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“TNT so near, but.......”

The Chequers Pub & Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Westoning
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Italian, British
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Chequers is a great Pub in the heart of Westoning, just off Junction 12 of the M1. A great place to eat, drink and relax. No pool tables or fruit machines just good old fashioned pub values with a quality food offering.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were going to Flitwick but they were fully booked a novelty for a Tuesday night, so it was on to The Chequers having been advised it was worth a visit.
We were seated quickly & the place filled up quickly behind us so it seems the area is busy on Tuesdays.
Placing our order at the bar took a while, the pleasant young lady,was the only staff member at our end & seemed to be multi/multi tasking.
The menu promised some tasty dishes, our orders of 2 x Skate wings with capers & samphire, Beef Stroganoff & Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini were placed at the bar, having a feeling we might be waiting a while we started with some olives & garlic bread straight forward & tasty at least.
So far so good our order arrives in about 20 minutes, the Stroganoff was hot but short on beef, with a large pyramid of rice in the centre. The Tortellini accompanied by baby tomatoes was enjoyed hot & and well filled.
Now comes the but..... our Skate wings with the Samphire & Capers with new potatoes looked good with a knapp of herb butter nice & shiny.
This is where it falls down, did no one taste the or consider the fact that Samphire are salty, capers are salty & the addition (so seems of extra salt) to the butter dressing would make for a very salty dish.
The tasting of every dish before it left the kitchen was one of the first things I was taught at college many years ago,& God forbid if I forgot. The fish itself was cooked perfectly, not dry & I spent time taking it off the bone so I could really enjoy it, shame.
Our desserts Pistachio Panacotta, Elderflower Sorbet, Caramel Toffee Ice cream & Butterscotch Cheesecake were all ok, but in honesty just that.
All in all not quite up to our expectations, maybe a return in a few months is required.
At £22 a head for nibbles,2 courses & a drink each I leave it to you to assess.

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Thank AGL1948
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We went to The Chequers on the spur of a moment, and how we were delighted. Great welcome and al round friendly people. We went as a foursome, our best friends. The food was of a high standard, a good selection. I thought the prices were on the high side slightly. However this was made up for by the great service and food. We will go back again.

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Thank lucasmat
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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

I went to the chequers this week. There was 4 adults and 1 child for a family birthday. The service is very personable and the staff are very polite and attentive.

I had the spaghetti with class, prawns and mussels and it was simply divine. The portion was plentiful and flavour was exquisite.

The other members of the parties had pizza and steak and 1 had skate. They too thoroughly enjoyed it. The skate was a little small but when asked how the meal was, the member of the party who had skate just said this as a passing comment, there W's nothing meant by it but the waiter soon reported this to the chef and a second d piece was brought out. This was very unexpected but was a lovely touch and made the service provided even more commendable.

This place is now definitely worth a visit and I would highly recommend.

Thank mizg2001
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We have been going to the Chequers for over twenty years now, and it is certainly at it's best currently.

Our visit this week was with friends with whom we meet up with every few weeks for dinner locally.

This was our first visit as a group, and everything was fine, the waitress was an absolute delight, but there was one serious problem.

The music within the pub was excessively loud and even after it had been turned down a bit it was still far to loud, and made listening to our dining companions difficult at times, as we all had to raise our voices.

It is unusually cruel to force people to listen to music that they would not normally choose to listen to.

It is unlikely we will use the chequers again for our monthly dining.

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Thank Starryfish
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Philip K, Owner at The Chequers Pub & Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

Hello Starryfish-
I'm sorry to hear that the music in the pub was not to your liking. We do in fact get lots of compliments regarding our music which is an intentionally eclectic mix to offer something for everyone.Geneally it is very popular. Admittedly the sound level can be tricky to get right for everyone and we have on occasions been asked to turn the volume up! I can however assure you that had you mentioned it was still too loud to a staff member we would happily have accommodated in turning it down with no problem at all.
It's a shame to hear this issue would be enough to deter your group from visiting us again especially when everything else was to your liking. I hope you may reconsider- do say hello if you do and I will happily adjust our music volume for you personally!!
Kind Regards,
Philip.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The Chequers has recently changed owners and they have certainly improved the quality of food on offer and the dining experience.
Only criticism is that the price of shorts in particular is very high for tiny pub measures.
Food was well presented and good value for an above average meal.

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