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Ye Olde Boot Inn, Chester Central, Chester

9 Eastgate Street
Chester
CH1 1LG
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Rob Hunter left this review about Ye Olde Boot Inn

Visited on Saturday evening. The place was pretty busy, and being able to get a pint for under £2 in Chester city centre would probably go some way to explain that. As anyone who knows Sam Smiths pubs will know, there is only Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter on cask, a beer I am not that keen on, but their Extra Stout saved the day for me. This pub also sells their India Ale, which wasn't on in the Falcon (Chester's other Sam Smiths pub) last time I was in.

Two separate signs on the door announce that under 18s are not welcome, and that no swearing is permitted. Once inside there are further signs (and plenty of them) advising that mobile phones are banned. Once at the bar you can see the CCTV monitor which continually pans round the bar, giving a distinctive "big brother" feel.

We sat on the banquette seating in the window, and judging by the marks on it either somebody had died there and not been noticed for a while, or had pissed themselves, or just been very careless with a drink.

Not too bad a place but not somewhere I felt massively comfortable and I don't have any plans to return in the immediate future. One of those places that's good to do once, in my opinion.

On 21st May 2019 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Ye Olde Boot Inn

Tucked away on the upper tier of Eastgate Row (no street level entrance!), the pub retains much of the original 17th century structure and character. This is a classic Sam's pub - multi layered with a drinking corridor separating the front and back bars, salmon walls, wood trim. Tight and narrow which is a pain at the best of times but at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon made for a pretty uncomfortable crush and the lack of ventilation resulted in a sweaty atmosphere. A couple of the classics missing at the bar, for example no Man in a Box. There was however cask OBB which was a bit flat and fluffy (NBSS 2) – end of the barrel? The Dark Mild was also pretty fobby which made me wonder if the cellaring is a bit duff. Kudos to the barmaid who was doing an incredible job serving a huge throng of customers, taking multiple concurrent orders – barmaid of the year and put her idling colleagues to shame. Anyway, if you like Sam pubs you will like this one. I preferred the interior here but the beer was better at the Flacon, so take your pick. 6.5

On 1st March 2019 - rating: 7
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Jon B left this review about Ye Old Boot Inn

archetypal Sam Smiths museum right in the middle of Chester. it draws a mixture of pensionable drinkers and tourists/shoppers looking for the ye olde pub experience. unsurprisingly it was packed beyond comfort on a Saturday afternoon so I didn't hang around - nice pub though.

On 1st December 2018 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Chester, 0.95 miles, 18 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Ye Olde Boot Inn, Chester
24th Jul 2019, 13:41
Review submitted by Quinno _
 
21st May 2019, 17:40
Picture submitted by Rob Hunter approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 August 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Oggwyn Great
  • 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 06 May 2017 by Oggwyn Great
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Oggwyn Great
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