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The Chequers, Weston on the Green - pub details

Address: Northampton Road, Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25690) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Islip (2.5 miles), Tackley (4 miles), Bicester Town (4.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.0/10 (rated by 16 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Ben Johnson, Weston on the Green (0.7 miles), Red Lion, Wendlebury (1.8 miles), Crown, Charlton on Otmoor (2.0 miles)

user reviews of the Chequers, Weston on the Green

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I can honestly say this has to be one of the nicest pubs in Oxfordshire.

Why you may ask and I shall tell you.

The pub is a very prettyThatch that ticks all the boxes in regards to location, ample parking (which is essential due to how popular this pub is) and its beautiful garden with ample seating.

However its when you step inside is when you are taken away by how lovely this pub is.

The decor of the pub is truely amazing and after talking to staff this is alI reflected on that its a very cared for family run pub which is hard to find now due to big companies taking over.

The atmosphere in the pub is so warm and relaxed. Theres different nooks and crannies here and there its hard to take it all in.

We had dinner here and have to say the food was superb. A great menu with different choices and there was also a board with some Specials so a great varied selection. I wouldnt say this pub was expensive, I would say you certainly get what you pay for and we couldnt fault a thing.

Desserts claimed to be homemade and as this had a family feel to it, I didnt expect anything else and I certainly wasnt disapointed.

This is a true gem and one that I am so happy to have found and would thoroughly recommend this pub.


thomas.w - 19 Mar 2011 13:48
We visited this pub on our way back home from Windsor, we found it purely by chance but it looked lovely so we decided to stop for lunch. The prices were quite expensive ( £8.95 for burger & chips), but we ordered meals for myself, my husband and my son who is quite fussy but they were very helpful and he was very happy with his meal. Both myself and my husband ordered the homemade burgers and on bringing the food we were very impressed. However I cut my burger in half (as it was quite large) to find that it was still pink in the middle as was my husbandís. We asked the waiter/bar man about this and although the meat definitely had an undercooked pinkness he insisted that everything was made and cooked freshly and that they added some tomato paste which would also give the burgers a pink look. We decided that we would trust the waiter and thought to how steaks were medium cooked but although I did try to finish my meal I did not enjoy it. Maybe this is how homemade burgers are cooked but we are definitely not used to it and if I could make a suggestion it would be to make it known to diners as they order this meal so they can make their own minds up how they are cooked as they would do if they were ordering steaks. As for the rest of the visit I cannot really complain, the staff were very polite and the service was good, it was just spoilt by the way the food was cooked.
mellyw - 1 Aug 2009 14:52
what a wnker smurf is, the "door man" is the landlord & chef!!!! tell me how you can cook a freshly prepared chicken breast in under 25 minutes without using the "special ovens" (microwave ovens) as they obviously do in his usual high quality pub, the harvester. his regular table wasnt available in there on friday so he decided to upset the staff there and give them a bad review as well, he does in every pub he goes in ( look at his reviews ) then came to my pub to try the same stunt!!!! i will be getting my cctv tapes out to put him on pub watch as all he wants to do is cause trouble, try mcdonalds smurf, it seems more like your kind of quick food.
benthedog - 4 May 2009 21:32
This pub is a really nice pub. The food is generally really good. Higher price than pub grub but then it is high quality food. On that score I can't complain. Each meal I've had in there has always been good. Decent car park, close to major roads like the A34 and M40; spacious pub and a large bar.

My only gripe was the barman. A reasonable chap to start with when I enquired about getting a table without previously booking on a busy Friday night. I didn't like being referred to a "young man" especially given that I'm closer to 40 that 30. It isn't a compliment. He found us a table and invited us to order from the menu and then take the seat in a few minutes. We ordered food around 8.55 - 9pm. No mention of a long wait. I can understand a wait when it is busy but most tables already appeared to be eating their food.

At 9.35 I enquired as to the whereabouts of our food. I was met with "You only ordered 20 minutes ago and the chicken takes 25". Besides being incorrect, the manner at his reply was very rude. Even had he been correct, he should have pandered to the customers request and said "I'll go and find out for you, I do apologise". I've worked in the catering business many a time in front of house and in the kitchen. I begged to differ on his timing and at that point he just walked away and continued to empty the dishwasher.

I returned to my table not happy and I explained what had happened. We had lost our appetite by this point and decided we'd prefer to just square the drinks bill up and leave. Another 10 minutes went by and at 9.45 I went to the bar and simply said "Come on, it's now been 45 minutes". He responded with "Don't you want it now then?". I said no, we paid for our drinks and left. Not a single apology. Not a single please or thank you. He couldn't even look me in the eye when handing me the card machine or handing my card back. He is most definitely in the wrong job. He should return to being a doorman.

With the evening wearing on and nowhere to get food at a late hour we left and went back to ourlocal village pub.

Sad really as this is a nice pub. It doesn't take much to ruin a nice place to go. I've no idea why he was so rude or so stand-offish when I, quite rightly, enquired as to the whereabouts of my food. I've lowered my rating purely because of the poor manner of the barman. This pub deserves a better rating and better staff.

snert - 3 May 2009 11:53
I think the bad comments in these reviews are for a different pub, or written by professional whiners. I can only praise the way that this pub is run. It is a family business and it shows in the details that make this pub a pleasure to visit. We had a meal for 8 on Christmas day and were treated to excellent food, Wine, Beer and service. If you require the correct wine glass then I would suggest you go to somewhere where the price reflects the ironing of the tablecloths and the correct cutlery according to wisdens guide for fussy alehouse cuisine.
If your travelling along the A34 or passing the Bicester/Oxford junction of the M40, please try to find time to visit this wonderful pub.
ashhutton - 28 Jan 2009 22:55

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