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The Oakfield

4.6
1211 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1211 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaJ
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible meal. Ordered burgers and within 5 minutes they arrived making us think they were not made to order. The burgers were overcooked, dry and cold and chips extremely greasy. No atmosphere. In and out in 30 minutes. Real shame as had eaten here before and had a lovely meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice good pub with plenty of space for social distancing. Not pram friendly from the entrance advised to use and chips tasted pre made. Overall though good pub with good choice of drinks but was also pricey. Probably wouldn’t go again.

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Susie
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was lovely! We were waiting a long time before anyone came, then we didn’t see her very often,. We wanted to look at the desert menu and had to wait ages till someone came.

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DonnaM
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal we was seated straight away Lovely safe environment food was lovely as was the drinks. Highly recommend for lunch in the perfect spot to break up your walking with lunch

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JulieS
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A cosy and comfortable stop off during a wet day at the zoo. I particularly enjoyed the beef pie I was served. The filling was tasty and the pastry was crisp and delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Stunning venue!

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AnneliW
Manchester
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and restaurant, the only thing we was disappointed in was the cost of the glasses of wine. Over £7 for a large glass of white and £10 for a large glass of rosé

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Richard
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place to eat when you visit the zoo. Booking a table is easy. The staff couldn’t be more helpful. The food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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vipSimonW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We booked into the Oakfield ahead of our visit to Chester Zoo as recommended. When we arrived we waited about 3-4 minutes to be seated. We ordered drinks which took about 5 minutes to be delivered to our table. At this point we ordered our food, but it took so long for the starter to come out we had finished our drinks. The food was very nice, with lots of flavour and was very filling.
I will definitely go back again however I was expecting the service to be quicker with the reduced number of tables so I was a little disappointed by that

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Tricia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid friendly. Well spaced tables. Staff very welcoming and food delicious. My Grandsons scored the Calamari 10 out of 10. A little bit of normality during these bizarre times.

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ChrisB
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service, enjoyed by the whole family thank you.

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3573476
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The children's pasta appeared microwaved and was bland. Garlic & cheese Ciabatta looked like cheese on toast. It was soggy and stone cold. I had to send it back and asked for it to be taken off the bill, which they agreed to. The chips were a bit overcooked, some hard and had a burned taste to them. Should have gone to the food court for a better meal, it would have been cheaper too for better quality!

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MarkF
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good place to have something to eat while walking round the zoo,nice and relaxing service very good

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LauraF
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great choice of food for all tastes and dietary needs.

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JaneH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to celebrate our Anniversary at Chester Zoo and being able to dine at The Oakfiel d was a delight. The house is beautiful, understated elegance with the most stunning Ladies! The ambiance and quality of the food did not disappoint.

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Si1666
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect as always. We love eating at the oakfield

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DavidP
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place, and it's a real asset bto the zoo. It would be to a 5 star review but when we were there two days ago every course was a bit cold.

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JoEiggs
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience, the staff were very affluent and friendly and the food was excellent in an magnificent setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting had been well thought out due to covid19, the service and food was excellent.

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Clare
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely place lovely staff. Generous portions but not everything on website menu was on the current menu.

EG
EmmaG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great pate
Fish and chips a little bit greasy but pull of flavour

DJ
DeborahJ
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Arrived at 1.20 for table booked for 1.30.

Got sent away and told to come back in 10 minutes despite group in front being seated (table booked for same time)

Queue formed outside - another group just walked in ignoring everyone waiting and again got table before us.

I know times are difficult but consistency/fair way of seating customers should surely be possible

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GrahamW
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb restaurant right in the heart of Chester Zoo. Everything about it is top class, from the setting, to service and the food itself.
If you want to treat yourself to a great experience then you really need to go to The Oakfield.

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NickE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice pub food right in the middle of the zoo. You might expect that they would cut corners with a captive audience but they don’t. I had a nice veggie curry and the kids meals were decent with proper chicken in the nuggets and a small piece of battered fish. Recommended.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We visited on a weekend lunchtime during Covid restrictions. Our table was ready right on time and everything was very clean. Service was flawless, staff were very knowledgeable and helpful but not overbearing. Food was great, standard gastro pub style. Kids food was a bit bland but it was also half the price of adult portions and the kids liked it so can’t complain. Drinks were reasonably priced and there was a good selection. All arrived very promptly to our table after ordering. Will definitely visit again, thanks for a lovely meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal at The Oakfield in Chester Zoo. The location, the food, and the service were all excellent. Will definitely book again.

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VanessaP
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely welcome on a chilly wet Friday lunchtime . Social distance arranged perfectly; prompt and friendly service and delicious food. Thankyou Oakfield will certainly come again!

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Rebecca
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was really good and the food was exceptional. It was such a treat and really added to our day out at Chester Zoo.

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TracyD
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service, very safe with COVID in mind. The fish and the pie were particularly good. Would definitely recommend

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KatyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a really nice, relaxed lunch here during our visit to the zoo. Tables felt very well spaced apart, and we were looked after fantastically. They were even accommodating when we ordered “off menu” for our toddler who isn’t really ready for a full kids meal yet. We would definitely return.

JP
JuliaP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and staff. My soup was delicious and my daughter was happy with her chips but the fish was dry and the batter very greasy.

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RosieW
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and lovely atmosphere, we will definitely be booking again on our next zoo trip

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KeithF
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food at reasonable prices and a "safe" atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal at the Oakfield, in the very ambient setting of Chester Zoo !

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JannineJ
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Peaceful oasis for the best locally sourced food

Always worth a visit

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had a lovely meal and the staff were very helpful.
Negatives were no grated cheese available to go on child’s pasta and 10 year old slightly freaked by portrait in dining room so I shall request conservatory next time.
Highlight was the chef personalised Ella’s desert for her birthday.

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AnthonyH
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes there's a reduced menu because of social distancing requirements, but the food is still excellent. As we're members of the zoo we try and eat there regularly. Even in these strange times the menu changes regularly and is always varied and seasonal. Vegies and vegans are well catered for - we've even eaten them on occasions, there's gluten free options too.
The staff are great as well, careful yet attentive service. All round a very good place to eat!

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AlanP
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great meal and ambience. Staff very pleasant. Felt very Covid safe. Looking forward to our next visit!

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AMMS
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch in a great setting. Sevice was attentive and efficient.

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MoiraN
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy the Oakfield. Food very tasty. My husband enjoyed the real ale.

FAQs

The Oakfield is rated 4.6 stars by 1211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.