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 Selected Comments in Chester

Great place to watch live sport.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018Rating: rosettes

 Extremely aggressive Bar Manager...
While ordering a drink, the Bar Manager became very abrupt and said I should not be sitting by the bar entrance, I said I had been there an hour without any problems or obstructions. A few moments later I said that if he did not want me there, just say and Id go. To which he replied in a VERY AGGRESSIVE manor... IF YOU DONT F*CKING LIKE IT, YOU CAN - F*CK OFF NOW! Nice place :-(
Sunday, May 17, 2015Rating: No rosettes

Andrew Bayliss
 Hidden Treasure.
Visited The Carden over Christmas after hearing very complimentary comments about the food from work colleagues.
Arrived at 7pm on a friday and there were already a number of other customers eating away happily,and the atmosphere was warm and friendly,helped by not one but 3 roaring log fires.
A very polite young waiter showed us to our table and got our drinks while we made our choice from the extensive menu,my wife deciding on seabass and me sticking to safety and ordering a sirloin.
Our meals arrived about 15 minutes later and were nothing short of sensational!My steak was cooked perfectly (M-R),accompanied by roast cherry tomatoes,watercress and a lovely grilled field mushroom.
Equally my wifes fish was full of flavour and presented superbly.
Didnt have room for a pudding but there was a great selection,so we`ll save that for next time!
A nice little touch was the chef stopping at our table on his way past and asking how our meals were!
We wont hesitate to go back to the Carden Arms and would highly reccomend it !
Wednesday, January 2, 2013Rating: rosettes

Thursday, September 27, 2012Rating: rosettes

Graham Weeks
 2nd morgauge
Everything was fine till the bill came
at least Dick Turpin wore a mask.
Monday, July 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

 yard's of ale
Went in with the lads straight from work last friday
had a brill time ended up doing yards of ale for fun.
Thursday, July 12, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Nice Toilets
nice clean toilets
friendly welcome
and a big breakfast
Wednesday, July 4, 2012Rating: rosettes

Paul Layfield
Goodfood as usual but why did it take three hours to deliver a three course meal when it was pre ordered and paid for? One hour before the soup arrived and vegetables arrived 10 minutes after the chicken breast! A staffing shortage???
Friday, March 23, 2012Rating: rosettes

Diane Grant
 Lovely pub. Lovely food. Cannot fault.
This was our 5th visit and on Mother's Day, one of the busiest days of the year, we were once again most impressed with the food, the service and the welcoming atmosphere. Cannot fault this place, my compliments to the chef! and thankyou for a lovely afternoon. The 2 children in our party were also made so welcome.
Monday, March 19, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mary Pleavin
 Sunday lunch
Excellent food, served in a friendly pub. Home-cooked tastes but better than I could do!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Great place to eat with excellent menu
I'm amazed by the poor review on here, we love the Stamford and visit quite regularly (we're going tomorrow, for example!)

Food has always been well cooked and the service is prompt and pleasant. It might not be the cheapest, but then it's not cheap and cheerful food...!
Friday, August 20, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Used to love this place but service gone down hill
We go to this place regularly but unfortunately the last three times we have been have been poor and we'll not be going again. There are plenty of other places available in the area. One occasion the children's food (three of them) was all burnt. We complained but nothing was done. Another occasion my food didn't arrive untill all the other people at the table (four) had finished their meal because there was a mess up and they couldn't cope with the amount of people. Then the final straw was last night when we waited 30 mins for table (fair enough as we had been told this) but then when we were seated and ordered our food it took 50 minutes to arrive!!!now when you have been drinking for this while it is not what you want. Unimpressed by the staff's response, there were no jestures of good will and it was dissappointing. We won't be going there again as they can't cope when it is busy (and it regularly is) but the food is nice.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010Rating: No rosettes

The Texas Gals
 Tom Be Da Man
Flew from the USA and then drove to Chester on what is our Christmas Day, Boxing Day for the UK. Afer settling into our wonderful flat we mosied on over to the Lock Vaults to be greeted with the most wonderful tender-of-the-bar Mr. Tom. Made us feel right at home. We visted the Vault several times over our travels and loved the pub. Will return next time were there. Thanks Tom!
Friday, January 29, 2010Rating: rosettes

oh my word, now i am really worried! I have recently booked a christmas night out for all the staff where i work and most of us have opted for the carvery option and an evening playing skittles...please someone out there, tell me it is not going to be a disaster!!! has anyone had a skittle evening there for a large party of people...ie30+
Sunday, December 6, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 The food is awful
I was on my way to Wrexham today and stopped for lunch. The only edible part of the carvery was the pork and red cabbage. The beef and roast potatoes were overcooked and the beg undercooked. The caulifilower was so rubbery it almost bounced of the plate when I tried to cut it with one of the blunt knives provided. As I was driving I asked for Coke, but when it arrived it tasted like watered down dental mouthwash
Sunday, September 6, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Being regular visitors of the caravan site and pub we have always found the service provided by the staff and the quality of the food to be consistently excellent.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009Rating: rosettes

