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“Excellent food and service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Old Harkers Arms

The Old Harkers Arms
Ranked #37 of 548 Restaurants in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hawarden, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

We met our son here for lunch yesterday, sat at a table with the menus. Waitress asked if we wanted to order but we told her we were waiting for a third person. When he arrived she rushed over to see what he wanted to drink and when she came back she took our order. My husband and I had Light Bites, son had sandwiches and chips. I had turkey pie with mixed greens, it was a complete little pie in short crust pastry and was the nicest pie I think I have ever tasted. Full of turkey and the sauce with it was delicious. We always meet our son here as he works nearby and have always had good service and the staff are very friendly.

Visited November 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good pub, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

We went to the Old Harkers Arms for lunch on the recommendation of a friend, and it was so good we went back there for dinner as well. The menu offers starters, lighter meals, substantial mains, robust sandwiches and a good range of puddings - all interesting. Vegetarian diners would be pleased with the diversity of options, too. We sat on the pub side for lunch but for dinner you'd do better to ask for a table on the book-lined restaurant side, which is slightly quieter. Great atmosphere, and genuine, friendly service.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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106 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, beer and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

The Old Harkers Arms is really good pub close to the canal in Chester. Well worth the 5 minute walk to get out of the centre of chester. They always have a good range of beers and I had the guest porter which was very good. We hadn't booked a table but the staff were very helpful and eventually gave us a choice of tables. I had the pulled pork salad and it was very tasty. However I wish I'd ordered the sausage and mash as it looked really good.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Roast beef sandwich was a sliver of tough beef that had never been part of a roast joint. They exchanged without fuss. Pulled pork was a little tough but okay. For slightly above pub prices I'd like slightly above pub quality.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lady Luck (or good trip advisor advice) finds a great little English pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

A long weekend away with friends is always easier when you find great places to eat and drink. The Old Harkers Arms is easy on the eye, the atmosphere is easy going, the beer good and the food plentiful. We found this place just around the corner from where we were staying and after a couple of beers one night booked a table for a late Sunday lunch. We were not disappointed, the pub was busy, but comfortable. The service was attentive and the food of a very good quality. I would definitely return if I was in the area.

Couple of observations worth noting, the pub sits on the canal and allows dogs (mostly well behaved) and describes itself as an adult pub, no young children.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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