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The Old Harkers Arms

$$ - $$$, British,
1 Russell Street, Chester CH3 5AL, England
+44 1244 344525
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steak burger” (9 reviews)
“pie” (16 reviews)
“sunday roast” (16 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Russell Street, Chester CH3 5AL, England
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1 - 10 of 856 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped here on the canal before moving on for dinner. The bar was very busy, but staff attentive and swift to serve. We had a couple of rounds whilst paying by card (they have contactless!). A good variety of spirits and cask ales. A great...More

Thank Wil_C_888
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ended up here at a lunchtime - next to the canal with a very fetching sign saying they prefer to keep it adults only - that drew us in. I'm a vegetarian and struggle to get anything a bit different but had a lovely...More

1  Thank laurastride60
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous atmosphere with great food, awesome service & reasonable prices. Need to book on weekends especially as so popular, though they do try to fit you in if they can.

Thank stellasmith2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, great atmosphere, a great find! Stumbled across this pub as down the road from out hotel. Staying with colleagues for 5 nights on a training course. Think we visited this great place for 3 of those five nights, due to the lovely food,...More

Thank Vicki S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great beer nice wine lovely food excellent service A bit expensive but you get what you pay for I suppose

Thank Geoff B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A conversion from an old canalside warehouse, this atmospheric and comfortable pub is a really great place to eat and drink. Real character and worth a small diversion from the main shopping area. Good food as well, and friendly service.

Thank Tim L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a proper pub. It's warm, welcoming, friendly and a pub where you can have a drink without feeling like you are sitting in a restaurant. Saying that the food is excellent. Freshly cooked and delicious. I can only visit 2-3 times a year...More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hearty onion and cider soup just right for the less than perfect weather enjoyed alongside a lovely glass of Pinot Grigio . Though the place was busy with racegoers service didn't suffer and we were happy chatting away towards the back of the pub ....More

Thank cath b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for Sunday lunch with a couple of friends. The food was ok although the beef was a bit tough. Bit disappointed as this place used to amazing. Their sister pub The Architect seems to have slipped a bit too - main problem seems...More

Thank peterjames5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Out with friends and family celebrating a birthday. Great atmosphere and a well kept cellar offering a nice selection of both well known ales and locally brewed tipples. Well worth a visit.

Thank Tag141268
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Questions & Answers
23 September 2016|
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Response from 35SteveR | Reviewed this property |
Hiya, Yes the Pub is in the Town Square, amle parking available. Best Wishes, Steve
29 July 2016|
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Response from TwirlyNel | Reviewed this property |
It is really close and should only take about 5mins depending on your activity level.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Russell Street, Chester CH3 5AL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 344525
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