Kelly Griffiths
Myself and my family hav just spent the wkend at the bickerton poacher in our caravans and i have to say after reading these comments i was not going to have a meal but after seeing the carvery i changed my mind and am so glad i did it was delicious and the service was great the carvery was amazing so nice that i had one on the sunday too,we were made to feel very welcome,i have 3 children and they lovd it,they spent most of the weekend on the park and in the skittle alley,we will definately be returning to the bickerton poacher,i cant wait for another carvery..!!
Monday, June 22, 2009Rating: rosettes

Colin S
 Couldn't Agree More
The food is awful and the atmosphere is non existent.

Service is something the staff leave at the door.
Monday, April 27, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Martin & Jackie
 worst carvery ever!

Billed as the best carvery in Cheshire....I can only say the food was cold, the roast potatoes were like eating sponges, and the service simply appalling!
Monday, April 27, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Liz Lowsby
 The best pub in Cheshire!!
This pub serves an amazing Duck wrap. I would reccommend this pub to anyone. Lovely in the winter with the warm log fires and even nicer in the summer with the decking and garden.
Thursday, April 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

Sunday, February 22, 2009Rating: rosettes

We went to the Stamford midweek and had a lovely evening meal- really good VFM too , with plenty on the plates- just couldnt manage a pudding! Very pleasant staff , and lovely cosy interior. Could not fault it and will definitely return to try the Sunday lunch
Tuesday, February 10, 2009Rating: rosettes

i went to the stanford bridge and first thing i thought was what a lovely setting and of course the environment inside was lovely, but most importantly so was the food and not to mention very good value for money. i'll definitely go there again.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009Rating: rosettes

Paul Layfield
 Just add 5 rosettes
Wednesday, January 21, 2009Rating: rosettes

Paul Layfield
If you want a group booking on a Tuesday lunchtime, with pre-ordered food, from a good selection, then this pub is excellent. The standard of service was excellent, its delivery timed perfectly and cooked as requested, with a pleasant manner. Agood selection of beers, wines and coffees was a bonus.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Monday, January 5, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Great ambience and good food
We visited the recently refurbished pub on 30 December 2008. It has been very tastefully refurbished to a high standard and everywhere is very clean.We had a lovely lunch and the new licencees made us most welcome.
Friday, January 2, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Great Pub!
I was utterly pleased with the service, drinks, food and atmosphere! I reccommend it highly.
Monday, December 22, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Usually first rate
We have been to the Stamford on many occasions and, as with any other venue, have had a poor experience but this was quickly and politely addressed. Every other visit has been excellent - staff friendly and helpful, food very nice (and plentiful). We have booked for a late xmas/anniversary dinner and are looking forward to going.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

 worse pub ive been to for years
Monday, December 8, 2008Rating: No rosettes

paul collins
comments justified.I am taking over this pub in early December after a major refurb. Please come and try again.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Rita May Brown
super food, great beer and the staff is so friendly
Monday, August 25, 2008Rating: rosettes

Mary Kate Danaher
 great atmosphere and great beer
this is a real gem. the food is fab and the craic is mighty
Monday, August 25, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Don't go there
Friday 22 August 2008, 10.45pm asked for a southern comfort of part of a large order and was offered a 'house alternative' which I accepted. The taste bore no resemblance to either southern comfort or even whiskey so I asked for a replacement which was refused. I complained and was then set upon by a drunken little twerp who claimed to be the licensee. He was aggressive, rude and told me to f*** off, by which time both myself and the large party were happy to do. However I do object at being stolen from and abused. Janet
Sunday, August 17, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 top marks!
My partner and I called in after a long walk in Delamere, ordered a couple of starters and sat outside with our dog. When they came they were very generous portions and tasted great, staff even bought out a container of water for the dog unprompted! We decided to go back again and have dinner and again we weren't dissapointed the veggi main was delicious and my partner looked very happy with his dinner too. I am now planning dinner with friends there in September. Thanks to the Stamford staff.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008Rating: rosettes

