I love to celebrate my birthday, and on Sunday we visited Chester to indulge in some shopping, eating and of course a birthday cocktail or two.  Chester has an abundance of eating places in the city, and Hickorys was top of my list for a celebration. Husband and I had previously visited Hickorys back in February, and since then we had been desperate to take the kids. And we were not only celebrating my birthday, but it was Katies in a few days time.

Mojito Cocktail

Hickorys has a fantastic spot by the river, and as soon as you enter you get caught up in the lively atmosphere. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our fantastic booth, with of course birthday balloons. Now it might have been a dark, miserable and wet January day, but the view from our table was still pretty amazing. We definitely need to visit again in the summer, and sit outside on the terrace and watch the boats sail past.

Happy Birthday

As soon as I opened Hickorys menu my mouth was watering. This is a menu for meat lovers, and I am sure the teen’s eyes were lighting up when he saw the burgers on offer.  All of the meat is smoked on site using ‘Ole Hickory Pit Smokers’ which have been transported all the way from Missouri. The teen didn’t let us down by ordering a triple….. YES A TRIPLE burger. And incase you were wondering, he devoured the lot.

Hickorys Menu

Triple Burger

Husband and I ordered the steak with chips and peppercorn sauce, with an added chilli for good measure. We both agreed that the steaks were the best we have ever tasted. Succulent, tasty and full of flavour.

Hickorys Steak

Katie chose from the Very Important Kids menu, and had mini ribs with cucumber sticks. I was impressed with the variety on the menu, as well as the usual chicken nuggets it was nice to see healthier choices too.

Mini BBQ Ribs

Before our mains we ordered 2 starters between the 4 of us (Burnt end popcorn bites and popcorn shrimp) which went down a treat.

Popcorn bites


Not only we were treated to amazing food, the service was exceptional too. Our server Ellie was attentive, friendly and made both Katie and I feel really special being the birthday girls. Infact she arranged for us to go behind the bar and make our own cocktails. We learnt how to make a raspberry mojito each, mine with rum and Katie’s with apple juice, both with plenty of fresh mint and raspberries.

Making cocktails


Cocktail making

One of the things that had us talking about for the rest of the evening was our dessert. Where else can you dine and have a mini campfire brought to your table, together with marshmallows on sticks and chocolate dipping sauce. Though after indulging in 3 cocktails I was pretty useless at toasting marshmallows, but pretty good at setting them on fire.

Toasting Marshmallows

Burnt Marshmallows

I am so glad we chose Hickorys for our birthday celebration. The atmosphere was fun, the food is exciting and interactive, and the service fantastic. Perfect for celebrating kid’s birthdays and mums that are 40 something (cough). And if you are a fan of NFL, they are holding a Superbowl Party on Sunday 5th February 2017 from 10pm. Tickets are only £7.50. If only I didn’t have to do the school run the following day.

Birthday at Hickorys

Thank you to Hickorys who arranged for our food to be complimentary. All words and opinions are my own.


11 Thoughts on “Birthday celebrations at Hickorys in Chester

  1. The food looks amazing and the portions are huge. Such a good idea for birthday celebrations. Happy birthday to youuu!!
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    • Tracey Williams on January 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm said:

      Thanks Tas, it really was a great place to celebrate our birthdays. Made us both feel really special and cocktail making was lots of fun x

  2. Happy belated birthday greetings!!! The meal looks fab! I’ve walked past there so many times but have never been in. I quite fancy the brunch there but all the food looks amazing, to be fair x
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    • Tracey Williams on January 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm said:

      Ooooo I was looking at the brunch menu whilst we were in there, looked delicious. It is such a lovely spot by the river, and we keep saying we need to visit in the summer and watch the boats go by x

  3. Oh wow I am loving the look of all the food and the cocktails sound good as well! Happy Birthday lovely

    Stevie xx
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    • Tracey Williams on January 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm said:

      Aw thanks Stevie, it was such a lovely place to celebrate. I can’t believe I had never done cocktail making before which was lots of fun x

  4. The food looks amazing. Happy Birthday to both of you.

  5. All the food looks amazing and what a treat to be able to make your own cocktails. I hope you both had lovely birthdays x
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    • Tracey Williams on January 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm said:

      Aw thank you Sharon. It was lovely being able to go behind the bar, and I think Katie looked right at home making her own mocktails x

  6. Thanks Tracey – I’m going to book this on the back of your recommendation. It looks perfect for us!

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