The historic Grosvenor Street pub has been recognised as the best in the country by the Great British Pub Awards
A Chester pub has been named as the best in the UK for its entertainment offering. The historic Saddle Inn, in Grosvenor Street, has picked up the accolade in this year’s Great British Pub Awards.
The pub was the only Cheshire pub to make the shortlist of six nominations, but managed to beat off competition from the Almondsbury Creative in Gloucestershire, The Kings Arms in Kent, Kings Arms in Salford, The Anchor Inn in Kent and The Rigger in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Paying glowing tribute to the Saddle Inn, a statement from the Great British Pub Awards described it as ‘a venue that stands out in the cathedral city’.
A spokesman for the Great British Pub Awards said: “Found in the heart of picturesque Chester, this pub defies tradition with its rock n’ roll aesthetic. From guitar necks used to pull pints to symbol-lights and band posters that deck the walls, there’s a thousand things to grab your attention.
“The pub also boasts nine rock-themed rooms spread over two floors overlooking the city. Each feature a replica guitar the original artist was known for playing.
“On top of this, there’s a tattoo studio on site, as well as a studio room that acts as a performance and rehearsal venue. These spaces were renovated during the pandemic, yet grunge aesthetic is not forgotten, with chandeliers adorning the walls which are painted red and black However, the Saddle isn’t just for die-hard rock fans.
“As well as rock bands, the Saddle hosts jazz musicians, acoustic sessions and open mic nights. It’s a venue that stands out in the cathedral city.”
The Saddle has been a part of the city centre for the best part of two centuries. It used its current name from its creation until 1998 when it was renamed The Chester Bells.
It then changed its name back to The Saddle when a £250,000 revamp was announced in 2014. It is now known for being a rock music venue with its rock-themed walls and live music performances.