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Chequers Inn, Poole

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user reviews of Chequers Inn, Poole

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A frequent visitor to this area I went to this pub tonight. The wine and beer were excellent and the four main meals were promptly prepared. The additional vegetables were fresh and inspirational.

Come on you locals please support your delightful pub. It has a lovely eating area with soft background music.

It's all up to you.

nzwinedrinker - 2 May 2012 22:33
This pub has recently reopened once again after yet another closure. Ever the optimists we popped in in the hope of better things. No atmosphere, no outstanding beers, not many customers. It's hard to believe that this village pub used to be one of the most successful in the county. Maybe the new landlord should look at what worked so well for years. Still it's much better without Mrs Mussolini !!!
steamraiser2 - 9 Oct 2011 22:10
I concur with SlartyBartFast. The land-lady is overbearing and not generally welcoming. Yes the pub has benefitted from a refurbishment, and some of the staff are friendly enough, but heaven-help any one who has the audacity to bring a child into the pub or worse still, ask to set up a bar-tab secured against a credit card. The food was passible, but I suspect I will follow many of the locals and start drinking elsewhere. The previous land-lady may have let things slip a little, but she certainly knew how to serve up a first-class carvery. Come back Kay all is forgiven - we miss you :-).
Matthew_Y - 20 Nov 2010 15:19
was recomended this pub,and enjoyed our visit,as we approached the bar a larger than life barman greeted us,he suggested the ringwood tribute and it was very good,this chap went out of his way to help us.we will return very soon.
chairboy - 3 May 2010 17:20
This recently refurbished pub has clearly been rescued from impending closure and is busier than it has been for years. Thats good. What is'nt is the lousy choice of beers. Ringwood Best is an "if all else fails" beer for many people and is generally the only option here. I bet I'm not the only local who passes by as a result.
steamraiser2 - 29 Dec 2009 14:12
This is purely a personal experience, and may well be a one off, but here goes. We know the pub has recently been refurbished, and is much better than in recent times. We also remember the pub from the early '80s when live bands used to regularly play.
Anyway, we decided to visit this evening (Saturday at around 6:00pm) and were in the main bar deciding what drinks to order, the bar staff were being friendly and helpful, when we were pounced on from behind by a rather rude woman (who we assume to be the landlady, or an overzealous manager), and asked to immediately remove our children from the bar area. We were ushered to sit in the cold and uninviting conservatory, and were the only people sat in this area, away from the heart of the pub atmosphere, which we feel is part of the experience. We honestly did not enjoy our visit.
We understand this pub is a business and food is the main income and the law may forbid children from the bar area but as we were not eating on this occasion, we felt that our custom and presence was unwelcome. We will not be returning in the near future.
SlartyBartFast - 5 Sep 2009 20:16
Have to agree with Pubsignman. The place has been rescued and I'm sure will continue to improve and prosper.
Mattew31 - 2 Sep 2009 13:04
Just to update my previous comment, this place has indeed opened under new management. It's undergone quite a big refurb, which has seen the main bar fitted out with a new carpet and some of the nooks and crannies opened out a little to create a lighter room. some of the original decor has been retained thankfully and the bar itself remains untouched.
There seems to be a bit more emphasis on the food side, which is probably what the pub will need to do in order to survive, but they've also got the beers covered as well, with a couple of Ringwood ales on offer as well as a decent range of lagers and wines.
Bar service was a bit slow when I popped in, although the new team will obviously need a bit of time to settle into their roles.
I wish the new owners success in their venture and hope that this place can become the focal point of the village again.
Pubsignman - 7 Jul 2009 23:02
I hear its going to re open next week under new management
gloucester35 - 12 Jun 2009 17:55
This was once a vibrant village pub packed with locals enjoying, live music, quizzes and a quality restaurant in a building full of character.
Now, sadly, the place is just a shadow of its former self. My last visit there was a most depressing affair. Not only were we the only customers there, but the place had quite clearly been badly neglected. The bar area stank of wet dog and I had to manoeuvre myself around a load of children's toys, scattered on the floor by the proprietor's kids. Tables and glasses were dirty and service wasn't exactly what could be called friendly. It's no surprise that no-one uses the place any more.
With the Rose and Crown now closed, this is the only pub left in the village, but it's doing nothing to win over any potential customers. I only hope something is done about this before it's too late and we lose this once great pub forever.
Pubsignman - 7 Apr 2009 23:19

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