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Chequers, Potters Bar

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user reviews of the Chequers, Potters Bar

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

I've been drinking in this pub for over 10 years, but I'm a very infrequent visitor. There is good selection of Ales and Larger and the staff are friendly enough. I have not eaten here so can't comment on the food.

The garden is huge and as others have said well fenced so it's great for small children.

The decor is a little dated to be frank and that is sure to put some people off.

The toilets are clean enough, just dated.

I've never noticed any strange Smells.

When ever I see a glowing revue or a highly critical one, I always look at how many reviews that person has made. If its only a couple it makes me suspicious that this is some under-hand play by a disgruntled employee or another Publican.
SirTricky - 20 Jun 2014 11:45
Visited this traditional pub on many occasions with our children, as it has a lovely garden which they like to play in, while we enjoy a drink watching them. It is on a road but is perfectly safe as it is all fenced off. We often visit when they prepare their hog roasts or summer BBQs which makes for a nice afternoon out. The cold beer keeps hubby happy to!! Would recommend this Pub for its selection of beers, good food and friendly staff.
chrisndave - 24 Feb 2012 11:12
If you like great beer, a brilliantly friendly atmosphere and a landlord and landlady who are a pleasure to speak to, then look no further than the chequers.

I've only been going there for a year or two every now and then but I can't understand the other reviews that have been placed on here. There is no smell of stale beer, the people behind the bar are always very hygienic!! friendly and happy to help. Moreover, the toilets are always in a good condition and kept very clean (I hear the ladies are even better).

Sure, the place has a dated feel - but that's why it's such a great pub. It's homely and full of great people from millionaires (no kidding) to students through to your typical regular. If you want fancy decor then bugger off elsewhere, it's about the experience here, not whether the light fixtures are new.
jimbobjonesy - 18 Oct 2011 00:43
Awful awful awful! We were driving through and thought this may look like a nice place for the children to enjoy an afternoon, how wrong were we! it looks like steptoes when you walk in, then stench from the toilet is unbearable. The owners look as though they need a good wash, we didn't even bother to think about eating in there after we saw the dog barking its head off at us when we walked past what must of been the kitchen from the back. We will not be returning, such a shame as the garden is ideal for families.
I just wish we would of read the reviews here before we stopped!
itchyandscratchy - 4 Oct 2011 12:30
This pub is the worst in Potters Bar, the toilets are putrid and are ever clean, its disgusting. There is no dishwasher for the glasses, they are washed in a dirty sink by hand. There is dog hair everywhere, as a big alsation which is not very friendly strolls around behind the bar and in the kitchen, not very health & safety! I would not recommend this pub to anyone, the landlady didn't seem too bad, but the landlord is extremely rude. The food is not too bad, but from the cleaniness of the place you wouldn't want to think what state the kitchen is in. The only redeeming feature would be the garden for children, although the toys there are very shabby and alot are broken. I would suggest another 2 minutes up the road to Old Owens, or The Two Brewers, much more hygenic, friendlier and hospitable.
jennyfromtheblock - 29 Jun 2011 12:53
well - if you have kids under 7 and its a nice day - this is a great pub. We have been a couple of times - and yes I know this site is supposed to be for hardened ale drinkers - but finding a pub that so caters for kids is a godsend to us so endowed. The drinks seemed adequate, yes it is on a road - but its safe its got a large beer garden - cant comment on the food though as didnt have any.

I rate this in regards to the catering for children.
mrsdonkers - 11 Jul 2010 19:22
The first thing that I noticed as I walked into this L-shaped local’s pub was the smell of stale beer. Overcoming this I walked to the bar and was greeted by the landlord who seemed friendly enough, although the drinks selection of standard draught and Greene King IPA was hardly imaginative.

Sky Sports is shown and there is a plasma screen and a tiny TV which the decent crowd of locals were glued to.

A first for me in this pub was discovering that the only trap in the gent’s toilet is in fact a disabled toilet with a baby changing facility – nice one!

The large beer garden was pleasant enough and it had some children’s toys, although it is next to a noisy main road.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink here again, but I would pop in if passing.
Strongers - 8 Sep 2009 21:57
This pub is crap!!! i went in there with my friends and it was CRAP!!!! there were no people in there and the landlord was creepy! he shouted at my friend for knocking over an EMPTY glass! scary stuff. And because it was so dead he was sittng behhind the bar reading a newspaper!!! lovely pub! HA!
Ginaa - 12 Jun 2009 12:21
fancy a nice pint in a warm pub with cosy log fire well dont have a pint in the Qhequers potters bar.Its freezinggggggggg
hotstuff - 17 Sep 2008 12:29
Well what can I say, Lousey beer, Lousey food, rubbish fruit machine....... WHAT A GREAT PUB.
See you there
uptheyids - 21 Aug 2008 16:37
Well what an evening ! The landlord caught someone taking an umbreller home from the garden. Can't understand it realy as it is'nt raining !!!!!!!!!
Willytheyidsdad - 25 Jun 2008 23:38
It was Welshy !!!!!!!!!!
anonymous - 11 Oct 2007 15:17
Good afternoon Mr. J. A pint of our finest is it ?
anonymous - 28 Apr 2007 20:53
Been in this pub on this lovely sunny day. Great for the kids in the garden, with toys and games etc. I've also found where Ozzie Osbourne takes a quiet drink. If you visit, take a look at the table near the loos, and you'll see him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous - 3 Sep 2006 18:23
A pub where the locals are very friendly, although some of them do have funny names. For example, there's Jim the plumb ? Mick the stick, Skinny Mick,Honest John, Scotts Andy, Grimsby, Scotts Frank, BT Pete, Deaf Tony, John the wood, and Welshy to name but a few.
anonymous - 18 Aug 2006 15:22
Friendly staff, who are eager to please. Can recommend the Green King IPA.
Willytheyidsdad - 17 Aug 2006 22:28
Well haqve to say this water shortage/hosepipe ban we are experiencing is all for the best, the standard of ale served in this pub and may I say a few more in the area has improved. Seriously nice friendly little pub overrun by gooners unfortunately, needs a better class of supporter.But nice big garden just what is needed on theses hot sunny days.
anonymous - 10 May 2006 18:34
not too bad , staff ok, garden ok in summer, shame about the beer though
blackrat - 10 Jan 2006 02:26
quiz on wednesday evenings
friendly locals
good size beer garden very child friendly
beer a bit pricey tho
e.a. looney - 29 Mar 2005 22:47

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