Chester (2 of 4) 2. Along the canal

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.

Drink and Music

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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 impresing you with how old they are and there is a lot of black and white beams.
The city centre pubs usually serve food and during the daytime many are food places serving beer.
There are 4 Chester trails available on this site.
1. Bridgegate and the river (7 pubs)
2. Along the canal - outside the city walls - see below
3. Northgate street - (10 pubs)
4. Around Grosvenor St - (8 pubs)

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This trail starts from the bridge taking City Road over the canal. One end of City Road is the city and the other end is the train station. From the bridge there are several choices of watering hole. Walking down the stairs onto the canal brings you to The Old Harkers Arms. Walk slightly further up and turn down Steam Mill St to reach The Cross Foxes on the corner. Return up to the canal but this time cutting diagonally accross the car park. Once at the canal look right and decide whether to walk along it and visit the Lock Vaults on the other side the road bridge that you can see. If not then look left and you will find The Artichoke.
Now walk back past The Old Harkers Arms (or stop for another) and go up the stairs to City Road. Walk down city Rd to The Compass.
Crossing over City Rd and walking bach to the canal there is The Cellar (an evening venue) and No 29 at the Eaton Hotel.
Cross back over and decend the stair to the canal. Tempting as it is to visit The Old Harkers Arms again, you should walk under the bridge to find the Canalside Inn.
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. Now visit The Lock Keeper.
You can walk back to City Road along the canal.

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Old Harkers Arms (above) is of the Brunning & Price chain and has been created from the bottom floor of an old warehouse. The bar is immediately in front of the entrance though rather blocked off by pillars. To the right is a large room with a variety of seating and a far wall using a bookcase for wallpaper. The counter continues round to the left with another large room with tables and chairs and a large standing area. Further on from this is a room mainly used for dining. The pub serves way above standard pub grub for only a little bit more. This is a excellent pub which gets busy. There is some seating along the canal to take advantage of summer days.
CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1998-2018
Good Pub Guide 1996-2018

Have a pint or two here

real ale :Flowers, Cheshire Cat (Weetwood), Golden Arrow, Monty's Sunshine, Monty''s Midnight, Burscough Flat Rib Mild,
B & P Oroginal Bitter, Celebration (Bragdy Conway)
lager :Becks, Staroperamen
cider :Thatcher's Gold, Aspall Guinness

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The Cross Foxes is a nice wee pub but concnetrating on lager. It tries hard to attract people.

Have half here
bitter :John Smiths
lager :Fosters, carling, 1664
cider : Strongbow Guinness



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Lock Vaults is a bright spacious pub. Two carpeted areas; one to the left and one at the bar. This lounge area has a large TV screen. Further round from the bar is another serving area with wooden floor, hosting darts and pool. The real ale pumps are at this bar.
Have one here.

real ale :Cheshire Cat, Landlord
lager :Carling, Fosterss
cider : Strongbow Guinness

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The Artichoke is a dining pub. Tables are a good distance from each other. There are stools, made from Mecanno, and plenty of standing area close to the bar. Busy for eating but less so for drinking. There are seats outside on the canal

Have pint here

real ale :Eastgate Ale (Westwood), Outlandish Pale,
bitter :
lager :Freedom Four, Saison Dupont, Bacchus, Timmerman, Kastel, Bud wheat, Bud Czech lager.
cider : Stowford Press Titanic Stout

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The Compass is a split level pub. the bar is on the higher level. Her there is some raised seating in fron of the bar. Down a few steps is nicely set out seating area with couces and tables. It is brickwork with attractive light green wood and large windows. There is outside seating to watch the traffic. There is a music venue upstairs.

Have a pint here
real ale :Offas Dyke; Dragon's Breath (both New Plassey Brewery)
lager :Heinekin, Amstel
cider : Symmonds

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