Hickory's Chester

Hickory's Chester

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hickorys.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01244404000
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:


    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM,


    Lunch:
    Monday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 05:00PM,


    Dinner:


    Monday - Sunday: 05:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hughes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact John Welsh for further outside catering information.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Free parking available at the rear anytime.
    Free parking available riverside after 6.00pm
A word from Hickory's Chester
Hickory’s Smokehouse is Chester’s authentic American BBQ. Here you can enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but that we think deserves to be just as popular over here.
Our menu offers two styles of BBQ. The southern-style ‘Smoker’ BBQ uses slow, wood-fired cooking in our specially imported American smoker oven. The northern-style ‘Yankee’ BBQ is cooked over sizzling hot coals. Both styles create unbelievably tender, delicious meat and fish.
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Hickory's Chester reviews from OpenTable diners
539 reviews since 22 May 2014
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.3
    Value4.2
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (342)outdoor eating (280)fit for foodies (275)group bookings (269)child friendly (212)outstanding value (163)brunch (150)romance (131)disabled access (79)business meals (66)sunday lunch (60)afternoon tea (52)pre/post theatre (34)good vegetarian options (29)Show More
  • Amazing
    Awesome
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    The service was incredible! The food was quick and tasted amazing and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly! Definitely a must go!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Book straight away
    STaylor
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Excellent dining experience, the ambience of the place is brilliant and the food is simply outstanding!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Food stunning, waitress annoying!!
    Mrshank83
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Served our drinks and all was good. Main meal came and waitress was just simply annoying and would not let us get on with our meal in peace. Firstly I was having the ribs, which came with a steak knife, she came along and asked me for my normal knife. Not sure why but was happy to let her have it. Then minutes later she was along to see of we were enjoying our meal. Fair enough. Then she came along again to check we were ok for drinks to which we said 'yes' and Her response was 'oh let me fill your water up anyway' leaning across our food to do so. Several times she walked by to check if we had finished. When paying our bill she was clearing our table making us feel most uncomfortable, like we were being rushed out of there. Far too keen.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Great service and food!
    foodie
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    The food was amazing, service was great and not too expensive! loved it!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    SvSs
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Booked this for my boyfriends birthday and couldn't fault the experience at all. They looked after us so well and the food was gorgeous - the onion rings are to die for! Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebrating my 60th birthday
    seahorse4547
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Well i booked lunch for my daughter and myself...because we wanted to try Hickory,s in Chester...having tried Hickory's in rhos on sea....it was my 60th birthday and we wanted to shop in Chester too...I booked on- line and it did ask if a birthday was to be celebrated...well it was still a suprise to see balloons on my table and we were made to feel very welcome...the food was fab...although I do find the sauces a bit sweet...but I cant beat the service....the young lady who served us really made my day and when i had my pud which was an ice cream soda she place it on a board with happy birthday written on it... i was thrilled and really enjoyed my day !
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    An authentic and hearty taste of the US! No fault here - great value, attentive staff, huge portions and outstanding food :)
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service lacking
    lisimick
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been Hickory's several times now and the food and service is always amazing. This time was no exception but unfortunately for the food only. The service was not very good at all. We asked our server for a straw as soon as the drinks came. He didn't bring one. We then asked the lady that brought our food. She didn't bring one either. All 3 of us asked for mayo too and she only brought 2 pots. We then asked our sever for mayo and he didn't bring it until we had finished eating and it took a while.for us to finish our meal as we had a big sharing platter and sides too. Our first disappointing visit to Hickory's!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Although it was very busy, the staff were friendly and the manager came over to personally apologise for our wait. Food was nice, although it came in a plastic basket with paper on top, something I'd expect in a cheap cafe, not a nice restaurant!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but the split bill was a mess
    ohmaid
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The meal was OK.. plenty of it.... maybe too much (Low & Slow Beef Ribs). We dined with a couple of friends with "Separate Bills" however, some of my friends selections ended up on my bill and vice-versa.
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    afternoon tea
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  • Brilliant as always
    eldorko
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The best ribs this side of the pond and really friendly and accommodating service. What more could you want?
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • staff really friendly
    sarah
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    we ate here for my daughters 7th birthday, the staff were really friendly and the room for kids with colouring, books and games is great as it stops them getting bored waiting for food, the popcorn in bags on arrival adds to the authenticity! we had balloons on table and they brought the cake out with sparkler and candles and wrote happy birthday in chocolate on the board with sprinkles which made my little girls face light up! food was delicious! I just think they went the extra mile for the customer so would definitely go back and recommend hickorys!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Great food and service!
    Foxxybingodotcom
