10 Chester Bars for a Working Lunch
An easy way to motivate and refresh your team is to take them out of the office and into a delicious venue for your next meeting.
Sometimes simple is best, and a great way to engage the entire team is to take them out of office and into a new environment to peak their interests. Chester has a treasure trove of places to go for a working lunch but finding the one that’s right for you can be a challenge. From first-hand experience, we’ve compiled a list of Chester bars for a working lunch right in our hometown!
1. All Bar One
Chic and modern, all bar one is a quieter spot that’s perfect in the day for an informal meeting with colleagues or stakeholders. Whether you want a place for a coffee and short chat or you’re setting up for a midday meal with laptops and notepads, All Bar One can cater for any kind of meeting. Better still, they can serve up smaller dishes for light bites and have classic British choices so everyone can leave full and happy. This is also featured on our best bars in Chester!
32-36 Newgate St | Website
Take your meeting to Oddfellows, a quirky and different venue that’s sure to make an impression. Some people may not know that Oddfellows has it’s own dining suite for daytime drinks and tasty meals right in the heart of the hotel. Venture down Lower Bridge Street to this bright and airy restaurant to energise the meeting and add something a bit different to your working lunch this time around.
20 Lower Bridge St | Website
3. Bar Lounge
A little more high end, Bar Lounge is a prime spot of meetings if you’re office is in the centre or close to the Chester cross. Right on the corner and just a stone’s throw away from the race course, bar lounge has an outdoor seating area if you want some fresh air while you mull over ideas. The indoor area is just as nice, and the menu is kept clean and simple with their sharing platters being the star of the show – so you can focus on all the important stuff.
75 Watergate St | Website
4. The Botanist
Fresh-faced, The Botanist offers a completely different experience from the other Chester bars for a working lunch. Down Godstall Lane you’ll find dangled fairy lights and epic greenery to catch the eye, with high and low tables to keep you comfortable for your meeting. They offer an extensive list of teas and coffees, plus herbal mocktails for more of a fruity kick. It’s a great way to make the meeting feel like a treat to break up the day.
13 St Werburgh St | Website
5. Hickory's Smokehouse
Right on the river Dee you’ll find the hugely popular Hickory’s, which usually gets a lull of customers in the day perfect for a quiet yet delicious meeting. Serving up proper American-style cuisine and a laid-back atmosphere, everyone in the team will feel comfortable enough to get involved in the meeting here. In between ribs and fries, this chilled-out venue is superb for a more informal working lunch. This is also featured in our best restaurants in Chester!
Souter's Ln | Website
Head down Godstall Lane and you’ll find Duttons tucked away and ready to welcome you’re meeting with open arms. Again, this laid-back venue has a surprising amount of space for you to get out your laptops and start gathering inspiration. They have a collection of outdoor seats if the weather is nice, and serve tasty tea, coffee and British classics inside to keep everyone refreshed throughout the working lunch. Right in the centre, Duttons is an easy choice with accessibility.
10-11 Godstall Ln | Website
7. The Alchemist
For concoctions and a choice of cuisine, The Alchemist is definitely one of the more unique Chester bars for a working lunch. Found at the end of St John’s Street, you might want to make this meeting later in the afternoon to take advantage of their interactive cocktails that change colours and blow steam. For food, they have tapas style dishes that are perfect for nibbling in between key meeting points and discussions, and there’s an upstairs restaurant or high-seated bar area to choose from.
St John St | Website
8. Abode - 5th Floor
From the outside, the Abode hotel exudes an official and sophisticated appearance, and the same can be said for the 5th floor bar and restaurant area. A great choice if you’re meeting delegates or stakeholders, the brasserie with a view offers a delicious menu with a lot of choice to cater for everyone. Plus, the seating is few and far between for a bit of privacy, and a lot of the tables are booth style so you can sit comfortably for a long working lunch if needed.
Grosvenor Rd | Website
9. Slug & Lettuce
Definitely the best bar for a more fun and informal working lunch, Slug and Lettuce has a botanical theme with 2 for 1 on drinks – mocktails included. Choose from sharing platters, individual dishes or light bites to enjoy while you dive into the meeting notes, and you’re guaranteed a more laid-back atmosphere.
44 Bridge St | Website
10. The Architect
The Architect is renowned for being quintessential Chester, boasting a humble pub atmosphere with impressive gardens and ample outdoor seating. A great choice if you’ve got a meeting in the warmer months, or grab a table by the fireplace in the winter months to warm up while you deliberate and discuss.
54 Nicholas St | Website
Whether you are planning a team meeting or corporate team building activities it is always nice to know of some different places to enjoy a working lunch, and an easy way to motivate for team building too!