Llangollen
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.
- Craft & Kitchen High Street Glyn Ceiriog LL20 7EH firstname.lastname@example.org(01691) 779614
- Great Barrow
- Barrow Community Social Club
Non members are welcome at all times.
- White Horse
Welcoming family run village freehouse benefiting from a smart major refurbishment in Spring 2018. The split level interior includes a small raised front room with plenty of seating and a TV (showing BT Sports). The bar room has Indian stone flooring, a real fire, an American-style booth plus table football. There is a small patio area to the front and a beer garden through the rear. Up to three real ales are available, changing regularly but usually including one from Big Hand and one from Weetwood. A full menu is served each evening Tues-Sun (5.00 – 8.30). Food (including a roast) is also served during the daytime on Sundays. B&B accommodation is available with disabled facilities.
- Barrow Community Social Club Irons Lane Great Barrow CH3 7LD ku.oc.oohay@bulclaicosworrab(01829) 741403
- Great Boughton
- Twirl of Hay
Caldy Valley Road,
Standard modern edge-of-town Brewer's Fayre family food pub with kids play factory attached.
- Twirl of Hay Caldy Valley Road, Great Boughton CH3 5QJ (01244) 315766
- Great Sutton
- White Swan
Old Chester Rd
(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.
- White Swan Old Chester Rd Great Sutton CH66 3NZ (0151) 339 9284
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
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
Old Wrexham Road
This is a lovingly restored 16th century dower house which retains many historical features and sits beside a small lake within extensive gardens. 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. Hugely popular but still quiet, food is served all day. Five regular beers are supplemented by four guests, often local, draught cider usually available too. Happy hour is 5-7 all midweek.
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.
- Beeches Chester Rd Gresford LL12 8PW (01978) 853214
- Wheatsheaf Inn
Two room local with separate comfortable lounge and bar.
- Wheatsheaf Inn Mold Rd Gwersyllt LL11 4AE (01978) 755593
- Carlton Tavern
1 Hartington Street, Handbridge, Chester
Large traditional pub in a residential area. A spacious central bar serves both a spacious comfortable lounge and a separate bar with pool table, darts and TV sport.
- Grosvenor Arms
32 Handbridge, Handbridge, Chester
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.
Attractive pub with red brick and tile façade. Formerly the White Horse. Now open plan, smart and comfortable with a not overpowering emphasis on dining. There's a fine beer garden at the rear adjoining St Mary's Church.
- Red Lion
37 Overleigh Road
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
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.
- Carlton Tavern 1 Hartington Street, Handbridge, Chester Handbridge CH4 7BN ku.oc.oohay@nrevatnotlraceht07541 801934
- Hanmer Arms
Attractive hotel-restaurant just off the main Wrexham to Whitchurch road with an impressive range of beers plus a real cider in the summer. 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. One of the owners is a director at Hook Norton, hence their beers being served in an area where they are not commonly seen.
- Hanmer Arms Hanmer, Whitchurch Hanmer SY13 3DE moc.smraremnah@ofni(01948) 830458
Re-opened and renamed in December 2014 and now part of 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.
- Hornsmill Chester Rd, Hapsford WA6 0JE moc.yrewerbsedyh@llimsnroh(01928) 727223
- Fox & Grapes
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
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. 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. Loyalty scheme available.
- Fox & Grapes The Highway Hawarden CH5 3DH (01244) 535961
- Higher Burwardsley
- Pheasant Inn
Serving two Weetwood Beers and two guests, the Pheasant is a 300 year old half-timbered, sandstone inn, nestling on top of the Peckforton Hills. The lounge 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. 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 other attractions include Oulton Park racing circuit six miles away, and Cheshire Candle Workshops close by. Twelve en-suite rooms are situated in an award-winning converted barn, with Bed & Breakfast available. The food is of such a high standard that the Pheasant is listed in CAMRA's prestige Good Pub Food Guide. Only eight miles from Chester, this is an excellent spot for visitors to Cheshire or North Wales.
- Pheasant Inn Barracks Lane Higher Burwardsley CH3 9PF ku.oc.nnitnasaehpeht@ofni(01829) 770434
- Higher Kinnerton
- Royal Oak
Kinnerton Lane, Higher Kinnerton, Chester
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This attractive traditional pub lies on the edge of the village and welcomes a mix of both drinkers and diners. Inside, the low beamed ceiling creates an intimate ambience. The central bar serves three distinct drinking areas with bar stools available in each one, and there is a snug with comfy chairs around an open log fire. Diners can be found in all these rooms as well as in a separate restaurant, allowing more customers to sample the highly rated cuisine. Outside there are drinking areas both to the front and back, including an attractive pergola.
