10 Chester Bars for a Working Lunch

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch

An easy way to motivate and refresh your co-workers 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 company 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! You could also add a virtual team building day into your remote working in Chester.


Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - All Bar One

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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Oddfellows

2. Oddfellows

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.

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📌 20 Lower Bridge St » | Website »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Bar Lounge

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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - The Botanist

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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Hickory's

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 room 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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Duttons

6. Duttons

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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Carluccio's

7. Carluccio's

Situated on the cool and casual Bridge Street in the heart of the city, Carluccio’s is the perfect place to get sat down with your colleagues for a business lunch in Chester. With an eclectic menu packed full of Italian dishes and classics from breakfast right through to dinner, this restaurant also offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect place to get stuck into some work whilst enjoying a bite to eat with your colleagues.

📌 38 Bridge St » | Website »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Abode

8. Abode Brasserie

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, known as the Brasserie. 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 »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - Popcorn

9. Popcorn Bar

One of the newer venues in the city, Popcorn Bar makes for a great place to host a working lunch. Inside, this bar is decorated with tasteful décor and offers plenty of seating options from bar stool tables to long bench-style seats that would be perfect for a work catch-up. Alternatively, if the weather is nice, you could always sit outside under the floral canopies!

📌 1 St. John St » | Website »

Chester Bars for a Working Lunch - The Architect

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 »

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Choosing Restaurants for a Corporate Lunch in Chester

Choosing the best venue for a corporate lunch involves several factors that should be considered to ensure a successful and enjoyable event. Taking all of these factors into consideration will help in selecting the best venue for a corporate lunch that meets the needs and expectations of the group. The first step is to determine the number of attendees, as this will help in choosing a venue that can comfortably accommodate the group.

In addition,  the location of the venue is also important, as it should be easily accessible to all attendees. The type of cuisine offered at the venue should also be taken into consideration, as it should cater to the dietary requirements and preferences of the group. The ambiance and atmosphere of the venue should also align with the purpose of the event, whether it's a formal meeting or a more relaxed social gathering. Finally, the cost of the venue should be evaluated in terms of the budget allocated for the event. 

What to Wear to a Business Luncheon

Choosing what to wear to a business lunch can depend on various factors such as the venue, the occasion, and the company culture. In general, it's recommended to dress in business attire that is professional and appropriate for the setting.

For men, this could mean a tailored suit or a jacket and dress pants paired with a dress shirt and polished shoes. Women may opt for a tailored suit, a dress or skirt and blouse combination, or dress pants paired with a blouse or blazer.

It's important to ensure that clothing is clean, pressed, and fits well to convey a polished and professional appearance. Jewelry and accessories should be kept simple and understated, and personal grooming should be well-maintained.

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