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Hickory's Smokehouse

The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
+44 1244 404000
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“ribs” (439 reviews)
“pulled pork” (275 reviews)
“burnt ends” (105 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
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Reviewed yesterday

first class food and service on a very busy day food arrived very fast and hot and tasty, all the staff very happy and pleased to serve on a very hot day

Thank David H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Busy and rammed. Food was okay but not the best. Expensive food as well. Would consider revisiting as it was very busy

Thank SarahR1978
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This eatery is amazing,the food is sublime. Anyone visiting chester this is a must place to visit. The back drop of the river was the ideal setting. Staff were very helpful , knowledgeable of what food to try and which food would suit your needs

Thank James B
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place in a lovely location by the river. Endless offers of tasty meat from the smokehouse. They even have a 52oz stake available.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Located by the river there are numerous outdoor tables which make for a great location if the weather allows. The food is primarily Texas BBQ but there are plenty of alternatives. The brisket was very tasty but ask for the chilli cheese fries rather than...More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I got taken to the Hickory Smokehouse by some colleagues who had visited this restaurant before. Try the platter of meats they said. I could not believe it. The ribs were amazing. The pulled pork and beans amazing. The beef brisket amazing. In fact I...More

Thank davidkjefferies
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of my favourite guilty pleasures to eat out. The food here is amazing much better than the standard stuff you get from the franchise pub chains. Good portion sizes, very tasty, lots of choice highly recommend

Thank JRKetley
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Whilst staying in Chester, having a stroll by the river, as it was sunny decided to try here for a drink, we were pounced on by a guy working there, having something to eat guys, as it was early, we just wanted a drink first,...More

Thank CSYork
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited here for a 21st birthday meal and we were not disappointed one bit. The food is unbelievably good and the staff were extremely friendly which made our dining experience most enjoyable!! Spoilt for choice with the menu and will most definitely be returning.

Thank Becky B
Reviewed 6 days ago

You really need to book if you want to eat here on a weekend. A very busy american barbecue style place. It was very noisy which made it difficult to hear what the person across from me was saying. The food was very good and...More

Thank JudyMarshall2014
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Daryl M
Can anyone explain to me exactly what is the membership at Hickory's? I know there is a members section, but it doesn't state anywhere on the website about what it is and how to get it.
March 30, 2017|
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Hi, I would like to treat my dad and step mum to a meal for my dads birthday , do you sell gift vouchers ? Thanks
February 20, 2017|
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Matt K
Can i just walk in or do i need to book a table?
December 4, 2016|
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Response from wilsonSurrey | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we were told on the phone they were fully booked, but she also said they do walk ins, so we took the chance and walked up to to it, very friendly and they sat us at the bar for no more than 10 minutes before we got a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $25
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
  • Public Transportation: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 404000
  • E-mail
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.