41 Main Road, Higher Kinnerton, Chester
This modernised village pub is split into two distinct areas: at the front there's a small basic bar with TV, and to the rear is a more food-led area furnished in a tasteful contemporary style. A nice patio laid out with tubs and baskets is at the side of the building and a large garden is to the rear of the car park. Food is popular, especially the Sunday carvery with all meats supplied by Bistre Farm Meats of Buckley.
- Royal Oak Kinnerton Lane, Higher Kinnerton, Chester Higher Kinnerton CH4 9BE (01244) 660871
- White Lion
A small village free house which is popular with locals. Refurbished recently to create a single lounge/ bar with wood burner. The regular beer is supplemented by one or two guests, often from local breweries. 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.
- White Lion Castle Street Holt LL13 9YW (01829) 270345
- Bromfield Arms
43 Faulkner Street
Refurbished in May 2015 as part of the 'Golden Oak' branding, this large suburban pub now has a bright modern interior whilst retaining the striking black and white exterior. The main bar is a large room including other seating areas leading off it, whilst the rear bar is more basic - both have sports TV. Four hand pumps serve varied beers from national, regional and local breweries. Special offer on food, depending on the day of the week.
This red brick corner pub in Chester's most bohemian suburb has been transformed from a traditional local to a more food oriented 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 five cask ales on offer which tend to be national brands especially Caledonian or from larger regional brewers.
- Oaklands Hotel
93 Hoole Rd, Hoole, Chester
Large open-plan pub/hotel adjacent to the main road between Chester and the M56. Operating under the Hungry Horse banner it is popular with local families and visitors staying in the nearby guest houses. Beers are from the Greene King range.
- Royal Oak
16 Faulkner Street
Located on the busy shopping street in Hoole about 15 minutes walk from Chester city centre. This is a great little Marston's pub serving up to 5 beers from their portfolio including Jennings, Wychwood, Ringwood etc.. It has free WiFi, shows TV Sports and has a beer garden at the rear. The pub has three rooms one with a bagatelle table.
- Bromfield Arms 43 Faulkner Street Hoole CH2 3BD ku.oc.liamtoh@smradleifmorb(01244) 345037
- Hoole Village
- Toby Carvery
Warrington Road, Hoole Village, Chester
Large imposing building close to the M53, A55 junction. Attached to a Travel Lodge.
- Toby Carvery Warrington Road, Hoole Village, Chester Hoole Village CH2 4EX (01244) 301391
(0151) 327 5587
Formerly a Gentlemen's Club in the 19th Century, it features seventeen chimneys! Now a pub-restaurant, with a wide choice of good value food served all day until 22.00, it is popular with families. The pub is open plan with four distinct areas, albeit none of them reserved for drinkers. Serving up to five real ales plus Old Rosies cider, there are occasional meet-the-brewer nights.
- Chimneys Hooton Green Hooton CH66 5ND (0151) 327 5587
- White Lion Inn
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.
- White Lion Inn Hawarden Rd Hope LL12 9NF (01978) 760572
- Rake & Pikel
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. Two changing ales off the pub list but Doom Bar is most regular. Outside there is an enclosed garden, extra roadside seating and parking. Reopened in 2019 after a fire, description to be updated.
- Rake & Pikel Farndon Road Huntington CH3 6BS (01244) 351500
- Inn at Huxley
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.
- Inn at Huxley Huxley Lane Huxley CH3 9BG moc.yelxuhtannieht@ofni(01829) 781044
- Duke Of Wellington
(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.
- Duke Of Wellington Marsh Lane, Ince CH2 4NR (0151) 356 0222
- Grapes Inn
Small two-roomed pub just off the main road through Johnstown. One handpump but sometimes the ale may not be available.
- New Inn
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
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.
- Grapes Inn Maelor Road Johnstown LL14 1NB (01978) 845187
- Kelsall Social Club
A members club in the heart of Kelsall Village, surrounded by beautiful countryside and tree lined hills. This warm and welcoming club offers drinks, chat, sporting TV and live entertainment.
- Morris Dancer
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.
- Royal Oak
Recently refurbished the pub now has a restaurant featuring locally sourced foods and a separate Pizzeria (Colosimos). Upstairs there are 123 boutique style bedrooms. Plenty of space in the newly landscaped garden area for al fresco drinking and eating when the sun shines.
