Chequers was inducted into the Brakspear brewing and free holding family in 1893, but parts of the building date back to the 16th century, and evidence suggests that it has always served as a local pub. With such history behind this pub and steakhouse, it comes as little surprise that the Chequers is an establishment that boasts first-rate food, world-class drinks, and a host of returning visitors who readily sing its praises. The restaurant interior is a harmonious blend of old and new, with handsome, well-kept wooden wall panelling and flooring, and plush contemporary furnishings, all atmospherically lit by hanging pendant lights, ensuring visitors dine in a warm and inviting space that makes them feel instantly at home.
Aged native grass-fed beef is the order of the day here, though there’s plenty on offer for all manner of appetites. Diners select their cut and size from a choice of fillet, rib-eye, sirloin and rump steak, adding garnishes, sides and sauces according to taste. If you’re looking to go all out, you could strike for the 16oz Chateaubriand served with triple-cooked chips, vine tomatoes, rocket and a choice of sauce. Beyond beef, there’s an enticing range of à la carte dishes that showcase the best seasonal produce that the expert kitchen team can get its hands on. Start with curried cod cheeks with butternut squash purée, mint riata and radish and potato crisps, or whiskey and chicken liver parfait. For mains, try king prawn and chorizo linguine with chilli, garlic, lemon and olive oil or for a veggie option, take cèpe mushroom and truffle risotto with Paris browns, slow-roasted shallots, chives and Grana Padano. For afters, indulge in the likes of warm apple, pear and almond frangipane slice or sticky toffee pudding with milk ice cream.
With a reputation for outstanding hospitality to uphold, a stay at one of the Chequers' nine boutique rooms is sure to leave a favourable impression. Each room is furnished with a luxurious double or twin bed, an en-suite bathroom, and a Nespresso coffee machine, and a night’s stay is completed with a freshly prepared English or Continental breakfast as standard when booked direct.