Busy pub by the racecourse with interesting furnishings and décor, attentive staff, a good choice of drinks and super food
The good pub guide review
The titular architect is Thomas Harrison, who designed this dignified mansion as his own home, as well as Chester's landmark Grosvenor Bridge. It's connected by a glassed passage to a red-brick extension. Throughout, there are elegant antique dining chairs around a mix of nice old tables on rugs or bare floorboards, hundreds of interesting paintings and prints on grey, blue and teal walls, house plants and flowers on windowsills and mantelpieces, and lots of bookcases. The pubbiest part, with a more bustling feel, is the garden room where they serve Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Weetwood Eastgate alongside guests such as Peerless Pale, Tatton Blonde and Timothy Taylors Boltmaker on handpump, a good choice of bottled craft beers, over 20 wines by the glass and impressive ranges of whiskies, rums and gins. As well as a friendly, easy-going atmosphere, you'll find open fires and armchairs tucked into cosy nooks, candelabra and big mirrors; background music and board games. Big windows and french doors look over a terrace, where there are plenty of good quality wooden seats and tables under parasols, and views over the Roodee racecourse.
The good pub guide food review
Well executed modern dishes include sandwiches, satay king prawns, chicken liver pâté with carrot and apricot chutney, butternut squash, barley and spinach nut roast, honey-roasted ham and egg, chicken caesar salad, slow-braised ox cheek ragoût with pasta and parmesan, hake with prosciutto, chorizo, butter bean and spinach cassoulet, glazed duck breast with orange and carrot purée, duck croquette and red wine sauce, and puddings such as rhubarb and apple crumble with vanilla custard and crème brûlée; they also serve afternoon tea (2-5pm, book in advance).
Architect, 54 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NX
Pub Group: Brunning & Price
Weekdays: 10.30-11 Mon-Thurs; 10.30-11.30 Fri