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Pub is now a kindergarten and flats.
dandj - 17 Jun 2019 20:05
Currently closed for a 'refurb'
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Apr 2017 19:11
Nice pub, and friendly Staff. I had a very good pint of lager there.
Georgegeorge13 - 6 Jul 2016 13:29
We have been in this pub a few times now when visiting our daughter who is at the uni just down the road. Nice atmosphere, staff are very friendly and welcoming and the drinks are reasonably priced. Has a beer garden and pool table which was a pleasant surprise as you don't always get these in pubs now. We also went during the help the hero's weekend and really enjoyed it, there was a good community feel about it.
ivorpint - 18 Sep 2014 16:02
smells of cat piss due to the landlady keeping 3 cats who treat the pub like their toilet. like cats, hate the smell of their urine.

beer is rubbish and staff are none too friendly.

one to be avoided
londonloon - 8 May 2012 09:32
what a great pub,two bus loads of us went before coalville fa vase match,couldnt have been more helpfull. The food was excelent,cant beleive the chef managed to feed us all in the time he did,and not with fast food either ,his home made chips and burgers were the best ever.The staff were very friendly,Lovely beer and great price.A big thankyou to you all, you set our day off with a really good start,just a pitty our team lost,hope to visit you again soon.thanks from all the coalville town football supporters.
paulacohen - 9 May 2011 10:37
While real ale merchants will probably head for the Greyhound, 'The Chequers' should not be overlooked for food. Lunch was tasty and competently cooked. The home made chips are the best I have ever had in a pub, cafe or restaurant. I would definitely eat here again.
London_OBs - 4 Jan 2011 14:36
This is a good traditional pub with friendly staff and has been my local for 20 years. I agree the 'real ale' is unpredictable, this is due to lack of use. People just having a few of pints on a Friday/Sat night and then not coming back until the following week doesn't give the beer the through-put it needs It can't compete with The Greyhound (which is only a few yards away) and is probably the best in Hendon for 'real ale'.
As for keg beer it can't be any better/worse than anywhere else.
The pub has recently brought in a good selection of bottled 'real ales' which has gone down well (literally)!
As regards the fence, it affords privacy, security, safety for children from the busy road and reduces the noise and dust from the same. All in all a good idea.
Sorry, if this sounds like an advertisement but I don't like my local being rubbished.
Wot_U_aving - 29 Oct 2010 18:41
Was slightly unsure how to take this pub. The price of beer was quite appealing but taste slightly off. Didn't stay for more than one drink, seemed a bit rough and not too welcoming. A few friends have eaten there before and said the food was below average for the price they paid.
hunkules - 23 Jul 2010 17:12
Well, wandered in here on a Saturday evening. The woman behind the bar is best described as surly. No ales. No reason given. Keg Smiths available. That probably says it all! The fence on the outside just adds to the dreadful look of the place. Looking at some of the other posts here, I can only assume that the posters are either part of the local mafia or they work in the place. Discourteous service, no ale and decidedly iffy ciustomers make this a place I shall not be rushing back to.
stemginger - 12 Jul 2010 10:26
The Chequers has been my local for yonks. Now it is at it's best. The landlady Elaine, the staff, Brian, Sol, Maz and Ryan etc are very friendly both towards the regulars and the, becoming more frequent, visitors. There is always something going on, be it Live bands, Karaoke, Disco or the frequent Charity nights. The inception of the new kitchen "Wallingtons" and chef Darren has gone to make this the ideal venue for a family get-together with a fine home made meal. I would recommend a visit.
jimthegent - 27 May 2010 21:18
Service was mostly friendly. Good atmosphere, most people were in a good mood and were friendly, it was a charity night, don't know what it's like normally. Beer was reasonably cheap if the range was a bit uninspiring, I had a pint of Duechars which wasn't of overly great quality. 6.5 out of 10.
IMG1975 - 9 May 2010 10:46
Have increased my rating from 4 to 5 as it was okay for watching the match on the telly with a pint of lager (albeit the higher strength variety necessary to 'fit in'). The last poster obviously doesn't get out much though. I would have stayed in the Greyhound myself had they put the football on there. Would agree the Chequers isn't as 'uncomfortable' as it used to be but still not a pub I'd choose to drink in given decent alternatives and if you like proper beer then the Greyhound is most certainly that. We all have differing outlooks as to what we want from a pub but slating people who disagree with your choice (or maybe your pub) doesn't exactly do you or the establishment any favours.
anonymous - 3 May 2010 22:31
I have been drinking in The Chequers for over 10 years and absolutely love the pub!! I feel I could walk into the pub alone, be welcomed in and feel comfortable. The bar staff are friendly and I often have a giggle with the two girls working there and they will always greet you with a smile. The staff work hard, trying to provide entertainment all week, from football, poker, pool competitions to disco's and singers. The new menu is also good, with a variety of choices and at reasonable prices. I love drinking here. So to the last person who commented Dhanji, you can stay in the Greyhound!!
bombaysaphire - 3 May 2010 22:17
Further to my last comment I then went back to the Greyhound and enjoyed another hours drinking.
dandj - 19 Apr 2010 08:23
