A couple of weekends ago James and I went for Sunday lunch at The Chequers in Walton on the Hill with my Dad. We originally went to the pub about a year ago as it’s round the corner from the church where some friends got married. When we first went James and I both said how nice the pub looked and ever since we’ve been looking for an excuse to go back! And luckily (for me at least!), my Dad’s work trip coincided with some travel at the weekend, so I went ahead and booked a table.
The Chequers is a lovely looking pub from the outside, especially with the chequed paving at the front. It’s got the look of a real village country pub from the outside. Inside it’s modern yet traditional, and has a real cosy feel. At the front it’s like a traditional pub, and to the back it’s got tables for more casual dining. Off to one side is the restaurant area, which is where we sat.
After looking through the menu, we all decided on the roast beef. It’s a meat I never cook at home on a Sunday, particularly when it’s just the two of us. To be honest, spying some yorkshire puddings on the next table also sealed the deal for me!
We sat and chatted and had a good catch up having not seen each other since Christmas, discussing my brother’s house purchase (soooo exciting!), work and travel. It’s a good job we had so much to talk about though, because our food took around an hour to arrive. It almost felt as if we were forgotten about, tucked away in the corner. And when our food did arrive, I didn’t find it to be particularly hot, to justify the long wait. Despite this, the main meal was tasty enough, particularly the side of cauliflower cheese we shared and the meat was a good cut. And happily, the yorkshire pudding didn’t disappoint. I did think it was a bit sparse on the gravy front though!
Despite the wait for our mains, after plates were cleared we decided to order a couple of puddings. Truth be told, I can’t resist a sticky toffee pud. My favourite used to be the tins Heinz did which you could steam or cook in the microwave. I could eat a whole one of those and a tin of Devonshire’s finest (Ambrosia!) without thinking twice. Man, they were good. Anyway, James and I shared the sticky toffee and Dad had a brownie. Again sadly, I was a little underwhelmed with these. It wasn’t hot, hot, and they took longer than I would have expected to arrive. The sticky toffee also had this strange consistency of something that seemed a bit like ice cream on the top, yet it was chewy. Not the best I’ve ever had.
So sadly, after a year of looking forward to visiting The Chequers, we left feeling a bit disappointed. I have to say though, the staff were all lovely and friendly, when they remembered we were there! I’d go back to The Chequers for drinks and maybe a bar snack, but there’s plenty of other places nearby I want to try for Sunday lunch next.