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The Chequers
The Chequers

The Chequers Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tmdining.co.uk
  • Phone: 0162 848 2053
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Monday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM,
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12:00PM - 03:00PM; Friday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 06:00PM,
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 06:00PM - 11:00PM; Friday - Saturday: 06:00PM - 11:00PM; Sunday: 06:00PM - 09:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Zach Scheepers
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from The Chequers
THE CHEQUERS Pub and Kitchen is the latest venue to join the TM Steaks fold. Our dedication to providing a quality venue will mean an unrivalled dining experience featuring good food and tailored easy service. Our Tailor Made steak option is guaranteed to tease your senses and our complete menu ensures that there is something for everyone. Set in a historic location in this picture postcard English town, THE CHEQUERS will not disappoint. Our Tap room bar as well as the long bar will provide all liquid refreshments you may wish for and our wine list has been tailored to the menu for your enjoyment. Come on in and let us entertain you!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Really a truly lovely meal. Steaks out of this world, cooked to perfection and the secret glaze is amazing. The first impressions from the outside of the pub does not look inviting but once inside all changes. Staff were welcoming and cheerful. We dined at around 7pm so was rather quiet but 8.30/9 it was buzzing. Butchers choice is worth every penny. To be able to see and pick your choice of steak is cool and adds that little difference to other restaurants and the price is very reasonable. In fact worked out a little cheaper than what was on the menu! All in all would definitely recommend. My husband is a steak man and is delighted we have now found the ideal place. We will be back."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and have been going since it opened. Sadly this is the 2nd visit that was disappointing, although offered a reduction in our bill for the problems it was our anniversary night out and after a similar experience on my birthday, sadly we won't be risking taking friends again. Such a shame when you look forward to dining out."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Very disappointing no atmosphere far too much salt on the over cooked chips. Pub was nice but restaurant bit grimy and lacking in atmosphere"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "This is my 2nd visit to the Chequers and I'll certainly be going again. Friendly and attentive staff, really lovely food, went with my Mum who is quick to pick up on anything negative and she said it was the best steak she'd had in years."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Pretty reliable. Fun to have steaks cut at a butchers block, but I always end up with the same so novelty value fades. Good value meat, sides decent but could be better (chips a bit dry, creamed spinach too creamy, baked beetroot too big). Room at back more fun, room in front merges into bar area too easily yet feels a bit stiff."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "As usual, the food was great, and the choice of sides and sauces makes a change from the norm. Quailty Steaks. I'll be booking again for our anniversary dinner as I have previously done for the last 3 years running."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Love Chequers and always have done for the last 4 years since moving down from Manchester. After a few disappointing steaks elsewhere we decided to splash out on a meal where we knew we would get quality. And quality is what we got. Don't mind spending a bit extra to get my ribeye from the Butchers Block and it was cooked to perfection as always. The only minor gripe is that the portions of sauce seem to have got smaller and when I asked for meow was told I would have to pay for a new one. Great experience overall however. Will be back soon"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Good quality food, served quickly. I highly recommend the ale pie."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "good food and good atmosphere I know this is a steak house bit the fish is fantastic Staff were great will be back"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Great restaurant and a fantastic meal once again, staff are very friendly and you always get some humour and banter. We use this restaurant frequently and would highly recommend."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Went to chequers on Friday night as a couple. It was busy but we were seated at our booked table straight away even though we were early. The service was a little slow and my husbands drink was forgotten twice but the staff were very pleasant. At 9pm the live band started in the bar area which were really good and I enjoyed but were very loud which made talking over dinner a bit difficult. As the restaurant emptied we were asked if we wanted to move to a quieter spot but we were nearly finished by then anyway. The food was really good, although my goats cheese starter was very cold, the cheese should have been warmer and they had to return our garlic bread to add the cheese requested. My husbands steak was delicious though! We'll go back"
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I was very disappointed with the whole experience. I had previously eaten there before, and was really looking forward to my meal. However the service was very poor, we waited an awfully long time to even order our food let alone receive it. And when it did arrive it was not what was ordered, but we had waited so long we ate it anyway. Plus no-one bothered to ask if all was ok so we weren't in a position to tell anyone it was not. The food was actually very nice, just a shame the sevice was such a let down."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "I walked in with a friend on the 3rd of May 2014 at 9.45pm and was approached by the assistant manager stating they were fully booked for the night. However I could clearly see three vacant tables. We walked out got into our car and went onto the opentable website, were I proceeded to book a table at Chequers for 10pm. We both walked back in at 9.55pm and surprise surprise we were seated by another employee! The assistant manager walked passed and went bright red in the face. From my perspective he did not want to seat us due to the fact he is a racist and we were the only brown people in the restaurant."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Fantastic meal, the service was great and staff very friendly. I have eaten at The Chequers quite a few times and have never had a bad meal there. I will certainly be going back!"
