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The Oakfield, Chester, Cheshire

The Oakfield

4.6
4.6
2468 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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Booked 16 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.

Menu

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What 2,468 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

    Brunch

  • 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. RM

    RobertM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!

  2. SB

    SharonB

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. M

    Macclesfieldvistor

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.

  4. J

    Jane

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly service and nothing was too much trouble.

  5. AG

    AdamG

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  6. l

    louiseb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  7. MD

    MichaelD

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  8. CL

    CharneL

    Dubai

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  9. CC

    CC11

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Amazing food, beautiful building although the service wasn't the fastest. Really helpful during the booking when we spoke to them direct, very accommodating for a large-ish group

  10. LO

    LeanneO

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, excellent service and a wonderful location.

  11. S

    Sophie

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service in a lovely setting. Great value! We will definitely return!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch menu - good service and good food

  13. CB

    CarolB

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal again at one of favourite places. Food always fresh and piping hot and the staff could not do enough for you. Helpful without being servile and very friendly. Many thanks xx

  14. S

    Suriz

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Light lunch - midweek - plenty of tables free - good and quick service. Food was very tasty.

  15. F

    Flowergirl

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I ordered brie & apple waldorf salad with oatcakes, but there was no apple, no walnuts and no dressing. So I ended up with frisee lettuce, some green grapes , a few small slices of celery and two slices of brie. It was dry and pretty unappetizing. The ambience was great as was the service, just the kitchen needs attending to.

  16. HE

    HESLONDONN21

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Treated ourselves to lunch at The Oakfield as part of a day visit to Chester Zoo. We were seated in the lovely conservatory which has a really nice ambience. Interesting menu, competitive pricing, beautifully cooked food & outstanding service. Recommend the steak & ale pie, honey glazed belly pork & lemon posset with rhubarb & ginger crumb. Well worth a visit & book a table to avoid disappointment.

  17. EP

    ElaineP

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely lunch, beautifully presented, vegan options were delicious

  18. AW

    AlanW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to have lunch at the Oakfield. Good food in a lovely atmosphere, and excellent service provided by Tamara.

  19. c

    carls

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic place and the best Sunday dinner ever. The service is also first class.

  20. TA

    ThelmaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, got booked in straight away however, no availability until mid afternoon. Lovely food tasty and filling. Would recommend .

  21. RT

    RichardT

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic all round. Best roast Sunday lunch ever. Everything was excellent.

  22. j

    jayneh

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent as usual but on a very busy afternoon the service was as good as ever .Our waitress was very polite and cheerful and nothing was too much trouble.

  23. TJ

    TrevorJ

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice place to eat situated in the grounds of Chester zoo - ambience good, sunday lunch superb quality and taste

  24. PW

    PhilippaW

    Cheshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to stop and relax whilst visiting the zoo

  25. S

    Sarah

    Cheshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Check to see if a wedding on if you book, poor service in restaurant when there is unfortunately

  26. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great staff, that make your feel welcome, without being intrusive. The afternoon tea was excellent, plenty too eat, all great quality, with a nice selection of cakes. Add that to the very reasonable price, i highly recommed The Oakfield.

  27. LI

    LIndaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely visit to zoo then stopped for excellent lunch at Oakfield service good staff pleasant and helpful and did not rush us couldn't do enough for us We would definitely recommend Oakfield made day extra special

  28. AR

    AnnR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a wet off season day so it was expecially peaceful and charming in the Oakfield. The food was delicious as always and the service friendly.

  29. PL

    PauLa

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous service, attentive but not intrusive. Simple food but extremely tasty and filling!

  30. RF

    RosemarieF

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food. Nice staff. Don't like being forced to write a long review

  31. R

    Ross

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Had a lovely meal at the zoo but was disappointed at the limited menu. It was downscaled during the pandemic but hadn’t hey returned to what it once was. We were also disappointed that the menu on the website didn’t match the menu being used on the day. That all said, we’ll be back.

  32. IM

    IanM

    Liverpool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Enjoyable food and draught lager with very good service. Thank you.

  33. MM

    McelroyM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely super food delivered within about 10 minutes to the table lovely surroundings and fantastic service. You can’t really fault this menu Or this venue. My only comment would be Please bring back the vegetarian pasta . Specifically the vegan butternut squash which my daughter absolutely loved last time we were there however this time she had to make do with a standard child’s macaroni cheese!

  34. C

    Ccccc

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We liked the doors being open as it made the air circulate well. We were with my mum who is 91 and we still want to be careful about covid. The drinks took a little while to arrive but our server kept coming to tell us what was happening. A very good experience. Thanks

  35. KJ

    KateyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    6th visit for lunch and we always come once a month for family lunch either Thursday Friday Saturday or Sunday and it’s alway perfection! Many thanks

  36. SJ

    ScottJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed our afternoon tea at The Oakfield. Everything was freshly made with quality ingredients. Catered well also for our daughter who was very happy with the experience too. Would highly recommend and would come back again for this and other items off the main menu. Great experience which exceeded expectation!

  37. JN

    JaneN

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely setting, nice food. One of the starters the garlic king prawn was very expensive for the size. Good service and 10% off as zoo membership holders. Will go again

  38. LW

    LucyW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal in lovely sunny conservatory great service and value

  39. G

    Greg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I recommend to go there if you are planning to stay in the zoo for a full day. Make sure to watch the kcal next to the menu choices so you are not disappointed with the amount of food. I had a burger which was great, loved the fries that came with it too.

  40. k

    katie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, super friendly and helpful staff. When we arrived we where greater by friendly staff who brought over a glass of champagne as we where celebrating our anniversary. Food came out fast and was cooked to perfection, when the bill came we where shocked a out how affordable the was for having drinks and 3 courses it cane to £50. Definitely worth a visit would definitely eat here again

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 2468 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

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Booked 16 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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