Review: The Pied Bull

IF YOU ARE LOOKING for a place to stay in Chester for a cosy winter weekend or simply fancy somewhere to enjoy a refreshing pint, The Pied Bull, the oldest licensed building in Chester is something a little special from the rest.

The Pied Bull is situated in the heart of the city centre along side the roman walls and is full of history as it dates all the way back to 1155.

From the outside of the pub the brickwork remains almost untouched, with the inside reflecting its distinctive heritage with deep wooden open fires, broad oak beams and original paintings.

Apart from the Bull’s rustic appearance what makes the place somewhat more novel than the average Cheshire pub that fact that it has its own brewery, which is the only one within the city walls. The brewery serves an award winning range of quality ales that combine the best of brewing tradition with contemporary styles.

As well as the brewery, The Bull serves top quality food sourced from local farmers in Cheshire. On the menu are a variety of traditional English dishes from fresh fish & chips to delicious roast dinners serving meat from local butchers in Hoole.

The Bull is a popular place with both tourists and locals for its authentic appeal and colourful history. For the more superstitious guest, The Pied Bull is famous for having its fair share of ghosts, including a haunted cellar man and chambermaid who haunted two rooms in the 19th century. If ghost stories do not phase you, the Pied Bull has a selection of comfy, traditionally decorated bedrooms to stay the night in.

Outside The Pied Bull, Chester

Outside The Pied Bull, Chester

With a building steeped in history, filled with the finest of local foods and award winning ales the Pied Bull is the must to go during the festive period to enjoy a quite drink or stay after doing your christmas shopping.

Rating ****

By Rebecca Jones

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