75 High Street, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, BH16 6BJ

Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to make yourself merry and raise a toast to Christmas and the new year than at a traditional, cosy British pub!? Situated in the charming and picturesque village of Lytchett Matravers, near Poole in Dorset, and surrounded in all directions by beautiful rural landscapes that inspired great English novelists such as Thomas Hardy, there’s no finer destination in the county in which to savour the stunning local produce that Dorset is famous for than at The Chequers Inn.

From organic beef to sparkling wine and full-flavoured cheeses, this rare gem of a pub and restaurant uses as much local, seasonal produce as possible to ensure a pub dining experience that can’t be rivalled. Comforting dishes like sirloin steak cooked to perfection and accompanied by a range of sauces and salmon fishcakes with lashings of tartare sauce await you on a menu that also includes the likes of juicy prawns in chilli sauce, grilled halloumi, burgers, a range of tempting curries, and a sumptuous carvery on Sundays.

Step inside this village pub and you’ll immediately feel right at home within the welcoming, comforting interior, featuring a traditional lowered ceiling in the main bar area and a recently installed and spacious conservatory. Always buzzing with happy locals and visitors alike, whether you’re visiting for an intimate dinner, a celebratory toast with all your mates, a round of darts or pool, or just a quiet game of cards in one of the pub’s cosy corners, The Chequers Inn is a cracking place to spend an evening, especially around Christmas time.

This year, The Chequers Inn has an exciting advent calendar of events lined up to get you in the festive spirit. Whether you’re planning to attend one of their Christmas joiner parties, or just wish to savour their Christmas wine and bitesize dinner offer, you’re guaranteed a jolly time you’ll simply treasure. Featuring a glass of English Champagne on arrival, followed by a starter canapé and glass of wine, main course canapé and glass of red or white wine, dessert canapé and glass of dessert wine, and cheese canapé and glass of port, their Christmas wine and bitesize dinner is available for just £22.50 per person. Other events at the inn this winter include open mic nights every second Saturday of the month, curry night every Wednesday, steak night every Thursday, as well as live music from Ritzy Chix every Friday and The Transitions every Saturday.

The pub is also open for food on Christmas Eve from 12pm to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 9pm, with live music from Chris Manning in the evening. Although this local-favourite pub is already booked up for food on Christmas Day, the pub is open for drinks from 12pm until 6pm, but is closed on Boxing Day. From the 27th until New Year’s Eve, The Chequers Inn is open as normal, but on New Year’s Eve evening, to celebrate the new year, the pub will be open until 1am, with its normal menu served from 5.30pm to 9pm and a roaring twenties themed dress-up party, along with live music from Graham Morris of The Tremeloes. On New Year’s Day, the pub is serving lunch from 12pm until 4pm, and the bar will be open until 11pm.

When we journeyed to The Chequers Inn earlier in the year for our review, we visited for the popular Thursday steak night and we couldn’t have been happier with our sirloin steak accompanied by a generous helping of crispy chips. Finishing with a rich and creamy Baileys and white chocolate parfait, our entire experience at this Dorset pub didn’t disappoint, living up to our every expectation.

For our next visit in the new year, their famous Sunday carvery sounds incredibly appealing. Boasting four roast meats to choose from, as well as roast potatoes, stuffing balls, crackling, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, and other vegetables on offer, this is Sunday lunch how it should.

For more on The Chequers Inn, visit their website or look out for our review in our Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2020. Pick up your FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital copy of the guide here.

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