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Lunched at The Chequers for the second time - the starters were large and the Steak was very good indeed.MK "
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • " Great place for good value Lunch or in the evening a good steak "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Good experience in pleasant, but busy surroundings. Food of a uniformly high quality and well prepared. Neither of us had a steak, which the restaurant specializes in, but the duck was of an excellent quality and cooked correctly. Accompanying elements seemed well chosen. The let down in the evening was the wine - I guess most diners focus on beer and other drinks rather than wine, so the list is not that important to the business. The whole list seemed very expensive for the wines being served. The NZ Pinot Noir was light (as promised) - but so light that it lacked any depth of flavour or length. Certainly not worth the price on the list. Overall though a pleasant evening with memorable food."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant for their steak menu and it didn't disappoint in terms of selection. However, we had prebooked and requested an more romantic area of the restaurant only to be sat in the middle of a busy thoroughfare. We were served quickly but it felt more like a Waitress style MacDonalds than a £100 meal for two and to be frank it just didn't cut the mustard. Food was ok, steaks to be fair cooked to our requests but we were in and out on a two course meal in less than an hour. The ambience was more like a café not a quality restaurant and we felt we could have got a better deal eating in a local pub rather than this expensive establishment that just didn't know where to sit in the food marketplace."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "This restaurant used to be special in that it served amazing steak as part of a good meal in a lovely buzzy environment. This visit it seemed like they had gone for the 'mass market'. The restaurant was strictly filled row by row and whilst the steak was still very good, everything else had a pre-prepped mass produced feel. Steak used to be served with huge tasty mushroom and tomatoes but these were replaced with tiny cold tasteless ones. Kids burger bun was stale. Even though the waiting staff were friendly and helpful they were more 'Harvester' than specialist pub. Probably cross this one off our list of regular favourites."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Had a meal here after reading mixed reviews. Staff very friendly and went for steaks, although no rump left. Opted for ribeye and sirloin. Steaks were ok but covered in thick sauce which wasn't needed as had chosen sauces anyway. These were terrible! I chose peppercorn which normally love. Came in little pot that had obviously been kept warm and had a thick skin on it. Extremely thick and gloopy with no taste at all. Other spifor cy one little better. It is just a pub, so no ambience, views or even windows. All this would be okay IF it hadn't been for the price. Had eaten a fabulous meal the night before at Searcy's Gin joint and there was hardly any difference in price. Don't think it is worth going back to."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Food presentation was a little disappointing compared to usual - perhaps because we ate late, but the service was impeccable and the venue is fabulous."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "We lunched here and the steaks were excellent. The place was a surprise as from the outside it looked like a pub but inside it was spacious and nicely lId out. We will return. MK"
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "Steaks were superb and service very friendly. Ambience was great too, highly recommended."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. Our waitress Emma was lovely. We will be returning x"
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Great food. Service very good, staff were very attentive and quick to notice."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "I love this place. A proper pub with real ale and atmosphere at the front, and restaurant at the back where you hand select your cut of beef and how big you want. Topped off with friendly, smiley service."
    dined on 11/02/2014
  • "Really lovely food - especially the steak that you can choose from the butcher's block. But plenty of choice for non-steak eaters too and good portion sizes! Good atmosphere, even mid-week when you think it might be a bit quiet, will definitely be going again."
