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Old Chequers, Gaddesden Row

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Sadly not as good a pub as it used to be. The cost of a glass of wine at £6.95 is very excessive, and the beer pipes need a good clean. The food is served on over sized plates to try and make it look better than it is. Food is very ordinary, nothing special. The tables are all sticky where the coating is old. you place anything hot on the table and after a few minutes it is stuck to the table. The loos are smelly and need a good clean and some fragrance introduced to kill the drain smell. Last visited this place 2 years ago, after this will not be visiting again.
CunningFox - 11 Nov 2014 11:22
The Old Chequers has just changed hands and as a local resident I am thrilled. For far too long the pub has served substandard food and more recently no bar area so you didn't feel you could just go for a drink, or have a drink in the bar before dinner.
They now have Peroni on the pumps and a selection of more interesting ciders, standards of cleanliness have also improved.
We just had starters last night rather than a full meal, but can already note a change for the better. This pub seems likely to challenge local rivals of The Red Lion at Water End, and in time perhaps even the Alford Arms, which in the past was unthinkable.


foodiepubgoer - 1 Aug 2014 11:23
Sadly Christine and Ron have left.
The pub is now a restaurant with a bar, and has lost all its' charm and has a very strained atmosphere.
The food is still first class, I am very pleased to report.
The beer has changed. Doom Bar and Spitfire are now on the pumps. Sadly, not as well kept as the beer used to be, but on the bright side the GK IPA has gone.
I am going to have to lower my rating from 9 to 6
Phantom_Pigeon - 24 Jun 2013 18:08
Has had some alterations done, the bar is now on the left as you walk in through the door, they have done some work on the garden by putting some wooden furniture (chairs and tables) and small stones on the floor but sadly they have let the rest of the that has pub tables on, become a bit untidy and a little over grown, during the summer it was quite pretty. Real ale is Adnams Broadside and GK Abbott Ale. Still a good pub but good do with some improvements i.e. sorting the garden area out, which hope they do soon.

IMG1975 - 5 Sep 2012 14:24
What the previous has said is true.
IMG1975 - 20 Jun 2012 19:50
Thought it about time I bought my review of this Pub, up-to-date.
Nothing has made me change my mind about anything in my review of four years ago, and we have been here quite a few times since.
The Pub itself, is off the beaten track and is usually only found by luck or recommendation.
Christine and Ron are excellent hosts, providing excellent food and service, and nothing is too much trouble.
Their Staff are a great bunch, too - Always up for a laugh and a bit of banter. When they get to know you, the standard of abuse is very high, but good natured. They give as good as they get.
Still only Adnams Bitter and GK Abbot, on the pumps, which is a shame. However, both are kept in consistently great condition.
We are looking forward to the next four years
Phantom_Pigeon - 6 Jun 2012 12:09
Tend to agree with buzzy.
This place is certainly NOT expencive. You get a good portion for a reasonable price.
My advice - Have a starter and a pud, or a main. Not too many can manage all three courses, and this includes the local farmers.
Admams and Abbot are the main real beers on offer and they are kept very well indeed. The Staff are very friendly and helpful too.
Further advice - If you want a juke box, pool table or Sky Sports, don't bother. You won't like it here.
Phantom_Pigeon - 26 Aug 2008 17:22

What a loverly place !
I don't agree with the comment about it being overpriced, I have absolutely no problem paying a little extra for FRESH homemade food, last weekend i went there with my partner and we had a loverly meal that including drinks come to 24 , to me that is very reasonably priced.
If you are looking for your 5 beer/burger/chips deal then this is NOT the place to come.
I do agree with the poster that said people here are friendly and there is never any riff raff in there that i have ever seen, seems to be a mix of country folk mixed with middle class towns people.

I have given this place a 9 out of 10, by far the one of the best in my area, but then again the more you venture out into the sticks the better these places tend to get.


buzzy - 26 Mar 2008 14:32
a quality pub , lovely location - a bit exspensive however people that go there appear to be decent so ur paying to be away from all the luton riff raff
dirtyoldgoat - 20 Dec 2007 20:21
Food was great & more than enough was served.. The place has a real family feel & the staff went out of their way to be friendly.
A lovely, cosy, oak beamed pub which I'd definitely go back to, I can imagine the outside would be lovely on a hot summer's day too.
NWLondon_Girl - 25 Jun 2007 13:39
Food is always perfect and very reasonably priced too! Staff really friendly and the beer is well kept.
dave142 - 28 Nov 2006 07:15
I have been here many times the food is very good very generous portions, service is quick and prices reasonable.
anonymous - 17 Apr 2006 14:16

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