New Chester city centre pub teases opening date for former Fat Cat venue

The Henry Potts will be located at the historic Grade II*-Listed Watergate House

A new pub is getting ready to open its doors in an historic building in the the centre of Chester. The Henry Potts will take over the former Fat Cat premises on Lower Watergate Street.

The well-known venue, which is located at the Grade II*-Listed Watergate House was built for Henry Potts, clerk of the peace for Cheshire, in 1820. And it has been undergoing extensive refurbishment by family-run pub group, Pubs Limited ready for the opening day.

The Henry Potts will become Pubs Limited’s fourth pub, following in the footsteps of The Swan in Marbury, The Hare in Farndon, and The Black Bear in Whitchurch. The company, which has pubs across Cheshire and Shropshire, is led by Jerry Brunning, the original founder of the popular Brunning and Price pub chain.

The company took to social media to announce news of the opening date, posting on its Facebook page: “Our first full team training session and menu cook off last night. Felt great to have the team together for the first time.

“We can’t wait to open next week, on Wednesday 1st June. Our online bookings will open tomorrow (Friday, May 27).”

The company has posted on numerous online job sites, saying: “The Henry Potts is located on Watergate Street, in a building steeped in history. We are currently completing an extensive refurbishment.

“As with our other pubs, the menu at The Henry Potts will be traditional and predominantly British, using fresh produce with the emphasis on quality all cooked in house from our induction kitchen and the bar will be well stocked with the best real ale, wines and spirits.”

The Lower Watergate Street location has struggled in recent years, having previously thrived as The Fat Cat back in the 1990s, before the chain eventually closed its doors in 2013.

The premises have changed hands a number of times since then – previously opening as Linenhall in 2013 and Mockingbird Taproom the following year, before El Sotano took over in March 2017 only to close less than a year later. In 2018, Wrexham-based Big Hand Brewing Co Ltd opened at the venue before closing last year.


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