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“Welcoming village restaurant.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Goshawk

The Goshawk
Station Road Mouldsworth, Chester CH3 8AJ, England
01928 740900
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Ranked #75 of 411 Restaurants in Chester
Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Welcoming village restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have dined at the Goshawk on several occasions, and have always had a lovely meal there.
The bar area can get busy whilst you're waiting to be seated, but we've never had more than a 5 minute wait for our booked table.
There is a wide range of food on the menu, and the desserts are especially delicious.
I have found that the tables are a bit too close together in some areas.
Children aren't allowed in after 7pm, which although understandable, is a bit of a shame as I couldn't take my family for a meal there.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 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
Northwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A high quality dining pub - worth seeking out.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Patchy and sometimes over intrusive service mar an otherwise wonderful meal experience in a great county pub setting. A beautiful summer evening on the terrace overlooking the immaculate bowling green provided a great setting for our meal. But it was almost a pity to go outside as the decor inside exudes effortless quality with no hint of pretention.

And, so important in any venue that claims to be a pub, the range of ales at the bar is most promising – though sadly on this occasion I was driving myself. The menu is well structured, balanced and appealing – forcing difficult decisions and calling out for repeat visit.

My grilled cheese starter was tasty and well presented. My plaice was perfect – lightly cooked, with balanced seasoning and straightforward presentation. The same was true too of all my dining companions’ choices, and indeed our party of four took full advantage of the fish-orientated menu. Getting fish right isn’t easy, getting it right four times is a testament to the chef and team at the Goshawk.

The same can’t be said of the service. The staff look the part and they clearly aim to please; but service veers from stand-offish to frankly intrusive in the space of 10 minutes. Others have commented on the slow service – that’s not what we found, but it’s not a well oiled machine.

They are certainly not shy in pricing, our 2 course meal for 4 with limited drinks came to a £120. And you could have bumped that up to may be £200 by adding a few drinks and deserts. But it is good. Recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chester, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Our fifth visit this year so something must be okay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Another excellent meal with good service. This time it was on a lovely summer Saturday evening after a full day out at the RHS Tatton Flower Show. We were all pretty hungry from our 6 hour trek around the show ground.

On arrival at 7.30 the pub was fairly quiet but soon began to fill up. Our orders were taken efficiently and our drinks arrived promptly while we chatted and waited for the food to arrive.

We had a generous and very tasty Prawn Cocktail, a liberal portion of Chicken Liver pate served with toasted focaccia and a little jar of peach and apple chutney, mouth watering Seared Scallops & Black Pudding, and finally Sauteed Mini Chorizos in a maple and mustard glaze.

Mains were a pretty good (but not outstanding) Steak and Kidney Pie with creamed potatoes and savoy cabbage, a lovely Roast Gressingham Duck Breast with dauphinoise potatoes and fine green beans, a generous helping of very good Salmon and Smoked Haddock Fishcakes, and a remarkably good Slow Roasted Lamb Shank with spiced potatoes and a Thai curry sauce. Since the portions are more than adequate I’m not sure why they also have side dishes on the menu!

A very reasonable £80 plus pre-dinner drinks and red & white wines with the meal – we were too full to order desserts and coffee!

Despite comments from other reviewers the staff do try hard – one even defused a loud and highly stroppy lady, with grown-up children in tow, who was miffed that she had not got her preferred location to “entertain” her family.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nicest pub Ive ever been in.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

First visit was in March as part of my sons "stag do" pub crawl between Chester and Manchester. I was that impressed that I organised a day in July, visiting three of the pubs I visited in March. This was the first port of call. All the group were impressed with the lovely interior, and the excellent lunch menu. We were blessed with a roasting hot day, so sitting outside watching people playing bowls was as good as it gets for a chilled out afternoon in the Cheshire countryside. The group were so impressed, we are going back again in September.
TOP TIP Try getting there on the train. They are every hour, and the station is about 25 yrds from the pub, ideal for any elderly members of a party.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warrington, cheshire
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The Goshawk has it all, great staff, great facilities for children in the grounds, a bowling green and most of all fabulous food. This is a hidden gem, off the beaten track. We went for Sunday lunch and by 12.20pm it was full and no wonder the food was outstanding, the staff were attentive even though they were packed out. We will definitely go back, well done to everyone.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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