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "Mum and I met here on Wednesday, neither of us had been to the Chequers before and we both came away very pleasantly surprised. The service was quick but not rushed, the waitress was very friendly - attentive but not overly, and as for the food - very well cooked, my steak was perfect and Mums fish looked great. Portion sizes just right, cleared the plate but certainly wasn't left still feeling hungry. A great place where we'll definitely visit again."
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "Good atmosphere & friendly service. They specialise in steaks, & these were cooked to perfection, unfortunately mussels were very disappointing.they were obviously farmed & were very small, some as little as my little finger nail. So disappointing."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "We had the Butchers Block but one previous occasions we were asked to select our cut at the counter this time it was a tell the waitress your order. A bit of a let down after the first experience.We also had a lunch steak there a few weeks ago and that was excellent."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to chequers, took my partner out for his birthday - he loved the steak at this restaurant. Food was okay, shame he didnt have any veg with his steak though. Food was alright, the service was very poor. Waited almost half hour for drinks/to be served. 2nd waitress tried to take a drinks order, so we told her we had previously ordered. It took a while to pay for the meal, I felt we were in the restaurant way too long (longer than needed). There were 2 tables of large groups of men, and the waitresses were making enough fuss and attention over them. Shame we were not given much attention. Doubt I would come back after this experience in all honesty."
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "The food was excellent an plentiful. Cooked as requested. The staff were both friendly and helpful. This was not my first visit and I shall be certain to return."
    dined on 26/01/2014
  • "We had been to Chequers before but not for sunday lunch. We had some family in town so thought we'd give them a try having been happy with previous visit. Seated promptly and ordered drinks. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Carvery style approach to the Sunday Roasts. The sides were freshly topped up and the meat was of good quality (beef, turkey, gammon...and a little venison). The roast potatoes and giant yorkshires were also very good. My wifes chicken/mango salad was tasty if a little stingy on the mango, but that would be the only non-positive feedback. Desserts of banoffee pie and creme brulee went down well too. I would re-book again in the future."
    dined on 19/01/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant as a party of 6 for my husbands birthday. We love steak but are yet to find anyone in this country that can cook it as well as we can at home! Finally found somewhere in Chequers! You can choose your own steak from the slab or from the extensive menu. All food cooked perfectly! Chequers is split into a pub area and restaurant area - we sat near the kitchen so could see the food being prepared. The kitchen has a large glass window to stop the restaurant getting too hot and steamy. We sat on the bench seats that easily took the 6 of us. It would have probably sat 8. Staff were lovely & very attentive. Bill came to roughly £50 a head but included 3 bottles of wine, a couple of starters & a couple of puss."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "We went on New Years Eve and considering the place was really busy, the food and service were excellent."
    dined on 31/12/2013
  • "We had a 6 person booking that shrunk to 4 when we arrived, and they handled it with NO stress! Our waitress was extremely accomodating and helpful and made us feel very welcome and appreciated. Great evening!"
    dined on 31/12/2013
  • "It was the first time I have been to Chequers since it re-opened with as a pub with Steak as a speciality. They have done an excellent job with the inside atmosphere and furnishing, just right. The staff are friendly and we had a really good meal (4 of us) in a relaxing and nice place. Only issues I can see are the price for some people (we ended up spending £40/head without starters and only 6 beers), the service was very slow (even though not busy) and the steak was not cooked correctly for at least two of us - a bit overcooked. Which was a surprise given it is a steak restaurant. The really cool thing is you can go up and see the steak, ask them to cut the size you want and it comes out as requested...with nice sides & sauce."
    dined on 30/12/2013
  • "A family of 6 dining in the mid Xmas period. Food was OK in a very quiet restaurant which was a suprise seeing as we couldn't book a table later than 1800. Service was a tad haphazard with an above average amount of cutlery juggling and wine glasses being knocked over! I'd go again but, for £170 for 6 there are other options nearby that are better for not much more."
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "Very tasty and well cooked carvery meal - waitress was lovely and was very helpful and kind to my children. Would highly recommend."
    dined on 08/12/2013
  • "We do not know this area and booked this place on line which I know can be risky! However, it was a great choice and had a thoroughly lovely time"
    dined on 01/12/2013