About Us



What’s it all about?

The Chester Arms is a community-centered, independent pub in the heart of East Oxford crewed by a talented and friendly team serving fine food and drink 7 days a week.

They aren’t part of a chain or tied to a brewery so the combination of food menus, drinks menus, events and charming character of the Chester Arms is truly unique.

They are receive lots of positive feedback, in person and online (take a look at their Google reviews at the bottom of this page for a sample). It’s great to know that their cosy little pub puts a smile on so many faces. Whether it’s for a good meal, a refreshing drink, friendly service or the just atmosphere, you should definitely pay them a visit!

Culinary creativity


The Chester offers delicious food served daily (see full opening hours at the bottom of this page) to suit any appetite or preference.

Their menus are crafted with passion for the food they serve, made with the finest ingredients sourced from selected suppliers and prepared with love and care. Every cut of meat is carefully selected, every chip is hand-cut, every baked bean is homemade and every salad is prepared fresh and crisp.

Take a look at the menus

A drop of the good stuff


Along with the traditional favourites, The Chester serve a wide range of excellent crafted beers; on tap, or bottled to take out. Their choice range includes creative and refreshing regulars from the local Loose Cannon Brewery. They also have a wide range of Whisky, Gin, Rum and soft drinks to choose from. Their coffee is roasted a stone’s throw from The Chester Arms, on Magdalen Road so you’re always guaranteed a fresh brew with first-rate flavour.

See the full drinks menu

Fun and Games


Sunday night is Quiz Night. Fact. (Unless it’s Wine Tasting Night )
The renowned Chester Tester attracts a spritely crowd of weekly hopefuls for lighthearted and enlightening competition. Come bathe in the collective knowledge (and ignorance) of some of the finest company Oxford has to offer. Cash prizes, laughs and banter all for £1 per person. Be sure to arrive early to grab a table!

Wine Tasting at The Chester is another favourite on the calendar. Every 2 months, the fine people at local wine merchants; Welch & Co select an assortment of award winning wines for you to sample. For only £30 per person you can savour the character of 8 excellent wines along with canapés throughout the evening and take a bottle of your favourite home with you. Get in touch for dates and to book your place.

There’s lots more going on all year round, so keep an eye on the Offers and news page.


What People are Saying

“The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional.”

"The staff were friendly and cheerful and nothing was too much trouble. Will certainly come again and recommending to my friends and family.


“Will definitely be coming back.”

Came here as a recommendation from some friends, so worth it. We had the steak platter and it did not disappoint. The steak was booked perfectly, chips were amazing and even the sides (cabbage and bacon?!) were incredible. Will definitely be coming back.


“Warmly recommended”

"The slow cooked pork Sunday roast is just amazing and delicious! Warmly recommended"


"Top spot"

"Food was superb the local beers amazing and the huge portions are served in a chillout settings .. top spot"


Take a look at The Chester’s Google reviews at the bottom of this page or click on one of the TripAdvisor certificates below for a sample.

Opening Hours


12pm – 11pm
Tuesday12pm – 11pm
Wednesday – Friday12pm – 11pm
Saturday12pm – 11pm
Sunday12pm - 10pm