The Chequers, Watlington, Oxfordshire

The Chequers

Andy & Louise welcome you to The Chequers. Our family run pub is located in the idyllic town of Watlington, next to the Chiltern hills designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Now winter is here, please enjoy the warmest welcome in our bar/restaurant and our Vyne Room.

We look forward to you joining us at The Chequers where we serve quality home cooked bar meals and puddings seven lunchtimes a week and in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday.

The Chequers has a traditional bar in two sections as well as our Vyne Room and large garden.

Food


Our Food

Daily Specials

Roasts on Sundays

Home made with local ingredients

Menu

Drinks


Our Food

Fine Ales, Lager and Cider

White, Red, Rose and Sparkling Wine

A selection of Gins and Whiskies

Wine

What's On


Quiz Nights

Live Music

Your Special Event

What's On

OPENING HOURS

Mon to Thur: 11am to 3pm
  6pm to 11pm
Fri and Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: noon to 11pm

FOOD SERVED

Mon to Sat:

noon to 2pm

Tue to Sat:

7pm to 9pm

Sunday: noon to 2.30pm

THE CHEQUERS WINES

White Wine

175ml
250ml
Bottle

Cuvée Louis Vincent Blanc, Duboeuf

France | A dry, easy-drinking style with melon, apple and citrus notes.

£4.80 £6.80 £18.95

Mancura Etnia Sauvignon Blanc

Chile | An elegant yellow colour with vibrant greenish hues. The nose offers tantalising tropical fruit aromas and white flowers. The palate is clean, and fresh, balanced and with a very refreshing finish.

£5.00 £7.10 £19.95

Volente Pinot Grigio

Italy | Fresh pear and almond notes infuse this delicately structured, stylish Pinot Grigio. Dry yet rounded, with a refreshing finish.

£5.20
£7.40
£20.50

Vinho Verde Anjos de Portugal, Qinta da Lixa

Portugal | A fine modern Vinho Verde with aromas of appple and grapefruit alongside herbal notes. The palate is medium-bodied and refreshing with the classic touch of spritz.

    £22.50

Featherdrop Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand | Lively aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit, grapefruit and crisp red capsicum. Bold flavours of lemon, lime, grapefruit and gooseberry tantalize the palate and provide a refreshing clean finish.

    £25.95





Sparkling Wine

Prosecco Costaross 20cl

Italy | A classic Prosecco with aromas of white peach, pear and flowers. The palate is fresh, not too dry, and clean as a whistle all the way through to the sparkling finish. With a bright, clear colour and fine persistant mousse, this Prosecco is harmonious and fruity, with a delicate flavour and a clean, crisp finish.

20cl   £7.50

Ca’ del Console Prosecco Extra Dry

A classic Prosecco with aromas of white peach, pear and flowers. The palate is fresh, not too dry, and clean as a whistle all the way through to the sparkling finish.

    £26.00

Rosé Wine

  175ml
250ml
Bottle

Poggio Alto Pinot Grigio Rosé

Italy | With a delicate pale pink colour and an elegant nose of acacia flowers, this light bodied dry rosé is delightfully refreshing.

£4.90
£7.00  
£19.75

Terres d’Azur Syrah Rose

France | With masses of summer berry fruit, this light, easy-drinking dry rosé offers a smooth texture and a long, refreshing finish.

£5.10
£7.30  
£20.50

Red Wine


175ml
250ml
Bottle

Cuvée Louis Vincent Rouge, Duboeuf

France | A soft, smooth red with juicy cherry and blackberry fruit lifted by a touch of spice.

£4.80 £6.80 £18.95

Nina Merlot

Italy | A smooth, easy-drinking Merlot with plum and cherry fruit, alongside a typical Italian herbal lift.

£5.00
£7.10 £19.95

First Fleet Shiraz

Australia | A vibrant Shiraz that captures the pioneering spirit of the first voyages to Australia in a modern, easy-drinking style. Mulberry and plum fruit mixes with spice on the smooth-textured palate, making this a versatile accompaniment to food.

£5.20 £7.40 £20.50

The Swooper Pinot Noir

Australia | Pinot Noir is best known for its role in the classic wines of Burgundy, but is now widely planted the world over. This example is full of ripe and juicy red berry fruit, with soft smooth tannins, giving a wine is both delicious and easy drinking.

    £22.50

1895 By Norton Malbec

Argentina | Sweet and spicy aromas, reminiscent of black pepper. Ripe red fruit on the palate, smooth texture and a harmonious finish.

£24.95
All wines sold by the glass are also available as a 125ml measure

What's On

Our Monthly Quiz Night

Usually on the last Sunday of the month.
8.00 PM start.
There is a maximum team size of six.

Come and Join the fun with Andy the Quizmaster.

Prizes to be won. Only £2 per team member.

All proceeds go towards local good causes and charities.

Please call or email Andy@TheChequersWatlington.co.uk if you would like to run a quiz for your cause.


Christmas is Coming

The Chequers Pre-Christmas menu is now here

Please pre-order your Christmas meal.
Please note that all diners in your party need to order from the Pre-Christmas Menu, as we cannot serve from the regular menu at the same time.

Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December
4.00PM

Please note the bar will be closed for an hour (Of course: you can still drink!).


Rae's Crackers it's Christmas Quiz

Sunday 29th December
8.00 PM start.
There is a maximum team size of six.

Only £2 per team member.

HISTORY OF THE CHEQUERS

Please enjoy these remarkable documents written by previous occupants of The Chequers.

The Chequers in the 1920s and 1930s

"An elephant's trunk found its way through the Tap Room window..."

This article describes life in the pub nearly 100 years ago. From Mrs. Elizabeth Rutson, who lived in The Chequers in the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the pub was run by her grandparents (This article appeared in The Watlington Times, dated 26/11/75 under the section: LOCAL PUBS No. 5).


Before and through WW II

A moving description of life in The Chequers by Pete Hemmins (Senior). Whose father ran the pub until 1947.


A sketch of the floor plan from 1930 to 1947


1950s and 1960s

An email from Dennis Williams whose Grandad had the Chequers in the 1950s and 1960s.

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My Pop / Grandad had the Chequers in the 50's & 60's. Everyone knew him as Trader Horne. My Grandparents moved there from the Co-Op building in town which was a store & YHA. Their Daughter Barbara married Goronwy Williams known as Ron, who was a Guard on the railways until they were shut down. He became a Postman and part-time Fireman, most people in the area knew them. I was born in Watlington Hospital in 1956 & lived in the Chequers until 1962 / 1963 after a Brother was born in 1958 & Twins in 1961. We moved with our Parents to Lewknor, but continued to help run the pub until Pop was unable to due to old age.
By email from: Dennis Robert Williams. July 2015.

Midsommer Sign

Do you have any knowledge of the pub's history?

If you have any knowledge or experience of The Chequers' history, and think it would be of interest, please email Trevor at: Trevor.Davis@red-rocket.uk

These articles have been provided by/to Andy Stokes, the Landlord from 2011-present. If you contributed or provided these articles, please let me know and I will acredit them to you if you wish.