Chequers Inn

Chequers Inn

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
Claypit Lane, Ledsham, LS25 5LP

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Inns don't get more quintessentially English than the Chequers. It could be the roses round the door, the pot figure of Winston Churchill in the cosy bar, or even the occasional morris-dancing display - everything about this inn is cloaked in traditional English charm. Set in the chocolate-box-pretty village of Ledsham, the Chequers Inn dates back to 1540, but don't bother popping in on your Sunday drive because 170 years ago the lady of the manor decided she didn't want her employees drinking on the Sabbath and it has remained closed on a Sunday ever since - evidence of the owners' dedication to honouring the inn's heritage.

A glance at the menu shows that chef David Siddall revels in the traditional, with an innovative twist. My starter of asparagus was teamed with a sensational garlic and potato salad garnished with the tiniest melon balls I've ever seen, topped off with a hot sweet chilli sauce. It looked and tasted exquisite. My guest was intrigued by a dish titled 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' - half a lobster on fancy leaves with a party of prawns - but finally plumped for superb queen scallops with mozzarella on ciabatta instead, which left her feeling equally luxurious. A main course of woodland mushrooms in a filo basket with Dijon and cream sauce was another triumph; the piquancy of the mustard brought out the earthiness of the fungi perfectly. The flavours of my guest's pan-fried sirloin steak were enhanced by fine strips of capiscum and a meaty jus - not a shred was left on the plate.

The dessert menu here is a pure exercise in Englishness. Treat yourself to treacle sponge with custard, tangy lemon and lime tart, or a smartly presented strawberry and cream brandy snap basket. Once your meal is over, enjoy a coffee in the glorious garden and ponder the wonders of the Great British inn - nobody does it better.
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