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“Not as family friendly as other places”
Review of Chequers Inn

Chequers Inn
Ranked #45 of 123 Restaurants in Lymington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

I’m afraid I would have to agree with some of the recent reviews for this pub and it’s not quiet being what it was.

We have been many times before always as a young family and have always felt welcome and have enjoyed ourselves.

But this last time we visited for lunch, with our 3 young children in tow, we did not feel as welcomed as on other occasions. On arrival everything seemed fine and the bar staff were helpful with finding a table. Although, if a little unfriendly and almost a feel you were putting them out.

We had an average lunch, as we expected. Once we had finished our food we chose to stay for another drink. The lunch rush had left and the bar was quiet - we were practically the only ones in there! So we allowed the children to play close to the table. The children were playing nicely, quietly and behaving themselves. Despite this the owner sat at the bar and made it clear he was not welcoming towards them at all. Even asking us to keep them quiet! I really felt this was not appropriate nor welcoming considering the sign outside says it welcomes ‘well behaved children’. Which ours were being.

So, we finished up our drinks and left kind of hopeful for a ‘thanks guys, see you again’ but in actual fact it felt quite frosty. Strange.

It’s a shame when someone else’s actions and attitude ruins your family lunch and makes you sure you won’t visit a place again to be treated in such a way.

Such a shame as the location is great, the decor is lush and the food reasonable for what you expect...but the welcome comity or unwelcome comity, as it were, could really do with some work.

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Chequerslymington, Owner at Chequers Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Not sure why you bothered coming here if your were only going to expect it to be average, we aim to be much better than that. Children playing on the floor is dangerous for waitresses carrying hot plates, other customers might not see them.... outside is fair enough, I’m sure the floor is not the best place to play in a pub.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

The Chequers Inn is down a quiet country dead end lane that leads to the Lymington sea walk and famous historic salt flats. Lots of walkers use this place as a pit stop on their walk. Our second visit in the past four years - outside seating in use, even in November and lots of space inside beside a roaring log fire. Friendly efficient bar staff - place your order at the bar and the food will find its way to you. A very natty device for opening the door to the outside patio which can be worked from behind the bar. Ideal if you have four pints in your hand!

Good quality pub grub - but all we wanted was soup and a baguet before continuing our walk. But plenty of choices for those who wanted a full two or three course meal.
First rate friendly staff.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Another successful family event at this great pub. Superb food- I had the belly pork which was LOVELY. enjoy. Pp

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Only had drinks which were a little on the expensive side but the positive is that its dog friendly and has a really nice atmosphere

Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We visited here for Sunday lunch.it is a delightful old pub and the staff were efficient and friendly. I was a little disappointed that I could not take my dog into the eating area. The food was excellent, plenty of tender pork and a nice selection of well cooked vegetables. We could not resist the puddings and both the syrup sponge and brownie were delicious.
The pub is along a quiet country lane with easy access to a lovely walk along the sea wall. We certainly needed a walk to burn off the calories.

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