We arrived around 1040hrs on a cold December morning for coffee and a light lunch. The hotel underwent refurbishment last year and this was my first visit. This is grand building steeped in history dating from around 1805. I have heard it has a WW2 history but I have not researched this as yet.
Car parking is plentiful with disabled bays and access to the hotel is good with no issues. We ordered coffees and the staff made us feel so very welcome and we had a look around the bar and restaurant areas. The restaurant areas are very well appointed and the bar area is traditional and compliments the building.
It was almost as if the staff expected someone to be coming to write a review!..... They lit a fire for us and invited us to rearrange the furniture to take advantage of the flaming logs. The service from all the staff was cheerful and nothing was to much trouble. Top marks!
A few coffees later it was time for some lunch.... Shepherds Pie (winter comfort food for me) and trout for my friend. The pie was very good with a slightly crispy potato topping cooked to perfection. The side order of vegetables was freshly cooked. The trout with almonds and freshly cooked vegetables was very good and well presented. Very good value for money.....
We enjoyed our visit so much we are looking at booking in for a night or two just for relaxing break and a few drinks. It's good to know in advance that the service will be top drawer and it's on the doorstep for Chester plus some fly fishing nearby if that floats your boat.
I find it hard to give 5 stars as I have not had the full experience....I have been told by friends the rooms are very good and I take these reviews seriously.
We give 4 stars plus and close to 5 for the lunch and coffees plus great staff ranging from the part time breakfast lady who loved her job to the young man from Liverpool....both are a credit to the Cheshire Cat..... Well done and highly recommended.
PS ....... Canal runs alongside and the grounds look awesome for a summer visit.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Of all the places to stay in Chester, this historic lodge has some of the best tales to tell. Built in Christleton on a key civil war battle site, the Cheshire Cat played a crucial role in World War II before being restored as a warm and welcoming hotel in the 1970s.The lodge's 14 comfy en-suite rooms are complemented by a cosy pub, which is dripping with rustic character and rural charm. Here you can enjoy seasonally inspired country dining together with a range of cask ales and well-chosen wines.There are plenty of things to see and do in Chester. Fantastic shopping, black and white medieval architecture, historic city walls and the famous Chester Racecourse are just a few of its many attractions. Children and adults alike will love Chester zoo or you can explore the weaving footpaths of the unspoilt Delamere Forest. West Cheshire is full of rolling hills, sweeping valleys and quaint market towns worth exploring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cheshire Cat Hotel Chester