FatAndy's Qype reviews
The Forum Shopping Centre, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2BY
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012My daughters, aged 10 and 5, both love Claire's but we have learnt to wait for the sales as that's when there are bargains to be had. On a recent visit to Chester we visited this store where there was a 5 items for a fiver offer on and between them they bought about £30 of items for £5. Most of those items will no doubt be lost under the bed but at least they paid with their own money so I won't be losing any sleep about that.
5 Frodsham Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3JJ
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012I really like Sports Direct shops (which this is albeit this one is named Sports World) but this branch is just too full of stuff! It's difficult to get around the narrow aisles and it all appears a bit jumbled and haphazard in it's layout which makes it a bit a hit and miss as to whether you'll find anything of interest. The out of town store on the retail park is better, alhough this branch is more convenient if you've travelled into Chester by train.
50-52 Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1HA
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012I was recently dragged into this branch of McDonalds by two tired and hungry children looking for food, drink and a chance to sit down for a few minutes. Because of it's city centre location this branch always seems to be busy so at least the food is usually freshly "cooked". On the downside it means the staff are usually harrassed and often trying to serve several customers at the same time so you'll need to double check they get your order right, in my case it was the free Olympics glass and wrist band that got missed off (I'm a sucker for a freebie!). The food was, as always, rubbish. My daughter's chicken nuggets in particular didn't taste like a chicken nugget should, I think it was the batter rather than the chicken that tasted a bit odd. There's a reasonable amount of seating although some of this is upstairs but the staircase is quite steep and not exactly toddler friendly. The kids seemed happy enough with the experience but this isn't somewhere I'd go if it was my choice.
17a The Forum Shopping Centre, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2BY
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012This is only a small takeaway branch of Greggs and a little off the beaten track in Chester city centre but there are usually deals which mean you can get a reasonably priced and reasonably tasty sausage roll or pasty. It's just a shame it isn't in a more convenient location.
11 Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1HD
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012It probably won't come as a surprise to hear this shop is a bit expensive but there's usually a clearance rail so with a bit of luck you be able to find something a bit more affordable. Alternatively you could try George at Asda which often has Disney branded clothing at more realistic prices ;-)
13 Frodsham Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3JJ
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012This is a fairly typical branch of Poundland which is no bad thing as that means plenty of genuine bargains to be found. The only slight drawback with this store is that although there are plenty of tills they are located either side of the front door so the queues of shoppers waiting to pay can impede anyone trying to get in.
5-7 Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1HH
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012My local branches of Smiths are typical of the decline of the company but I quite like the branch in Chester. It's bigger, with more choice and even has an in-house Costa coffee shop and a glass sided lift to get from floor to floor if you find the stores too much of an effort. The 'basement' floor has a clearance section where there's quite a lot of rubbish but the odd genuine bargain mixed in if you're prepared to have a dig.
63/65 Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1HD
FatAndy wrote on 1 August 2012The signs in the window of this shop advertise "many items" for 99p but most of the stuff I looked at was more than 99p, although to be fair most wasn't too much more. A lot of stock is second hand and a bit dated, which is fine by me as I'm a bit dated myself so they actually have a lot of CDs by acts I've heard of. Definitely worth a browse if you've got a bit of time to spare.
29-31 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1RS
Chester Railway Station, City Road, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3DR
FatAndy wrote on 21 April 2012
I occasionally have to change trains at Chester Station and if time permits and I’ve got enough change in my pocket I’ll sometimes splash out on a medium Americano to take out. It’s typical coffee shop fayre, nice coffee but a bit overpriced. The staff here always seem to be cheerful and friendly though and the service is efficient. The only slight drawback is that you have to pass through the automated ticket barriers to reach it which can be a bit inconvenient at peak times (or if like me on my last visit your train ticket decides not to let you back into the station!).