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The Chequers, Forest Row - pub details

Address: London Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5ES [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15047) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations East Grinstead (3.2 miles), Dormans (4.5 miles)

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Swan Mountain Range Restaurant & Bar, Forest Row (0.0 miles), Brambletye Hotel, Forest Row (0.1 miles), Foresters Arms, Forest Row (0.1 miles)

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Very very badly kept Guinness and expensive. Not as expensive as the Foresters but still a kick in the teeth for somethings that'll make you ill the next day. Lovely bar staff though.
stomps - 17 Oct 2011 21:25
Took friends for a lunch here after a walk in Ashdown Forest and had a poor experience. Despite the appearance being just what we were looking for & advertised as family friendly I will not be returning. After taking over 15 minutes to get the orders correct and pay at he bar, our meals stared appearing staggered over the next 40 minutes. Soup was served with a knife and fork and I got up from the table 4 times during the meal to chase up meals & drinks. Jacket Potatoes were microwaved (? it's not 1988) and the 6 sandwiches were pretty poor if you compare what I pay 2.50 for at Pret. Can't comment on the beer I'm afraid. Another nice touch was that the ladies loo's weren't flushing and there was a backlog... so-to-speak. This isn't a family friendly environment...

This pub is in a fantastic location and is a great premise if you can get the bar, service, toilets & kitchen sorted people won't mind paying a premium.
mcgj - 3 Dec 2010 22:10
The website of this pub looked very promising. However, we met up with friends there for a meal last night and were extremely disappointed. Wish we had read the reviews of other people before we booked a table. When we arrived it was not very busy which did ring alarm bells. No need to book a table it seemed. The extensive menu on the website was very misleading as the actual menu available was very limited. Food was very expensive and poor standard. There seemed to be a lack of pride in the food presented and the service of the staff. We ordered Tiger Prawns as a starter but these had to be substituted for King Prawns as they had 'run out' and yet we still had to pay the same price for this. Alot of the meals on the menu were not available as again they had apparently 'run out' even though it was not busy in the restaurant at all. The four of us ordered a beefburger with cheese and bacon with salad and chips from the specials board as we were uninspired by any of the other expensive meals on offer. The burger was dry and not much flavour but at least it was homemade, salad was just a few lettuce leaves and chips were obviously frozen fries. Some tomato would not have gone amiss and this was all for 9.95 each. Not good value. The cheese used as a topping was stilton which was not made clear on the menu and highly unsuitable for myself as I am pregnant. When I questioned the waitress what cheese it was, I was told that she thought it 'looked like stilton'. I would expect waiting staff to know their ingredients. We decided not to have dessert as again the menu was limited and very expensive for what was on offer. Service was generally very slow and we had to ask for the menu's having sat at the table for some time being ignored. Our four meals were brought out in stages so we could not eat all at the same time. The staff all seemed to have a lack of pride in their work and this made it seem rather unwelcome. Particularly when they started to switch off the lights around us when we were still dining. I would not recommend this pub and we will not go back. It is such a shame as the pub is very old and seems to have a lot of character. It is just badly let down by the staff and management.
Ninakim - 22 Aug 2010 12:39
We visited this pub today as a treat for my gril friend coming from swanley after a activity in the area - wanted a nice character pub with good food and hospitality, only got the character!!! By the end of our 1 hour visit people asking for money back, food not available even on menu/black board and after ordered. Very expensive for what you got, 1 for nuts (standard packet of Tavern) 4 for a small bowl of olives with 4 very small pieces of bread, 3 for small bowl of chips. The young barmaid done her best we feel but was let down by very very bad management and organisation. Would i recommend it, NO!!! the only thing we would recommend is STAY AWAY!!! Shame honestly, lovely character.
djk - 31 May 2010 20:53
I don't live or work in Forest Row but I drive through occasionally and needed to stop for lunch so I tried this place. The pint of Harveys was fine and my BLT was good, especially the salad dressing. But it was expensive - almost nothing left from a tenner for a sandwich and a pint. And the place was almost empty which always sounds alarm bells in my mind. The staff were very pleasant. I just couldn't work out why it didn't feel right.
Ordinary - 25 Jan 2010 22:36

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