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Hickory's Smokehouse

The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
+44 1244 404000
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (482 reviews)
“pulled pork” (282 reviews)
“burnt ends” (114 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the years we have been a frequent visitors to this place, in fact it was one of our favourites, however the last few times we have been it seems to have lost that extra eating experience, and a bit chuck it on the table...More

Thank Donesomemiles
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I took my mum for lunch to celebrate her 81st birthday. Not only was the food wonderful-sea bass....crispy battered catfish....prawn tacos-but the staff were incredible. Table was decorated with balloons...everybody popped over to say happy birthday and our lovely waitress brought a...More

Thank mikemac1958
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Hickorys a few times over the years but sadly this year it was a bit of a let down.. We booked the table for 9pm, arrived at 8.40 to but a drink at the bar no one came over like they...More

1  Thank julie r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really impressed with the visit from start to finish. We booked a week in advance, when on a night away from home to visit Chester. Our table was lovely and on a booth up on a staired stand. Very secluded and perfect for...More

Thank Hel_luise
Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd heard really good things about this restaurant and were looking forward to trying it. The food was ok but the service was absolutely terrible!! We were kept waiting at the door for 5 minutes because someone else was making a booking. We then had...More

2  Thank boardmanandyt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in before a morning river cruise for coffee and asked if we could have some toast (which wasn't on the menu). Very quickly it appeared, nice filter coffee too!

Thank Nicola F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here after work with my family. The staff are the friendliest ever. We were greeted nicely and taken to the bar as we were a bit early for our table. The choice of drinks is impressive and the there was a great buzz. We...More

Thank jimthefisher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the Bacon & egg muffin. Extremely tasty. Brendon is very helpful & someone that you can have a laugh will. Come here most weekends. The prices are reasonable. Thanks to Brendon, he looks after us. Surroundings are very pleasant & you can come...More

Thank anseanel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed out visit, particularly pleased with the vegetarian options available in what we thought would be a very heavily meat orientated place. Good portions, tasty food, wide drinks range, decently priced, good riverside location. It's a mixture of sports bar and diner, but diners aren't...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3rd time we have visited over the kast couple of years and brilliant as always. Good atmosphere, good staff and service but best of all the sharing meat platter fantastic. Will be back and hope the general standard remains if not improves. Well done 😊

Thank KathynB2306
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Questions & Answers
24 February 2018|
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Response from mikemac1958 | Reviewed this property |
There is now a section where you CAN take you dog and have a meal. 😀
29 January 2018|
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Response from Terry E | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a car park but gets full
Daryl M
31 March 2017|
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Response from kermitfroggie | Reviewed this property |
I asked this question to a member of staff and the answer I semed to receive was that they seem invite and offer memberships to regular visitor's once they get to know somone very well (first names etc) theyre invited to be... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 56
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
  • Public Transportation: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 404000
  • E-mail
Located on the bank of the river Dee at a spot known locally as the Groves, in the the heart of the historic city of Chester. We are fanatical about flames; silly about smokers and utterly obsessed with the smells, tastes and traditions of the Deep South. Our smokin' hot menu is available all day every day, from smokehouse classics including ribs, Texas style beef brisket, to steak and burgers. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and a specially designed kids menu that includes ‘grown-up’ tastes and some fun healthy options, the entire family can experience the flavours of the deep South.
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