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“Inexperienced and 90's 'trendy'” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Chequers

The Chequers
Church Road, Churchill, Chipping Norton, England
01608 659393
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Churchill
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Inexperienced and 90's 'trendy'”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

First thing I thought odd was the inch thick ice covering the three steps up to the main door, highly dangerous, and serious from an H&S POV. That was really bad and lazy to have not cleared this! Attention to detail seemed to be lacking, which points towards the staff's lack of experience. If you are under 30, and are phased and impressed by the 'London thing' or you commute and are still green enough to thing 'Ya I work in Covent garden' and there is a London 'Vibe' then you will like this place, and the staff. Not Cotswold, not traditional in any way, and lacking basic restaurant etiquette. Awful music: Jazz mixed with Jungle. Black painted restaurant, and the staff were all dripping with piercings. Very young staff, lacking in basic social skills. We booked for 8.30 ordered a drink and that was it: no information or instruction i.e. 'please take a seat and someone will be with you to take you through to the restaurant' Time ticked on, and I was not sure whether this was the sort of establishment where you seat yourself? Got to almost 9, and despite being sat directly in front of the Barman, and in full view of the restaurant staff; no instructions or apologies were issued. I settled up for the drinks, and had I not pointed out that I was also cancelling my table, he probably would not have known. He did not seem to know how to react to me saying I was off due to lack of communication and service, seemed really inexperienced and did not say very much at all. Menu is limited and very predictable '90's' Average price per person will be 40.00 per head, which is not what it says on website. You pay extra for potatoes, chips or vegetables e.g. green beans are 4.00. Add this to a steak that is 20.00 and it will rack up. This is the kind of place where they abbreviate Champagne names to feign familiarity: 'Dom' or 'Veuve'?

If you like London Brassieres, staff with piercings, and are under 30 you will love this. Not a Cotswold establishment, no tradition here at all. I don't blame the staff for the bad service and lack of attention to detail, as they probably don't know any different, and I am sure that if you rarely eat out and don't know any better, then you would also not know otherwise, so you will probably love it...no one minds waiting, but 'sorry about the delay, someone will be with you to take you through when we can' is great!! Just got fed up waiting and being ignored, when I am about to have a 100 pound meal.

Please someone feel free to contradict, but they describe themselves as a traditional country restaurant? What was traditional to the Cotswold area? Not the food, the staff, the decor, the music, the atmosphere, the service?

I am sure this will rapidly change hands again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic gastropub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Loved the decor. Good choice on menu with a good range of dishes at a variety of prices. Cheese soufflé was delicious. Can also recommend risotto and the moules. Desserts to die for. Friendly service. Nothing not to like :-)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bicester
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Top notch gastro pub in the heart of the cotswolds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This pub used to be good, but now it is excellent. First class Menu, cheese souffle/mussels/calves liver etc locally sourced, in traditional/contemporary atmosphere. Log fire, Farrow and Ball colours, old portraits and paperbacks make this a very attractive place to eat and drink. Reasonably priced, and attention to detail make this a special place to visit and a standard above most other pubs of its sort. It seems to be run by a young team and although service can be a tad slow at times.. (it is busy)..the wait is worth it. Book first.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UK
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Delightful country gastro pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We had a delicious lunch with excellent service - original and interesting menu, quick and good servie and a nicely decorated room (quite dark) with comfortable chairs. Easy parking outside. I highly recommend it. Good walks around there too!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxfordshire
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Pleasantly urprised local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Having been a huge fan of the old Chequers, I was slightly apprehensive about trying the new one. I was disappointed that it is now much darker in decor as I loved the old Chequers style, and, of course, I missed the wonderful Assumpta and Peter... but the food was delicious! The service was good - helpful, polite and attentive.
There was an excellent selection on the menu of vaious tasty items for £10, but, being a special occasion we opted for the venison from the special board and had a fantastic cheese soufle as a starter - top marks for both! I saw no celebrities, (not that I was looking for them) and no hint of some of the rather patronising, "Cotswold attitude" found in some other local establishments. This was very good food, served well. My only concern was the high price of the wine, but it was delicious!
Come on, locals, give it a try - you are not being disloyal to Assumpta!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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