The Chequers - Bath

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The Chequers is a beautifully restored gastropub that serves high quality home cooked food, in a friendly pub atmosphere.

The menu compromises of refined, beautifully presented modern British fare, but The Chequers stays true to its roots by also offering a classics menu. The Sunday roast is legendary and won the Bath Good Food Award for best Sunday lunch in Bath. Add to that a great wine list and a selection of well kept local ciders and ales and you have The Chequers.

We're located just a short walk from some of Bath's most famous landmarks – the Circus and the Royal Crescent. So whether you live or work locally, or are a visitor to Bath, you're equally welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, friendly staff. Would definitely come again

MK
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Final visit before it closed. As good as always, such a shame it's closed.

AW
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No point in saying much more as it sadly closes today! It was the flagship of The Bath Pub Company’s pubs .....,...

IP
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent flexibility to adapt menus to Gluten Free. Meal was hot, attractively presented and delicious. Service was great. It was a cold night but fire made it cheerful.

SA
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered Lamb Roast. It was very fulfilling. The potatoes served are generous and the Yorkshire pudding was excellent

PC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real shame that this place is closing. Was a pleasure to visit.

S
London
21 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was generally as reliable as always. My guest did feel that her risotto was under seasoned while still being very pleasant. The starter of pork belly rendered into a pate was slightly bland in texture, but otherwise OK.

The Chequers closes on Sunday as its lease has come to an end. We will be very sorry to see it go.

i
Bath
18 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't bear that this restaurant is closing!! it is consistently brilliant ...

LM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant in Bath. We’ve never had a bad meal and would always be our first choice.

D
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Horrible food. Options stated as Vegan that were not, the replacements that I got included plain lettuce and rocket... Despite the dish being vegan, the excuse given was that there was a "new chief". Apparently one that can't read either.

Never going back. Would not recommend.

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable New Year’s Day lunch here. The menu was varied and interesting and the service efficient. We will definitely book again when we’re next in Bath.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve lunch. Never fails to let us down And we had a lovely few hours with family and two young kids. We we made to feel very welcome and the food was very good as always.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good. Portions were large. One of service staff was a little abrupt.

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for family get together....

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I booked a table on-line for Boxing Day lunch, based on my knowledge of Bath over 25 years, a marketing mail-out from The Chequers, and the pub's reputation (known to be a "gastro-pub"). My wife and I dressed 'smart casual' as prompted by the on-line listing and we were looking forward to a fairly sophisticated post-Chistmas sojourn. When we got in, we were greeted to a very typical 'pub' scene, especially for a winter's day... casually-dressed people, boots, dogs, pints... notably dogs. Our first impression was a undeniable disappointment, a small table for two right next to a very large hound that could easily have licked the food off our plates. The wine menu was limited, as was the menu; more brunch than a lunch sitting. We shared a small plate of salt and pepper squid which, albeit well salted, lacked the pepper. I had the house burger which came with flaccid (poached?) bacon for an extra £1. By way of contrast, the meat patty was well done to the point of being dry. My wife chose gnocchi which turned out to be sliced potato pancake hiding under a small heap of garnishes. Overall, the experience was a let down, as though the whole presentation was pitched as 'brunch' with "mains" de-tuned accordingly... under the direction of (perhaps) a stand-in cook: no better than any other pub in Bath and, on this occasion, worse than many. Having visited many times on the fly and been turned away because we didn't have a reservation, we'll know in the future not to bother.

KB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for a Boxing Day brunch - very relaxed - just what was needed!

B
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Few things were off the menu or the serving didn't match the description on the menu. Starters were good. Mains varied. Short rib was disappointing and smoked haddock a bit dry but good vegetables. Desserts were good, particularly the apple tart.

KG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with our first Sunday roast. Lamb, chicken and steak were all outstanding!

SH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food suffered from Christmas busy-ness. Nowhere near so good as usual. Noise level huge from Christmas parties but we expected that.

A
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing lunch. Must try if you have not been already!! It is very close to the Royal Crescent I would recommend popping in for lunch.

C
Bath
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal the food was amazing and our brunette waitress was absolutely lovely! We will definitely be back! She made sure we were always topped up on wine and drinks and definitely had the hospitality twitch! The lemon posset was gorgeous and all the food was very well priced! Looking forward to eating there again soon!

Z
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, helpful staff. Excellent service. Beautiful hot food, delicious, cooked well and plenty of it. We had the roast dinner option. Couldn’t manage a pudding, sadly. Very nice pub and ambiance. Only criticism, sticky table.

JS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Disappointed with the menu as it was very much reduced compared to our last visit. Unfortunately there were a lot of extremely overly loud persons at the bar waiting to eat who totally ruined the ambience - they seemed to think they were entertaining when they were just embarrassing. The food was fine and the service was very good.