- Kelsall Social Club Chester Road Kelsall CW6 0SB moc.liamg@bulclaicosllaslek(01829) 752045
- Trotting Mare
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.
- Trotting Mare Overton-On-Dee Knowlton LL13 0LE (01978) 710743
- Nags Head
Pleasantly furbished large pub with a central bar that serves three lounge areas (one has tables pre-laid for dining). There are also some interesting little seating areas and a spacious dining area to the rear. There are two regular cask beers and a changing beer on offer from the Enterprise list. Parking to side and rear is fairly limited. A fenced-off patio area to the side offers plenty of outside seating. A plaque commemorates the pub being the place where the first CAMRA members were signed up in May 1971.
- Nags Head Chester Road Lavister LL12 0DN (01244) 571034
- Tudor Rose
(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.
- Tudor Rose Parkgate Road Ledsham CH66 9PD (0151) 339 2399
- Little Stanney
- Old Hall Farm
email@example.com(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.
- Stanney Oaks (Harvester)
(0151) 356 4930
A Harvester eating pub near Cheshire Oaks serving food all day.
- Old Hall Farm Kinsey Road Little Stanney CH65 9JY firstname.lastname@example.org(0151) 357 3941
- Little Sutton
- Alfie's Wine Bar & Bistro
315 Chester Road
(0151) 200 5020
Large single roomed art-deco bar and bistro which opened in 2017. Smart and tidy with venetian blind and checkerboard floor pattern, it is partitioned into two with a raised shielded area for diners and a comfortable mix of seating for drinkers.
- Cheshire Yeoman
Welsh Road, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port
ku.oc.namoeyerihsehceht@haras(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
(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. Real ale has relatively recently been introduced
- Alfie's Wine Bar & Bistro 315 Chester Road Little Sutton CH66 3RF (0151) 200 5020
- Chester Rugby Club
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.
- Chester Rugby Club Hare Lane Littleton CH3 7DB (01244) 336017
- Holt Lodge Hotel
A large hotel complex with a modern central bar and extensive split-level seating.
- Holt Lodge Hotel Wrexham Road Llan-y-pwll LL13 9SW ku.oc.egdoltloh@noitpecer(01978) 661002
- Llanarmon DC
- Hand at Llanarmon
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
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. This dog-friendly pub is popular with cyclists, walkers and tourists. Notaphilists should like it too with a collection of bank notes above the bar.
- West Arms
Lavishly appointed hotel, in a stunning, village location. 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 frequented by locals and dog walkers alike. High quality meals are served and there is a delightful open garden which runs down to the River Ceiriog and offers superb views. Sandwiches and afternoon tea are available in between lunchtime and evening food services.
- Hand at Llanarmon Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog Llanarmon DC LL20 7LD ku.oc.letohdnaheht@noitpecer(01691) 600666
- Crown Hotel
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.
- Crown Hotel Ruthin Rd Llandegla LL11 3AD ku.oc.algednall-nworc-eht@seiriuqne(01978) 790714
- Cross Keys
Situated in a fantastic area of the countryside between Mold and Wrexham this lovely rural pub dates back to the 17th Century. Inside there are welcoming open fires and good quality food is served. As with any rural pub please check ahead for opening times before travelling especially during winter. (NB Pub only re-opened after a serious fire in August 2019. Updates on info required!)
- Cross Keys Ffordd Llanfynydd LL11 5HH (01978) 760333
- Abbey Farm Caravan Park
Horseshoe Pass Road, Llantisylio
Attractive Tea-Room and Bar on the caravan site adjacent to the stunning Vale Crucis Abbey. Beers are sourced locally and served from cooled pins sat behind the bar. Food is also locally sourced. Outside is a pleasant courtyard with picnic tables. There are also many other things to see on-site; check the website for details. 2-pint carry out containers are available. Opening times very subject to the season so it is advisable to ring ahead if planning a visit.
- Abbey Grange Hotel
Horseshoe Pass Rd, Llantisylio
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.
11 Bridge St
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
20 Market Street
Micro pub opened in former cafe by Cwrw lal and Dovecote Breweries. Five cask beers, five keg beers and three real ciders are all served from bar taps. Beers are mainly from the two joint owners, but guest beers from other small local breweries do regularly feature. Seating in the downstairs bar area is supplemented by additional seating in an upstairs room where there is also a pool table, dart board and table football.
