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The Old Harkers Arms, Chester Central, Chester

Russell Street
Chester
CH3 5AL
Phone: 01244344525
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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Harkers Arms

A Brunning & Price by the river in a converted warehouse, so expect B&P prices. Quite well done inside – painted brick, cast iron supporting pillars and radiators, an old factory clocking in machine. a slight industrial feel and the usual B&P features. Very busy on mid-afternoon Saturday and we had to share a table with a slightly startled middle aged couple. Seven ales on; 2x Weetwood, B&P house beer, Beartown Cream Bearlee, Titanic Plum Porter (NBSS 4) and a couple of others I forgot to note. Most people were drinking rather than eating, which is a good sign. Overall, it was pretty good and I’d happily recommend this one be included in a Chester crawl. It might be expensive but the beer quality is excellent, so the extra 30p is worth it.

On 1st March 2019 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Old Harkers Arms

I had previously been to the Old Harkers Arms in August 2017, but was the last pub of the crawl before getting the train back from Chester, and being a Saturday evening it was rather busy.

I was in Chester earlier in the week and, despite not initially intending on doing so, thought I would call back to experience it during the daytime when it would be quieter. I found this to be a pleasant, quite large pub, with a bar in front of you as you walk in the main door, and a further bar round to the left hand side. There is an area off to the right with tables and chairs which looks quite cosy, but the area to the left feels more open.

Each bar has a bank of six hand pulls, four of which were duplicated across the two banks at the time of my visit. These included a bitter with a heavy metallic pump clip which makes it look like it is probably a permanent feature, along with Cheshire Cat and Eastgate by Weetwood, Brew No 1 Vanilla Mild by Rudgate, a Welsh ruby ale, Acorn Blonde, Town Crier by Hobsons (without a proper pump clip), and finally Titanic Plum Porter.

My half of the Vanilla Mild was £1.95 and slipped down nicely. Not sure there's a lot to rush back for but it's not a bad pub.

On 11th October 2018 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Old Harkers Arms

This is the sort of place that inexplicably attracts trendies, the nouveau rich or people that are just too stupid to realise they are being ripped off. It's a grotty old warehouse by a stinking canal that has been converted into a rip-off pub. Inside it's roughly L shaped with wooden floors and packed with braying idiots. I noticed beers were from Weetwood, Abbeydale, Heavy Industry, Archers (aka Evan Evans), Titanic, Big Hand and one called Brunning & Price Original. I later discovered that this is a low ABV boring brown beer that they actually commissioned Phoenix Brewery to produce for them. Pathetic!
I went for the Abbeydale Moonshine at an extortionate £3.80 which was either not as good as it once was or not that well kept.
As far as I know this is the first Brunning & Price pub I've been to and certainly hope it's the last.

On 10th March 2017 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by James Joines
Chester, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Bache, 1.56 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Capenhurst, 6.56 miles, 2 hr 6 min walk (show)
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24th Jul 2019, 13:22
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10th May 2019, 20:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Car Park : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 August 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 08 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday10am - 10:30pm
Monday10:30am - 11pm
Tuesday10:30am - 11pm
Wednesday10:30am - 11pm
Thursday10:30am - 11pm
Friday10:30am - 11pm
Saturday10:30am - 11pm
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