There are few cities that look better than Chester in the summer sun. And there are few things that are better than enjoying an afternoon in a beer garden in the beautiful, historic city.
We’ve picked out the best outdoor spots in Chester for you to enjoy with your friends, family or even just a bloody good book. Chin, chin!
Telford’s Warehouse (rating: 4.0 – 123 reviews)
Chester City Walls, Chester, CH1 4EZ
01244 390 090
The canal-side beer garden at Telford’s makes for the perfect afternoon in the sun. Follow that up with a gig in the evening and you’ve got the ideal summer day on your hands.
The Architect (rating: 4.0 – 1,018 reviews)
54 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NX
One of the city’s newest pubs, The Architect opened at the end of 2012 and has quickly become a favourite with locals and race-goers. It’s situated just minutes from Chester Racecourse and boasts quintessentially Georgian interior décor and a brilliantly British beer garden and dining terrace.
Alexander’s (rating: 4.0 – 123 reviews)
Rufus Court, Chester CH1 2JW
Located in a courtyard tucked away off the main street, Alexander’s is a top spot for live music and comedy. It doubles up as a café and its beer garden is in the characterful Rufus Court, which is something of a sun trap, so you can soak in the tunes and soak up the sun at the same time.
The Chester Fields (rating: 4.0 – 123 reviews)
Sandfield Farm, Chester Rd, Chester CH2 4JR
Around four miles out of the city centre is this quite brilliant country pub. The gardens, as you might expect, are lush, so eating and drinking outside in the summer sun is simply the done thing here. You can even claim free prosecco and a free meal there if it’s your birthday, which makes it well worth the trip out to the countryside.
The Red Lion Inn (rating: 4.5 – 46 reviews)
37 Overleigh Rd, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7HL
Venture south across the Old Dee Bridge and you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in the great British pub that is The Red Lion Inn in Handbridge. There are picnic tables outside the front door and a sheltered decking out the back, so you can take your pick depending on where the sun is when you go out.
The Boathouse (rating: 4 – 354 reviews)
21 The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SD
With BBQs, beach huts and an outdoor fire pit, The Boathouse has everything you could want from a pub in Chester. As you might guess from its name, it’s placed on the banks of the River Dee, so you can top all that off with some feel-good views, too.
Commonhall St Social (rating: 4.5 – 71 reviews)
10 Commonhall St, Chester, CH1 2BJ
Right near the Grosvenor Shopping Centre yet still neatly tucked away is the vibrant Commonhall St Social. Depending on your outlook, it’s the perfect place to either (1) end an afternoon of shopping or (2) avoid an afternoon of shopping. The outdoor area is terrific at any hour, so be sure to get involved.
The Goshawk (rating: 4.0 – 391 reviews)
Station Rd, Chester CH3 8AJ
Jump on a train for 10 minutes out of Chester and you’ll be at the fantastically laid back Goshawk country pub in Mouldsworth. It’s right next to the train station, so you don’t have to venture very far to experience the English countryside in a top beer garden with top posh nosh.
The Bouverie (rating: 4.0 – 9 reviews)
51 Garden Lane, Chester, CH1 4EW
In the heart of Chester’s student district is The Bouv. Loved by students and locals alike, it’s got a fantastic beer garden that’s the perfect resting place after a hard day’s studying. Live sport and a lively atmosphere make this place a mega hangout in the city’s Garden Quarter.
The Old Harkers Arms (rating: 4 – 605 reviews)
5AL, 1 Russell St, Chester CH3
Whether you’re off out for a drink after a day’s grafting in a hot office or you’re looking for a sunny place to be at the weekend, The Old Harkers Arms will not let you down. There’s plenty of outdoor seating and an impressive selection of ales. Where did it all go so right?
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