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The Oakfield, Chester, Cheshire

The Oakfield

4.6
4.6
2501 Reviews
£25 and under
International
The Oakfield is set in a stunning property at the heart of Chester Zoo, making this a truly unique contemporary British pub.

With pride and passion we’ll be serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. The Oakfield has been lovingly restored and our new garden room offers incredible views of our award winning gardens.

So, whether you are enjoying a day at the zoo or want to pop in for lunch you’ll get a warm welcome from our team.*

*Usual zoo admission fees apply but our members can visit as often as they wish.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 10:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01244 389710

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Ben Finchett

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea - Must be made 48 hours in advance

    £18.95 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    ***Please note: Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance and full prepayment is required at the time of booking. This is non refundable, non transferable.*** In the comfortable surroundings of The Oakfield, you shall be welcomed with freshly prepared sandwiches, freshly baked plain and currant scones, a selection of classic cakes, pastries and macaroons. This sumptuous selection shall be accompanied by the fines of teas, coffees or herbal infusions.

What 2,501 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cheshire

    Best Ambience

  • Cheshire

    Healthy

  • Cheshire

    Lunch

  • Cheshire

    Most Booked

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Best Overall

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Best Food

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Best Service

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Best Ambience

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Best Value

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Healthy

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Lunch

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Special Occasions

  • Cheshire West and Chester

    Most Booked

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  1. AR

    AvrilR

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked our table and we’re seated straight away. The waitress was very efficient and remembered us from our previous visit. Being a zoo member and getting 10% discount is a good help in these inflationary times.
  2. GF

    GeoffF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Booked online, table waiting for us. Good attentive service and decent food.
  3. PK

    PeterK

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    £14 for a panini with chips and not even a hint of veg is not good enough !
  4. MR

    MichaelR

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely vist to celebrate one of our colleagues departing for a New life in Denmark. We sat in the conservatory and were well looked after by the staff
  5. AA

    AmyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always we had a fantastic time, throughly enjoyed our meals & the staff and service where quick and efficient as ever despite being a busy Sunday!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had a really lovely family meal. The food was really lovely. The restaurant is immaculate, the only thing would be the service although really lovely, was quite slow.
  7. ED

    EibhlinD

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service and fantastic venue to have our Father’s Day. I absolutely love the Sunday roast. Every part of the service was fantastic and the staff were fabulous. They were sooo lovely to our children too and made sure they were happy with what they ordered. Highly recommend.. 5star!
  8. KR

    KateR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Veg portion on Sunday lunch was very small. 1 Carrott and a teaspoon of cabbags. Not good. However it was delicious 😋
  9. AH

    AbiH

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal at the Oakfield. It was delicious, service was great and it was very relaxed compared to the busy zoo!
  10. AM

    AlexandraM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    It was our first time there and we had been told how nice it was and the photos are beautiful so we were excited. I couldn't get a table on Sunday for father's day so we decided to come on the Saturday so we could have a nice meal but when booking noone advised there was a wedding on the same time therefore the place was very empty and quiet and we were sat by the kitchen doors in a relatively dim room. There was no atmosphere and for our first time I would say it was disappointing
  11. PW

    PeterW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place after a busy day in the zoo it was great to take a break in the restaurant with some cool drinks and a good meal .
  12. L

    Lizzyt

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful building, lovely decor, delicious food, good service - not much more to add, I would thoroughly recommend it 👍
  13. LI

    LIndaS

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed Sunday lunch with family members quick service but time given between courses then went on a nice walk around the rest of the zoo Would recommend lunch while visiting zoo
  14. DP

    DebbieP

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal, it seemed very quiet but the conservatory wasn't being used for some reason. Food and service was great 🙂
  15. SK

    SueK

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch in the Oakfield. It’s always good food although I wish the chefs would be a little bit more adventurous with their vegetarian dishes. I’m fed up of Sweet potato dishes being the best they can offer. Saying that I had it as I don’t eat pie( the other veg offer) and it was nice. It seems that every restaurant is serving sweet potato as their veg option at the moment and to be honest I’m not that keen.
  16. WR

