The clock in Chester

Find a pub in Chester

With its winding medieval rows, elegant black and white architecture, and ancient sandstone walls, Chester wows visitors with centuries of English heritage. As you uncover the traces of Roman soldiers, medieval monks and Tudor traders etched into the cityscape, do as the locals do and stop for a refreshing pint at one of Chester’s distinctive Greene King pubs.

No matter if you’re an eager historian or simply seeking some hearty pub fare after a day of sightseeing, Chester has a pub to match your mood. From cosy heritage hideaways to contemporary gastropubs, discover three of Chester's best watering holes ideal for relaxing between excursions.

Best pubs in Chester

As you meander Chester's snaking rows and scenic canal, discover some of the city's most inviting drinking spots, each with their own distinctive appeal:

Find your local Chester pub

The interior of The Watergates Bar

Centuries of secrets in a medieval crypt

Descend into the chambers of The Watergates Bar for an atmospheric glimpse of Chester's medieval past. Said to be England's oldest crypt dating to the 12th century, this sandstone cellar in the heart of the city oozes gothic ambiance.

Between admiring the impressive, vaulted stone ceilings, sink into a leather sofa and savour tasty British gastro pub fare or choose a refreshing drink from their vast selection. 

A pint of beer

A suburban retreat with changing craft brews

On the outskirts of Chester, The Bromfield Arms stands out for its traditional half-timbered exterior. Inside, a bright, airy interior features a spacious bar well-stocked with frequently rotating guest ales.

With a laid back games room in the back and a relaxing beer garden, The Bromfield Arms offers plenty of space for family and friends. Sports fans will feel at home watching the big games broadcast on screens throughout the pub.

Feeling peckish? You’re in the right place. The Bromfield Arms has an epic food menu offering everything from beef and ale pie to fish and chips. Four-legged companions receive a warm welcome here, with water bowls and treats ready for pooches visiting with their owners.

The beer garden at The Oak Tree

Family-friendly gastro pub near the zoo

Just north of Chester, The Oak Tree offers laidback dining and drinking in leafy surroundings. With a tempting menu of generous pub favourites, fully stocked bar and live sports screening, it's easy to settle in for an afternoon or evening. With plenty of space in the beer garden and a family friendly vibe, The Oak Tree is a great spot to relax and catch up with your favourite people. Situated near Chester Zoo and open all day, The Oak Tree is perfectly placed to stop and refuel before or after a day of wildlife encounters.

More about Chester

Founded as a Roman fortress in AD79, Chester still bears the imprint of its ancient past, from sections of the original city walls to fascinating sites like the amphitheatre and Roman Gardens.

History comes to life at Chester Cathedral with its imposing medieval architecture and the most complete set of monastic buildings in Britain. For a taste of Tudor times, explore the Rows galleried walkways and their black and white timber-framed shops.

Chester also offers plenty for foodies, culture vultures and nature lovers, from buzzing markets to tranquil gardens. Just outside the city, attractions like Chester Zoo and Cholmondeley Castle make for fantastic family days out.

With so much to see and do in Chester, as well as a whole host of fantastic pubs to quench your thirst as you amble through the city, a trip to Chester promises delicious food, refreshing drinks and plenty of intriguing tales.

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