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Loved the restaurant at Chester. Came from Huddersfield for the night and chose to eat here. I manage an American themed restaurant so it's always good to check out similar establishments. Only thing that was negative for me was how dark the restaurant was and how ridiculously hot it was. I was in a skirt and a vest top but still struggled with the heat. Loved the paper straws! I have looked into trying to get these myself. Great cocktails and bar! Bar staff friendly and very knowledgable. My boyfriend had the xxxl burger. Great quality but not very xxxl. I had the brisket, which was great. All in all really enjoyable visit
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary meal at hickorys
    Heaths
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal at hickorys on Friday night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We were greeted immediately on entrance and showed to our booth table which was perfect as we had our baby boy with us and it was quiet for him in his car seat next to us. He slept the whole time. Our order was taken promptly by our lovely host. We loved the free popcorn while we waited for our starter's which arrived soon after, and which we enjoyed. then the main course arrived in lots of quirky dishes arrived and pots, the food was fantastic! We had pulled pork and Mac and cheese and would recommend both choices. For dessert I had the key lime pie which was worth every calorie! We enjoyed it all so much we have already booked again.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Birthday Meal.
    LMay02
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I booked a table online whilst abroad as a surprise for my boyfriends birthday. Hickories responded to my notes of asking for a time change and some birthday decorations very well, and when we arrived the staff even had been informed of my boyfriends birthday and gave him their best wishes. They had placed balloons on the table and set us in a lovely booth - very clean and stylish. The waitress was lovely, and I only wish I could remember her name, very helpful and very well informed of offers and drink choices. Overall the meal was amazing, my boyfriend had never been to hickories and thoroughly enjoyed his first experience. We both had starters and a main each and left feeling full to the brim! Couldn't of asked for a better lunch :)
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Food was great!
    Ktej91
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Excellent range of items on menu, staff extremely welcoming and setting of restaurant is lovely. Make sure you prebook though as it can get extremely busy!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down by a dry steak
    damn
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Lovely staff, but the steak was very dry on our 2nd visit and thought they had this nailed after our 1st experience was amazing. Sorry to say it seems to go down hill slightly during the day time and won't be going back in the near future. £19 for a steak is a good price if its cooked right and chips should be included for this price. Dessert is a poor portion for what you pay, but they are nice and different to what you get elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • A little piece of USA in Chester
    Smokehouse
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    We wanted to give our children a taste of the barbecue / smoker flavours that they've seen in US films / TV series. The reception was great, very friendly and welcoming, and we had a super corner table with loads of space and a chance to watch what other tables were enjoying. You HAVE to have wings to start and we shared a large portion between four. We had Tennessee glaze which is only two on the heat scale but they had a kick.The milkshakes were excellent as were the speciality float drinks. We had two of the XXXL burgers and we had the sharing plate to try the different flavours. Its a lot of meat but great if you don't know which cut / treatment you want. Dry rub ribs with the winner for us! a really good experience and recommended
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Angela1
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    This is the second time we have eaten at Hickorys. The food was lovely and yet again we couldn't finish our meal because the portion sizes are so generous. Even though the restaurant was fully booked we were still served quite quickly and the staff were friendly. The only downfall is that it is so hot in there, they need to invest in air conditioning or at least open some windows as it was quite uncomfortable.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit
    Foodie
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    This was our first visit to Hickorys in Chester and it definitely will not be the last.Their were 5 of us dining and we enjoyed the little extra attention and details like the free salted popcorn and complimentary water bottle, such a nice touch.Some of us had the xxxl burger which was amazing, my mouth is water now just thinking about it! We had a little alcove all to ourselves which made us feel that we were dining on our own.Our son had previously been to this restaurant before and raved about it , saying it was the best meal he had ever had! So we had to try it and we were not disappointed.The service, food and atmosphere was brilliant and we cannot wait to go back.Thank you Hickorys for making our night extra special.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very yummy lunch
    LoveMyFood
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I had a dessert, toasted marshmallows which I have never seen on a menu before. Was very enjoyable.
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    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Loopy
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    This was recommended by a friend. It took 3 separate attempts to get in as we do not live in the area but have visited quite a bit in the last year. I ended up pre-booking weeks in advance to visit on a Sunday night. It was worth the wait with great American smokehouse food. Downside was, that we had a table by the bar which was very noisy. Staff were very hospitable and worth their tip. This is the sort of restaurant that we would normally just rock up and get a table so slightly frustrating they can't accommodate walk-in customers. That said - definitely worth visiting.
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    brunch, disabled access, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • First hickory experience & loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Everything from start to finish was amazing. I just hope that the Rhos on sea venue is as good as the Chester as we have booked to go there next x
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Hickorys
    ilikeeatingout
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Another fantastic meal at this trendy, welcoming smokehouse, with great food.
