Mill Hotel, The

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Type: Bar, Eatery

Milton Street
Chester, Cheshire, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1244-350035 | map

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Reviews by TXHops:
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I’d like to start this review by introducing a theme that US readers must keep in mind—this is a UK pub, not a US bar. I was lucky enough to get to spend a week at the Mill for work during June of 2004. The Mill is a small, non-chain hotel on the Canal that runs through the middle of the walled city of Chester. The hotel itself is adequate—clean and quiet, but far from comfortable or luxurious by US standards. The bar, while extremely smoky by US standards, has a phenomenal lineup of cask beers (by UK standards). There were always at least 10-12 different offerings each night, with 2-3 new casks daily. The Cheshire branch of CAMRA frequently holds their meetings at the Mill and it’s no wonder why. The broadly Victorian architecture features brass beams and uncomfortable wooden chairs all in a room dominated by a long bar behind which works 1 manager and 3-4 younger bartenders. All the staff was quite friendly, but only the manager seemed to know anything about the beer he was serving. Frankly, he was a bit aloof, at least to this American. Perhaps the best part about the Mill is that it’s a free house, so there are no “house beers” and “guest beers”. They do feature a regular lineup of some of the more local brews, but for the most part, the trend was toward regionals and micros. The Mill always keeps at least one Mild on tap at all times and I think I tried over 30 different beers in my week-long stay. Next to the White Horse in London, this is the finest beer bar I’ve been to in England, though my experience has been limited to less than 50 pubs. The food is very mediocre (but so is just about all pub fare) and so was the selection for non-real ale drinkers. I believe they had a couple of lagers on draft (Stella and Fosters if memory serves) as well as Guinness. Most interestingly (to me) was the inclusion of Theakston’s Cool Cask, which I thought I’d abhor as a bit of a real ale purist, but which I actually quite enjoyed. This is a must-stop if you’re visiting anywhere near Chester (Liverpool or Manchester areas).

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I knew I was going to Chester the other month, so I looked on BA for a decent place to drink, and found this.

When I went it was pretty busy, as it was a bank holiday and I assume the hotel was full. Anyway, as was mentioned in a previous review, it is a bit sports bar-like, with big TVs and well...sports on them.

Importantly, there were 16 different hand pumps, all with local ales on, which was brilliant. There was also a handwritten blackboard up, which listed the beers that were coming on next. Unfortunately, even though the place was packed, I think I was the only one actually drinking any of them. At one point I was at the bar and overheard a couple of blokes saying how great it was that all these local beers were on. Can you guess what they ordered...a pint of Fosters and a Guinness.

The atmosphere wasn't the best but I think that was due to it being more of a hotel bar than a proper drinker bar.

Will definitely go back when I'm in the area.

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Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

(From notes on a September 08 trip to Chester)

The atmosphere of the hotel pub/bar was not necessarily a 'traditional' English pub. It was more like a pretty nice sports bar, with several flat screens and leather seats at numerous tables. That being said, it was still pretty decent.

The quality of the brews (I had a couple of English micros) was spot-on and really great. The service was courteous and prompt, and I commend the efficiency of the servers.

The selection was really the big highlight of Mill Hotel. What a range, from the more traditional UK brew styles to new interpretation of the English micros. I only wished I had more time to spend there.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place!

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Mill Hotel, The in Chester, Cheshire, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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