Friday, April 1, 2011

No. 23 The Beehive

Visited on 31/3/11. This establishment is just a shell - a space inside an old building where there was once a pub. It looks and feels like a squat - only it's less salubrious. The two pool tables in the back were the main focus of attention and the plate of minty curled up sarnies indicated there was a league match on. Other than the pool players, the place was empty. A few spotlights fixed to the walls suggested it was a music venue - probably just at the weekends when no doubt it plays host to legions of shit heavy metal bands. Naturally, there was no cask. Keg Stones bitter was all that was on offer - a brand I thought had disappeared in the 1980s. This is an unpleasant place - possibly the worst pub in Chester (but hey, there's a long way to go !). Make sure you wipe your feet on the way out.


  1. Tragic innit? Yet again- could be a nice place if the owners actually gave a toss.
    A recent tenant gave it a good go, increased takings- and consequently had his rent hiked by the pubco. Handed the keys back and left.
    I don't get it. The Beehive is well situated on Hoole Road, lots of nearby residents and passing trade en route into town. Curry house a few doors down. This place should be a little goldmine- but is a total dump instead, selling the worst pint in town.
    The gents' has to be seen to be believed.

  2. Common story that - landlord boosts the business, pubco wants a bigger cut. Again, we've heard a rumour that the Beehive has been divested and bought by 'an independent Manchester brewer'. Really hope this is true, but the place needs a fortune spending on it.

  3. Had some great times there in the past. Games of pool to the sounds of a good rock band, our open mike nights there under the tender care of a previous landlady were well attended and great fun. They only sold Stones back then too but nontheless miss all that.
    I know Donato & Sandro's restaurant across the bridge (the old Cocoa House) has been acquired by an independent and will be opening as a pub soon. Let's hope something similar happens to the poor old Beehive.

  4. This place is now shut and it looks like it's for good. So much for the 'independent Manchester brewer' rumour. Looks like we witnessed it's death throes. Another slice of heritage, destroyed by a Pubco.