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Husband' birthday meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Fabulous food, excellent service, child friendly - what more could you ask for for a special family meal
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    amazing food and experience one of the best meals i have had in a long time. would definitely recommend and eat here again. staff extremely friendly and helpful even with non restaurant related enquiries.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch
    daisydaydream21
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Anothet fabulous trip to Hickory's, service was second to none and my mum with her dairy allergy was treated with respect and alternatives found, nothing was too much trouble. Food was also delicious
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    brunch, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab time
    Pinsx
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Great food, great variety, spoilt for choice, lived everything about it. And clean toilets - always important!!!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We went to Hickory's for a birthday meal for my daughter. There were 3 of us and the staff were very attentive and the service was excellent. Food was as always great, and very filling.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • Excellent
    Love2eat
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    We arrived at hickorys and was greeted by a friendly member of staff, we ordered drinks first and then our mains and the food came out quickly. The staff checked if everything was ok throughout the meal. Had a great experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant and tasty dining
    Andy4Tracy
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    This was our first visit to Hickory's and we were not disappointed. We were seated in a lovely booth by the window and were extremely well looked after by a new member of their team. We had 'burnt ends' and 'prawn in the USA' to begin (delicious) followed by the Smokehouse platter. Despite my husband having a huge appetite we struggled to eat even half our main course which would easily have fed 3-4. Nothing was wasted, however, and it was expertly bagged up so we could easily take it home. I had the vanilla soda to drink which came in a jam jar and went down a treat!! The food was very, very tasty and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lively yet relaxed eatery to anyone.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Fantastic meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Food and service were impeccable, anyone going to Chester and have something to eat. Hickorys smokehouse is a must. Well done to this eatery.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Not as good as normal.....
    submachine
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    No cocktail menu any longer just a piece of paper as a 'drinks menu'...no other options according to bar staff. Asked in advance for a seat at the Chef's bench but even though there was space the waitress said they had to fill the tables first. It was our anniversary and I asked for this when booking. We were sat on a table that was dirty as well. Then we were billed for a hundred pounds for two starters and two mains...and they said we must have ordered it! Had to escalate it to get it resolved, no apology!!!! Shocking service and considering not returning, the reasons we liked it there have all gone!!
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  • Enjoyable
    2ofus
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Enjoyed the meal and great service, would come again soon! Wasn't left disappointed, couldn't even have pudding haha
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    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary meal at Hickory's
    trigby55
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    We booked a table to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary at hickory's after reccomendations from friends, from arriving to leaving we had an amazing experience, we were given in my opinion the best booth in the place over looking the river, the staff had decorated the table with heart shape balloons and candle, which just made the table outstanding, the staff where all very friendly and attentive which made our visit even more special, and as for the food, WOW! we had the sharer meat platter, with every taste cooked to perfection, we couldn't finish it all but happily took the leftovers home (which we ate for lunch the next day). All in all we couldn't have chose a better place and will definetely be returning in the near future, thanks.
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Kavman
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    We walked past the restaurant at lunchtime and asked about booking a table for Tuesday night.we were told that there were no tables available until Thursday night at 10pm.my husband then booked on open table for 6.30 Tuesday night. It didn't appear that busy. Food was ok but portions were not great.i ordered chicken skewers and would be lucky if it amounted to half a chicken breast.my sons children's portion had 2 small chicken cubes on it. Food was tasty enough,but not value for money.drinks glasses are filled to the brim with ice so you get much less drink. We enjoyed what we had, but looking forward to trying lots of other restaurants on our holiday
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  • awesome place
    mandz74
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    From the minute you go to the desk to be seated the service is fantastic. The staff are extremely helpful and fun. The food is so tasty and they do very good portion sizes. Menu is great as so much to choose from and great value. Will definitely be visiting again when I'm up there on my travels
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    authoritis
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We enjoyed the meal - very generous portions and the service was friendly and efficient.
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  • Excellent
    IanandLiz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was our first time eating at Hickory's and we were really impressed. Had the pulled pork nachos to share to start followed by brisket and ribs. All outstanding. Definitely going to have an ice cream next time because they looked fab but we had marshmallows toasted for desert to share. It's a lovely atmosphere in there as long as you like sport and as long as you like it busy as it's very popular, lots going on.
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  • recent visit
    icelady
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Visited sat nite 9th aug. Really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Will recommend to friends visiting chester and hope one open in liverpool in the future
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.