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Watergates, Chester

Pub added by Al Bundy
11-13 Watergate Street
Phone: 01244320515

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Brainy Pool left this review about Watergates

Greene King tourist pub similar to their chain in London, and sadly it’s just as dull as you expect despite the character of the interior. full of rowdy types on a Saturday afternoon, it really wasn’t worth bothering with. GK IPA, Speckled Hen and Old Rosie was the very poor selection on the handpumps. There are plenty of interesting independent pubs and bars in Chester, GK don’t need or deserve your custom with lazy offerings like this.

On 1st February 2020 - rating: 3
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Steve C left this review about Watergates Bar

The split-level Watergates Bar has seating by the entrance at street level before some steps that lead down to the long bar that stretches down the left-hand wall. At the rear are a couple curved roof seating areas that I imagine were once full of wine racks and vats. A roof garden is advertised, but I did not visit. In the bar area are a couple of plasma screens that were airing muted Sky Sports News whilst some background music played. I spotted a live music advert for the weekend.
One of the four hand pumps supported by the bar was unused. This left Eastwood Ales Eastgate alongside Greene King IPA and Abbot as the cask ale options. Peroni, Amstel and a standard keg range were also available. Pub Co food is available all day until late.
I found the service to be friendly and there is a 10% CAMRA discount.

On 20th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Oggwyn Great left this review about Watergates Bar

We visited here twice over our Chester visit , once on Thursday evening and again on Friday afternoon , pretty quiet on Thursday evening mostly with people eating , busier on Friday Afternoon where we went on the small sunny roof terrace , the roof terrace has its own bar , open on busier times and for private functions .
Four handpulls with two from GK and two locals Cheshire Stout and Brew Brothers Gold which was fine , staff were a friendly bunch , i liked it here its OK

On 6th May 2017 - no rating submitted
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Watergates Bar

A busy Taylor Walker pub in the heart of Chester's busy shopping thoroughfare. Formerly a wine cellar and part of a Medieval stone undercroft. You step down a couple of steps into the bar from street level. This part of the pub had a drinks shelf running along the front with high stools, where you can sit and watch Chester's shoppers scurrying past.
A traditional style Mahagony bar was over on the left, displaying four handpumps, with three on, offering GK IPA, Speckled Hen and London Glory. The back of the pub hosted two cellars, which were set up for dining. Through a side archway took you into the stone undercroft, which had a small and private looking seating areas.
Well worth a visit for the novelty factor alone, but gets very noisy when busy, hence the low brick ceiling height.

On 12th January 2016 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about Watergates Bar

This modern bar is in a vaulted sandstone cellar, a few steps down and then a few more from street level. It goes a surprisingly long way back, and even more surprising is the sign directing ones steps to the heated roof terrace, which I didn't have time to explore on this occasion. It was quite busy, even crowded, at the time of my Saturday lunchtime visit, mostly with day tripping shoppers eating. It was good to see a couple of hand pumps on the bar, and these were serving beers from Weetwood, a previously unheard of brewery just a few miles away. Beers available were Oasthouse Gold and the temptingly named (to a Luton Town fan, anyway) Mad Hatter. This proved to be an unremarkable session ale that was good without being earth-shattering. With the core business here being food, it's not really one for beer drinkers to make a special point of visiting, but certainly worth popping in for the odd half or two if passing.

On 18th November 2013 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about Watergates Bar

Set in some crypt like place. Decent enough though dark. Has a roof terrace.

On 22nd March 2012 - rating: 6
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