The Chequers Matching Green

The Chequers Matching Green

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thechequersmatchinggreen.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01279731276
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday from 11am onwards
    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Lunch runs all day Saturday and Sunday
    Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Saturday from 6:00 pm to midnight; Sunday 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Geoff Mastroberardino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have cabaret dinners with top acts every month

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Very rural - no public transport
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: We have our own car park for 25-30 cars. Also street parking.
A word from The Chequers Matching Green
Overlooking the village green our country pub and restaurant is in the heart of delightful village of Matching Green, a few minutes from the M11 on the Herts and Essex border. The Chequers offers fresh, delicious food sourced locally where possible. So come and enjoy our mouthwatering home-made food. Our olde world charm and cutting edge style attracts visitors from far and near.
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The Chequers Matching Green reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.4
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (17)special occasions (16)outdoor eating (13)fit for foodies (12)business meals (10)group bookings (10)romance (10)child friendly (8)brunch (4)good vegetarian options (3)disabled access (3)outstanding value (2)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable family dinner
    hanalol
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Lovely situation, arriving as the sun was going down over the green, went for a family dinner on Saturday evening. The management create an elegant and comfortable environment, all the staff very well turned out and excellent service. Food is plentiful, good and fairly priced. A wide degree of choice. Not haute cuisine, but very decent, especially the fish dishes. You feel well looked after here and likely to come again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    We came to your restaurant on Saturday with high expectations but first impression bartender was not very friendly and did not offer good service. Ordered our food and waited 50 minutes for our meal - meal was not outstanding for the price - waited 15 minutes for refil drinks. Very noisy venue would not use it again.
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  • Hungry
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    The food was not up to standard, maybe it was the chiefs night off ???
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    outdoor eating
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  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Waiting service, food, ambience were all good but food took too long to arrive. We waited half an hour for our main course. Would go back with friends but not my dad as too noisy & slow for him.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    chris
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food was served on what had been a very busy summers day but the quality of food and service was still maintained
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • SUNDAY LUNCH
    SQUIRREL
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Lovely atmosphere, great service and excellent food.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Ruth
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Roberto and the Staff at The Chequers are friendly and accomodating. I gave them very short notice to increase my reservation from 3 to 11 and they helped in every way possible. Food as always was excellent.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent
    chris
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Great venue more of a restaurant than a pub consistently good food
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • very good
    romantic1864
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    went for our aniverseryand loved the food and service was good, bit quite but it was a Tuesday evening and weather not to good.would still recommend it to anyone who wants good foodin very nice surroundings
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    outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Bank Hols Sunday Lunch
    1crowdedbararea
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    The Roast Lamb Meal & Desert were very good & well presented by a smart team of cheerful attentive staff . Our Table was in between Bar & Toilets & far from ideal location with people drinking at the bar all round us & a steady stream of people going to the toilet. Overall we would pro-pally visit again but would definitely not seat in the bar area. At the end of the day we paid top dollar (+10% service Charge) for a very good pub crowded bar meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    The chequers was recommended by my daughter and I must say we enjoyed it . It was our first visit and we will definitely go back again.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Meal
    Fresh
    Dined on 23/4/2014
    I had never been to the Chequers before, but my partner had, it was a very relaxed atmosphere with a lot of effort to make the restaurant feel cosy. The pub in in excellent surroundings and I am sure in the summer would be a fantastic destination. Sadly as it was a Wednesday in mid April it lacked the buzz of a busy restaurant although that did not detract from the service and food.
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    business meals, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely Gastro dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    Great service, lovely food, just right for lunch on a saturday
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Dinner for 2
    Summerstrawbs78
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    Very lovely location and lovely decoration inside this old pub. Restaurant area has got a large number of tables and tables O2 do get a little squashed in between the large parties. Food very good, will nice size portions. Wine menu comes over a little expensive. Service very good. Would go again with others. They do hold special events every so often - view website for this
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAMILY LUNCH
    gizmo
    Dined on 12/3/2014
    6 of us had lunch mid week. The service was excellent, everyone was friendly , efficient and professional. The food was amazing! We each chose different starters and main courses and every person said that their food was perfect! The tables are well spaced and nicely set. Good choice of wines. Wish we lived nearer to go more often!
