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A popular and friendly pub and dining establishment, The Exchequer is part of the award-winning Red Mist Leisure family and has a strong reputation in serving delicious, fresh, local and seasonal dishes and drinks that everyone will enjoy. The team also specialise in vegan and gluten-free dishes, which carry their very own seasonal menus. Located in Crookham village, the pub is a terrific summer destination offering front and back terrace gardens and a great winter destination with a cosy setting including a real fire and delicious winter warming produce.
PRICE RANGE
£14 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time here and will be back. Nice ambience, not heaving like some pubs offering Sunday roast. Varied menu. Tasty food and no problem getting more gravy! Friendly staff. Recommended.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been for Afternoon Tea today and was really pleased. Having been to lots of afternoon teas in various places this was one of the nicest. Sandwiches were very tasty and lots of them, the cakes were delicious and the scones were warm and came with...plenty of cream. The staff were absolutely lovely and the pub itself was very welcoming. Will be back for a dinner next time!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked an afternoon tea for six to celebrate my birthday. The cakes and scones were very nice but the doorstep sandwiches with crusts on, cut in two and piled high on several plates were very disappointing and not at all like the photo on the...website. Not sure what went wrong but won't be booking another tea.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 January 2024

We celebrated my daughter’s ’Baby shower’ here today with afternoon tea for 4 adults and the 3 children ate from the children’s menu. The whole experience was fantastic, The afternoon tea was really delicious: plenty of very tasty finger sandwiches; freshly baked scones, jam and...clotted cream and beautifully crafted miniature cakes. The tea and coffee supplies were indeed ‘bottomless’ and the children’s meals were generous, well priced and enjoyed. The staff were attentive and very helpful We have eaten many afternoon teas, as a family , and I must say that this one certainly rates amongst the best. The food was excellent and extremely good value. Thank you - we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023 via mobile

We were a party of 9 and arrived at 7 o’clock for our annual Christmas celebration The tables were wobbly, there was a spring sticking out of the base of one of the chairs and we had to ask for the christmas tree lights to...be put on. Not a good start! On paper the menu looked good and price was in line with other local pubs. However… The main courses came with very little (if any) vegetables which came at a supplement of £4.50. The scallops starter was a £4 supplement and you were given 2. The cheese plate advertised for desert had only one type of cheese. The pub says that it caters for gluten free diets, so why were there no gluten free mince pies? The beef bourguignon was a surprise. I was expecting some sort of rich casserole. Instead I received quite a thick slice of fatty beef with a small amount of gravy. All of us who had this dish complained. The choux bun desert was equally disappointing. On the positive side, the staff were excellent and did their best to make good. We were compensated with a free bottle of wine, a couple of free deserts and my beef was exchanged. However I still feel that I left the pub wishing I had gone elsewhere for this Christmas meal. It was overpriced for what it was and that special evening with friends was marred. Next year I will look elsewhere.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

Nine of us went for our Christmas meal last night and we ate from the Festive Menu. It wasn't the best meal we have had together. Staff serving were very, very good. The beer was also good - and apparently, so was the wine (...I didn't drink any). But the food wasn't 100%. The menu is limited as it's 'festive', so there were about 5 or 6 items each for starter, mains and dessert. There was a 'fixed' price for two or three courses. We all had a starter and main and a few of us had dessert. There were no complaints about the starters. I had the scallops, which had a surcharge of £4 on top of the fixed price and had a bet with a couple of our crowd how many I would get. I reckoned 2, but the consensus was 3. When the dish came, I 'won'... I had two not particularly large scallops in a sauce with something green. It was a very tasty dish and I know scallops are expensive but it did seem a bit mean to me plonking an extra £4 on top of the standard starter price just for 2 scallops. But never mind, it tasted nice and certainly hadn't blunted my appetite! I then had the monkfish thermidore which I thoroughly enjoyed, although I just got four slices of sauteed potato at the side. Luckily my wife doesn't like potatoes much so gave me some of hers as I otherwise wouldn't have had enough food (and I don't eat much). Four of our party had the 8 hour slow braised beef bourguignon and three the turkey dish. No one had enough gravy for their turkey, but the staff quickly supplied some more and that was generally reviewed as OK. But everyone had problems with their beef - it was too fatty and tough and had very few veggies. One of our group asked for another dish instead - which the staff were happy to do. But there was a fair bit of grumbling about the beef around the table. And finally the people who had dessert, all had the choux bun with ice cream. That was considered as 'OK'. So not a brilliant meal. It was pretty expensive - but everything is when eating out nowadays - and there was obviously something not right with the beef dish - which isn't exactly complicated to make. In fairness, we got the price of a bottle of wine taken off our bill, plus a change of main course without any additional cost and as I said earlier, the serving staff did a great job - and the pub itself is very nice with a good atmosphere.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

