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Chequers Inn, Lymington - pub details

Chequers Inn

Address: Chequers Green, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 8AH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3713) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lymington Town (1.4 miles), Lymington Pier (1.5 miles), Sway (4.3 miles)

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What a lovely pub good beer and fabulous fire BUT in an empty bar on a Tuesday about 330 pm the landlord would not make me a cup of tea Thought he was joking at first particularly when he said it was girl's work I even said I'd make it myself He then remained in solitary splendour at end of bar If he had been apologetic it might have been acceptable
scrags53 - 14 Jan 2016 20:44
Ate and drank here back in August after a trip to Beaulieu. Simon Thoyts, the landlord, initially seems gruff and authoritarian - but by God does he know how to run a pub, and a very warm and friendly exchange was had when we left at the end of the evening with the last of the locals. Those in my party who drink beer (I can't stand the stuff!) pronounced themselves thoroughly satisfied with the real ale (Ringwood, I believe). Unfortunately, there wasn't a draught real cider to be had: I opted for a perry, which was a little bit gassy and too sweet for my tastes. I think there was a bottled real cider, I can't remember now - that'll teach me to review a pub immediately after the visit! - but one pint was enough for me. Dogs - Simon's two yellow labs were very friendly, but much better-behaved than some of the yappy little rats belonging to clientele. However, the locals were a friendly bunch - not the frosty welcome you sometimes hear of with other pubs! Food - excellent - had a Thai sweet chilli chicken starter followed by scampi, chips and salad. Be warned - the portions here are HUGE. I'd have skipped the starter and left room for pudding if I'd known. The quality simply could not have been bettered, as far as I'm concerned. The prices initially seemed representative, but given the size of the portions, I thought them extremely good value indeed. I am a very difficult man to please, I tend to be intensely critical of most pubs these days, but this came closer than any pub I've ever visited to being my absolute ideal. Beautiful historic building, warm ungimmicky decor that avoided seeming dark or oppressive, wonderful setting - if hard to find! Several wrong turns were taken before the pub was eventually located. I was told this is not uncommon. However, for those who do know it, it's well worth the trip. Yes, they did have a Christmas tree up in August. Seems to be a running in-joke. I don't get it, but it's one of the personal quirks of this wonderful pub - no corporate image or upmarket pretentiousness to be found here. A well-known company check website lists two current directors for the place: Simon Michael Thoyts (b. Oct 1962) and Daniel Earnest Algar Wells (b. Jul 1954), Mr Thoyts being the sole shareholder. No pubco involved here! It has that all-too-elusive feel of a really personal, old-fashioned pub, where the bloke pulling your pint isn't just some hired manager, but has invested his own time, cash and emotions in making his home a thriving, viable pub. Well, the place was packed out all evening from 6 to 11, doing a roaring trade - if that's representative, the turnover here must be enormous. I dare say this isn't the only really good pub in the New Forest, but I would stake my reputation on saying you won't find a better one anywhere in the south of England. You can't go far wrong here - just remember the huge portions, you might want to starve yourself all day if you want to pack in three courses here! As Simon Thoyts said to me, "we want to make sure a customer never goes home hungry" (or words to that effect). Well, he certainly achieved that! I hope to explore the New Forest more in the coming year, and a return visit to the Chequers is definitely on the cards. Very highly recommended - and a big, grateful pat on the back to Simon and his staff for the best pub experience I've had in a very long time. If I was going to be really churlish I'd knock a star off for the lack of a draught real cider, but I think that would be a bit of a slap in the face to those who work so hard to make this such an exceptional pub. To the local regulars, all I can say is, you lucky, jammy bastards! One of England's truly great pubs...
EccentricRichard - 28 Dec 2015 01:04
fantastic pub. exposed beams and low ceilings but a suprisingly spacious feel to the place. theres a covered courtyard bit as you enter, and also a fatastic walled garden, and an eating area in a permanent tent thing, so the choice of where you want to enjoy your pint is yours. didnt eat, but saw nice handsome protions coming out to happy customers.

the locals were a friendly bunch, plenty of dogs snffing around, nice atmopshere, and i did have to laugh at the christmas tree up by the bar, in july, with a sign saying "dont ask" attached.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 31 Jul 2013 12:23
Had a lovely two pints of Ringwood Best Bitter this Lunchtime whilst sitting in the Garden in glorious sunshine. A relief after all the rain we have had. The Fish,Chips and peas were good as was the Salt & Pepered Calamari, I recommend this busy pub, especially if you are doing the coastal walk from Lymington to Keyhaven, where The Gun is another popular pub.
Bitter_Man - 13 Jun 2012 17:39
Whilst doing the six mile walk along the Spit from Lymington my mate and I dropped in yesterday Lunchtime for some liquid refreshment. Found thre Real Ales on Ringwood Best Bitter, Ringwood 49er & London Pride. we opted for the Best Bitter which was very good and had good laceing, however at 3:20 a pint was 20p Pint more than other pub in the area. Nice Pub with olde world charm and whitewashed interior walls,(although why the Christmas Tree was still up in March with working lights beats me). Got a large garden area attached with heaters, ample seating and the ability to make it covered in bad weather, making it ideal for functions as it also had an outside Bar!. Would definately like this for my local as the Bar person and those in the bar seemed OK.
Bitter_Man - 20 Mar 2012 17:31

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