Last night I decided to see for myself how good the Chequers is these days. I had already drunk a pint in the Greyhound and as I had heard the prices were lower in the Chequers, it was worth a try. As I walked in the the first thought was someone has passed wind but this seemed to encompass the entire bar. It was just 10.30 and on asking for a drink I was told "Were shut, its traditional on a sunday" this was in a belligerent, get out of here tone, so I did. I may try again in another five years.
dandj - 19 Apr 2010 08:19
i visited tis pub today and found out about the fence it was put there to protect the many children and their families enjoying the rare sunshine i think the staff and management should be applauded for putting the safety of the customers first, i was also greatly surprised to see they are now serving excellent fresh home cooked english food i had the cheeseburger which i must admit was to die for i wish them all the luck for the future it is great to see a traditional pub flourishing well done
charmed - 15 Apr 2010 20:13
Goes from bad to worse. They've even fenced the place off now, presumably to deter passing trade?
foghorn - 19 Mar 2010 11:38
Unlike the Greyhound a stones throw away I have never had a decent pint of beer here and would stick to lager. Also, where the Greyhound feels quite relaxed this place feels a little on edge. Such a difference in beer quality, clientelle, service and ambience is seperated by about a 3 minute wlak.
anonymous - 21 Jul 2009 22:18
after reading the last comment i felt i had to say something , i am a regular of the chequers and yes i must agree with one of his comments the toilets did stink but the problem was with the drains not the pub and the manager dealt with the problem very quickly, as for the 3 mangy cats what a load of twadle i have never seen such well cared for cats and 99% of the customers love the fact they are there as it shows what a safe and friendly pub it is. with the troubled times we are going through i feel that the chequers is one of the few pubs that is really trying by doing various things most nights i.e quiz on tuesday poker on thursday disco or karaoke on saturday and all major sport shown, as for his comment on the real ale amybe this is true im not sure as i dont drink it but the chequers has mainly youngish customers and i can confirm the choice of lagers ans spirits are great at a reasonible price. finally please dont take any notice of the last comment come and experience the pub for yourself and be prepared to have a great time.
charmed - 11 Feb 2009 11:07
Dear oh dear. I don't think pubs can get much worse than this! Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was the stench from the lavatories; it fair knocked me back, and I should have turned on my heels there and then. Foolishly, I persevered. Gingerly stepping over three mangy cats, I approached the bar where the other (two) customers were sitting happily, seemingly impervious to the effluent pong. The only ale on offer was, allegedly, Deuchars. The piss-warm, opaque sludge that I was served bore no resemblance to a pint of Deuchars; indeed, no resemblance to anything drinkable that I can recall. Sir Henry Rawlinson's maxim came to mind "As a general rule, once I've eaten something, I don't care to see it again". Ale lovers avoid.
foghorn - 15 Jan 2009 13:46
I had a great evening at The Chequers in Hendon. Great Food, and friendly staff, who always seem to be having fun. Everyone was very welcoming. There was a great dj, pool table and great people. I will deffinetely going there again, alot better than my previous night in The Greyhound, yawn!!!
bombaysaphire - 23 Aug 2008 15:38
Ok pub. Staff not very friendly, lots of chavvies about and a fight over a girl. Apart from that, average boozer.
Tubeboy - 5 Jul 2008 01:44
Friday night, the music is loud all over the pub, not just by the pool table as it used to be and no it cant be turned down in one part of the pub, good pub Indian food, only one real beer Courage Best.
dandj - 8 Mar 2008 14:28
This pub is the only friendly pub in hendon!! All the staff are lovley people!! There is never a fight or argument in this pub!! The pub is ideal for older people but it is becoming and trying to intruduce younger people (OVER 18S ONLY OFF COURSE) to the pub with fantastic entertainment every saturday night! PLEASE IF YOUR READING THIS POP IN AND SEE FOR YOURSELF, THAT IT IS A GREAT HENDON PUB!!!!!!!!!!
Pink_Angel1986 - 4 May 2007 20:59
Like St Pauls in the Blitz, this pub still stands proudly. The surrounding area hasn't been bombed, thankfully, but redeveloped out of all recognition over the past 30 years or so. Ghosts from Old Hendon (including me!) often float past, trying to remember how it all used to be.
Inside the Chequers...well, hmmm. It's been massively refurbished and I can only give it 6/10 for just about everything. The beers are OK but nothing special, the barstaff do serve you but with no enthusiasm, and the customers all seem to be just "passing through", so there's no real pub spirit or congenial atmosphere.
Never mind. As an infrequent visitor, maybe I just haven't caught the pub at its best. Whatever, I'm very pleased that the Chequers is still here.
timkholman - 6 Feb 2006 13:13
I go to play pool with my mates there at least once a week during free periods.
Darren - 26 May 2004 18:45
Real pub? Maybe 3 or 4 years ago before the refurbishment but it wasn't really any good before that. Very local but not too unpleasant for casual drinkers.
anonymous - 6 Apr 2004 13:05
one of only two real pubs left in very large hendon, the rest are irishised, pocifiedor studentised . a straightforward real pub which is exactly how a local should be . has all of the usual suspects, pool, tv, music, food, but not in an over-powering way. real pub interior, landlord not centrally-appointed manager. agood, prooper pub . courage best and dirrector's, you don't see much real beer in finchley .
dan - 31 Mar 2004 13:00

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