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Most un-welcoming pub I have ever had the mis-fortune to visit! arrived at lunch time with my partner and our very welbehaved 3yr old son. First words out of the waiters mouth "hope that pushchair folds down" (we have a small mclaren pushchair). There were only 2 or 3 tables taken so plenty of choice but no, we were shoved up the corner, when we asked if we could sit elsewhere the waiter told me again that we would have to sit out of the way due to the puschair, 3 or 4 times he asked if it would fold down to the point where I told him where I would stick said pushchair and went next door to the Amber rooms where we were welcomed and had a lovely meal.
We are two couples in our early fifties who have just returned from a short break in the Manchester/ Chester region.
Chester is such a beautiful city with friendly people-so what a pity our day was spoiled when we decided to have lunch at The Victoria Pub on Watergate Row.
We arrived at 12.30 to the busy pub but managed to secure a table and menus however fifteen minutes later no one arrived to take our order-- no one informed us we should order at the bar and pay in full before being served. We realised that the reason for this --- few people would wait 3/4 of an hour to be served and then pay for the worst lunch we have had for a long long time!!
My ham and cheese baguette consisted of one wafer thin slice of ham, a small end of a cherry tomato and a leaf of last weeks lettuce!! A poor ploghman would not be able to continue wprking following the meagre 'lunch' which was presented to two of our group!
Tastless, overpriced and definitely not the Fine English Fayre which we were used to while holidaying in the area and indeed which was advertised. Did we complain?? Tried to but no- one around and we had already spent almost two hours there.
Perhaps this is a great beer drinking establishment and it certainly had Ye Olde Worlde Charm however if you intend to eat there be warned!!
Appalled to find that this establishment is family hostile. We were refused entry on a Saturday lunchtime because we had children and a small, collapsible pushchair.We were all set for a relaxing lunch in the rear courtyard, only to be summarily asked to leave on various grounds, from "we're not licensed for children" (they are) to "the pushchair takes up too much room" (maybe a reverse Tardis effect here - the courtyard looked to have enough unused space for a bus).Discussions with Trading Standards officers are ongoing.Definitely one to avoid!
We arrived in Chester just before Midday and I was already hungry so we were looking for somewhere to eat. I fancied some pub grub and upon reaching The Cross in the centre of Chester, we noticed The Victoria and decided to try it out.
The Victoria is situated on the Rows (for those of you unfamiliar with Chester, there are shops above the street-level shops - in other words, a street above a street!). The Victoria can be found by The Cross (a Medieval Stone Cross) and up the steps by St. Peter's Church.
We walked in and found the pub to be quiet with a handful of customers having a drink and chatting with the barman. I thought the pub was small, but had character
The pub serves the usual beers and other alcohol, as well as a handful of real ales (which I believe change on a regular basis). We were served promptly and after asking, we were handed a menu each and sat down at a table to choose.
The menu had plenty to choose from, including the usual pub grub such as fish & chips, burgers, ploughmans etc. We went back to the bar to order and chose a ploughmans, a pork pie ploughmans and a steak & ale pie, and didn't have too long to wait.
My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw the size of the plates... they were quite large! One thing I didn't like was the plate "decoration". Around the edge of the plate the chef had sprinkled some kind of spice - I haven't a clue what it was as I stay clear of spices. I didn't really see the need for it as it didn't do anything for the meal.
The meals themselves, however, were delicious! The steak & ale pie came with chips, mushrooms & gravy and looked homemade. Both ploughmans came with a fresh baguette, cheese, pickle, half an apple, pickled onion, lettuce, tomato, cucumber - one had more cheese, while the other had a pork pie. They were lovely and none of us needed dessert afterwards.
The prices of our meals were around £7 - £8.50 each, which I felt were fair prices for the size and quality of the meals.
All in all, I thought the pub had a nice atmosphere, the service was good, the food was delicious and it wasn't too pricey. I would certainly go there again when in Chester.
It originally became a pub in 1269, only becoming 'The Victoria' a century ago. The cellar is built above St. Peters Church crypt.