Opening times may vary so please check ahead before travelling. Sunday closed during the winter.
- Ponsonby Arms
This pub, once near dereliction, was rescued and renovated to become a welcoming independent free house run by the team from the nearby Sun Inn. Regular beers include those from Ulverston and Bollington and are supplemented by several beers from micros along with some real cider. The pub has use of the adjacent council car park, just ask at the bar for a free ticket. Outside is an extensive beer garden which overlooks the river. There is a cask ale promotion on Friday nights between 6pm and 7pm and a Quiz night on Tuesdays from 8pm. Host to Llangollen Food Assembly. Food available during tourist season (Apr-Sept). Opening times can vary from time to time so if travelling please phone ahead to double check.
- Prince Of Wales
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!
- Star Inn
Basic open plan local's pub on the edge of town and off the tourist trail. There is a pool room to the rear of the long bar area. Quiz night on Mondays. Music at weekends. The guest cask is typically a national brand.
- Sun Inn
49 Regent St
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. Cask Ale promotion Fri-Sat 9-10, Sunday 6-7. Opening time is later in the Winter.
- Sun Trevor
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
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!
- Abbey Farm Caravan Park Horseshoe Pass Road, Llantisylio Llangollen LL20 8DD (01978) 860239
Llay Road, Llay, Wrexham
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.
- Crown Llay Road, Llay, Wrexham Llay LL12 0NT ku.oc.snotsram@yalL.nworc(01978) 449528
- Mulberry Inn
Llwynmawr, Glyn Ceiriog
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.
- Mulberry Inn Llwynmawr, Glyn Ceiriog LLwynmawr LL20 7BB (01691) 718281
- Crown Hotel
Old Hall Court
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 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 lovely old windows the darts room was originally the Smoke Room.
Real ale reintroduced in September 2017 with 2 more handpumps to be installed soon.
- Vaults Hotel
An old fashioned, black and white local's pub with leather suites and tabled areas. The landlord is a retired RAF photographer and many of his pictures decorate the walls. Requests from customers usually decide the choice on the large screen TV while there's a diverse choice on the juke box. An unusual feature is a music practice area (complete with 5 Fender stratocaster guitars, bass guitars, a full drum kit, xylophones, electric organ, amps etc) and all for customers to use! Board games are played and hosts the local chess club.
- Crown Hotel Old Hall Court Malpas SY14 8NE (01948) 860474
- White Bear
An attractive modernised local. The public bar has sports TV, pool and darts plus Spitfire aircraft pictures. The lounge is popular with diners and features leather sofas.
- White Bear Mancot Lane Mancot CH5 2AH (01244) 539077
- Red Lion
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.
- Red Lion Wrexham Road Marchwiel LL13 0PH (01978) 447559
- Red Lion
Two-roomed. Bar with SKY TV and pub games plus lounge. Rear patio garden.
- Trevor Arms
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.]
- Red Lion Marford Hill Marford LL12 8SL (01978) 855285
- Mickle Trafford
- Mickle Trafford Village Club
Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, Chester
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
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.
- Mickle Trafford Village Club Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, Chester Mickle Trafford CH2 4EB ku.oc.bulcegallivdroffartelkcim@ofni(01244) 301526
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. The house beer 'The Cat in the Capel' is brewed by Facer's. The 3 changing guest ales often come from microbreweries both near and afar. The pub is building a reputation for good food which is available every day from a varied menu. A new conservatory is planned.
- Tyn-y-Capel Church Road Minera LL11 3DA moc.kooltuo@lepac-y-nyt(01978) 269347
- Wheatsheaf Inn
A large roadside Sizzling Pubs eating pub with split level interior. Popular with families it serves up to three changing national ales. Carvery and Pizza food stations.
- Wheatsheaf Inn Parkgate Road Mollington CH1 6JS (01244) 851804
This upmarket pub is set in the Cheshire hills near Delamere Forest, directly opposite Mouldsworth’s small country railway station. It was taken over by JW Less in March 2019. It specializes in good quality food and drink (booking recommended), with expensive champagnes and wines complementing the ales. . There are lots of different seating areas, each tastefully decorated with old pictures, photographs and books. Outside may be found a well equipped children’s play area and the pub’s own bowling green. This huge brick hilltop former coach house, dating from 1869, 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. There is also a floodlit bowling green used by two local teams. At the rear a children's play area is provided, along with a few seats with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. The highly regarded meals and bar snacks are good value and served all day Sunday. 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 and users of the Cheshire Cycleway.
