Day 3 in Marrakech, the mercury is well above 25C and we are 3 Englishman in need of a beer.
We arrived in Marrakech with no intention of a boozy weekend, but after all the walking and taking in everything that the souks have to offer we were in need of a pint. We have indulged in a smidgen of hops and barley but it has been a brief and expensive experience. In the quest of a quiet and reasonably cheap pint in an almost dry state, we turned to both the tea total locals and the internet for guidance.
Google came up with one place and one place only, the Chesterfields. A ‘non brit-brit pub’ described as cheap and seedy seemed to be our only option. We spent some time trying to locate this oasis of the empire with no success until we happened upon it on our final night thanks to a random drop off by our cabbie.
Upon reflection, it is a bit of a dump. We have paid as much as £7 for a pint in rather nice surroundings but ambiance aside, we still didn’t feel it was great value for money.
So, is the Chesterfields worth it? In short, NO. it is out of the way, dimly lit, the music will send you to sleep, the chances are you will be the only people in there and the beer is only fractionally cheaper.
In short, accept that a reasonably priced beer in good surroundings is out of the question in Marrakech, so just go out and soak up the colours, the food and the culture of this magnificent city. It has so much to offer that you can’t get at home.