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“good food, but the drinks are sky high” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Chester Fields

The Chester Fields
Sandfield Farm, Chester, England
+44 (0)1244 303100
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Ranked #33 of 410 Restaurants in Chester
Cuisines: British, Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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61 restaurant reviews
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“good food, but the drinks are sky high”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

nice furnishing and very clean, had the 2 courses for £20.12 the quality is good but the choice is very limited the price of the drinks is a joke, whould i go back ? food maybe, drinks not on your life

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Michael S, General Manager at The Chester Fields, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Hi,
Many thanks for your review.
Firstly, it is great that you enjoy our food. With regards to your point on the choice being limited, we think that we offer tremendous value for what equates to £10.06 for a starter and a main course. The choice on our £20.12 menu is 3 starters and 3 mains. Each course has a fish, meat and vegetarian option. If you find that too little to choose from then we also have our a la carte menu, with 12 starter options, 4 different steaks, 11 main courses, 3 sharing boards, a selection of 8 side dishes and 5 types of sandwich. There is also our dessert and coffee menu. Everything we cook and prepare is fresh, using quality produce, locally sourced where possible.
This joke about our drinks prices, that clearly we have not been let in on, is interesting. We receive lots of positive feedback about our drinks prices. In fact, in many instances we are significantly lower than our competitors. Weetwood ales' Cheshire Cat springs to mind. We often check our immediate local pub competition (Nags Head, Shrewsbury Arms, Dunham on the Hill) for our bar prices and at least price match on our house brands. This is before we even look at what our out-of-town competitors are doing. Our premium spirits and mixers are as cheap as you will find anywhere. Where we may differ is with our wines. We use 4 different suppliers for our list which we try to make interesting and unique. However £3.75 for a glass of house wine is well priced. On Fridays we have our POETS society from 4pm to 6.12pm where all beers, house spirits and house wine are £2.12. Extortionate, I know. We have Wine Down Wednesdays where all wines that are £25 or more are discounted by 25%. A total rib-tickler.
If you would like to contact me at the restaurant then I will be more than happy to discuss your points in more detail, particularly our drinks offering.
Kind regards,
Michael
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English first
Chester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We called in for the mid week lunch and took advantage of the two courses for £20.12. The offer menu had a choice of three starters and three main courses. The starters were good but we were disappointed with the very small portion served for the main courses. I had a very small portion of chicken and my partner had an extremely small piece of haddock, there was barely anything on his plate. The main course had taken a long time to arrive and the waitress apologised for the delay when she finally brought it. They are obviously getting something right judging by all the positive reviews but we certainly didn't feel particularly positive about our experience here.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Michael S, General Manager at The Chester Fields, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear mpkljp2011,
Thank you very much for your review.
I am sorry that you were dissappointed when you visited us on Friday. We did experience some food delays on Friday lunch, so I would like to reiterate my colleages apology.
With regards to our 2 courses for 2 people for £20.12 (£10.06 per person for 2 courses), the portions do tend to be more modest than on our a la carte menu. We don't compromise on the quality of the ingredients used for the dish and the price is excellent value, but I will certainly mention it to the Chef and see what we can do for this weeks offering.
Thank you again for your review and I hope that we can welcome you back again soon.
Kind regards,
Michael
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Four of us had an excellent evening. Despite it being a Thursday, restaurant was very busy with pleanty of atmosphere. Food was really good and we had excellent service from Claire, Jenny and rest of staff.
Will be going back again - and soon!!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Michael S, General Manager at The Chester Fields, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Ian,
Thank you for your review and super feedback!
I will pass on your comments to the team and give them a well-deserved pat on the back!
We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Kind regards,
Michael
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Chester, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We went her for a family meal for my Mums Birthday, staff are very attentive and welcoming. Our 3 year old little girl was brought a basket of toys with colouring, games, etch a sketch and books. All our meals were fantastic, good portion size. We will be returning.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Michael S, General Manager at The Chester Fields, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Sarah,
It is super to see that the team looked after you and your family so well. I have mentioned before when responding to reviews that making our smaller guests feel welcome and occupied is really important to us, so it is nice to see that being appreciated by our guests,
Thank you for your review Sarah and look forward to welcoming you and your clan back soon!
Kind regards,
Michael
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Pleasant Sunday evening meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We went for an anniversary dinner, on a Sunday evening. There is a good wine list. The Sunday menu was restricted, but we hadno problem in choosing to our taste and all in all had a very pleasant evening indeed, with food well presented and tasty, and good service from two young ladies. It was a cold evening outside, but the welcome was warm and so was the atmosphere and decor.. Prices for food and for wine were not ata ll excessive, and we felt that we had had a good evening. We shall certainly go again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Michael S, General Manager at The Chester Fields, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear davidgsuk,
Thank you for your review.
It is great to read that you had an enjoyable time with us on your anniversary. Sunday certainly was cold but with our roaring fires and 'warm' service, I am glad we managed to keep the chill away!
We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Kind regards,
Michael
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