- Goshawk Station Road Mouldsworth CH3 8AJ ku.oc.bupkwahsogeht@ofni(01928) 740900
- Black Lion Inn
A tidy and friendly cosy three-roomed local tucked away just off the main road. Formerly a Lees house with Lees still on permanently, a second varying ale comes from the local Magic Dragon Brewery.
- Black Lion Inn Park Road Newbridge LL14 3YS (01978) 823878
- Bears Paw
Dicksons Drive, Newton, Chester
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.
- Bears Paw Dicksons Drive, Newton, Chester Newton CH2 2BT (01244) 370183
- No Mans Heath
No Mans Heath
The Wheatsheaf Inn is a lovely old 18th Century Freehouse located just off the A41 between Chester and Whitchurch. It is handily placed near to the Shropshire Union canal, the Sandstone Trail and the Cheshire Cycleway (Route 70). There is a range of board games behind the bar such as Scrabble, Othello, Monopoly and playing cards. Now under new tenants from May 2017, there are two real ales available and a new food menu. Two more handpumps are being planned for the bar. The surprisingly large garden at the back has now been opened out and picnic tables installed.
- Wheatsheaf Chester Road No Mans Heath SY14 8DY moc.liamg@yelrebbihwyecart(01948) 820337
- White Horse Inn
21 High St
This attractive, red-brick, mock-Tudor building is situated in the heart of the village and is part of the small but impressive Joule's Brewery estate. Just a few yards up the road is one of the 7 Wonders of Wales – the Yew Trees in Overton churchyard. The pub is a CAMRA pub design winner featuring frosted and latticed windows, pristine wood partitioning and restored fireplaces, two with wood-burning stoves. A former pantry, coal shed and wash house to the rear have been converted into dining spaces. Upstairs is a large function room and outside is a pleasant courtyard with picnic tables. Excellent food is served at both lunchtimes (not Tuesday) and evenings. A carvery is on offer on Sunday lunchtimes between 12 & 3. The pub also hosts activities of a number of local groups, some open to visitors.
- White Horse Inn 21 High St Overton-on-Dee LL13 0DT ku.oc.notrevoesrohetihweht@ofni(01978) 710111
- Black Horse
From their facebook page - A friendly local village pub that provides entertainment nights and sports matches are available to watch while enjoying a good pint and some grub!
Introduced real ale in early 2018 with a second handpump installed Mid-march. Beers are from the Admiral range. Food available all day, Sunday lunches have been introduced and are proving popular.
- Cross Foxes
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!
- Black Horse Hall St Penycae LL14 2RU 07494 524598
Imposing red brick pub in the centre of village. Modernised and stylish with a bright conservatory area and inner lounge for dining. Plenty of less formal bar side seating. Outside raised decking area overlooks the lawns of the former bowling green and there is further outdoor seating beyond. Two cask ales are generally available with one from a local brewery. A pleasant friendly welcome.
- Red Lion
White wash community pub with intimate front room featuring local sports team photos and larger tile and bare-boarded lounge with some quarter-wood panelling and local bygone pictures. Sports TV features. A separate more formal restaurant connects adjacent. Pleasant beer garden alongside. Bus stop close by.
- Millstone Hawarden Road Penyffordd CH4 0JE (01244) 950678
- Colliers Arms
Smart free house on a narrow street of terraced housing. The spick and span front room has a slate floor, comfortable bench seating, stools and small cast iron tables. Decor includes beer posters, breweriana and black and white pit head drawings. There's also a tiny snug area before a door that leads onto a corridor serving the toilets and a rear room with pool table and juke box. To the rear is a pleasant decked area and lawn with trestles. A public car park is nearby. Guest ales can appear from anywhere in the country: local micros dominate the guest beers but these can also include beers from larger and national brewers on an occasional basis. As a rare cask outlet for the area the Colliers is to be cherished! Branch Pub of the Year (Clwyd) 2016. NOTE: the pub does not have a phone number. For info, contact via Twitter.
- Colliers Arms Chapel Street Ponciau LL14 1SE
- Swan Inn
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.
- Swan Inn Llanarmon Road Pontfadog LL20 7AR moc.liamg@7102nninawseht(01691) 718273
- Grosvenor-Pulford Hotel
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.
- Grosvenor-Pulford Hotel Wrexham Road Pulford CH4 9DG (01244) 570560
- Plough Inn
Aston Road, Queensferry, Deeside
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.
