The Chequers Inn is a country pub in the heart of the Isle of Wight and although it has many modern facilities it still retains its traditional character.
The chefs provide good home-cooked food all day. Locally sourced produce is given preference wherever possible and The Chequers is hugely proud to have exclusivity of supply (along with our sister pub The Fighting Cocks at Arreton) of the superb quality Kemphill beef which is produced in the north-east of the Island.
Our menus are wide and varied and include carefully selected vegetarian and gluten-free choices and the daily Specials Board always features mouth-watering recipes that will be sure to tempt any palate. Younger members of the family are never overlooked with a wide variety of dishes from the specially designed children’s and toddlers’ menus.
We serve a deliciously tantalising Breakfast Carvery 9am-11.30 am Friay to Sunday. Serving a wide variety of breakfast favourites and tea, coffee and fruit juices…. all of which you can help yourself to as much as you like.
Our famous Sunday Carvery is served from 12pm to 9.30pm serving a wide variety of vegetables, roast and mashed potato, yorkies, stuffing and of course a fantastic range of meats for you to choose from. Vegetarian gravy is available as well as meat lovers gravy and top it all off with your favourite sauce.
Don’t worry if you don’t want a nice roast dinner, we have our Chequers Inn menu as well as our daily specials board to tempt you.
There really is something for everyone at The Chequers Inn and our chefs have compiled this menu for your enjoyment and will always do the utmost to cater for your requirements.
Want a nice leisurely lunch, we can cater for that too, with lots of fun and exciting things for children to do at The Chequers you can sit and enjoy your food knowing the kids are enjoying themselves as much as you are.
Especially for the children we have;
an adventure playground
We have a games area in the barn
We have a huge “Wendy House”
We have a games area in the barn
We have a big Lego table
We have a separate play area for the under 9’s
We have a children’s menu and we are happy to warm up food and drink (for babies!)
We also have high chairs and baby changing facilities
When you walk into the Chequers Inn, you will be taken back in time with the many period features in front of you. So much so in fact you will not want to leave……
At The Chequers we have three beautifully decorated rooms available on a Bed & Breakfast basis. All rooms have been decorated to the highest standards and no expense has been spared on the sumptuous fixtures and fittings.
The Rams Down Room is a lavish family room sleeping up to four people, it has a spacious double bed, a sofa bed and a beautifully fitted en suite bathroom hosting a double shower and corner bath.
The Rill Room sleeps two people and has a comfortable double bed and en suite bathroom with shower.
The Wilderness Room is another luxury double. With relaxation seating over the gorgeous views, spacious double bed and en suite bathroom with separate shower and bath.
Now For a Bit of History……
The earliest recollections of the building are that of a “Customs House” that was at one time called “The Star”. In 1799 it was run by George Morris who paid 6d as a quarterly rate to the parish of Godshill. Robert Downer ran the pub in 1820 paying 2s 4d as quarterly rates.
In 1889 it became the property of the Mew Langton Royal Brewery Limited who leased the pub to James Reynolds (a distant relative of Sir Joshua Reynolds, first president of the Royal Academy of Art) for the monthly rental of 15 shillings.
In the early 1890’s James’s eldest daughter, Mary became licensee and she and her sister Bella remained in occupation for nearly 60 years. There are a host of stories to be heard about these two extraordinary ladies who many still remember.
During the 1960′ and 70’s the pub had somewhat of a revival with several changes of landlord. However, in 1986 Whitbread, who had swallowed up the Mew Langton empire, took the unbelievable decision to close the pub as an unviable commercial prospect. Permission to change the use to that of a private dwelling was refused (hooray!) and the property was purchased by Sue and Richard Holmes, a local farming couple.
It is now one of the most popular pubs on the Isle of Wight.