The Chequers

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Sunday Lunch
A traditional country pub in the heart of a picturesque Cotswold"s village, serving classic British dishes and meats from a charcoal grill.
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HC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a good find- Sunday lunch was perfectly cooked and presented. Service was excellent with friendly helpful staff. Couldn’t fault this experience at all.

GB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Having worked at the chequers in Churchill under a previous management, I recommended it to my group of friends for a birthday meal. We are aware the prices are a bit higher but I know the food is excellent. We were seated late and a number of options were not available on the menu, and we weren’t given the option of pre-ordering. Before the evening got any more frustrating, my friends went to speak to the manager to raise awareness at the time that we weren’t particularly pleased. This conversation resulted in the manager making my friend cry. Having worked in hospitality (as has she) I was appalled that management were so rude and upsetting. The rest of the evening was then uncomfortable and the promised discount was not taken off the end bill PLUS a £40+ service charge was added. I am so embarrassed that I recommended this restaurant and won’t be doing so again.

PD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

food was lovely, it was what it said on the menu, staff friendly especially the Pub Manager (Victor).

TM
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always - good food - friendly staff and manager - made to feel very welcome

OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always lovely food, great service and a warm welcome :-)

CL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the hospitality was fantastic. the wine list is extensive and interesting. Two faults; we have been twice, once in 2018 and again in 2019, and their meat slicer was broken both times so we are yet to enjoy the charcuterie! Also, for reasons unexplained, our martinis were served at room temperature. Absolutely everything else has been perfect both times we've visited, and next time we'll specify the martini to be shaken on ice, or else stick to the wines.

Last year we stopped for lunch and split the fried chicken and the French dip beef sandwich. This year we came for dinner and had the half-pint of prawns, oysters, and a scotch egg to start, and the chateaubriand for 2 to follow. Both times we split the banoffee pot. Everything was incredible.

My partner asked me to give this in writing; I am a big fan of Bearnaise sauce, and the Bearnaise at Chequers is excellent. But (the shocking part) the peppercorn sauce was actually better. I doubt I'll ever say that about another peppercorn sauce in my life. Very, very good.

G
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb value Sunday lunch of excellent quality with very friendly and efficient service. We will be back!

M
London
30 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible. Venison pie just outstanding. Cheese souffle to die for and a lemon tart just stunning.

L
London
31 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Two of us had dinner here on a Thursday evening. The welcome from the host was lovely. From there, however, it went a bit downhill. After a wait, we flagged down a waitress to order drinks and food. We ordered two glasses of champagne, and when they arrived, were completely flat. We flagged the same server down and as she came to the table she asked if the drinks were flat. We took this to mean they were aware of the poor quality and still served the drinks. They were replaced.

The food itself was fine. Prepared well, though my partner's hake was a tadge on the greasy side. We were taken aback by the size of the dish versus the price. It was £20 for literally a bit of fish, with some fennel on top, on a plate. Sides were £4.95 which I feel is a bit pricey given they must know people need sides to fill up.

Any time we needed attention we had to flag someone down, which wasn't ideal, but more of a nuisance than anything.

So overall, the service, while friendly enough when at the table, was evasive; the food, while good though not mind blowing, was overpriced; and the atmosphere was nice, though just a gastro pub type place. There are plenty of other places in the area that do better so we'll probably give this one a miss.

AN
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chequers in Churchill could not have been a better choice of restaurant to celebrate our mum’s 80th birthday. Loved every minute. Staff were so friendly and efficient and food was delicious and fresh.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice evening spent, good food. Very quiet atmosphere. Staff were on point. Not a huge range of choices on the menu. Will be a returning customer sometime soon.

AS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely decor and atmosphere, good service.
Food was enjoyable but could have been better - overcooked egg on haddock, broccoli could have done with some cooking and also chunky chips a bit under too. Steaks were perfectly cooked.
Overall all four of us thought a little overpriced for what we had.

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food very good, though table draughty thanks to bro g near rear entrance. Noisy children spoilt the ambience- though the restaurant can’t be blamed for that.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant experience and fantastic food. The Sole was cooked to perfection!

OT
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. The cheese soufflé is a big draw!! Thank you

AO
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the attentive and personal service at The Chequers. Very child-friendly with an extensive children’s menu, which is quite unusual. Great space and not cramped at all. I felt we had lots of time to enjoy our meals and our friends’ company but service was always on hand if needed. Highly recommend and will return!

