The Chequers Inn
Along with selling ales that have seen the pub appear in the pages of the Good Beer Guide, The Chequers also serves some highly recommended food. The cuisine served here is thoroughly traditional, makes good use of local produce and the proprietors even rear their own cattle. Those interested in sampling The Chequers' premier ales may want to order from the selection of bar snacks, salads, jacket potatoes and sandwiches. While these dishes are made with the care you'd expect from an establishment with The Chequers' reputation, the three-course dining experience is certainly not to be overlooked. Richard and Sue keep their own Aberdeen Angus herd as well as rearing lamb on the land surrounding the pub and their home-reared 16oz T-bone steak is not to missed. Other notables include the oven-baked trout from the fish board, the mighty Chequers special burger from the burger bar and the rather luxurious Isle of Wight pork chop from the mains section. Also, don't forget to leave a little room for one of the pub's homemade desserts.
The owners provide a carvery every lunchtime and all day Sunday, as well as chalking up a daily specials board. The chefs are also extremely accommodating and will cater for any dietary requirements or preferences. Such choice should be commended in a pub that, along with serving food and ale, stages numerous walks around the local area and offers an independent bar for functions, not to mention a bed and breakfast service. There is also a large garden and children's play area which is ideal for families. As far as free houses go on the Isle of Wight, this one is up there with the best of them.