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“great pub” 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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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lancashire
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“great pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Good selection of wines, nibbles. Didn't have a meal, but the food looked great. Nice friendly staff and a warm atmosphere.

Visited April 2014
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Wirral.
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90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Is The Star Fading”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

We are normally big fans of the Brunning and Price brand, and if there is one of their establishments wherever we are we will go there above other establishments. Today we had lunch here. I had the Cajun Spiced Chicken on flatbread. The flatbread was so overlooked around the edge my knife would not cut it I had to snap it off with my fingers. The outside of the chicken also overcooked and the spice could not be tasted. I only ate half, and on collection of our plates I told the waitress that I was disappointed , she said thats strange as we have been having good feedback on this dish today, which I found strange as the pub was not that busy. Thats the down side, the upside was that they did make recompense by not charging for the coffee, and the staff were very pleasant. This is the second time recently my meal has disappointed in a B & P pub, "is the star fading"? You already have Ribble Valley Inns snapping at your heels in Cheshire, with the opening of a pub in June, so bring back your high standards please.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 2Vikings
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Chester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, but too packed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

Harkers has a nice atmosphere and when we arrived around 6pm, it was busy, but not too rammed. However, within an hour or so it got extremely busy and clearly there was not enough waiting staff to cope. Had to wait a while for food, but when it arrived it was nice. Nothing incredible, but good hearty, traditional food.

Is good for a gathering of friends

Visited September 2013
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Thank Michael W
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent service, excellent food and buzzing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were staying a couple of hundred yards away at the Mill Hotel, but thought we would try somewhere different. I am so glad we did, the whole ambiance, atmosphere, choice of food and drinks available we definitely made the right choice. The food was very good and with the very interesting décor we all sat looking at and talking about the artwork, prints and paraphernalia on show while we waited for the food to and setting arrive. The location on the canal side is second to none. The evening was very enjoyable, we only wish we had more time to spend at the venue

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Worthalook
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Chester, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great food but let down by service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Decided to eat here for lunch today with my fiancé and his parents. None of us had eaten at the old harkers arms before so were unsure what to expect. We found a table tucked away at the back of the restaurant which was cosy, the atmosphere seemed nice and relaxed. The waitress came over to take our order so we started ordering starters and mains but halfway through realised she didn't have a pen and pad to write down the order. She quickly ran to get a pen and pad and we continued to order. We didn't have to wait long for the starters to arrive and they looked lovely, tasted great too! The mains came shortly after finishing the starters and they didn't disappoint either, every dish was presented well, delicious and the portions were generous. When a different waitress came with the mains we asked for more drinks. We waited whilst the waitresses were chatting away to each other and it seemed she had forgot about our drinks so had to ask again. We finished our food but weren't offered a dessert menu. And the plates were left in front of us for a long time until we asked for the bill. Overall, we enjoyed the meal due to the amazing food and nice feel of the place however the waitresses let it down, I would suggest they have some training to ensure they match the high standard of food.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ShannonBryan
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