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    romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to its usual high standards
    George
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    The chequers is (and remains) a local favourite however on this occasion I left feeling disappointed not because the experience (food, ambience or service) was poor but because on previous visits the food had been simply outstanding. I had previously tended towards the grills but this time plumped for the Lamb Shank. Sadly I suspect that this special was not quite as sumptuous as expected based on previous visits. The starter, dessert and wine went a long way towards assuaging my lingering sense of being underwhelmed. The Margeret River Pinot Noir hit the spot with sumptuous fruit flavour and more body than I had expected, while the jam sponge was the perfect antidote for our inclement recent weather); both well up to par.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant!
    KeefyD
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    Whenever we want to splash out and have a good meal locally we always choose The Chequers. The food and service are excellent and our favourite place in the area.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Good Service
    MrsUnitedNations
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Whilst the service was very good, overall the food wasn't as good as it was on previous occasions. My main course was very good and my husband's duck starter was also very good. The batter on the squid starter wasn't quite crispy enough and the crayfish and mussel main course was described as bland by our two friends. Because of the disappointment by two people eating it made the final bill seem very expensive. However, the Sunday lunches in the past were excellent.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Good food tucked away
    Dine2enjoy
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    First time I had been to The Chequers and the food and service didn't disappoint at all. We started with the sharing cold platter of fish for 2 and its was very good, the smoked salmon full of intense flavour. Mains of low roasted pork a and lamb rump were well cooked with delightful fresh greens and upper smooth mash. Desserts of strawberry panna cotta and an apple crumble tart were a perfect end to a great meal. Sadly the restaurant was very sparse when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime so we didn't get the best of atmosphere but I will be back to sample more of a good looking menu. Reasonable prices for a gastro style place and very friendly staff.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Located in a beutiful setting
    Essexchris
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Located in a beutiful setting though would be very hard to find without a GPS. The food was good quality, service was friendly and prompt, the interior was comfortable and attractive and the candlelit setting would certainly have been suitable for romance (though that was not what we were visiting for). Note that the prices are quite a bit higher than most even good pubs. My only problem is that they advertised a bonfire for the 5th of november on their website, and none was provided nor was any explanation forthcoming from the staff who did not even know one was meant to be there. Despite this, I would reccomend it for a treat out especially for a pair of lovebirds.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    SawboSteve
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Have eaten here on several occasions and have never been disappointed with the food or service. It's a class establishment and retains a wonderful character and ambiance. The staff are very friendly, which is so important, they make you feel so welcome and are very attentive without being intrusive. I guarantee any one who visits here will not be disappointed and will return. That leads to my greatest worry! that I'll find it more difficult to get a table booking :-))
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    business meals, special occasions, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Gorgeous village pub - great food
    Foodies2
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We have been to this pub before but never to eat. The put has a wonderful homely feel; wooden floors; open fireplaces, very classic, comfortable and welcoming. The staff are friendly. We had been looking for somewhere that does a good "steak" and this place didn't disappoint. The steaks were excellent, thick, perfectly cooked and very tasty. The side orders (we had hand cut chips, mushrooms and spinach) were lovely - particularly the chips which are highly recommended. We also had starters and deserts which were excellent. Lovely wine list too. Highly recommend this pub for a great meal out.
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  • We love the setting of The
    LondonTownerVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    We love the setting of The Chequers, so decided to go for Sunday lunch as it was such a lovely day. We both had the excellent Sunday roast, but couldn't eat it all.
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    business meals, disabled access, child friendly, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since 6 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambience4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Value3.8
  • The following 109 reviews are from the The Chequers Matching Green reviews archive.
  • A WELL RUN PUB
    simon1
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The bar staff know there job and do it very well with a smile. We had our little dog with us and one of the reasons we go here is that he's allowed in the bar. But the food my the bar is very good.
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch with nice staff
    Optional
    Dined on 19/7/2013
    Recently visited chequers for a weekday lunch the food was great with an excellent choice of drinks with outside heated ( when needed) seating i can recommend the side terrace or you can choose the rear terrace . The staff are all nice , helpful and seem happy we will certainly return . The pub restaurant also has theme nights so may be worth finding out what's on .
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Beautiful setting
    davekovacs
    Dined on 14/7/2013
    Lovely place to go for a nice drive food very good staff excellent witha very relaxed country pub feel would be great for Sunday lunch and to watch the cricket on the green
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My partner and I had Sunday
    LondonTownerVIP
    Dined on 30/6/2013
    My partner and I had Sunday lunch here. We chose this restaurant due to the good weather and knowing it has a lovely setting. The Sunday Lunch was very good, with very ample portions. We will be back.
