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Review of Hickory's Smokehouse

Hickory's Smokehouse
The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
01244 404000
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Ranked #15 of 410 Restaurants in Chester
Price range: $6 - $30
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
Description: Hickory’s Smokehouse is Chester’s authentic American BBQ. Here you can enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but that we think deserves to be just as popular over here. Our menu offers two styles of BBQ. The southern-style ‘Smoker’ BBQ uses slow, wood-fired cooking in our specially imported American smoker oven. The northern-style ‘Yankee’ BBQ is cooked over sizzling hot coals. Both styles create unbelievably tender, delicious meat and fish.
Wirral, Merseyside
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

After hearing about Hickorys from a few people, we decided to try it on a day out in Chester. It's in a lovely spot by the River, about 10 mins walk from main shopping area. We went about half 3 without booking.

We were asked if we preferred in or out, with a 20 min wait for outside. We had a drink at the bar while waiting and a member of staff came and got us after approx 20 mins and seated us at a table under the canopy.

We had the Bbq pulled pork, our order was taken quickly and brought to us promptly. Very tasty, wine very nice, a little pricy but worth it. Great service, lovely location. Also nice to see a dress code policy.

Will eat there again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Regularly visit this place, although it was only for drinks today, usual good service. Always very busy no matter the weather, so try and book. Food usually speaks for itself.....fantastic. Although I have noticed you have stopped serving Blue Moon , personal favourite. Great venue never the less!

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Visited Hickory's while shopping in Chester, a 5 -10 minute walk from the town centre, beside the river. We were seated outside on the covered veranda. The waiter explained the menu to us and the food arrived swiftly and was tasty, Would visit again while shopping in Chester,

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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“Food Fine Service Terrible Bad Experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We visited this restaurant, along with our friends, to celebrate our 30th anniversary and am sorry to say that we would not return. Our table was not ready when we arrived and we were asked to have a drink at the bar - no problems with this, however the barman insisted that we had to pay for our drinks separately and that we could not add them to our overall bill. The glasses had just been washed and were not just warm but hot. We told the barman and he wasn't interested. I asked for a new glasses full of ice with the intention of pouring our drinks into them, they were banged on the counter and the barman just walked away. After 20mins,our waitress took us to our table where we ordered more drinks, which never came. We ordered 4 main courses with the intention of following up with dererts and coffees, etc. Food was fine, but not brilliant. Wenever saw our waitress at the table again, despite her walking past on numerour occassions. We waited over 30mins to have our plates cleared and a further 20mis waiting for someone to offer desert menus or even approach us in any way. The restaurant was not even busy. We just went to pay the bill and told another waiter of the situation. His comment that he hoped it would not stop us returning fell on deaf ears. This restaurant appears to run with young inexperienced staff with little or no supervision. We have eaten at a number of much better restaurants in Chester. We will not return.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Came here as reviews of friends had said how nice the food is. I wasn't disappointed, food was lovely and service very good. Great location, will visit again.

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