The Oakfield

4.6
1811 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 handpicked 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 1811 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, some children running around, but hey we're in the middle of a zoo. Definitely recommend it. food delicious

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AndyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow maybe due to staff shortages in the kitchen, however there was a lot of waiting staff that didn't do a lot. for example the person bringing the food from the kitchen had to also get the cutlery and the condiments and he wasn't out waiter. Our waitress was just standing by the till with a number of other staff letting the new waiter do all the work she should have already done.
I would have tipped the new waiter but you don't allow cashless gratuities, which is a shame.

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Chidds
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & fantastic service as always. Staff are always helpful and can’t do enough to help

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat. Greeted immediately, taken to our table. Friendly and efficient service. Good food and value for money.

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food. Great service. Value for money. Definately will go again

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SallyH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my visit I had tacos the meat was quite tough

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Thom
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and very good food. Would highly recommend!

JM
JudyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, excellent service, from staff. Lively food. Can't wait to visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impress with the service food was good nice pleasant restaurant. Would definitely visit again

VG
ValerieG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they were very busy the service was outstanding. The food was perfect

LD
LisaD
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food. Service was brilliant from all members of staff. Such a lovely place to eat and get away from the hustle and bustle of the zoo

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vipMichaelH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and staff were great despite being busy!

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Anonymous109
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waited half hour for drinks. Asked waitress for sauce and she didn’t return, had to ask another waitress 15 minutes after by which time our food went cold. Food was slightly more expensive than I envisioned.

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JayneJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food service fine at the beginning was slow as the restaurant filled up but could have been to circumstances at present (people being having to isolate).
Would certainly recommend

DP
DawnP
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Great location for a pit stop in the middle of the zoo. Well worth a visit

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SueC
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, very friendly and true value for money. Highly recommended. Only thing is there was not a lot of gluten free choice.

BM
BarbaraM
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My grandson and I had lunch sitting in the terrace. It was excellent.

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FionaJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Most of the dishes were lovely - however the grilled prawns on bruschetta small plate was truly awful and I had to leave most of it. We had visited for my daughter's birthday, so I didn't want to raise this at the time and dampen the occasion. The Oakfield may want to rethink this dish/the description on the menu. Mostly, I thought it was an odd choice at a zoo to have food that stared up at you from the plate. It was also very messy to eat and lacked a water bowl to wash fingers. It was served not on crunchy bruscetta, but on wet bread which was saturated with oil and therefore soggy and edible due to the bits of legs and shell clinging to it. An expensive mistake! The pesto pate and deconstructed rost peach crumble were lovely but we might take a picnic to the zoo next time!

JB
JoyB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall, we all enjoyed it. It was a blowing hot day, which obviously you didn’t have any influence over, & so the conservatory felt very warm and airless, despite the windows being open. There wasn’t really anything on the menu I fancied due to the heat but my fellow guests thoroughly enjoyed it.
The staff coped amazingly in the warm environment and they kept the bottles of water coming!
Would come again.

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KatieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to eat, wonderful food and great service.. all I would say is it was really hot also we weren’t asked for our membership cards and so missed out on a discount which would have been nice so Iv knocked a star off for that.

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VictoriaK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Ordered steak burger and chips would say it wasnt worth £15. Burger was mushy and chips had been re fried nothing tasted fresh.

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SueS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We love eating at The Oakfield Restaurant and would always recommend it.

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AmandaT
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely venue to recharge the batteries after a couple of hours of walking around the zoo - staff very attentive and friendly.
Food was ok.

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Catherine
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My son and i went for lunch here as a treat rather than take a picnic to the zoo. Service was good and our drinks and food arrived soon after order. The food was lovely. Would definitely return soon i hope!

CJ
ClaireJ
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A welcome relief from the heat outside.

JH
JulieH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband for his 60th birthday. The food was beautiful, the service excellent. Will definitely be booking again.

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2000mam
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the relaxed atmosphere. Also the mushroom tacos were lush.

JB
JakeB
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, very helpful and friendly. Good value food. Nice Atrium or outdoor seating available.

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AnnC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The table where we were sitting was by the walkway from reception to the conservatory
My chair was so close to people passing behind me which made me very wary of being so close to people
l did mention it to the young lady at reception as there was another way in from the bar area to the conservatory but it did not seem to make any difference
I know rules have been relaxed but I would not want to come again until the tables were more spread out

VJ
ValerieandJaime61
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Haddock was hot and tasty but rest of food was lukewarm and lacking in flavour. Chips appeared to have been waiting some time before being plated. They were dry and just warm. Mostly scraps rather than full chips.
Pate needed seasoning and was quite dry.
Staff serving us did not know what the sauce was that was served with the asparagus.
Sadly, I would not eat here again. Not value for money.

MJ
MichaelJ
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great value for money. Would go again

LH
LaurenH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch at The Oakfield, sat outside on the patio and even though it was a very hot day it was really comfortable in the shade of the parasols. Food was brilliant, great value for money and service from Rachel was sublime! Made our day extra special

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ElizabethM
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the Oakfield for a special birthday lunch and it didn’t disappoint! The staff were friendly and welcoming and the food was fabulous!

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AnnetteV
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, food good quality. Happy to recommend

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SamanthaH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat, beautiful setting couldn’t fault it for family birthday celebration.

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I don't think we were given the right menu as there was only the starters and Sunday roasts on the menu. But this cut down the thinking time for ordering.

They had run out of the J20 that one of my daughter's had ordered but she really enjoyed her apple juice replacement. My husband ordered a dead pony beer which was lush and obviously something a little bit different!

We ordered two starters, an adult roast and then two children's meals.

The meals arrived really quickly, and were obviously really fresh, the portion sizes were super generous and were all super tasty. I though my eldest might regret ordering fish & chips rather than a roast but it turned out to be the best she's ever had!
My husband's prawns looked gorgeous and I'm not even keen on prawns. The baked camembert was to die for!

It would have been a five for the food but there was no brocolli on the roasts and the beef on my roast was very similar to the sandwich beef that we buy from tesco-compared to the gorgeous thick slice of tenderloin pork that came on the children's roast it was just a bit underwhelming, and I couldn't really place exactly what the puree was, it didn't taste great. I felt a little disappointed and seriously envious of everyone else's meals. The roast potatoes and gravy were gorgeous though.

We were sat next to a speaker in the corner of a room and, not to sound like a 60-year old man but it was on the loud side. Lenny Kravitz's American Woman blaring in the background really didn't create the right atmosphere for Sunday lunch!

This was our first time in a restaurant for over a year so since I didn't have to cook or clean up afterwards it was always going to be great, but I think I've forgotten what to expect from eating out as I expected more 😂

SJ
SalJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful rooms in this restaurant. A real haven from the the very hot day that we visited the zoo. Prices are reasonable and the puddings sublime.

MB
MichaelB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant atmosphere, lovely food, great drinks selection.

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ZaraA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful setting and easy to get too, away from the hustle and bustle. Service was great, we were seated on time and attentive staff. The menu could’ve been more extensive especially at lunch time, some lighter options would have been nice. Also floury baps for burgers aren’t the nicest, brioche is much tastier. Also serving ketchup in sachets is so annoying, bottles or little dishes are much better. But overall we would return on our next trip to Chester Zoo. Thank you

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AnnS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Zoo therefore like a wander through the animals on the way to a lovely meal.

FAQs

The Oakfield is rated 4.6 stars by 1811 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 reservations at the moment.