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Chester Zoo pub ranked among the best in the world

18 August 2020

The Oakfield, a pub and restaurant situated within Chester Zoo, has won a 2020 Travellers' Choice Award, based on TripAdvisor customer feedback.

The award places the grade-two listed pub in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide, after it was refurbished two years ago. The building was once the Mottershead family home, after George Mottershead moved in and began building Chester Zoo.

Simon Lockhart, Chester Zoo’s food and beverage general manager, said the accolade was a 'brilliant achievement' for the pub:

“The Oakfield has only been open for two years, so to gain such a major accolade in this short space of time is a brilliant achievement. And what makes this award all the more special to us is that it’s based entirely on real opinions and genuine, honest feedback from our guests.

"The Tripadvisor team analyses thousands of reviews and ratings from travellers everywhere before handing out this honour - that’s why it means such an awful lot.

“I’m so proud of the team’s hard work and dedication to make our pub such an exceptional place for our guests.

"The Oakfield has retained the original details of the house to give it a real ‘home from home’ feeling, with precious family photos showing what the zoo was like at the very beginning. Rooted in history, it’s the real centrepiece of the zoo, where guests relax outside on the terrace and admire the beautiful grounds, or cosy up in front of the fire and enjoy the best freshly-prepared, locally-sourced food.

“The award has really given us a boost during what is a really challenging time for the zoo.

"The pandemic, and our long period of closure, has pushed our wonderful charity to the brink, but we’re so glad to have again been able to open our doors and continue to provide our guests with a fantastic dining experience with a difference.”