Claire Eusebio
 Not Very Happy
My family and I went for a 70th birthday party meal last week. There were 25 of us but only 24 of us got to eat. I ordered the monkfish and it came to my table off so I sent it back and ordered the meatballs with pasta and that came to my table with the pasta uncooked, so I sent that back and by this time everybody had finished their food so there was no point to sit and eat on my own. And the cheek of it all the Manger came over to apologise for starving me and offered to buy me a sweet or a coffee because he didn't want me to go home hungry (I don't eat sweets) so I still went hungry and that was the end of the apology. Can't believe he left it like that and never offered any other compensation for my very spoiled evening with my family. Very dissapointed. Will never eat in there again. This is not the first time we have been dissapointed with the food here and I have since heard about other comments about the bad food so be careful what you order on the menu you may need to stick to the basic stuff.
Monday, July 21, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Paul Mercer
 Best Beer & Food Around
This time last year my nephew who lectures at Chester university our family for a sunday lunch at the Stamford Bridge and i can only say that the whole experience was fantastic. So much so that when we visit Chester we always find time to visit the Stamford, try it for yourselves you won't be dissapointed. Staff & beer & food brilliant.
Friday, June 13, 2008Rating: rosettes

Dolly D'Lux
 Superb, scuffer free
It's pricey to exclude the less desirable elements of society. If you prefer Wetherspoons I suggest you are probably one of the them. A superb pub, designed and catering for the discerning. If they are spraying the tables with disinfectant it's because they don't like the look of you and they want you to leave.
Friday, May 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

Lee Farrow
 Chang Noi
I must say that l was very impressed by the change of the nags Head to what l saw last week.
We ordered what they call the Royal Selection, it was a meal for 2 (25), we had Prawn Crackers, then Thai Fish Cakes &
Mini Spring Rolls, followed by 4 very different dishes, not all Thai l maigh add. ours were
Thai Green Chicken Curry
Red Cooked Pork
Pad Thai Chicken
Duck & Cashews.
It was beautiful, and well presented
the staff were very accomadating
and in all a very pleasent evening
Tuesday, February 20, 2007Rating: rosettes

John & Sarah Bond
 Sunday Carvery fantastic
About time we found a great pub with great service. The sunday Carvery is the best around. Thankyou to Ben and the team for giving me and my family a great daay. Even had a game of skittles in the alley. what more can you ask for .
Friday, February 9, 2007Rating: rosettes

Adam Roberts
Great local pub, excellent food at very competetive prices - sunday roast is best in Chester.
Can't be beaten for live sport.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Great Food/Location
Have visited twice this month;once for lunch, which was excellent and provided a great view of the river Dee, and once at nightwhen the food was outstanding. Great value and we will return.
Sunday, January 14, 2007Rating: rosettes

David hughes
Newly refurbed, very modern interior, exellent outside area.
top class fod and service.
good prices and selection of menus
Saturday, January 13, 2007Rating: rosettes

Alex Jones
 Great Night Out
My Family and I dined and played skittles last night and ive got to say, WHAT A GREAT NIGHT, brilliant atmosphere we where well looked after and had this really nice skittle room to our selves. Had a fantastic meal and top service. Would like to thank all the staff again for ensuring me and my family had an excellent evening keep up the good work, we shall be back
Wednesday, January 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Tracy Pearce
 Fantastic meal
I visited the Bickerton Poacher serveal times last year. The Pub has wonderful decoration and the refurbish restauarant is great. The staff work really hard and offer great service, they realy care.We hired the Skillte alley with some friends and what a great night. So much fun. All night the staff could not do enough for us. Thankyou for making it special. The food was fantastic.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Best Pub In Cheshire
I can't believe some of the negative comments below... In my opinion this is the best pub, with the best food in Cheshire. The staff are friendly, conscientious and hard working. The food is delicious, hearty fare with generous portions. The prices are reasonable too. There is a lovely homely atmosphere in there and I honestly can't think of anywhere that beats it in the Chester/Mid-Cheshire area.

I strongly urge you to visit this place, it deserves to flourish and is deserves your custom.

Well done to all the staff who work so hard to run that place!

Monday, January 8, 2007Rating: rosettes

k hughes
 dreadful service
my family and i dined for the first time at the poacher last night. and it shall be the last. the food we ordered wasnt correct. this wasnt rectified after asking twice. after complaining we recieved no explaination until we chased up the barmaid who made a feble excuse i would not reccomend anyone who either wants value for money or good customer service. to dine here.
Sunday, December 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Bickerton Poacher
Having visited the Bickerton Poacher for the first time in around 13years, since I left sixth form college, I have to say that I was truly amazed by the changes that have taken place within the pub itself. The decor and funiture choice, creates a roomy & cosy atmosphere. We visited the pub with our parents yesterday afternoon & to say we had a lovely afternoon out is quite an understatement. Our parents did tell us when we sat down that prior to having all the Stainless Steel Gas Food Heaters for the carvery, they had what was almost like tea light (candle) warmers. Which of course couldn't generate enough heat to keep the food warm (HENCE THE BAD COMMENTS EARLIER). They appear to have really got there act together now, the food was lovely and so were the sweets, the price of the carvery is also rather tasty at 7.95 per person. The only downside to our visit is when the waiters offer to get drinks, they seemed to forget about us and we had to remind them that we were waiting. I would give the Bickerton Poacher 5/5 if the service from the waiters/waitresses was 5/5, however I cannot. But if you want value for money and be that full up that you roll out of the pub then I recommend this beautiful rural pub to all of you.
Monday, December 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

