Chester (trail 3 of 5) Northgate 1

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
3. Northgate street - starts below Dark red icons on map
4. Around Grosvenor St
5. Near amphitheatre
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Starting at the Chester Cross go The Victoria which is obvious if you look up on the row above though start next to it The Amber Lounge. Now go to The Victoria. Exit by the rear of the Victoria into a small courtyard where The Commercial Hotel shelters.
Now leave by a lane opposite the hotel and turn up left from this. At the next corner and round, where the street widens there is The Dublin Packet. Walk up from The Dublin Packet, skipping The Coach House, to The Shropshire Arms. Skip The Pied Bull to get to The Red Lion then onto The Liverpool Arms.
Now return down to The Pied Bull and also to The Coach House.
Cross over and walk down to The Cathedral and walk along the road that curves around it. As the road begins to curve again there are two small lanes; one to the right and one going straight ahead. The wider alley to the right has The Music Hall Tap at its entrance, while down the narrower alley is The Botanist and then Duttons.
Follow the alley to the end and you are in a row. Turn right to walk along to Ye Old Boot.

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Amber Lounge pleasent old bar which has been modernised stylishly. (Beams are no longer black)
Good for food and late night drinks
Have a pint here
bitter :John Smiths
lager :Fosters, Amstel, tiger
cider : Cheddar Valley Guinness

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The Victoria has a round bar serving different small comfortable drinking areas. A room further back leads to outside courtyard (below).
Serves good food
Have a half pint here
real ale : Deauchers; Flying Scotsman; Theakstons
bitter : John Smith
lager :Fosters; Amstel
cider : Strongbow Guinness

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The shared yard - The Victoria as seen from Commercial Hotel. Amber lounge accessed via far right corner.

Early eveing drinks in The Victoria; dancing in Commercial Hotel and chilling in Amber Lounge

Kept a bear

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Commercial Hotel has lots of rooms and upstairs cocktail bar. Rooms are sparse - standing/ talking/dancing with occassional table for resting glass on. Is a hotel but also late night music and partying.
Have a pint here
real ale : Bombadier, Cheshire cat
lager :Harrison's; Kirin Ichiban ; Estrella

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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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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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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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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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H L Mencken

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