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
534 reviews since 3 June 2014
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.2
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (341)outdoor eating (277)fit for foodies (270)group bookings (264)child friendly (210)outstanding value (161)brunch (149)romance (132)disabled access (78)business meals (67)sunday lunch (58)afternoon tea (52)pre/post theatre (36)good vegetarian options (29)Show More
  • Brilliant!
    Jcdine95
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    it was our first time dining at Hickorys for lunch and we were amazed by how inexpensive the meals were, considering how much food you got! I had the southwest chicken skewers which were delicious! My boyfriend had the Roadhouse XXXL Burger, my gosh! His eyes were definitely bigger than his belly but it was so tasty and looked the part. The service was great and quick delivery of food also. The only thing is that it could have been a little bit cleaner, but that is only a small thing. I would definitely recommend this place as the food is awesome, the staff are friendly and it's great value for money, considering the amount you have,
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Great as always
    Bikespace
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    There's a good reason that its a struggle to book a table at Hickorys. It's always so good. The only disappointment is that the stomach capacity runs out before you want to stop eating! Would be great to have more effective heating outside to create even more space and make booking easier on the colder nights. One of the best places around for great food in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fab night.
    Goodytastic
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    We went to Hickory's for the first time last week and wow, couldn't fault a thing. The setting was ideal. Had a table looking over the river. Friendly staff greeted us and showed us to our table. Atmosphere was great, food was excellent. Really, really good night was had by all. Will certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Not ideal for non meat eaters but the food is superb. Portion sizes are typically American - large! - of great quality and piping hot. Service is outstanding and a wide range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are available. The place is so popular that you have to book well in advance but you may get lucky if just a couple of you, when space at the bar (normally) can be found to accommodate.....but don't bank on it.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Great birthday meal! 🎈
    Curly88
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Me and my boyfriend dined here for his birthday. Great service and great value for money. We sat down just before 8 after booking our table for 7.30pm but had eaten starter and main by 9pm.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Eaten here a few times and at the branch in West Kirby and the food is always really tasty. Perfect if you love bbq and are a bit of a carnivore.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to die for
    Nige
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having lunch out at Hickory's. We ordered the mixed smoked meat platter which is a must. Two hours later we were still enjoying the sumptuous falling off the bone ready rubbed and glazed meat selection. As always Hickory's serve their food in a novel and artistic way. Rather than leave anything Hickory's bagged up the food we could not quite manage to take home with us. The restaurant is also situated in one of the most picturesque places in Chester beside the river. A truly wonderful experience, we will of course be going again!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fullup
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Excellent service, the staff are very friendly & helpful. The platter for two is very good value with more than enough food. The outside area is very nice,, by the river. A good place to meet & eat on a summers evening.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's awesome
    NoFranks
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    I went with the lady for a birthday treat and had the platter to try as much as I could. What can I say: Ribs = awesome, brisket = awesome, hot links = awesome and the bbq pit beans.... just try them. In short, if you don't go, it's your loss.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Gluten Free!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We're so impressed by the gluten free menu; it's massive!
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First vist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Husband had triple burger and I had the pulled pork. Quick service and good value. Good location by the river.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange booking system
    Willyolly
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    When we booked for a Thursday early evening table Opentable informed us that the latest we could book was 4.15pm. We booked this time but when we arrived 80% plus of the tables were empty. When we left 1.5hrs later many were still empty. I queried this and was told that of course I could have booked a later table! Opentable and hHickorys need to get their act together.
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    brunch, outdoor eating
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  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    love2nosh
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    We were a group of four ( The youngest being 67 ). We received first class treatment and the food was excellent, thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    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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    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.
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    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 :)
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    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.
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    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
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    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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.