ryan williams
i went to the poacher for a meal with my family. the waitresses were dreadful very unploite adn plus the food was cold the only bit of iit i liked was the pudding which was gorgeous
Sunday, December 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Wonderful Restaurant
What a lovely Restaurant. 5 of us came for dinner Thursday 30 Nov 06 and we had a superb night. What an amazing building, not what you expect when you pull up outside at all. The food was amazing, the service relaxed but attentive, the wine great, overall a thoroughly enjoyable night with no complaints whatsoever. We will definately return.
Friday, December 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Excellent night out
4 of us came here on 29th Nov 06 and we had a wonderful time. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and the portions were huge. All together lovely and we will definately go back. Well done! You need some comfy seating though, for after you have eaten all that gorgeous food and you want to relax and undo a button or two!
Friday, December 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

John Barnett
 Bad meal and even worse service!
My wife and I dined at this pub last week and, it is safe to say, we will not be returning.

We found the meal to be entirely unsatisfactory - lukewarm, badly presented and worst of all, the chicken was not thoroughly cooked! A recipe for disaster!

Almost worse than this, however, was the attitude of the staff, who seemed more interested in talking to their friends and were most discourteous.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Carole Lavercombe
Went here on friday 24/11/06 with a group af friends and had a totally idyllic evening. The whole atmosphere within the restaurant greets you as you enter, the service was fantastic whilst unobtrusive and the menu offered some of the most mouth watering food I have been showed for a long time. All in all I would strongly recommend visiting the Red House.
Monday, November 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Alan Walker
 A must
I have spent all my working life in the service industry and I realy thought that I had seen and experienced almost every thing.
I had passed the poacher on numorus occassions and never stoped so I did I had heard that new people had taken over and it was out of this world especially the Carvery on a Saturday night and all day Sunday.
Great enviroment great decor and what a greeting, real skittle alley,wishing well, real ales o and then the food.
I have to say it again one of the best if not the best Sunday dinner I have ever had.
Well done so good to see that some places realy care and can get it right.
Friday, October 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Anne Shirley
Used to be a lovely pub 3 years + back. Some of the staff need to learn basic customer service (manager was nice though). What happened to Whizz the parrot? I miss the Belgian Waffles
Tuesday, September 12, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Sian Davenport
 Save your money...
...after arranging a meal at the Bickerton Poacher for a friends birthday for 10 of us (one of whom was over from Australia on a rare visit) we met there at 5pm on a sunday got to our table and ordered our food off the friendly waitress.....after over an hours wait we complained and we given a free drink whilst we waited yet another 35 before receiving any food, then a chair collapsed from under one of the party (she is about 6st wet through) but worst of all she was holding her little baby at the time. She badly hurt her back and was offered a free pudding by the pathetic excuse for a waitress who didnt even mention the accident book let alone tell the manager what had happened. The meal was poor and the food was cold. Really a terrible place to eat. I will not be visiting again. EVER.
Monday, September 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 excellent,superb,great place to eat and drink,
The shady has changed alot, for the better it is now clean with freshly cooked food.The decor is great and there is lovely atmoshere.It iswell worth a visit ,the food is superb with a brilliant varied menu.The new owners are very welcoming.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Ooohh, catty...
Bit of a cat fight going on there, then. I bet when 'Debi' signs her name, she does it with a little tiny circle above the'i'. What can you say, really? Gentle? Good mother? Intelligent? No! All I wanted was some opinions about this particular establishment - and obviously not many people have thought it worthwhile to take the time to write.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Andy Davies
 poor service
Absolute shocker - service is non existant! We made a 20 mile journey to visit this pub on recommendation on Sun 20th August at 2.45 hoping to enjoy the carvery. We spoke to one of the waitresses when we entered and asked if we needed to book, she said it was'nt aproblem as they were quiet and showed us to a table and said she would be back in 2 mins to take our order. 35 mins later she still had'nt been back, but in the meantime had sat down and served 2 other family groups. WhenI approched her to ask about taking our order she just turned her back and walked into the kitchen!!. I would have understood if it was a busy time but there were only 10 (max) diners there. Give this place a miss if you have any sense.
Sunday, August 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Patrick Faleur
 Refurbished as a bar/restaurant
Now with a fully glazed two storey conservatory with views of the Dee to die for. Excellent food (although a little pricey) but worth it for the location. Good beer -Flowers IPA & Red lager.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Spital Vaults Website
Monday, August 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

