The Chequers of Orwell

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4.5
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33 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Sunday Lunch
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A Beautiful Gastropub Restaurant Situated in Orwell, South Cambridgeshire, a stone's throw away from National Trust Property Wimple Hall and Farm; we are just eight miles from the historical City of Cambridge on the A603, 7 miles from Royston and within easy reach of the A10 and the A1M & M11 motorways into London. With a team of young professionals, The Chequers is known for it's friendly and welcoming atmosphere, both in bar and restaurant areas. We provide a wide variety of Beers and Wines. Chef Owner David would like to share his great passion for fine food and drinks with everyone who enjoys fine dining experiences at affordable prices.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2.30pm, 6pm - 9pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
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Phone number
01223 207840
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
David Cheng
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Private Party Facilities
We welcome private dining inquiries, our chefs can design a menu that suits your requests and budgets.
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Private Party Contact
Tina Cheng: 01223 207840
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Parking Details
Parking is available at the Pub and off street as well.
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Public Transit
Bus No.75 runs from Cambridge to Orwell
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I booked the Chequers for her birthday celebration, because it is reasonably local to where we live, dog friendly and the reviews were excellent. We were not disappointed.

A lovely evening with lovely staff who were friendly and attentive. The food we ordered was of a high standard, beautifully presented.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at The Chequers is always sublime - we all had three courses and every dish looked and tasted amazing. Service was friendly and effecient and the tables are spaced far enough apart to not feel cramped but still enable us to appreciate the warm atmosphere. Particular hats off to the chef though - we are very lucky to have such a talented individual working so locally. Not the cheapest of 'pub' meals but you get what you pay for and it really is worth every penny.

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MG
Cambridge
11 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here regularly. The service is always friendly and the food varies and is lovely. I had pheasant on this occasion and it was exquisite.

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CC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

very nice atmosphere and nicely prepared food. Overall well worth a visit

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m
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, friendly and attentive staff. People welcome you nicely when you arrive.

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CA
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the overall experience, lovely restaurant very well spaced tables, attentive but not overattentive staff, superb food and very timely serving, ambience was lovely and the staff were very amiable. Good choice of food, I had the burger and my wife had sea bass, both were sublime and good portions, the spicy sauce with the burger was to die for. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and quite well priced. Will definitely be going back for one of their High Teas.

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. House wine was great. Friendly staff and cosy ambience. Reasonably priced. What more could I ask for?

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MG
Cambridge
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday roast was great, plenty of meat & veg. The pork crackling was done to perfection. My mum had the vegetarian option which looked amazing and she said was lovely. My dad loved the choice of ales. Staff were really friendly and we weren't rushed at all.

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M
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is more of a special occasions venue, as it is quite expensive if you work your way through the menu, but of course you can have just a main, we were greedy ! Very attentive staff, good selection of food, nicely presented .

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k
Manchester
24 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overhyped food offering. Mediocre and nit worth the high prices they charge. Dull atmosphere.

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AK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, relaxed place. As ever the service was good, discreet and helpful.

We will return.

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OT
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very impressed.
A more detailed report is posted on tripadvisor

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i
London
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pub that fed us well after London-Cambridge bike ride. Limited vegetarian options but delicious beef and chicken for the rest of us :-)

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GC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food- steak was perfectly cooked and very tender, sea bream was tasty and moist and a 'small portion of chicken please' was delivered exactly as requested. A request for gluten free was dealt with discretely and a treat to be able to still have (gluten free) rolls to nibble whilst waiting for main course. Desserts were well presented and tasty- especially recommend the chocolate fondant. Excellent service- will certainly be returning!

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VE
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal. Excellent steak. Yummy coffees. Brilliant service. Will certainly go be!

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BH
Essex
105 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food acceptable if uninspiring, service good but restaurant completely lacked atmosphere on a Friday Lunch time with only 4 or 5 diners.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have enjoyed several meals at The Chequers, last one being their 'Japanese' evening. Never tried a sushi dish before......excellent! Both my husband and I enjoyed the rest of our Japanese meal. Service was very good, food was hot. Very friendly and welcoming. Jenny.

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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Well worth a visit especially for a special occasion. The food not only tastes good, but is well presented. Service is also excellent- nothing is too much trouble.