- Plough Inn Aston Road, Queensferry, Deeside Queensferry CH5 1TJ (01244) 811132
- Sun Inn
The Sun is a delightful Grade II listed 200 years old drovers' inn. Managed by the owners from the nearby Abbey Grange Hotel, home of Llangollen Brewery, it has an idyllic setting in Rhewl, a comparatively quiet backwater of the Dee Valley.
Beers are from their own brewery, generally with two in winter and a third in summer. Opening hours DO vary with season (eg opening earlier summer weekends) so checking ahead is well advised.
- Sun Inn Rhewl, Llangollen Rhewl LL20 7YT (01978) 860860
- Old Black Horse
Recently refurbished community local. Open plan lounge area with 4 TV screens, big HD screen and projector. The bar area houses a pool table, dartboard and jukebox. Outside is a large beer garden with childrens play area and mobility scooter parking shelter. The pub is the hub of the community with 4 darts teams, hosts the village football and netball clubs, 2 poker Leagues, monthly jam, live music and paranormal nights, weekly disco and karaoke, quiz nights, bt and sky sports. Regular charity fundraisers are held for the village fete as the landlady is part of the fete committee. Sunday is free gammon and roasters day also reduced prices on cask and bottled ales.
- Swan Inn
Mount Street, Rhostyllen, nr Wrexham
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. Cask beer returned in the autumn of 2017.
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.
- Old Black Horse Henblas Road Rhostyllen LL14 4AG (01978) 356913
- Nags Head
Ridley Wood Road, Ridleywood, Wrexham
Smart modernised pub set in a farmland location yet still close to Wrexham Industrial Estate. Inside there is a main bar and two long rooms, mainly given over to dining (popular Sunday roasts!). A separate public bar is more domain of drinkers..
- Nags Head Ridley Wood Road, Ridleywood, Wrexham Ridleywood LL13 9US (01978) 664717
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.
- Croes Howell
A totally revamped former local (the Mount Pleasant) with added extension. Now a self-styled restaurant, bar and grill with modern furnishings plus grand piano. Rear panorama of Cheshire plain. Families welcomed.
Closing times vary according to how busy they are so please check ahead.
- Golden Lion
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. The occasional house brews, Balderdash and Piffle, are brewed by Hydes.
- Rossett Hall Hotel
Hotel set in its own grounds with cask beer served at the bar of its Oscars Restaurant. Beware, cask has been unavailable on some visits.
- Alyn Station Road Rossett LL12 0HE (01244) 570368
- Bridge End Inn
5 Bridge St
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).Eight 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
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.
Transformed from a basic keg local into a real ale house in autumn 2013. It's a simple one room affair with pleasant interior.
The cask list features breweries such as: Big hand Salopian Purple Moose Castlerock Rat brewery Woods
- Wynnstay Arms Hotel
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.
- Bridge End Inn 5 Bridge St Ruabon LL14 6DA moc.liamtoh@5nrevigcmgp(01978) 810881
- Chester Golf Club
Curzon Park North
This venue serves two changing real ales with hand pumps in both the main bar and games room.
- Chester Golf Club Curzon Park North Saltney CH4 8AR ku.oc.bulcflogretsehc@yraterces(01244) 677760
- Bridge Inn
A modern open-plan pub set over split levels, with a very welcoming and airy dining area in a sizeable conservatory. Outside, in summer, there is a lovely display of hanging baskets.
- Bridge Inn Chester Road Sandycroft CH5 2QN moc.tforcydnasnniegdirb@seiriuqne(01244) 538806
- Queen's Head
This welcoming village inn known locally as the Sarn is adjacent to a converted water mill and fish ladder on Wych Brook which marks the boundary with Wales. Excellent value home-cooked meals are served in the homely dining room while drinkers congregate in the convivial lounge and there is also a small games room. The pub provides a rare outlet for Taylor‘s light mild (Golden Best). Closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays. The partially covered brookside patio garden is a real pleasure on warmer days.
- Queen's Head Sarn SY14 7LN ku.oc.nrasdaehsneeuq@drahcir(01948) 770244
- Egerton Arms
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
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.
- Egerton Arms Hermitage Road Saughall CH1 6AF (01244) 880050
Thriving pub in a fairly isolated village, popular for good value food. Extended to accommodate diners, but the bar area remains, interesting tiling on the floor.
- Bull Shocklach SY14 7BL ku.oc.hcalkcohstallubeht@ofni(01829) 250335
- Castle Inn
Brookside, Brook Road
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
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 “meet-the-brewer” evenings once a month.
