Having opened their doors in October, That Beer Place became the latest addition to an expanding food and drink offering in Chester’s market.

Offering a selection of real ale, craft beer and cider to drink in or take away as well as gin and wine to drink in, the business has proved to be a real hit with both locals and visitors to the city.

In the last 12 months the market has seen a rise in the opening of new, independent food and drink outlets creating a positive atmosphere as well as leading to an increase in footfall.

This Is Chester caught up with Dale from That Beer Place to find out more about their first month trading.

“This is a completely new venture for me and my wife and partner in the business, Lisa.

“We have had a passion for beer for as long as I can remember, and this has always been a dream of ours alongside our other business.

“When we were looking for locations to open our outlet, Chester Market stood out – there’s a really positive vibe around the place, and the atmosphere in here is brilliant.”

Dale’s passion for the new venture and Chester market is obvious, and he believes that the market is only going to get stronger: “We’re all pulling in the right direction, and the best thing for me to see is the collaboration between the businesses in here.

“We have nights where we team up with some of the food outlets in here, offering craft beers matched with meals and they are a great success for everyone.

“I can see the development here and the relationships between the businesses will only strengthen both the market and the surrounding area.”

He added: “What I love to see is people coming in here and leaving with a smile.

“We have a real mix of customers from students who come in here to grab a beer whilst taking advantage of our free Wifi to get some work done, through to groups on their way to a night out – we even have several regulars which is not something I expected to see just five weeks after opening!

“Another great sight is tables of people who have all come here on their own, talking and getting along like they’ve been friends for years.”

That Beer Place is located in Chester Market and opens Monday – Thursday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, and 10am – 8pm on a Friday.

You can visit their website by clicking HERE.