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DK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

They ran out of food early on in the evening and not offering a substitute!

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My mother and I had lunch here on a Saturday. The atmosphere was welcoming and staff friendly and attentive. Lunch menu was small but consisted of a range of dishes, including sandwiches.

We had a main meal (chicken) and a duck ciabatta; both were delicious, although the chicken dish was small for its £14 price tag and my mother was still hungry.

This is a quiet, tucked away gastropub and we enjoyed the time we spent here.

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OT
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Managed to get booked for 3 of us on the day before Valentine's night so, that was lucky
The write up's we'd seen were encouraging but the evening out was better. Delightful in fact.
Very attentive service without being over the top , homely kind of atmosphere (who needs loud music!) and the food was outstanding.
We will be back

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W
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated wife's birthday with a memorable evening meal in pleasant surroundings. Food was outstanding and the service friendly and attentive.
Returned at lunch time two days latter to celebrate daughters birthday together with her husband and two grandchildren. Daughter is dairy and gluten free and her special food requirements were accommodated. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Childrens menu was available.

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h
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive, friendly service, delicious menu with difficulty deciding what to choose! Fair menu prices, piping hot, some unusal twists that make a change as so many menus are the same and attractively presented. Will definitely return to try the other mains I was tempted with! Just slightly chilly, take a cardi!

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l
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

All I can say is WOW! this dinner has got to be one of the best meals I've had, the food is of an excellent quality, personally I think the chef is wasted in this local pub however, the waiter was lovely very attentive and friendly the only downside was for a while we were the only one's eating in the restaurant so it did lack some ambience however the actual pub was busy and ticking over nicely.

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SH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited for her birthday meal. From the outsideitlooks much like any other country village pub. Inside there is a spacious dining room and very friendly and helpful staff. The food was excellent, of particular note was the halibut and the cappuccino creme brûlée. We will most certainly be visiting again.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent roast. The tastiest vegetables i have eaten in a long time. The cappuccino crème brûlé to die for. Good value for money And attentive service

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K
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having visited the pub one lovely afternoon visiting the Wimpole Estate, we noted what they served and we planned to use the restaurant, which we did this Saturday.
When we arrived, we were informed early on that there was a 11 person party ahead of us and there might be a await for the main course. I don't mind that, if you are informed and your expectations managed. There was complimentary home made/fresh bread and oil, which was lovely and kept us going. Meal was all served together. I had duck with plumb sauce and mash. Lovely presentation, wonderfully cooked duck and tantalising flavours. Everyone's dishes also met with the same approval. And portion sizes were just fine!

Desert I went for the cheese which had a good 8-10 crackers and four cheese, all different and enjoyable flavours. Everyones else's deserts went down well.
I can't fault the quality of the meal and at a reasonable price for the mains though the deserts were all £7(cheese £8) which was probably £1-2 more than I expected. Wouldn't stop me returning, just observation given pricing compared to similar restaurants.
Service was attentive, engaging and informative.
All in all, lovely memorable evening and would highly recommend.
Same review appears on TripAdvisor.

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CJ
Vancouver
95 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and imaginative food with terrific presentation and clear explanations from the staff. I would definitely try to go again when we are in the local area. The smoked eel starter was both spectacular and delicious.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very secure hand in the kitchen producing flavour-infused foods that often have a well-thought out hint of Eastern spices. Fabulous welcoming service from all the staff we encountered, and a lovely calming atmosphere. Good wine menu, also a reasonable selection by the glass.

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f
Bedfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place while looking for somewhere in the country for a Sunday lunch and what a find! Amazing food and nice setting. Will definitely be added to our list for regular visits!

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a
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time eating at the Chequers but certainly won't be our last. We went for Sunday lunch and from start to finish it was a pleasure. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable without being intrusive. The menu was extensive enough to give a varied choice and the food arrived beautifully presented, hot and delicious.
We felt relaxed and happy at the end of our time spent at The Chequers

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F
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit to the Chequers. The food was delicious. Such good food combinations. Presentation great too. All in all a very pleasant experience.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten out a lot lately in and around the Cambridgeshire area, this was by far one of the best meals I have had in a while. Highly recommend 3 generations all enjoyed the meal

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