Old Harkers Arms
Well run canalside building with a lively atmosphere, fantastic range of drinks and extremely good food
The good pub guide review
Right on the Shropshire Union Canal, this red-brick Victorian warehouse ' once run as a chandler's by a certain Mr Harker ' attracts cyclists and other towpath users, but given its central location it also buzzes with city life. The striking industrial interior with its high ceilings is divided into user-friendly spaces by brick pillars and offers fine, unimpeded views of the boats from the tall windows that run the length of the main bar. Walls are covered with old prints hung frame-to-frame, mixed dark wood furniture is set out in intimate groups on stripped-wood floors, there's a wall of bookshelves above a leather banquette at one end, and attractive lamps lend some warmth (as does the resident rescue dog, Ollie); board games. Cheerful staff serve ten cask ales including regulars Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Weetwood Cheshire Cat Blonde and guests such as Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Peerless Oatmeal Stout, Rudgate Ruby Mild and Salopian Oracle plus a trio of craft beers, 130 malt whiskies, a well described wine list with 20 or so by the glass, 45 gins and a dozen farm ciders and perries. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Modern British and international food includes roast tomato soup with herb oil and crème fraîche, halloumi chips with sweet chilli, chicken carbonara with smoked pancetta and a poached egg, steak burger with grilled bacon, coleslaw and fries, smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, club sandwich, and puddings such as rhubarb and apple crumble tart and roasted pineapple with spiced oat granola and coconut ice-cream.
Old Harkers Arms, Russell Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5AL
Pub Group: Brunning & Price