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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
RED LION PUB
Chester is an ancient Roman city that is one of only a few in England that is completely surrounded by old walls. It's an incredible experience and with so many restaurants and pubs to choose from, making a decision is tough.
We just cruised along and checked out various menus and so forth. One place that caught our eye, for some reason, was this one -- The Red Lion Pub.
The place was slightly off the beaten path but was doing a brisk business. I think most people dining and drinking there were locals.
So we plopped down and I had a couple of pints. My wife sipped a couple of sodas and we put in our food order. In the U.K. the drill is to go up to the publican and place your drink and food orders. You're responsible for taking the beer back to the table. But a pub worker brings the food to you table.
Fish and Chips looked great on the menu and it came in three sizes--regular, large and extra large. I chose the large and it consisted of two giant pieces of perfectly fried haddock. The chips (fries) were good, too. But instead of coming with traditional mushy peas, it came with a small salad.
My wife ordered a tomato and mozzarella paninni sandwich and "curvey fries" and both were good. It's funny how we call 'em "curly fries" in the U.S. and they call 'em "curvey fries" over there.
Our mid-day experience was a nice one here. We'd highly suggest it to you.
The Red Lion doesn't have a web site but it's located at 59 Northgate Street. Ask any local for directions. It's a small but crowded town and no matter where you are there, you're not too far away from the Red Lion. Additional information here.
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