Chester (2nd of 5) Canal side con't

Chester is a city in North west England close to the Welsh border. It has excellent transport links. By road the M53 and M56 run close by. It has an impressive train station and is easily accessed by bus; many bus tourist trips also visit Chester. It is even accessable by canal as the Shropshire Union canal runs through the city.
Chester still has the city walls from medieval times. This is the most complete set of walls in Britain. It is almost complete and a walk around the walls covers nearly 2 miles. Inside the city walls several streets have Rows. That is a lower level of shops (some below street level) then a walkway on top of these shops which serve another row of shops.

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Most Chester pubs serve real ale and there is a lot of choice available including from several local breweries. Many pubs compete for impressing you with how old they are and there is a lot of black and white beams.
The city centre pubs usually serve food during the day time and many are actually food places serving beer.
There are 5 Chester trails available on this site.
1. Old Dee Bridge
2. Along the canal Continued Below green icons on map
3. Northgate street
4. From and to Chester Cross
5. Near amphitheatre
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Canal side trail con't
From The Cellar cross and decend the stairs to the canal and continue along the canal until the next bridge. Turn to the right, going over the canal and discover the Union Vaults on the next corner. Leaving the UV turn along the street going left parallel to the canal and come across The Mill Hotel.
Now walk along the side of the canal. You will see THe Lock Keeper on the otherside so cross over at the next bridge. Just before you reach The Lock Keeper you will see the Oddfellows Arms on the corner but first visit The Lock Keeper by the canal. Now vist The Oddfellows Arms then continue up to the city to the City Tavern.

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Union Vaults is an old style pub. The corner door leads to the bar. To the left are stairs up to a lounge and dart area and a few more stars take you to a back lounge (with door to the street.) The bar has a well looked after Bagatelle table which used by the locals. Great pub.
Have one here.
real ale :Tiger (Everards), Spitting feathers Special Ale
bitter :John Smiths
lager :Becks, carling
cider : Weston trad scrumpy, Strongbow Guiness

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Mill Hotel is a modern hotel build by the canal side. The back looks over the canal and a walkway takes you over the canal to the otherside where the hotel has a Spa club and a restuarant. The hotel also has a canal cruiser which serves as a restuarant - sailing along the canal as you eat.
More surprisingly this hotel has a bar with a large selection of real ales.
CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2103-16
Good Pub Guide 2013
Have pint here
real ale :Deauchars, Cornmill (Phoenix), Westwood Best Bitter, Excaliber (Merlin),
Bateman's XXXB, Bombadier Spring campaign, Coach House mild
bitter :John Smith
lager :Fosters, Heiniken, Stella, Becks
  Grolsh, Peroni, Veltins
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Reality is an illusion brought on by lack of alcohol.

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Lock Keeper is a dining pub along side the canal with music at weekends. It has plenty of outside seating on patio. Inside has a variety of seating areas and a large standing area by the bar.
Have a half here
bitter : John Smiths
lager :Tiger, Heinekin, Fosters, Carling, Amstel, 1664
cider : Strongbow Guinness

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Oddfellows Arms is a corner pub which is larger than it looks. The small bar is to the right with a larger room opposite running up the side wall. There is also a small lounge, with hatch, making up the fourth quarter. This has access to a yard. Has not quite kept the old look, nor got modernised, but worth the visit.

Have a pint here

real ale : was off
bitter : John Smiths, Tetley's Cream
lager :Carling, Carling, 1664, Fosters
cider : CStrongbow Guiness

Best DOG FRIENDLY pubsSherlock says some of the best pubs for dogs were –Old Harkers Arms, Handbridge, Ship Inn, Carlton Arms, Red Lion, Handbridge, Pied Bull, Bear and Billet and Botanist. Many had dog treats available. The Cellar and The Cornerhouse are worth a visit.

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City Tavern is a large traditional looking public house with corner door taking you into a large room with servery straight ahead. Plenty of floor space for standing and seating along left wall by windows. Seating continues along side wall and towards servery. Several different drinking areas are covered by a the servery snaking around from back wall of main room down the right hand side and opening out into a more dining style room. Beyond this room are stairs for upstairs seating and access to outside garden. CAMRA discount. Food 10-6
Have one here.
Real ale : Cheshire Gold; Gunpowder (Coachhouse); Eastgate (Weetwood); Mermaids Purse
Craft ale: punk IPA
Bitter : Goose Midway
Lager : Heineken; Camden hells Lager; Amstel; Carlsberg; San Miguel; Stella; Peroni; Blue Moon
Cider : Strongbow; Strongbow dark Fruit; Somersby Guinness

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