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The Oakfield, Chester, Cheshire

The Oakfield

4.5
4.5
2727 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

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01244 389710

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Finchett

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea - MUST be booked 48 hours in advance

    £18.95 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 5, 2022 - Sep 6, 2023
    ***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 finest of teas, coffees or herbal infusions.

What 2,727 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chester

    Best Overall

  • Chester

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  • Chester

    Best Service

  • Chester

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  • Chester

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  • Chester

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  1. DB

    DeniseB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was first class. Service was very good helpful friendly staff great food in a great location.
  2. IE

    IanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb menu & a lovely environment. I had a great Birthday treat in there. I love the Zoo and the Oakfield is a superb asset. I'm really looking forward to returning!
  3. GL

    GarryL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food service , nice ambience food portion size to small. I had venison. Two tiny strips , half portion of potatoes and little veg. Very poor value for money.
  4. AR

    AnnR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food as usual, and friendly, efficient staff as usual. A perfect interlude for a November day at the Zoo.
  5. T

    Trevor

    Cheshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The turkey dinner was excellent........no need to say more.
  6. GB

    GemmaB

    Cheshire

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal off the festive menu, lovely portion and the gravy is the best. Always great service here
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fish and chips with crispy batter. Staff as friendly and helpful as always. Great for kids.
  8. RW

    RosalynW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Disappointing lunch menus this time I had fish cake which was tiny Last time we had a Sunday roast which was lovely
  9. BM

    BarbaraM

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Service was faultless and the waitress was polite, friendly and efficient.
  10. GJ

    GregJ

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are regular visitors to the Oakfield, being members of the zoo. On this occasion, we met friends for lunch, and a few drinks. As usual, food was excellent, and we had very good service from the waiting staff. There were not many people in the restaurant when we were there, so the atmosphere was a little quiet, but the weather was absolutely foul the day we went, probably deterring visitors to the zoo.
  11. p

    paulh

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    A very disappointing visit, having dined at the Oakfield many times previously. The first course was very good but the Sunday Roast was very disappointing, Only 1 very very thin slice of Beef, Roast potatoes were tough and not crisp as they should be. I requested a little more gravy and it came but was surprised to find a charge for it when the Bill arrived. The overall cost of the 2 course Sunday lunch was not cheap but compared very much with many other establishments of approx £25.00, and then to be charged extra for a small jug of gravy certainly Not value for money. Policy and overall quality needs to be reviewed, and improved. Service was good the sever was very god.
  12. S

    Shirley

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday lunch was amazing and the staff were lovely
  13. CM

    CMCJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really friendly staff, couldn't do enough for us. We were a group of 4 adults and 1 baby. We had 3 courses each and all enjoyed them. See you again soon.
  14. DB

    DebbieB

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really enjoyed it, lovely food. Would have preferred the option to have eaten in the house not the conservatory as I was frozen
  15. PW

    PhilippaW

    Cheshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely quiet oasis in the middle of the zoo, with great food and somewhere to sit
  16. IH

    IanH

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only one word needed ‘Excellent’ Thank you for a lovely experience and some very tasty food
  17. LH

    LindaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best places we have dined in not only for the superb food but also for the excellent service. We tried to book a table for six on line but could only get two separate tables for three but on arrival they managed to place us on one table.
  18. ST

    SallyToast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great venue. Building is interesting and nicely decorated. We were seated quickly and our order was taken by a waitress. Our drinks arrived quickly, and so did our food. The food was good quality, large portions and cooked as requested. I couldn't fault it. We had a great time and will be returning.
  19. LG

    LynnG

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delightful! lovely surroundings, staff courteous and welcoming.
  20. TM

    TarynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting, wonderful food and great service.
  21. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointed in the gluten free option (there was only one so cannot say options) and, if my wife did not like curry there was not alternative, Even then the curry was not particularly her obvious choice as she is not keen on sweet potato or chickpeas. My steak ciabatta was OK but for the price was vastly over rated. Clearly we shall not return and it is a shame as this place used to do good food with good gluten free options
  22. Z

    Zoogoer

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Portions on main meal exceptionally large, couldn’t eat it all. Eton mess strangely served in a tall glass, tasted fine, but had large ready made meringues which were not broken up , hard to break with just a spoon. Also had incongruous blob of ice cream on top! Service good
  23. LO

    LynnO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting and delicious food. Friendly staff and lovely Christmas decorations
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely restaurant with very kind service. Even possible to get a filling GF meal for a tenner! I ordered food that would be quick and was disappointed that it still came very slowly despite being one of the only diners. Despite that, it was great.
  25. S

    Sophie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all loved it. Beautiful room , great table in bay window next to the fire, very good service and everyone enjoyed their meal.
  26. SW

    SharonW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience1
    Staff very good, afternoon tea enjoyable but would have preferred to eat this later than 2pm (this was the latest slot). Main issue was the smell of fish in the restaurant when we walked in - obviously the fish lunch was popular was we were having afternoon tea and the smell of fish hit you as you walked in - a shame
  27. GH

    GeoffH

    Cheshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have dinner here everytime I visit the Zoo (ie every week) Great staff and service?
  28. KB

    KarenB

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, well presented food, with great service. A real treat, we love to eat there on our trips to the zoo. I’d give them 10 stars. X
  29. GB

    GemmaB

    Cheshire

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to done here a great roast dinner, lovely staff and quick service
  30. J

    Joho

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The place itself was beautiful, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Service was a little long but good. The food was far to salty and the chicken was pink.
  31. w

    waynei

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    not worth the money. 2 scones 1 bap. 5 finger size sandwiches. 6 small cakes. in my eyes it should of had 2 of everything. very disapointed in my afternoon tea. not very special for my wifes birthday. cant fault the place or the staff just the food let it down
  32. AM

    AmandaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Just a few things we asked for, water for example were forgotten. Felt a bit rushed to order and once finished eating to pay the bill and leave but we still had full glasses. Otherwise a pleasant meal. Thankyou.
  33. D

    Dolly21

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was very nice (compliments to the chef). Although the service wasn't too great as the waiter had to ask us if we had our starters which we hadn't and he had said he had forgotten. Then we had to wait 40-45mins from finishing our starters to receive our main course. The waiter kept saying "awesome" in every sentence he said which was very annoying!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, as always. Staff often go above and beyond here.
  35. NJ

    NigelJ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Being Life Members of the Zoo we aim to visit 3-4 times a year and always lunch at the Oakfield. It was outstanding when it reopened after the major refurbishment serving top quality food from an extensive menu in an excellent environment. Unfortunately as time has passed the choice of dishes has reduced and the menu has remained the same for some time. It does now need to be refreshed having, frankly, become staid, limited and somewhat boring. The quality of the food, level of service and value for money remains very good. I would highly recommend the Oakfield to the first time or occasional visitor but just wish that there was an alternative for the regulars.
  36. PG

    PeterG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our grandson with us and all had fish and chips of which was good portions and very enjoyable and well worth the price. The service was good too very polite and helpful.
  37. AR

    AnnR

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely way to make the trip to the zoo more special.
  38. C

    Catherine

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, good foi6d, accomodated our 2 yr old granddaughter's needs really well. Helpful friendly staff
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this place ❤️
  40. D

    Dan246

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Burger was basic. Bun looked plain and burger needed to be a little browner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

The Oakfield is rated 4.5 stars by 2727 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Oakfield

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Chester

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • 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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