- Castle Inn Brookside, Brook Road Shotton CH5 1HL (01244) 813317
- Bunbury Arms
Little Stanney Lane
Extended 17th century red brick building with moorings of Shropshire Union canal nearby. Real fires feature in the wood beamed main lounge bar and small snug. Beer from at least one local brewery usually available. The pub is a popular stop-off for cyclists, walkers and canal boat travellers in the summer. Cheshire Oaks Retail Park, Blue Planet Aquarium and Ellesmere Port Boat Museum are nearby. Outside patio area with heaters and seating. Dogs welcome in the smaller public bar.
- Bunbury Arms Little Stanney Lane Stoak CH2 4HW ku.oc.smrayrubnub@ofni(01244) 301665
Summerhill, Near Wrexham
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
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.
- Crown Summerhill, Near Wrexham Summerhill LL11 4SR (01978) 755788
- Brymbo Sports & Social Complex
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.
- Brymbo Sports & Social Complex College Hill Tanyfron LL11 5TF (01978) 756686
71 High St
Smart dining venue with a small tile-backed bar, comfortable large dining room and quirky small side room. There are also more seating areas upstairs. Real Ale was reintroduced in April 2016 with beers from the local Weetwood Brewery. Bottled beers are available plus 3 changing keg lines always with beer from a local brewery (usually Loka Polly, Wild Horse & Mad Hatter).
- George & Dragon
67 High Street
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
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
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. The occasional house ales Piffle and Balderdash are brewed by Hydes. 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.
- Cornichon 71 High St Tarvin CH3 8JA ku.oc.tnaruatsernohcinroc@ofni(01829) 741391
Light, modern airy one-room cafe-bar surrounded by narrowboats in the middle of Tattenhall Marina.
- Letters Inn
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
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
This popular local can be found in a village only eight miles from Chester. A white-painted terrace, it is graced by an attractive cobbled frontage, bedecked with flowers in spring and summer. The front steps lead you into a deceptively large interior of low, beamed ceilings, scrubbed oak tables and central bar with three sides for serving. The decor includes shelves of interesting old bottles, china plates, fresh and dried flowers and jugs hanging from the timbers everywhere! There is a nice, leaded grate in the left front room surrounded by old photos of the village and locality. To the right is a real gem of a snug, with wooden settles and its own fireplace. Passing the ornate spiral staircase and piano is a large rear room for diners. The traditional interior is comfortable and relaxing, except during busy times, which are encouragingly frequent. Although it has been converted to open plan, the Sportsmans retains a village atmosphere. Darts and pool have their own room. A bowling green sits behind the pub and a nearby swing is provided for children. The Sportsmans is a pub which has changed little over the years, and has never lost its charm; it is one of those few rural pubs which is not totally dominated by its food trade. Local trade alone would make it busy, but custom flocks from other villages and from Chester. It is an ideal stop for visitors to the region intent on taking in what the Cheshire countryside has to offer. This includes the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and the Cheshire Candle Workshop. Very good value meals are served in a large dining area which opens onto a patio. Beers are from Thwaites but there is also one free of tie which is from the likes of Brimstage and Salopian.
- Boathouse Newton Lane Tattenhall CH3 9NE (01829) 771742
- Carden Arms
Mt View, Church Road, Tilston, Malpas
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.
- Carden Arms Mt View, Church Road, Tilston, Malpas Tilston SY14 7HB ku.oc.smranedrac@ofni(01829) 250900
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. Look out for Phil, the bearded dragon. Outside is a grassed garden with trestles and to the rear a certified Camping and Caravan Club Site.
- Griffin Rossett Road Trevalyn LL12 0ER (01244) 570515
- Telford Inn
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.
- Telford Inn Station Rd Trevor LL20 7TT (01978) 820469
- Upton by Chester Golf Club
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.
46 Heath Road, Upton, Chester
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 Golf Club Upton Lane Upton CH2 1EE (01244) 381183
Chester Zoo, Moston Rd
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 .
- Oakfield Chester Zoo, Moston Rd Upton-by-Chester CH2 1EU
- Vicars Cross
1 Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester
A smart, comfortable, modern community pub with spacious lounge and bar. Much loved by the community and the only pub in Vicars Cross.
After a chequered recent history of Admiral attempting to sell it off as a care home, CAMRA and the Centurion Community Action Group (CCAG) fought a hard battle to save the pub. Thankfully it is now being leased by the CCAG for a 12 month period with a view to purchasing the building. It's success depends upon the support of the local community, please use it or lose it!