John afterton
 changed managers
The nags head recenlty changed hands. It now offers Thai & Chinese food, as well as the owners special dishes, he will tell you if asked that they have 15 different curries in store, and are at current cooking 5 of them. Staff responsive, and the rpice most reasonbale. Little bit of a wait, but that was fine as the food was beautiful.
We had
Thai Fish Cakes
Ramaquin madras
Fried Thai Spicy Chicken
House tir Fry Chicken 3/4 chilli's
Spicy Pork & Cashews
Thai Green Curry.

All came with chopstix, wet towel
and boiled rice.

Great, will go again, but its shuts for 6 weeks on the 21st Aug 06 for a major refurb so Robert tells me, and he says the menu will be even bigger!
Saturday, August 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great food
we went for a birthday meal with friends on a saturday in july we did go a little early 7 pm ,to make sure we could get a table as we were told you cant book unless there are 6 of you or more .as it turned out even though very busy this was not a problem. we ordered staff very polite brill food ,wonderful nice rose wine (2 bottles),you were not rushed from your table and food arrived very quickly even though it got full inside and out .lots of food for your money (couldnt fit a pudding in)a*****we will be going back for more
Friday, August 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

 good local pub
My wife and I stayed in Chester in June and went to few local pubs . Some were good and some were downright crappy. We wound up frequenting The Gamekeeper. Eddie the landlord and manager went out of his way to make us feel at home, as well as the locals-Tommy, Obo, Tiny -to name a few. Would recommend . Great atmosphere and cold beer. Will visit again on our next holiday from the USA
Sunday, August 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Rip off!
Without doubt the biggest rip-off pub in Chester! Exhorbitant prices for food, ridiculous prices for ale! Suggest Wetherspoons for far better value
Friday, August 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

Just loved this place, relaxing, friendly, dont visit chester without going here.
Monday, July 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

I have just been reading the comments and as i have just booked a table for my family and myself for the 4th time this year I would like to add we have had excellent service every time, nothing has been any problem at all! from a group of 18 visitng on a very sad memorial from Canada to my special mum's birthday! excellent food and fab service!thanks guy's you deserve more credit for what you do!! ps if you do have children which i do, be prepared to look after them yourself and not expect a pub beer garden to do it for you!!
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

visit the website: www.thenagshead.uk.com
Wednesday, May 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

 new broom at the Nags'
Newly refurbished and under new management. Pop in and see for yourself. Great atmosphere and great food. just what a village pub should be !
Wednesday, May 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dan Wallace
 Well Ace
Well I used to work @ The Poacher before coming to Uni and it was ace, locals were sound, we had a laugh and it was a friendly atmosphere! If it was so bad- why was it packed on a Sunday all day, and then packed on Sunday Quiz Night? The food was very good, and we always got compliments!

Try it out- its amazin!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jaclyn Davies
 Lunch Time
We eat there most lunch times and I think the food is lovely and I have never had a complaint. They always bring it out quick and It is served hot and on a hot plate. I give the custom house 10 out of 10 every time.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

 not good
shocking a dredfull place we walked out and went to the davenport arms just along the road and could not ask any more from a pub
Monday, May 8, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Paul Allen
 Shady Oak
Just to let people know that the Shady Oak has re-opened as the New Shady Oak, it has been fully restored with a new landlord, the food is great, and the place is clean the phone number has changed 01829 730718 come and see us this year.
Saturday, April 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

h ibbs
 Bar staff
disappointing attitude of bar staff, was refused entry whilst on works day out when one of our group was seenwearing a rugby shirt, that in itself was no issue however the bar staff would not compromise when one of the group offered to cover up the offending garment with a jacket!!..went to the Victoria instead
Sunday, April 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Michael Keslett
 Its got better!
Great little pub in the centre of a a mixed bag of a city when it comes to pubs. Had a lovely Sunday roast there last week, and ended up staying all evening as there was live music on. Dunno weather the management has changed but it is a whole heap better in The Shrop than it used to be!
Monday, April 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Don't know about the food - there wasn't any...
We had passed this pub a few times and had heard that it was worth a visit, but on calling in there with colleagues one Wednesday in February (party of 4) they weren't serving any food (?). We went to the Copper Mine a few miles further on, at Broxton, and that was superb.
Friday, April 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

David Parkes
The Bickerton Poacher is a truly amazing pub. It is set in a rural hamlet, over shadowed by Buckley Hill. I have been visiting the pub since I can remember, as my Dad used to take me for walks up the surrounding hillsides. Now as I am older I visit it with my girlfriend much more frequently than I used too. We love the food and drink in the pub, and the staff are always friendly.

