The Architect is a classic pub restaurant within Chester's city walls overlooking the racecourse at Roodee.

We are named in honour of Thomas Harrison, a prolific architect who designed the building as his own residence, along with designing Grosvenor Bridge and much of Chester Castle.

The pub is a story of two halves: turn right through the glass connecting passage and the original Georgian building has cosy, domestic rooms that naturally lend themselves to a series of intimate dining rooms in classic style. Turn left into the new garden room and you'll find a spacious open plan room with a large bar at its heart and a buzzy, pubby feel to things, with glazed doors leading out to the dining terrace.

As a city centre pub, our parking is sadly limited and quickly fills up, so apologies. However, there is plenty of parking close to the pub, see a map of them here: Car parks near the Architect...

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Monthly music session

Saturday 27th April

Celebrate payday by enjoying live acoustic music in our bar area on Saturday 27th April and every payday weekend moving forward! Pop down from 5PM to enjoy Ryan Moroney from...

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Monthly Dog Walk ~ May

Sunday 5th May

We invite you and your 4 legged friends to join us at the Pub on Sunday 5th May at 9:30am for a hot drink and a bacon bap before we head off on our ever popular monthly dog w...

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Whisk(e)y Tasting

Friday 17th May

Join us for a Whisk(e)y Tasting Masterclass from around the world...

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An afternoon with Brush and Tipple

Tuesday 18th June

We are excited to introduce our first Brush and Tipple event...

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Our passion lies in finding quality fresh ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. Our menus have a spine of classic British dishes complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world. We upload them to our web site each day so that you may peruse them at your leisure.

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Thanks to our customers recommending us, you'll find us in the:

2023 Good Pub Guide

  • Good Pub Guide2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
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AllTrails have kindly created a circular walk from the pub to help you work up that thirst/appetite. You can view the walk details via any of the routes below. (varying levels of tech savviness required -Ed)

The Architect and River Dee (Chester) an AllTrails walk

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