- Centurion 1 Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester Vicars Cross CH3 5LN (01244) 319837
- Black Dog
An attractive wayside pub on the busy A41. Welcoming well lit interior and probably the longest bar in the area. Traditional furniture, a central cast iron log burner. The emphasis is on (all day) food, Up to three real ales are offered. Two good sized patio areas outside.
Reopened again March 2020, any updates welcome.
- Waverton Institute
Village members club with snooker / pool tables, sports TV and adjacent bowling green.
- Black Dog Whitchurch Road Waverton CH3 7PB (01244) 335888
- Willey Moor Lock
- Willey Moor Lock Tavern
Willey Moor Lock
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 to six in summer, with at least one from a local micro. There is a separately owned caravan park across the canal from the pub.
- Willey Moor Lock Tavern Tarporley Road Willey Moor Lock SY13 4HF moc.kooltuo@roomyelliw(01948) 663274
- Willington Hall
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.
- Willington Hall Willington Lane Willington CW6 0NB ku.oc.llahnotgnilliw@ofni(01829) 752321
- Pesto at the Yacht Inn
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.
- Pesto at the Yacht Inn Parkgate Road Woodbank CH1 6EY (01244) 880216
- Acton Park
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. In addition to the 3 regular beers 2 changing beers are also available.
- Bowling Green
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
Club inside the Racecourse Stadium. Also available for hire.
- Crafty Dragon
29 High Street
This former Yates Wine Bar, now rebranded by owning company Stonegate as one of their Classic Inns brand, remains a cheerful, lively event pub in the centre of town. Open-plan, long and narrow with a curving side bar plus some alcove seating, it patriotically sells cask ale brewed in Wales. Food includes pizzas and Sunday roasts.
- Cunliffe Arms
Popular estate pub on the edge of Acton Park. A spacious public bar features sports TV, darts and pool while the split-level lounge also has a side conservatory. Carvery food service is extremely popular.
- Elihu Yale
44-46 Regent St
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
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
Sister establishment to a pub of the same name in Mold. Opened in late November 2016. The pub consists of a large L shaped bar/lounge downstairs with a restaurant upstairs, food is also served in the downstairs lounge area. Toilets are on the ground floor although they are down a couple of steps. There is a beer garden and smoking area to the rear. The pub is clean and bright with ceiling beams and exposed brick walls.
- Horse & Jockey
Looking slightly out of place in a pedestrianized shopping area stands this charming, thatched roof, timber framed 17th Century pub. Inside is a snug warren of rooms with stone floors, low beams and some wood-panelling. Four hand pumps serve beer and a further one cider. Guest beers are from the SIBA list. Good home-cooked food at good prices. Child friendly until 5pm.
- Kings Mills
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
Single roomed pub which is the Tap for the Magic Brewery 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 three Magic Dragon beers on, including one dark ale.
- Nags Head
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
- North & South Wales Bank
14 High Street
As the name suggests this Wetherspoon Lloyds No 1 pub is a converted former bank. It is a fine listed building with a magnificent stained glass window in the high ceiling which adds to the character of the large open planned interior. It can become very lively and noisy especially at weekend nights or when sport is shown on the very large screen. There is a slightly cosier seating area at the rear suitable for family dining.
21 Town Hill
The former Cambrian Vaults now re-born as a popular smart live music venue. Real Ale changes weekly with three different options each week.
Opening hours can be flexible, check before travelling.
- Plas Coch
Plas Coch Road
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 St
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
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 They host occasional beer festivals. Three of the five handpumps regularly supply a beer from each brewer Cwrw Ial, Big Hand and Heavy Industry The remaining two have guest ales. Real cider is sourced locally from Rosie's and Gwynt y Ddraig.
- Squire Yorke
Modern estate pub, part of the Green King Local Pub brand, including carvery and Wacky Warehouse. Large and open plan.
- Turf Hotel
Almost consumed within the surrounding Glyndwr University Stadium, this pub is obviously very busy on football and rugby match days. Records show the current pub is built on the site of an older Turf Tavern from the 1840's. Historically the Racecourse has been used for cricket, horseracing, rugby as well as football. Food is available on match days when you can have a pint with a burger and chips order.
- Welch Fusilier
40 Chester Street
Open-plan sports orientated bar.
- Wynnstay Arms Hotel
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.
- Acton Park Chester Road Wrexham LL11 2SN (01978) 314336