    WendyR

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere friendly staff- that’s why we keep coming back!!
  17. k

    keyron

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, service outstanding only reason I marked the food down slightly was it is a very limited menu and the only thing I wanted was not available but what I did get in the end was lovely. It is a beautiful place and the food is very tasty we would go back again.
  18. DM

    DerekM

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good as usual service a little bit slow otherwise excellent
  19. JD

    JohnD

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our visit to the Oakfield very much the food and service was very good and we would recommend it to our friends
  20. T

    Trevor

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice of food. My meal was excellent and the servie was outstanding.
  21. LH

    LynH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyable meal, food tasty and served in a timely manner. The restaurant was quiet as we dined later in the day.
  22. JP

    JPJones

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Kids macaroni portion was a bit small for my child, but apart from that everything else was perfect, well done!!!
  23. DD

    DaynaD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service, if we were not there to see the animals we would have stayed longer
  24. EM

    EndofMay

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a very helpful waitress and the food was excellent
  25. JS

    JoanneS

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service as always. Lovely atmosphere and great food
  26. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & atmosphere. Week trained, happy team of staff Good value for food given the location
  27. EB

    EmmaB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food in a gorgeous venue with great service. Highly recommend.
  28. DC

    DianeC

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a lovely Sunday dinner maybe could of got a bit more, but was very tasty and cooked beautifully, def be going back in the future , was a bit warm in room no windows open
  29. BH

    BerylH

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely setting and delicious meal friendly staff. A very welcome break from walking round the zoo and a very enjoyable birthday!
  30. CG

    ClaireG

    Cheshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely afternoon. The surroundings were calm and welcoming and the food was delicious! Thank you to the attentive staff who helped make it so enjoyable.
  31. AC

    AnnC

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The previous lost two stars -one for the waitress who took our ground pepper pot away as it was not working and came back with it after I had helped myself to one from another table The other because we were seated very close to a very disruptive child and his father which was very distracting
  32. AD

    AlexD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience visiting The Oakfield at Chester Zoo. We have been wanting to visit for a long time and we weren't disappointed when we did. I was able to book a table easily on the morning we visited. The whole building was beautiful including the toilets. The staff were friendly, approachable and attentive. The service was timely and all our needs attended to. The food was delicious and fresh. Lovely place and we will be visiting again as soon as we can
  33. RM

    RobertM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you to Tamara for greeting us on arrival & being very attentive to us, my 7 year old daughter looks forward to The Oakfield for lunch, each time we come to the Zoo, which is often being members. Tamara & all the staff are very competent, friendly & have their eye on their game! Yesterday was perfect given my daughter had just broken up for school so a trip to the zoo was ideal. The facilities are immaculate & impeccably maintained, one of our favourite places to come for lunch, thank & see you again very soon!
  34. SB

    SharonB

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff. An amazing building and the food and service are exceptional. Thank you.
  35. M

    Macclesfieldvistor

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a lovely and outstanding place to have lunch when visting Chester Zoo. Set in the orginal building where the zoo was born back in the 1930's. From the intial greeting from one of the management team. the whole expereince was just outstanding. Great food backed up by even better front of house service. It's a must when visiting the zoo.
  36. J

    Jane

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly service and nothing was too much trouble.
  37. AG

    AdamG

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to both Chester Zoo and The Oakfield. Managed to get seated before my reserved time which was a nice touch. Great staff & service. Food was absolutely sublime.
  38. l

    louiseb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very high standard of service. Food quality excellent. Roast beef melted in your mouth. Excellent value for money, even got my 10% off for being Chester zoo members. Could do with a few more meat or soup starter options.
  39. MD

    MichaelD

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    It looked great, inside and out, we were escorted to our table quickly, our waitress was great. It was let down by a dirty and very sticky table. They have a very limited menu and had even run out of some things, we didn't end up eating in there, a bit of a disappointment.
  40. CL

    CharneL

    Dubai

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was lovely, quality of table service was good, however, don't think there is enough staff for all tables, so often had to wait a long time to get someone's attention. For was really good, took a long time to come out, approx 50min. There was a problem with the gas, so beer on tap was flat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Oakfield is rated 4.6 stars by 2501 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Oakfield

Chester Zoo Upton-by-Chester Chester, Cheshire CH2 1LH

Additional information

  • Area

    Chester

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 10:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ben Finchett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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