MR
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent especially the rib eye that I had it was gorgeous. Even my wife who will only eat fillet tried two chunks and loved it which is unheard of! The service was very good, the clientele a little snooty but that goes with the area. The wine list was great with some fabulous wines that even I would struggle to justify at £280 for tea at the local pub. We had the whole shebang at £44 which was aged in french oak so needed food to soften the oaky finish, fabulous wine my steak

MD
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were really pleasantly surprised by our visit to the Chequers. We visited on the Bank Holiday Weekend and the great weather meant that the pub was quiet. The food was terrific, much better than we remembered it. It is also very well priced and seemed better value than before. I understand that it is now in new hands, having passed through one or two previous owners in its current guise. It has always been a very nice looking pub and remains as it was, only with a new sharpness to the cooking. Whilst the pub looks unchanged, the cooking demands a revisit from locals that might have moved onto other places.

G
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and very friendly ambience plus delicious dishes make this one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds.

WP
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Went for a Sunday roast. On ordering was told only three roasts left and of the three left over, only enough vegetables for two....we were a family party of 8 very disappointed Sunday roast fans. We arrived on time at 5pm and were advised on booking that Sunday roast menu goes until 6pm but still they couldn’t anticipate or plan for their clients. Zero empathy from the staff who you thought would have 1. Tried harder to rectify and 2. Been a little apologetic, couldn’t even do that. Very poor.

SH
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was slow. We have eaten at the Chequers before and forgot about the service charge ! it was completely disproportionate to the quality of the food which even though late afternoon was not a patch on other pubs we have had a late Sunday roast at.

BD
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable from the moment we sat down and the food was delicious - we will definitely return

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - smoked haddock was really good, very friendly service as well .

M
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, excellent service and food was very good. My double cooked cheese soufflé was particularly memorable. Just the sort of pub I like we ate in the bar area which was really great on a wet August day with the log fire burning.

RD
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was lovely, except the samphire which was rather woody - possibly too late in the season? The staff were charming but service was a bit slow

l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and good hospitality

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was excellent and the Cote de Boeuf was amazing, as was the ribeye steak. Only disappointment is that we visited this pub three times (not to eat on each occasion) and my husband tried a pint of the local brew, Hooky. First day, the beer was off - cloudy and not very pleasant; second visit the beer was lovely; third visit, the beer was off again! Also, we found the wine list quite pricey. So, a lovely village pub, with good food, but they don’t know how to keep their beer so we ventured to the nearby free house at Bledington, where they did pull a very good pint.

JH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We are a mature couple who had booked a table for 8pm Friday night.
We were told that there was a party in and to expect some delay. We ordered our meals by 8.30 and ten minutes later we were told that one of the meals was not available. We re-ordered and ten minutes later we were told that one of the meals was not available. 5 minutes later we were told that one of the meals was not available.
Considering that the menu was not extensive we concluded that the kitchen was had seriously messed up its ordering. At no time did a member of management talk to us or apologise.
The drinks were silly expensive. £12 for a pint of cider and a Cotswolds Baileys equivalent. Wine was also expensive.
Our experience was not good!

JP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Reality of the very disappointing food didn’t match the good reviews. Chef must have been on holiday as our meals were pretty dreadful.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thanks for giving us the table we requested. Food was excellent as always and great value

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food
Lovely pub in nice village
Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Menu disappointing in variety also no specials board. Tiered furniture in bar with unclean chairs.
Fish and chips very good .

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were staying back in the Cotswolds. We ate at the Chequers 2 years ago and always said we'd return. The bar was alot busier and staff were working hard on Tuesday evening. Service was ok. A couple of requests for food and drink had run out. Overall it was still a good meal but didnt quite have the professional edge that we had experienced before.

WR
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was personal and pretty quick, atmosphere and setting very agreeable

NG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic service at what I believe are very reasonable prices. The building itself is well maintained and the atmosphere is very much of a well attended local. Will visit again very soon, can recommend the fish and chips.

KC
Gloucestershire
24 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Although there were a few minor issues we love the place, the ambiance, the food and will be back

W
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Twice-baked cheese soufflé as good as ever - crab mayonnaise was swamped and the mayo too strong for the delicate crab.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Buzzy restaurant.
Fab food.
Good wine choices.

KV
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was not great and certainly didn't compare to other meals we had in the area. The burgers were like hockey pucks and after i said something they tole me that they had to be cooked like that because of a law. They were kind to take them off of the bill, but they should have told me upfront that they could only make them well done (especially since i also ordered a steak for my daughter cooked medium rare). The steak was so chewy it was impossible to chew. They re-made it and it was good. The fries were FANTASTIC and I would go back just for fries and a cider (they had a great cider that was not too sweet).

JD
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was very good although I was disappointed to find the menu had not changed and there was not much choice of gluten-free. The cuttlefish and chick pea study was quite meagre and could perhaps have been served with rice. Moreover a 12.5% discretionary service charge on the whole meal seemed excessive given the mark up already on wine.

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