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    business meals, disabled access, special occasions, child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Fabulous food......
    Becks723
    Dined on 26/6/2013
    First time at The Chequers and it didn't disappoint! Went there for a Friends Birthday and the service, food and value was superb. When you arrive, you are welcomed as if you are a regular! We chose the Sea Bass and the Wild Mushroon and Asparagus Fricasse for mains Both were presented well and tasted delicious. Definitely recommend it and we will be back to try out the rest of the menu! The team even brought out a dessert with a candle and sung Happy Birthday! Great attention to detail and made the evening special xx
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I chose this restaurant as
    Liz1
    Dined on 23/6/2013
    I chose this restaurant as it was a recommendation from a friend. I was looking for somewhere to take my mum for some lunch on her birthday. Lovely setting in a little village. The pub/ restaurant itself is very nice and has a lovely atmosphere. From the moment we arrived, the staff couldn't have been more pleasant and welcoming and the service and food throughout was excellent. There were 3 in our party and we all chose a roast for our lunch- the food was beautiful and plentiful- a really high standard. For desert we had a cheesecake, and all agreed it was the best we'd ever tasted! We will definitely be returning and I can't recommend this place highly enough! Wonderful.
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Chequers
    GeoffersVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Good food at a very resonable price. Well worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend for Special Occasions
    jack07
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Food was excellent location and service was great. It is not cheap, so not really in my book, some place you would go just for an every day meal but more for special occasions that you want to splash out a bit. we had 2 course and 1 bottle of one = £100.00. I went for a birthday and we had a lovely time and as I said food was excellent as well as service and location so would recommend and go back. I was only a little disappointed as I thought I had read gluten free menu avail but that was not the case, though the kitchen was happy to point out what on the menu was suitable.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating
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  • Good but not great.
    Lesbow
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    The quality of the food here is of a very high standard, where they fall short is the quality of the bar staff, and although our table server was a lovely young lady who was attentive and friendly, she did forget glasses for the water, and gave the wrong drink to the one my wife ordered.
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  • Celebration
    Lovemyfood
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Fabulous afternoon at The Chequers food fab, service fab and a great ambience
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, brunch, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night in The Chequers
    Sweetcorn
    Dined on 13/4/2013
    Could not fault eating out at The Chequers, Matching Green on a Saturday night. It was noisy but that was because people were enjoying themselves. Great ambiance accompanied by excellent food and service. Even the guest ale was top notch. Will certainly be returning.
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  • The Chequers, Matching Green
    cmdl
    Dined on 29/3/2013
    A real treat of a meal in a very atmospheric pub, with excellent food, and excellent service.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful Meal
    BermudaGinge
    Dined on 29/3/2013
    An excellent restaurant with exemplary service, the food was presented immaculately and the overall experience delightful. Highly recommended for lunch or dinner.
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    romance, child friendly, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday lunch
    Trackone
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Very good quality food backed up by excellent service. Busy on a Saturday lunch time of course, but that adds to the atmosphere which was very good. Very welcoming if you have children (we don't) and there were many families enjoying themselves.
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    child friendly, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall very nice
    Kingwiz
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    This is a very modern looking restaurant. The staff were helpful and accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. The service was smooth and efficient and at a pace I liked. It wasn't too busy or too empty which made it a nice atmosphere. The food was very nice and full of flavour although the pork belly was a little too soft for by liking. This is at least a 4* restaurant but accommodating enough for all comers. It clearly attracts high end clientèle as outside in the car park were many BMW's, Mercedes and Range Rovers ! Overall a restaurant worth visiting and visiting again, maybe in the summer.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GReat ambiance
    TracybVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Hello The restaurant looked really lovely and had a great atmosphere. The food on the menu all looked lovely!
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  • Great all-round
    gooner
    Dined on 20/2/2013
    Chequers was recommended by a work colleague, and it certainly didn't disappoint..... Visited the Chequers with a group of work colleagues and I thought the place was excellent. Staff were friendly on arrival, and didn't pressurise us in sitting down straight away. Food was good, service was good, price was a little on the high side, but that's the price you pay for quality. No faults with it at all and will definately be a repeat customer,,,,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.