RD
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Swiftly served in welcoming and warm surroundings. Lovely and very attentive staff.
Kitchen totally open to special requests and modifications. Busy on a Tuesday evening but not rowdy or heaving. Faultless. Would definitely re-book.

MW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was lovely however the meat was a little stringy and I had quite fatty pieces of meat otherwise the food was amazing !

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast I think that I have ever had. Tempted to come all the way from London again just for Sunday lunch.

SK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have never enjoyed goingboutvfir a roast dinner. Its normally frozen mass produced over cooked and no where nerves good as I can cook at home. Hands down the best roast I've ever eaten out. Beef sharing roast was superb

PP
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We booked through Opentable the day before we were due in Bath for my wife's birthday. The following evening on the journey into Bath I missed a call from the restaurant and they left a voicemail saying they couldn't honour the booking due to be very busy. I quickly called back and after explaining the situation they honoured the booking. On arrival it was busy with a loud xmas party next to us but after 20 minutes several tables around us became vacant and remained so for the rest of the night. The service was OK and they did eventually say we could move somewhere else to avoid the noise but by then we had been there a good hour or so and most of the food had been served.

Overall the food was good but not spectacular, my beef was tasty but a little dry and the terrine was nice but not all that different to pate from supermarkets. The service was adequate and the ambience was not quite what was expected from a pub advertising itself from being established in the 1700's. It doesn't have any period features and is indistinguishable from most modern gastro pubs.

The cancellation has left a sour taste, especially being notified over 24 hours later, less than 2 hours before we were due to eat. It means they took/ignored the booking without knowing the next evenings bookings or they overbook as standard. Either way it makes you feel undervalued and negates the point of sites like OpenTable. The experience overall was distinctly average bordering on poor, salvaged by the no fuss rebooking and the food. Maybe we just caught them at a bad time.

MF
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very welcoming upscale gastro pub. Quiet day. Save for barking dogs on premises! They might want to re think that. Good value.

JE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our second visit to the Chequers for Sunday roast and it was as almost good as before. Well-cooked and nicely presented food served by cheerful, friendly staff. Our only criticism this time is that the food was not as hot as it could have been - hotter gravy particularly would have been welcome - but perhaps this is just our personal preference.

R
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

my food was bad and the my friends' were medoicre. i ate a steak, which came cold and dry, very disappointing. also, the portion (not just the meat, but the chips too) was small, especially for a price tag of £24 (i had to eat a burger an hour later somewhere else). the restaurant seems to want to aspire to provide a "fine dining" experience (at least as far as the portions, presentation and the prices are concerned), but in my assessment the quality is nowhere near.

j
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

the downstairs area was very pleasant but unfortunately we were shown to the upstairs room. It was unpleasantly noisy and we ended up leaving rather than having a dessert.
The young man who served us was exceptionally good, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The only other staff we had contact with seemed relatively surly and slightly offhand.
The food was delicious and reasonably priced but I would definitely recommend asking for a table downstairs.

SA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent food average. Nothing bad at all but just average. Would I go back yes.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our local but if it wasn't we would make the journey to come here anyway. Great wine list, superb food, friendly service and excellent value for money. The food is always good - last time we had the Sunday roast and I can honestly say it's the best I've had anywhere. Hats off to the chef for managing the most crispy on the outside fluffy in the middle roast potatoes.

T
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This stands out as one of the best pub Sunday lunches we have ever enjoyed. Starting with champagne by the glass (not often available in pubs), excellent beer on tap and a delicious roast lunch we felt thoroughly indulged.

MF
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great pub, in an independent chain of 4. Best food of four. Ambience ok, pub cosy food amazing. Good location, near crescent and easy walk into Bath central.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent but the meal was spoilt by a cacophony of noise. Putting bathroom tiles on the walls means the noise bounces off them and it was unpleasant . Diners at other tables commented on this too.

DF
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favourite restaurant in Bath. Ambience, food and service. Great “game” theme night!

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, relaxed, cosy venue. Staff were really warm and service was excellent. We loved the food - in particular the ham hock terrine and squid, venison casserole, lemon posset and treacle tart. A beautiful georgian gastropub, we loved our evening and will be back, thank you Chequers!

b
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pleasure of eating here for the first time on Sunday and it was fabulous. Our waitress (I think her name was Jasmine) was extremely friendly & attentive. The food was delicious. I had the roast beef (perfectly pink) and my partner has the pork and he said it was very tasty. I often find roast potatoes on roasts out not great but these were so crispy and fluffy inside. Also need to give a shout out to the sticky toffee pudding for dessert because it was one of the best i've ever had. Really recommend this place & we'll be back.