If you have never been before, I recommend this place. If you have children, the play area outside is fantastic, along with the brilliant out door seating. It is a brilliant outdoor area, especially during summer months.

The inside of the pub is large but cosy. It has an indoor well, how many pubs can say that. The menu can be quite limited especially if you are in a large group. However the actual food quality makes up for that.

The only downside to the pub is that it is too far away from Nantwich (where I live).
Overall, Fantastic, Friendly Cosy
Monday, February 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Julie B-Walker
 Discraceful service
I visited this pub today with my family on the way home from shopping in Chester and I have no idea why it is on this website becuase it was a discrace.
Saturday, February 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Best in Chester
We didn't even know there was a restaurant here until we popped in for a quick drink before exploring town on our last visit to Chester.
We had a delicious meal with a superb bottle of Pinot Noir. We have even booked to stay here next time!
Friday, February 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

L Roberts
 A hidden gem
Good cooked food to perfection, most items home made especially the delightful pate. Not a spot of dust in sight! enjoy your meal in the tranquil surrounds of one of cheshires finest eateries.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great place to chill out with your friends
love this pub the staff are excellent and the food is great would highly reccomend.
Saturday, January 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 very friendly and relaxed atmosphere
great pub to relax and enjoy a drink and have a bite to eat.
Saturday, January 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

will c
 The Bickerton Poacher
the poacher is brilliant because of the staff that work there esp nat frazer and if u read this will u go out wid me love u will
Wednesday, January 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Geoff Parkin
Had a meal there today (30 12 05)with my wife, my Leek and Cauliflower bake was Broccoli and Cauliflower no Leek. I passed it back to the waitress who returned it to the kitchen, she brought it back telling me the Leek was shredded in the sauce, nonsense, no such thing. She beat a hasty retreat, I did not want to cause a problem with my wife being there so we left never to return, what an insult to my intelligence and shocking service.
Friday, December 30, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Poacher Life
Well, what can I say, being a fellow member of the 'Glum Club' all that can be said is the Pils keep on flowing esp. on a Sunday night !!

Weather is here wish you were lovely
Wednesday, December 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tim Nelson
 Wonderful pub.
This Californian and his wife couldn't have expected to visit a better pub in all the UK. Staying at the hotel next door, we found this clean and friendly establishment a total joy. The owner and his staff couldn't have been more friendly. We were greeted at the door by a sign that said, This is a friendly pub for friendly people. Upon entry, we were quicky greeted by the owner and his staff. Excellent. This Yank was chatted up with conversation from music to anti-French humor. Again, excellent. To my American brothers and sisters: Go here. Enjoy yourself. We shall never forget this place.
Sunday, November 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mike Lewis
 Absolutely Awsome
Very welcoming new Landlady and Landlord.
Crisp tasting beers and great sausage rolls, beans and mash.
Sunday, November 27, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mrs A Walker
 about the poacher
i am a regula customer on friday and saturday nights i fully enjoy my drinking in there, they know how to pull a good pint. There is a great atmosphere between everyone. The staff make you feel very welcome and is a fab drinking pub!
Thursday, November 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

Natalie Stevenson
 about the poacher
i work at The Bickerton Poacher there is nothing wrong with the food there its is great we have a new chef that is a great cook so don't be put off by other peoples comments come and try it for your selves
Tuesday, November 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

natalie fraser
 about the poacher
i work at the poacher as a waitress, and there is nothing wrong with the food there,the poacher is a good place for the locals to come on a night out for example sunday nights which is quiz night were everyone fully enjoys themselves,
so if anyone has any problems with the food there the can come n see me
Tuesday, November 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mrs Bonser
 Lovely food
My family and I visited the Bickerton poacher recently for lunch, we had a fab meal and service was great, much improved on previous visits and the atmosphere was lovely.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

wendy smith
 lovely views outside
Shady oak is a friendly pub, the customers during the winter are abit like a family mainly boaters with summer being others from all walks of life. Friday nights entertainment 's great. The staff all work hard and long hours. People come back year after year from all over the world to glimse shady Long live the Shady, from a boater nicknamed Shady
Monday, October 31, 2005Rating: No rosettes

hi ian
Saturday, October 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Dave Smith
 What a Country pub should be!!!
Great Beer both CASK!!! and Keg Great selection, Wonderful Atmosphere Throughly recommended!
Monday, October 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

George Higgins
 Fullsome praise
Good pub. Mr Forbes the landlord has given a good review of his establishment.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

