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Hickory's Smokehouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
+44 1244 404000
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a cold walk in Chester we were looking forward to a hearty meal and we were tempted by the appeal of some juicy smoked meat to warm ourselves. However, we were really dissapointed. We can't remember when I have had such flavourless food. Gumbo, bland and completely unexciting. Smoked brisket for 13 hours? Tasted bland. Smoked Frankfurter . Didn't... More 

Thank Richard F
Manchester, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for lunch during the week, parking can be problematic around here but the location in relation to the river is excellent. We were seated quickly and time from ordering to receiving our food was minimal. Food was very nice and for the midweek special I thought there was plenty of it. Would love to get back there for... More 

1 Thank DJH02
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant was fully booked on the Saturday we visited from 9am to 10pm, this was booked up the day before we went (good sign of a good place to eat). We turned up on the day to see if they could squeeze us in and we were lucky enough to get a table outside. We sat overlooking the river in... More 

Thank Clare W
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was served by a few people but Andy who i think was management. Superb service. The food was out of this world leaving me feeling like a viking!

Thank Jonathan A
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best smokehouse restaurant we have ever found outside of America. The ribs were amazing (and portions were huge!). We'd definitely recommend it.

Thank MichelleDerby
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All dishes are American themed with lots of veggie options too, food is very tasty and is nice big portions. You can sit inside or outside and watch the boats go by on the river Dee. Great atmosphere and attentive staff that are not over fussy. Lots of spicy creole type dishes from the south and steaks from up north,... More 

Thank Kenneth M
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

friendly, helpful staff, great menu, restaurant well laid out! food was fantastic! and the suicide chicken wings didn't kill me! highly recommend

Thank jbmackie
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived on a Saturday morning without a reservation expecting a long wait, to our surprise we were told there was a maximum 20-30min wait on a table in the restaurant, or we could sit outside or at the chefs table immediately. We chose to sit at the chefs table and it was great!! Watching the chefs cooking and chopping and... More 

Thank KatrinaCollett91
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this was good, my daughter and I had the sharing platter, I have never seen so much meat. By far the highlight was the rib of beef, so tender and flavoursome. I cannot wait to go back!! Definitely worth booking in advance, not sure you would have got a table as a walk in.

Thank Gav H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oh my god where do I begin??! We came here on my birthday as a spontaneous choice, not really knowing many of the restaurants in Chester and by god we were glad we did!! I don't really drink alcohol and the choice of 'soft drinks' was amazing! From lemonade (which was amazing) and sodas to smoothies and milkshakes. I was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$24
American, Bar, Barbecue, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Groves | Souters Lane, Chester CH1 1SH, England
  • Public Transportation: Nearest bus stop 300 yards
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 404000
Hickory’s Smokehouse is Chester’s authentic American BBQ. Here you can enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but that we think deserves to be just as popular over here.
Our menu offers two styles of BBQ. The southern-style ‘Smoker’ BBQ uses slow, wood-fired cooking in our specially imported American smoker oven. The northern-style ‘Yankee’ BBQ is cooked over sizzling hot coals. Both styles create unbelievably tender, delicious meat and fish.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?