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“Deserves recognition”
Review of The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn
Ranked #3 of 164 Restaurants in Horsham
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dorking, Surrey
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Deserves recognition”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

We booked a table here on hearing recommendations from a few people who'd eaten here, so we booked for our wedding anniversary on a Monday night. The Chequers is a lovely traditional inn, with low beamed bar with a fireplace, the tabled lounge to the left and restaurant to the right. We found out on arrival we were the only people booked for the restaurant that evening, but it did not dent the enjoyment one bit. The restaurant is light in touch (could perhaps need some cosyness of colour on the ceiling? Pick out the beams in an off-white perhaps?) but nicely furnished in mixed furniture, game bird plates, etc on the walls. The menu is varied and interesting, with a few twists that lure you in (scallops on a bed of parsnip and vanilla purée!). The wine list is varied and good value. Everything we ordered arrived well presented and everything delivered in taste - good ingredients carefully cooked to get the best out of them. Every plate was taken away empty. Desserts were very good too, no blips at all through the courses in terms of expectation or delivery. Deserves at the very least an AA rosette, probably two as we've seen some long-term two rosette establishments not even coming up to this standard. Will be returning and passing on our recommendations to our friends.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Horsham, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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“Great food in a great little British pub”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We spent a lovely Saturday evening with four other friends at the chequers. Lovely atmosphere, great service and delicious, fresh food. Plates were completely clean after each course!!!
One tiny niggle would be that at the end of the evening when we wanted a jug of water, the kitchen was closed! Otherwise a lovely place that we will definitely come back too again.

  • Visited February 2013
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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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“A gastropub experience”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

One of our favourite local pubs with exquisite food. Pricier than other pubs around, but it is worth it, we've back many times.

  • Visited January 2013
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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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“Thursday Lunch, great value, great staff, great food................”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Enjoyed our first visit to The Chequers this Friday. Warm welcome, lovely wood burners going flat-out to combat the January cold and great menu.
We both thought the food, service & ambience to be first class - thanks everybody at The Chequers

  • Visited January 2013
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Horley
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“A mixed bag but ultimately enjoyable”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

A number of notable pluses. Lovely welcome and attentive staff throughout. We came for lunch with our two daughters and sat in one of the bar areas with cosy wood burning stove so the atmosphere was very relaxing. The main menu has more than adequate choice and was supplemented by a more basic and less expensive bar menu. We wanted to try this gastropub's fine dining option as there are a number of excellent alternative venues within reach, three of which have Michelin stars. Despite how busy it was, the food was prepared and brought to table quickly. My wife's scallops were fresh and perfectly cooked, my daughter's pigeon was over and consequently a little tough, and my asparagus soup acceptable. The bread was fresh and I assumed baked on the premises and the sparkling mineral water was properly chilled. The two main courses were a little disappointing, my calves liver was over-cooked (which is an altogether too common a crime) and my wife's fish dish was underwhelming. My daughter's lamb dish was well executed. The saucing was good with the exception of the pigeon where the dressing was overly acidic. To summarise: 3 starters, 3 mainss and 2 bottles of water - £88 inc service. If I could give rating of 3.5 I would. It is unlikely I would return unless I was passing by and felt like a spot of lunch. Patrons appeared to be largely affluent retired Guildford types.

  • Visited January 2013
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