Restoration and expansion of Chester Zoo's founder historic family home.

In July 2018 the zoo opened the doors to this beautiful building following a £3m refurbishment, restoration and expansion of Chester Zoo founder, George Mottershead’s historic family home.

They’ll be serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits.  The building has been lovingly restored and the new garden room offers incredible views of the zoo’s award winning gardens. 

Serving up hand-picked beers, wines and spirits.

The Oakfield’s Executive Head Chef, Ben Finchett – who has worked as the Head Chef at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse - brings a tasty selection of seasonal courses to the restaurant, each made using locally sourced ingredients. Ben says:

“I feel the zoo really wants to create a good experience for guests, and I’m really pleased to be a part of that at The Oakfield. For me, it’s so much more than cooking the food, it’s thinking about all the other things that go alongside it to give that quality experience for our visitors.

Freshly prepared locally sourced food

“I hope visitors will go away and say they’ve tried something new.  There aren’t many places you can go and have some food and then go for a beautiful walk afterwards and look at tigers, orangutans and bears!  So hopefully, the experience of being at the zoo will be something a bit different.”

The beautiful building has had a £3m refurbishment

The Oakfield is where the Chester Zoo story really began - when founder, George Mottershead and his family took up residence in the early 1930s.  The house is full to the brim with history, and if the walls could talk it would tell you some wonderful and unique tales!

As you enjoy your food and drink you can imagine the many different animals The Oakfield has had within it, including lions, bears, chimps and birds as the family took care of the grounds and wonderful wildlife within it.

Discover more about The Oakfield and book your table today at:


The Oakfield
The Oakfield

The Oakfield is set in a stunning property at the heart of Chester Zoo, making this a truly unique contemporary British pub.  With pride and passion we’ll be serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits.

Chester Zoo
Unique Experiences
Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is home to over 21,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning gardens and is the nearest large zoo to Manchester. With over 500 different animal species in their 125 acres, visitors are sure to have an adventure discovering and learning about the amazing wildlife.

Chester Zoo Day trip
Chester Zoo Day trip

Enjoy your day at Chester Zoo, one of the UK’s leading zoos. With 20,000 wild and wonderful animals including 500 exotic and endangered species there is so much to see and do in the 125 hectares of grounds and gardens, a fantastic day out for all ages.



Nobody has commented on this post yet, why not send us your thoughts and be the first?

Leave a Reply