Based in Leeds, but exploring Berlin for the next two months.
Published March 22nd 2013
Lunch in a crypt? You'll be pleasantly surprised
Chester is a beautiful, historic city in the North West. Its most prominent feature is the medieval 'rows', walkways between the buildings, often constructed over crypts or undercrofts below. Hidden away under one is The Watergate Bar in the Old Crypt, dating from the late 12th century. My fascination with medieval history and my love of food drew me in to this hidden gem.
Due to its cheap meals and unique setting, The Watergate Bar is suitable for everybody. My boyfriend and I met up with a university friend for lunch, and ended up being very glad that we had chosen to eat there. We all managed to dine for well under £10 each.
My friend and I opted for a chicken club, while my boyfriend had a Mexican chicken wrap. The latter contained tortilla chips, which was apparently very delicious and a very novel idea. With the sandwiches or wraps, adding chips costs £1.09 and adding 'criss-cross chips' (highly recommended by me) costs £1.29. This is a bargain considering these normally cost £2.29 and £2.49 respectively. As well as sandwiches, salads and classic pub dishes are also on offer, and are all under £8.
While eating your lunch in a crypt may not seem so pleasant at first, the Old Crypt makes for a beautiful bar and restaurant. From Liverpool, getting to Chester takes about 50 minutes on the train. For drivers, the M53 or the A41 are the best routes.