Gary Parker
 Harkers Arms Chester
Irritating habit of staff spraying discinfectant on tables and stacking chairs just before closing time , with customers still in pub.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

rose recrute
 not happy
nice pub which is totally ruined by the attitude of the management towards staff which affects the customers. There needs to be safety gates on the playarea due to the nearby main roads. The reputation of the pub would be higher if there was more control over customer behaviour at weekends. And make the web site easier to find by not calling it best pubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, September 23, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Very friendly landlord
Very friendly landlord
Thursday, September 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Nice little boozer
Nice little pub, no scallies, idiots or drunks. Live music just right, not too loud nor too quiet. Useful hide away from the wife whilst she's shopping or on the war path with you !
Thursday, September 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Fantastic food and a great place!!
The Rake & Pikel provided us with a fantastic slap up BBQ feast for 30 people which was amazing - thank you all for making out team night out a fantastic success!!
Thursday, August 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Fantastic food and a great place!!
The Rake & Pikel provided us with a fantastic slap up BBQ feast for 30 people which was amazing - thank you all for making out team night out a fantastic success!!
Thursday, August 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

Deborah Fletcher
 Definitely not for families with children
My husband, three year old son and I arrived at 6.30 on a glorious sunny Saturday evening in August, to meet eight friends with their children. Two friends placed an order, and the rest of us opted to wait until everybody had arrived. When we tried to order, at 7.02pm, we were told that outside dining orders would not be accepted after 7pm. Fair enough, so we said we would eat inside. However, we were then told that our children would not be welcome inside after 7pm either! What a fiasco. Two of us had ordered, and the rest had not, so we had to split up and find another pub. The two who had ordered incidentally waited almost an hour for their food. Definitely not satisfactory. And whilst I'm having my moan, in my opinion the play area is NOT suitable for younger children, and is far too far away from the dining area even for older children in my own opinion. If your child fell and hury himself or herself, there would be a strong possibility that you would not hear. Make your own minds up - we have!
Sunday, August 21, 2005Rating: No rosettes

andy carter
 Good old fashioned pub
won 90 on the fun quiz. We all had a laugh.Not the cheapest in town but nice atmosphere.
Monday, August 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

M. Littlewood
 cosy locals pub
Enjoyed the live music here. Not so load that we couldn't chat. Small beer garden.Not your yuppy wine bar.Friendly little boozer.
Monday, August 1, 2005Rating: No rosettes

jane drew
 nice pub, nice people
Small & friendly traditional pub.Flowers on tables. No football or load music. Good cask ales & reasonable pub food.Acts as husband creche while wives go shopping. Suit older people or those wanting quiet drink.
Monday, August 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mrs A Thompson
 wonderful day out
we have been too the shady oak several times and it has been a very pleasent experience, i have 2 children and there was plenty of things to keep them happy. the staff were very accomadating and the food has always been fantastic and therefor i would recommend everyone to go. the veiws from the cannal side tables is well worht a visit... p.s Mr Woods comments are from my expeirences very wrong and like i already said i would reccommend this pub too everyone.
Saturday, July 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

 wonderful home cooked food
We had a fantastic Friday night at the Shady, had a wonderful meal the salmon in Prawn sauce is to be highly recomended,we stayed for the folk night and were treated to a free supper for all, we will be back. f
Saturday, July 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

paul kamczyk
 a must if your in chester, want good food and not
great beer , fantasic food at fair prices very freindly staff,very nice decor what more could i say?
Monday, July 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

terry ashford
 great beer
very pleasant country pub seling fine food and a great selection of real ales will go back soon.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jeannette Hall
 Chance Visit
Called by chance on the way home from a camping trip, wasn't planning on eating but the smells coming from the kitchen, and the extensive menu made it impossible to say no. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and was very impressed with the home-made chicken nuggets for the kids. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Lovely atmoshere.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Martin Hughes
 Don't book as a party
Having been there a couple of times for lunch which was very good, we booked our car club in as a party - the menu was limited and the food was truly awful. One member complained on our behalf but this was met with total disinterest
Thursday, June 16, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 don't believe the map, its the other side A55!
I'm rating the map with no rosettes
Friday, June 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Tim Healy
 great atmosphere for a real ale
The staff are all exceptionally freindly and helpful and the beer always tastes good!
Friday, June 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ted Magee
 Fantastic Old England Pub
Friendly,traditional pub,full of character and characters.Good Ale and food.This pub will leave you warm inside with a smile like a Cheshire Cat
Saturday, May 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Disgusting Food
Avoid this place like the plague. The food is disgusting all cooked in a microwave and mine had been reheated
Thursday, May 26, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Julie Whitehead
We had a meal at the Nags Head on Monday evening 23rd May 2005. The meal was totally disappointing. My daughter had lasagne which she could not eat it was full of kidney beans which is quite unusual. My son in law had steak when it arrived the steak was cold. and still had the blood running out of it and was very pink. I had the cod which was quite nice but the broccoli had not been cooked. I feel very upset about this as it was a treat for my birthday and we just did not enjoy the meal. I made my comments clear to the Assistant Manager but no compensation was offered. I feel I have wasted 41.05 which is a lot of money for food that was very poorly cooked. I would be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this e-mail. When speaking to my sister in law and told her how disappointed we were she told me that her mum, dad and members of the family had a meal at the Nags Head a few weeks ago and they were very dissapointed. They were offered a discount on their bill. I was just told by one of you staff that we didnt do very well tonight. I would be grateful if you could re-imburse me with part payment of the meal. I will also put my comments in writing to the Manager with a copy of the bill.
Thank you
Tuesday, May 24, 2005Rating: No rosettes

