Abingdon Road, Burcot, OX14 3DP
If Horace the cow can’t convince you to stop by The Chequers at Burcot in Oxfordshire, this gastropub’s fine reputation for serving outstanding food within a warm and friendly setting should more than do the trick.
Situated in the heart of Burcot, a hamlet in Oxfordshire on the left bank of the River Thames, this beautiful thatched inn is over 400 years old and has so many stories to tell. Starting its life as an inn for farm labourers, servants, and river workers travelling up the Thames selling their wares, last century a fire broke out at the dairy farm next door, destroying the building but fortunately sparing The Chequers thanks to the building’s thick old beams and fireplace that held it in place. During restoration, workers discovered a hidden compartment in the upstairs part of the chimney in which they found a full set of harnesses carefully concealed – spare equipment for a local highwayman perhaps?
Although undergoing a big refurbishment last August which introduced contemporary touches to the pub, the inn’s historic character, with its ancient beams and large open fire, remains an important feature of the establishment – this sympathetic refurbishment only highlighting what made this dining destination so special to begin with. Boasting a brand-new menu and restaurant layout, if you’ve never visited The Chequers at Burcot or it’s been years since you last stopped by, there has never been a better time.
Delighting diners since 2006 with beautiful seasonal dishes, head chef Steven Sanderson specialises in serving dry-aged steaks, offering a variety of different cuts including rib-eye, sirloin, fillet, and Chateaubriand. These can be accompanied by your choice of 26 side dishes which include calamari, melted cheese mash with crispy Wiltshire bacon and shallots, truffled wild mushrooms, and roast vegetable ratatouille, along with your choice of sauces including peppercorn, blue cheese, veal jus, and crispy truffled duck egg. There are also sharing boards which you can customise to suit your tastes, alongside tasters, pub classics, and the best of British mains served with a modern twist.
Alongside their mouth-watering main menu, The Chequers at Burcot also boasts a breakfast menu, including The Chequers’ version of a Full English, which includes a vegan option, an afternoon tea menu featuring a selection of traditional sandwiches, lemon drizzle, millionaires cheesecake, doughnuts, Champagne jelly, scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a pot of tea, and a Sunday roast that is lauded one of the best in the country.
Their Christmas party menu this year, available from £26 per person, includes starters such as Loch Fyne smoked salmon, capers, shallots, lemon juice, and brown bread and festive Scotch egg with sage and onion and H.P, mains like the traditional turkey breast and stuffed thigh with pigs in blanket, and desserts like Christmas pudding with vanilla and cognac clotted cream. Also open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, contact The Chequers at Burcot as soon as possible as places are booking up fast.
If you just can’t get enough of this beautiful 400-year-old inn, why not stay overnight in one of their 9 boutique hotel rooms – a new introduction for 2019? Designed with you in mind, these wonderful guest bedrooms provide the perfect base in which to explore the inn’s beautiful and historic surroundings.
It’s no wonder The Chequers at Burcot is recommended in the Harden’s Guide, The Good Food Guide, by Muddy Stilettos, and in our very own Oxfordshire Food & Drink Guide.
For more on The Chequers at Burcot, visit their website or look out for our review in our soon to be released Oxfordshire Food & Drink Guide 2020. Read a copy of last year’s guide here (where our review also features), or request your FREE copy here.