Hear ye, hear ye! Chester has a new watering hole! And this one comes from the talented team behind the Cellar Bar on City Road.
Corner House at the top end of City Road has been known by many names before, most recently the Compass and The Hangman. I always thought there was so much promise in this venue; massive music venue at the top floor and a beautiful, traditional pub space underneath. But like so many other venues it was left wanting some love and a dedicated landlord who would give the place some much needed TLC.
Now that the team behind the ever successful Cellar Bar has extended their loving arms around this listed building and given it a lick of paint, a facelift and hey presto, some good beer, this beautiful building has come to life again.
I’ll be honest, the beer selection has nothing on the Cellar’s, but it’s not supposed to. If it’s craft beer extraordinaire you’re looking for, you should cross the road and pop your head there. If it’s some solid cask ales, forever favourites and a pretty high flying wine selection you’re after while nibbling on some mighty munch, Corner House is your gaff.
They serve some seriously mean platters with cheese, meat, pates and veggie choices, all fresh and local ingredients. You can mix and match your platters, which you totally should do, and they all come with some fresh baked bread. It’s all pretty phenomenal and easy on your pocket – there were four of us scoffing down a platter and a side of olives and we were all well fed for a mere 15 of your English pounds. Pretty nifty.
The upstairs is also getting utilised: bands and solo acts are being signed to perform there and if memory serves, it was always a good night with live music in this venue. Sadly, the Cellar will cease to have their live acts in the same format they used to, but on the balance of things, if it’s only moving across the road, that’s something I can live with.
Overall, I really like what the guys have done with The Corner House. It has a relaxed atmosphere, the beer is in top nick and the food is great. I can foresee myself spending many an afternoon here enjoying their full menu.