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The Cellar, Chester

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21 City Road

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Cellar

A cafe style bar with folding back french windows to the front in fine weather,there is a roped off cellar but the servery is on the ground floor to the right.Two Sky Sport screen on mute with the cricket showing,and a decent soundtrack not too loud .There are high tables near the bar and to the front with a sunken area with lower profile modern furniture and a few metal chairs and tables on the street.There is some pallet rough wood facing and a vague hipster vibe.There is a very long gin menu.
There was a friendly welcome from the young bar man who helped with ale advice and curry recommendations.This place will always have a decent ale line up with TT Landlord a regular ,with rotating guests on my trip Beartown Creme Bearlee,North Brewing Pinata,Buxton Low Tor,Roosters Yankee and a very decent Kirkstall Dissolution IPA.Thats a good range over 6 handpumps for my money.
This bar is the sister operation to The Corner House just down the road,and there is a listing on the wall for the Corner Houses' live music spanning the weekends.The staff will appear in both locations although there is a wider ale choice in here.A bar to include on any crawl around the city and a great triple header with it's sister pub and the Old Harkers merely yards away.

On 2nd August 2019 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Cellar

Visited on Saturday night as a last stop before getting the train home. I spotted four or so hand pulls for cask ale and there seemed to be a decent selection on from what I remember. In the gents, the urinals are made of beer barrels. I had a Lemon Fool by Fyne Ales and my drinking accomplice went for Abyss, a lovely stout by Neptune. I'd be happy to go again.

On 21st May 2019 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cellar

Firstly, it is not a cellar - it is dimly lit bar with flashing fairy lights. Painted white walls, wood cladding, very cacophonous and full of powdered locals at 2pm on Saturday. Chunky wood plank tables and silly small stools to sit on made for an uncomfortable stay. Five ales on with an eclectic selection but we defaulted to the excellent Hawkshead, and the resultant beer was close to perfect condition (NBSS 4.5). Despite the superb beer I struggled to enjoy this one much and I felt much more at home in the sister pub, the Cornerhouse. Maybe I caught it at a bad time.

On 1st March 2019 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Cellar

Despite being "The Cellar", the pub is at street level, the cellar itself is a function room for gigs and the like. This is a sister pub to the Cornerhouse across the road. A fairly small room with the bar on a side wall, some folding doors to the street (closed on a chilly day), a stepped wooden floor, sofas in the window, otherwise seating at small rough hewn tables with tiny wooden benches fixed together with bolts. Stone clad columns, games on a shelf, European beer ads on an end wall; there are various gig photos above the bar. There's a TV on the wall but switched off on a Friday teatime.
As for the main event, there were six on, Fyne Ales The Cardinal plus also Jarl, Marble Beers Pint, Deva Fusion Cannon (7%..£2.20 a half)plus also Oatimus Prime and Thornbridge St Petersburg. Nothing national or mainstream amongst that lot, you could lose a lot of time in here.
Add in £1 off cask ales on Mondays and free bacon butties all day on Sundays there is much to like here. Indeed I did. A solid 8, leaning towards a rare 9 from me.

On 25th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Al Bundy left this review about The Cellar

A pretty good selection of cask ales plus a wide range of foreign bottled lager some of which are very expensive. Good for a last drink before getting your train.

On 18th August 2015 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Cellar

This misleadingly named street level bar has the sort of full length windows that open right back to allow the street to invade the room in summer time. The cellar itself, whose stairs yawn invitingly from just inside the front door, is for music events or is available for private hire. The bar has four hand pumps and I soon found myself engaged in enthusiastic conversation about local breweries and their beers. The four available at the time of my visit came from local-ish Happy Valley, less local First Chop of Salford, and distinctly foreign Fyne and Tempest from north of Hadrian's Wall. I only had time for a half but it was probably my beer of the day, despite being not really to my taste. On the local real ale circuit I would say this is a must visit.

On 18th November 2013 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about The Cellar

Despite the name the cellar part of this bar is a live music venue in use at weekends and some weekdays. The main bar is at street level and is a fairly basic affair with minimalist decor and an eclectic mix of tables, chairs, sofa's etc. Three cask ales available which are all changing guests. I had a pint of Three Tuns 1642 which was in good nick. They offer a small CAMRA discount as well, which I failed to notice until after I'd bought the beer. It's a pleasant little place, or at least it was early on a Sunday evening. They have limited food service times, but when a group of three walked in and asked if they were doing food the barmaid said no and then offered to make them a sandwich, which she did. A nice touch. It's new to the CAMRA GBG 2013 and quite rightly so. It's good to see a new outlet for good cask ale in the part of town and is handily placed between Old Harkers and The Mill Hotel.

On 4th May 2013 - rating: 8
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