Review on The Chequers

The timber-framed Chequers, with its impressive thatched roof, has been a hostelry of sorts for at least four centuries and was once a staging post for barges at the head of the River Thames. New licensees are now at the tiller and the place is currently enjoying something of a renaissance.

Inside it has been given a thorough contemporary facelift, with polished wood floors, white walls, black beams and contrasting black and white leather chairs echoing the chequerboard theme. Landlord Steven Sanderson mans the stove and he is equally at home with pub grub standards and more ambitious restaurant-style dishes.

Lunchtime sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips and 'small plates' give way to evening specialities such as pressed belly of Gloucester Old Spot pork stuffed with garlic, parsley and lemon, roast Gressingham duck breast with red wine and black cherry sauce or pan-fried halibut on herb mash with parsley sauce. To close, consider pannacotta with Burcot raspberries or the slate of Oxfordshire cheeses.

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Gastro pub / Contemporary British


Steven Sanderson

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30 Tue-Sat (12.00 - 6.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.15 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Chequers

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Chequers
Abingdon Road
OX14 3DP

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