The Oakfield

4.6
1487 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1487 People Are Saying
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VickyT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fabulous food homing back on Sunday with the rest of family

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Charlotte
Liverpool
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were lovely and the food was hot and tasty

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We managed to book Outdoor Dining to coincide with the heaviest downpour of the year so far. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, particularly when a gust of wind caused the parasols (which were keeping the worst of the rain off us) to fly across the patio. We were soaked, along with our food, but at least it was exciting. We will definitely return when government guidelines allow us to eat indoors.

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GillK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience5

The area is really attractive, and staff were professional and friendly.
It was noisy, but that was no fault of the restaurant, just poor parental control from other customers.
We didn’t eat, just had drinks.
Unfortunately this review site would not allow me to move on without giving a rating for the food.

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LizC
Cheshire
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food as always in fantastic environment - we will be back!

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TeriF
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, friendly, efficient service. Looking forward to our next visit. Definitely recommend.

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soph
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect way to end our trip around the zoo, and our first meal out after lockdown.

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JANEH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit very much . Staff friendly and helpful. Food very good.

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Bill
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food with friendly service and marvelous location.

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NigelM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As we booked well in advance (3 weeks) we were disappointed to initially sat at bench tables at the front, we had expected to be sat at a table in front of the conservatory. However, when requested we were moved, although the host did say all the tables were pre-cooked ?
Overall despite the overcast and cool conditions we had a fantastic meal celebrating my wife's birthday.

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Chaz
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience from booking to leaving and everything in between was was excellent

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LyndaB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed food and eating experience which added to a lovely day at chester zoo

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12345
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good addition to a Zoo trip despite having to eat outside

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Machiavelli008
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of those cold drizzly British Covid Days that this Spring is about. But even so, we were advised by phone it could be too windy and build-in options just in case the umbrellas had to come down as it was outside eating.

We got there and they were delighted to see us. We chose our seats and table. We were made comfortable and the canopies stayed up. The staff was attentive, proactive, and warm. Gave the best advice. Delivery was great and prompt. The beer is excellent. Asparagus was superb with the right amount of crumb and dip. Cauliflower soup yummy and the Beef tacos excellent. Cheshire chips warm and crunchy. bliss.

Nice balanced menu with a choice of starters and mains we would enjoy
Would highly recommend it. We will be back soon.


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WilliamP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Not ideal having to eat outside under Covid rules but Oakfield did there best and our Fish and chips were excellent.

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EmmaS
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing staff. Magda and make manager very accommodating!

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Granjan
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again, a superb meal, served by lovely staff. I cannot fault them

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suec
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and excellent service. Would highly recommend The Oakfield.

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Poppyb
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still can’t get over how good the Oakfeild is considering it’s in the middle of a zoo! The staff were friendly and attentive, orders were taken and delivered promptly and the food was brilliant. I had the steak taco which was gorgeous and super filling, my daughter had the fish and chips, she ate all the fish up first which is saying something!

Already booked to go with all the family next time.

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ChalmersChester
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice to suit most tastes and pockets.
Seated on the patio, we were able to enjoy a lovely view.
My tacos were a great choice, delicious and filling, although the plate did look like it was missing something, so presentation wise, a smaller plate would have been better.
Our server, Michael was excellent.

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AndiM
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Choice of Blonde and Amber local real ale, both of which were great. Good selection of main courses to choose from. Food quality very good. Our host, Rachael, was knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice menu. Great for veggies. The steak tacos are delicious and fresh. Nice selection of gins. Friendly and helpful staff. Will go again.

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KarenE
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great as always, though my friend said her corn beef cake was tough meat to eat. Other than that, all food was lovely.
It was a damp day, mixture of rain, hail, sun and a cold wind. Eating outside experience wasn’t that good, could have done with overhead heaters. We were freezing and of course the food went cold quicker.
I ate in a restaurant on the prom outside in Blackpool last week and it was much more pleasant experience as they had heaters under the umbrellas.
Saying that I have 4 more bookings at The Oakfield in next 2 months, as food is always fabulous and fingers crossed the weather is warmer 😃

JM
JaneM
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for lunch and were seated outside in accordance with covid restrictions. We were shown to a table and our drinks order was taken immediately. There was a full menu on offer. We selected the steak pie and the vegan cauliflower tagine. The food arrived after 20 minutes and was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The waitress came to check we were happy with everything. We selected the vegan dessert, chocolate and raspberry torte. Again, delicious and presented beautifully. We found our visit most enjoyable and look forward to visiting again.

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MarkT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside under a parasol. Fish & Chips with mushy peas and Steak Tacos. It was really nice. Weather on the other hand wasn't! Rain, hail and sun! Didn't stop us enjoying our meal though! It was our 20th Wedding Anniversary and we are glad we chose the Oldfield. Would definately go back. Fully recommend.

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charlottem
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our fault, we didn’t realise the restaurant was in the actual zoo. Open table doesn’t make that very clear - it was difficult to get in to the zoo due to covid.

Once in the restaurant, the food was incredible! Such an amazing Sunday roast. Delicious desert and great service.

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sjp48
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great meal- picnic benches were a bit of a squash and would have liked the options of chair seating for older guests in the party but the food made up for it! Was lovely

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service good choice on the menu would definitely recommend

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AlisonP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was superb. We all thoroughly enjoy every bit of our meals. Honestly must be the best Sunday Roast I’ve ever had ~ just don’t tell my mum!

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PaulaH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eaten here in numerous occasions. Due to restrictions we had to eat outside when it was quite cool. Food was great as always.

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LeisaL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

Service was good lady very friendly
Food wasn't good expected better

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SteveH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pleasant place to eat at Chester Zoo if you want a bit more than the fast food stalls. Not the cheapest, one course and drinks for 3 of us was around £60. Very nice way to break the day after a busy morning animal watching.

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WayneO
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times now and always get excellent service and the food is always amazing

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SarahD
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch had here. Attentive staff and yummy food. The best chicken goujons my son has ever had!

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RebeccaP
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service all round fantastic place

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BethanC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely service! Staff were very helpful. Lovely outside environment to stop and have a meal in mid-way through your trip to the zoo!

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AnnJ
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always have lunch here when we visit the zoo. Just the perfect place, bright, clean, good food, excellent value and friendly helpful staff. We ate outside due to covid restrictions but it certainly didn’t spoil the dining experience. We also tried the Chester Zoo Gin it was really good, definitely have another one next time.

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EmmaM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. Sat outside.
We all really enjoyed our meals, food was really good! 3 out of 4 of us had fish and chips, the other a burger. Alot better than we had expected the food to be. Staff very accommodating to small menu change requests.
The gentlemen serving us provided excellent service which contributed to the positive meal experience, very friendly and accommodating.

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JacquelineW
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice space, good choice of food and very tasty. Reasonable prices. It made the day extra special.
It was chilly, being outdoors, due to the Covid restrictions, but had overhead covering which helped.

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Granjan
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal for four adults. The food and service were excellent. I'm not sure in Covid times how you could improve really, but we were so cold. Is it worth investing in some heaters? Blankets aren't an option in these crazy times, but this is Britain and I'm sure there will be more cold days. But a lovely meal and I will be back next week. Many thanks x

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The Oakfield is rated 4.6 stars by 1487 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.