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“Quality Food”
Review of The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Lamberhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $23
Cuisines: British, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Chequers Inn is a 14th century inn with bed and breakfast facilities situated beside the the river Teise in the charming village of Lamberhurst in the heart of Kent. It has a delightful tearooms within also serving breakfasts and a selection of cakes and cream teas. It serves a full lunch and dinner menu with a wide variety of English dishes. It also has a full bar with a fine selection of local ales.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Quality Food”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

I had a superlative lunch here last month whilst visiting some friends down in East Sussex. It has been such an unseasonably cold Spring that it was a joy to be met with a roaring log fire. The pub is so full of fresh flowers and lovely Art works, a real breath of fresh air – very well kept by the delightful couple who run the pub. We both loved the ambience, the historic nooks and crannies, the great selection of Kentish beers and wine.

It's a real luxury to find this kind of quality, fresh and seasonal cooking in a sleepy and beautiful English village. I had a wonderful fresh fish dish Special, direct from the local Hastings fleet and my companion had the Lamb of the day which was slow-cooked shank. We had an excellent Argentinian red wine whilst listening to the crackling of the aforementioned fire, we were tempted to dessert too and can recommend the ‘isle flotante’, a melt in the mouth poached meringue dish. Yum!

I plan to return as soon as possible for a Sunday roast, the portions are fantastic value for money.

  • Visited April 2012
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“Very strange experience”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We passed this pub and thought it looked a nice place to eat for lunch. We parked up and walked in to a very empty bar/dining area, despite the fact it was 13.15 on a Sunday afternoon. We approached the bar and were met with some very young inexperienced bar staff who looked scared to death when we approached! Anyway, we got a drink and then asked for a table for two. We sat by a roaring log fire and it was very pleasant.

Things now go down hill very fast. The wait to be served was a joke. 20 minutes beofre our oder was taken and then 30 minutes for a basket of bread to arrive, followed by nearly an hour for our food. In this time there was no explanation or apology.

This is a lovely pub in a great village BUT they need to get their act together and get some maturity behind the bar and in the waiting staff. They are children for gods sake and were like rabbits caught in headlights. The food was ok but customer service was awful. Also the kids running the place need to learn how to smile. They all looked so sullen!!

Cheer up guys and try and look like you enjoy your jobs!

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“A very warm welcome”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

Popped in for a light lunch and just missed a large group of WI who thankfully leaving! We were greeted by the delightful owner who was cheerful and pleasant throughout. The lower area near the fire was warm and cosy and we managed to get a table in front of the fire - there was only ourselves and one other party of three in there at the time, so service was double quick.

We had Nigel's pate and pear chutney, and a pear, almonds and blue cheese salad. Both portions were generous and well presented, each with a good salad with honey dressing.

All served promptly, with a smile.

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“Very child friendly”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Celebrated mothers day by dining here in the early evening with 9 adults, 2 babies and 7 children. Although typical child meals are not on the menu, the restaurant provides child portions. In our case an outspoken grandchild with typically innocent lack of sensitivity said he hated the menu. No problem the staff sorted out an off menu spaghetti favourite which when eaten was described as not good but brilliant. Full marks to all of the restaurant staff for taking good care of all of us especially the the kids. Children don' t like sitting around so the adjacent playground is ideal for keeping them out of mischieve while the food is being prepared. Not cheap but worth it for the good service. Would definitely return if in Kent.

  • Visited March 2012
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“Michael Muridae of the Locals”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

Beautiful pub full of character and very pleasent staff all at the Chequers in Lamberhurst. Visited for lunch and having previously enjoyed the chorizo opted for stilton and pear salad and a filled ciabatta with tuna and sweetcorn, which was savoured by the open log fire. We have frequently eaten with many family members including children and have always had a warm welcome and we always find the food made with love and passion but the wait is worth while. This is not a fast food outlet and should be respected as a good eating place for all.

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1 Thank david l
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