It is a once-a-month (at least) treat for us. We have never been disappointed with the welcome, the service, the food and drink. Wish all gastro pubs were as good as this.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

Although the food is very good at this pub the venue is terrible for disabled people and powerchair users such as myself. You are unable to get into the pub yourself due to two steps going up into the pub. Someone with you either needs...to go in and ask for a ramp or if you were on your own you would need to phone inside and ask for someone to help. The ramp is kept outside so when visiting in the rain the ramp was slippery, the ramp is made from plastic and would not be suitable for heavy powerchairs as it would probably bend or snap. The ramp is also not fit for purpose as it doesn't sit flush and feels precarious going up and down it. Someone needs to stand at the bottom of the ramp and hold the end down in order for it to be used. There are two further ramps that are required when inside the pub, one of which is the one from outside and again was still slippery from the rain. I did not feel safe coming in and out of this venue. To top off a bad accessibility trip there are no accessible toilets, and the toilet that is available does not have a wide enough door in order to get a wheelchair or powerchair through. If this hadn't have been a group meal that I had already paid for then I would have turned around and gone somewhere accessible. Although the staff were polite and apologetic that there was no dedicated facilities for disabled people they stated that as the building was old there is no requirement for them to do so. So in short, if you're non disabled and can get in and out and use the facilities great, if you are disabled then please avoid like the plague for your own safety.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

Really nice relaxed brunch on a Saturday lunchtime. We had the veggie breakfast and teas and coffees, both food and service was excellent.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

Very disappointed in our Sunday lunch here yesterday. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 children. Once seated at our table we were left for over 15 minutes before anyone came to take our order. The food took over 45 minutes - one...of the kids meals arrived about 20 minutes before everyone else’s, no offer of any sauces or condiments. We had to keep getting up to find someone if we needed anything. Eventually our food arrived and it was just ok. £22 for the Sunday roast beef and I had two small pieces of meet on my plate… I’m not sure if they were short staffed or had problems in the kitchen but either way, communication with us would have been appreciated. The servers all seemed very young, so either they haven’t been trained properly or they’re very inexperienced. No one checked on us to see if we needed anymore drinks or if everything was ok - we noticed the same at the tables around us and that other people were getting up to ask for things. My friend went to the toilet at one point while we were still waiting for food and he noticed that about 4 of them were just standing and chatting behind the bar! The female toilets also had the most awful smell (one customer commented that it smelled as if a dead animal was in the toilets). So unfortunately we didn’t have a good experience and will not be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023 via mobile

6 of us all had different roasts, including the vegetarian wellington, all excellent. Had a couple of extra sides of veg, the tender stem broccoli was amazing. Extra roast potatoes and yorkies were offered too! Nice touch. Deserts were superb also. Compliments to the “new”...chef? It was a very busy Sunday lunch but everything went smoothly, perfect waiting time for everything served. Wine was pricey, £16 for a glass of Malbec, and roasts a little expensive but certainly worth it. Our waitress was charming, ( sorry didn’t catch her name but long blond hair?) very attentive. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 September 2023

Went there today for lunch to celebrate the news we are to become first time grandparents in March 24 and I mentioned this to our waiter on arrival. Food was superb and waiter very polite and friendly. After paying our bill our waiter bought us...over a complimentary bottle of fizz to celebrate with after baby arrives, what a lovely thoughtful thing to do, many thanks will definitely be back with baby !!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Two of us went for lunch after a walk along the canal on a Tuesday in September. It was such a shame that there were but a few people in the restaurant area. The food is excellent and so much more than the average pub...grub. The staff are charming and the menu has some delightful dishes. Highly recommended. Will we go again? Most certainly.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

The Exchequer has always been a firm favourite for us, however our most recent visit was disappointing. There isn’t any table service outside, which meant we had to clear away a previous tables plates as this hadn’t been done. When our food arrived the waitress...spilt some of the food on the table - we weren’t offered any replacement or gesture of apology. The food was also overcooked, and nobody checked on us to ask how our meal was. Given how quiet the place was, the staff could have done more to check in with us and their remaining guests. For the price we paid plus service charge, we were expecting higher quality.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

We chose The Exchequer mostly for its location between Fleet and Winchfield on the towpath of the Basingstoke Canal, which we have been walking in sections. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the friendly service. We were here for...Sunday lunch and both my belly pork and my wife’s mushroom wellington were excellent. We chose the miso hispi cabbage as a side dish and that was great too, as was the apple and gooseberry crumble with delicious custard we had for dessert. The wine list looks reasonably priced and well-chosen, although not all the wines listed were available. The service, particularly from the lady in charge, was very good. We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Hello Keith Hi online and Google The Exchequer. look under food and drink and the menus are there. Failing that call them. Everyday standard pub food.
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The Exchequer is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5