jonathan evans
 great pub
great pub, cosey atmosphere and excellent food.
Friday, May 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

jonathan evans
 great pub
great pub, cosey atmoshphere and excellent food.
Friday, May 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

This is a treasure. I t is professionally run, with polite and attentive staff. The landlord is the chef and provides excellent restaurant quality food at pub prices. The bitter is 1.30 a pint and the lager 1.56 a pint all the time !!! It is a family owned brewery who only sell their own branded products, but they are all excellent. There is a major refurbishment to take place in September, lasting 3 months. I cannot wait to see the transformation, because it exhudes quality and atmosphere now.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mat Sharples
 Superb Seafood Restaurant
I took the lovely lady for her birthday meal and found it to be excellent,

What got me was the lack of menus, all the meals were on 4 blackboards and depended on what was caught the day before.

I had the mussels to start and she had the smoked salmon, then we both had the Lobster for a main (well it was her birthday).

All told it came to 57 including 3 drinks Which for what we had I found excellent value for money.

Definitely going again soon.

Thursday, April 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

Robin Gallie
 A rowers retreat!
Always a welcome to be had.Good honest and VFM menu.Bright engaging staff.Wide selection of beverages and one of the best views in town.Publican with a dry wit and genuine desire to create the perfect ambience...or so he says!
Friday, April 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

Craig Gregory
 The best live music venue in Chester.
I (Croog) have seen many many live acts in here. Most notably Nick Harper, yes Nick Harper has graced Jez's gaff and blown everyone present away. Top pub Jez, nice one.
Friday, January 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

MIke Saunders
 A friendly and welcomining atmosphere...
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere can be expected from everyone. The decor is something to be desired, but this is not something that will ditract from the pub itself. Boasting some of the friendliest staff, service with a smile and a chat guaranteed. Good drink selection, hot and tasty food with good selection from menu.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Wouldn't recommend
Food was average, service even worse.
Thursday, November 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

Sarah Gwatkins
 Nice Place
Wetherspoons has a good, lively atmosphere, perfect for eating out or, indeed, a quick drink after work. The menu is fairly standard but in the puddings section, the waffle does rather stand out, being quite, quite delicious. Mmmmmm.........
Sunday, October 31, 2004Rating: rosettes

Aileen Massey
 Do not go here
I was appauled at the sevice and quality of food that my husband and I received on our visit on August Bank Holiday Monday.
We were not informed of the long wait for food. Others that were served just after us were told of a 45 minute wait.
When the food arrived it was literally 'thrown' on the table and I had to ask where the cutlery was.
My husbands burger and bun were char grilled and my baguette filling was very lacking. It had approx a 5ml teaspoon of houmous in it and the vegetebles were cold.
I felt embarresed about complaining as the place was very busy.
Saturday, September 4, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Cris skold
 Amazin pub!
I went the shrop today(3 july) and was amazed to see a hughe improvment from my last visit last year! 9 out of 10 for that! Plus there was a really beautiful bar maid with blonde hair and young who i didnt have the bottle to speak to!! silly me! so, if you read this, email me anytime love! :)
Saturday, July 3, 2004Rating: rosettes

i have known the owners and costomers of this pub for many years know,and i must say it is one of the best pubs i have seen in a long time,everyone there is welcoming and warming to new faces.It is more of a pub for quiet drinks an chatting in the day and some night times,but friday an saturday nights are excellent,just like new year was the year before last,the party was amazing!!! i hope you have the same opinions of this pub as i know for a fact that the old owners put alot of work into the place!
Friday, July 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

 wicked man
this pub is wicked man.it has pumpin choons!!!!!!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2001Rating: rosettes

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