British boozers are national institutions, so when you need a little pick me up or something wholesome and comforting, there’s nothing more familiar than grabbing a bite to eat in the confines of a classic pub. The Old Harkers Arms in Chester takes things up a level while maintaining that cosy feel by providing gastro pub level food in a relaxed dining room setting.
The pub itself is in an old warehouse-style building with red brick walls, large multi-paned windows and an arched wooden door, while hanging baskets adorn the front. Inside, the bar is the main focal feature of the room with one wall entirely covered in bookshelves for a romantic feel, while higgledy-piggledy seating options give groups, couples ad solo diners all kinds of different setup styles. Our favourite spot is the booths that are sidled up against the bookshelves, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the bar.
With a truly international menu, you might find things like a traditional chicken liver pate on the starters section alongside slightly more unusual combinations like warm crispy beef with sweet chili sauce or guacamole with smoked paprika tortillas. This wide variation on the menu means The Old Harkers Arms in Chester is great for group dining – there’s sure to be something here that everyone will like here. All the classics are on the main menu (think fish and chips, pie and mash or steak) but there are a few things for those looking to try something new. We love the sound of the teriyaki sea bass salad with crispy wasabi rice balls, watermelon, pickled ginger with a soy and sesame dressing.
No pub dinner is complete without a pud, and here there is no shortage of options. Take your pick from things like crème brulee, brownies, sticky toffee pudding and hot waffles. More of a savoury tooth? There are plenty of cheese options to choose between too.