Chester (3 of 4)

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 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
3. Northgate street (10 pubs) - see below
4. Around Grosvenor St (8 pubs)

Starting at the Northgate there are many pubs one after the other. Just inside the gate is The Liverpool Arms. A little down from that is The Red Lion, quickly followed by the Pied Bull. As the square opens out there is The Shropshire Arms and next door to it is the Coach House Inn. As the square narrows again there is The Dublin Packet.
The next 4 pubs are at the foot of the road on the Watergate St with shops which are on the upper level of the rows.Turn left to find Ye Old Boot on a top row. Go back and cross Northgate St to find The Victoria, and next to it The Amber Lounge. Behind these two is The Commercial Hotel.

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Liverpool Arms has a modern pub sign and has been modernised inside but feels a little rundown. bar runs for half length of pub then opens out to dance floor/performance area.

Have half pint here.
real ale : Bombadier
bitter : John Smith
lager : Carling, Fosters, Coors
cider : Guinness

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Red Lion is a Nicolsons pub so good service and food in pleasant surroundings. A two room deep drinking area with mixed seating styles. there is a dining area further on/

Have one here

real ale : Nicolson's PA; Doombar; Thwaites Original; Limehouse Cut
lager :Carling, Becks, Heineman, Peroni, San Miguel
cider : Strongbow, Aspall Guinness

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Pied Bull is an old coaching inn from 1473. Corridor takes you to open area with bar in front. To the right there is seating and tables with large fireplace. To the left is some more tables and the hotel reception.
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Have a pint here

real ale : Rhode Island red (Brimstage); White Rat (Rat); Braodside; and Sensibul, Bulls Hit and Piedeyed all from Pied Bull microbrewery
lager :Amstel, Heineken, Birr moretti, Sagres
cider : Trad Scrumpy; Symonds Guniness

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Shropshire Arms is basically a modernised two roomed pub. front has the bar and the shouting locals. The rear has lounge styled area

Have a pint here

real ale : Cheshire cat, Bombadier
bitter :Johnm Smiths
lager :Coors, Stella, Fosters
cider :Strongbow

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Coach House Inn is a 19th century dining pub of very good standard. Outside seating looking at the cathedral

Have a pint here

real ale : Farmhouse Ale (Spitting Feathers), Thwaites Original and Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber
lager :Carling, Amstel
cider : Kingston Press

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Dublin Packet is a two roomed pub. Long gallery with seating and standing to the right. Bar is immediately in front of entrance with a small seating area to it's left.

Have pint here
real ale : Speckled hen; Doombar
bitter :John Smiths
lager : Foasters, carling, Carlsberg, Coors, Grolsch
 cider :Strongbow Guinness

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The Northgate trail continues to an interesting trio of pubs, with entrance from the same backyard, which could between them cover all bases for an entertaining evening.

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