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Chequers Inn, Newark - pub details

Address: Toad Lane, Elston, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5NS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 36229) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bleasby (3.3 miles), Rolleston (3.3 miles), Fiskerton (3.5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.7/10 (rated by 3 users)
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user reviews of Chequers Inn, Newark

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Looking for a pub that serves fusion food at ridiculous prices, London Pride and a wine list as long as your arms? This isn't the pub for you. If, however, you are looking for a pub that serves VERY local beer (as in the beer is brewed the pub), dangerous home-made ginger-ale, pizza on a Friday and darts on a Thursday, has excellent staff and management and friendly locals (and friendly animals - hi Oscar the lab, Thomas the half-Bengal cat and Sam the British Shorthair) this really is the place for you.

The Chequers is a small-ish truly local, yet welcoming pub. The beer is brewed in house (with one guest ale) and beautifully kept. This is an old fashioned pub. The decor is lovely and recently refurbished, but fear not - it's not fru-fru nor trendy. It is a pub and a local one at that.

As I mentioned, in addition to the real ale, there is also a small wine list, the usual small selection of spirits and I'd imagine (I didn't check) the usual lagers on offer. This is not a foodie pub - you can get pizza on Fridays (home-made, apparently - I've not sampled it) and paninis on a Sunday. And that's pretty much it, besides crisps and the like on the food front. This suits me - many of the pubs in the area(ish) have totally turned into restaurants that have cute names and a couple of ales on offer. This is a local pub that instead occasionally has a bit of food on offer - and that's the way it should be.

Sadly, the pub is only open Thursday - Sunday. I would love to know how the landlord keeps his cask ale fresh given those hours, but I suppose as he brews it in house it's not too difficult. Another downside is there is no garden - if you're a smoker you're pretty much reduced to standing in the car park.

Besides the beer, there are two friendly cats and one exceptionally friendly dog. Dogs are welcome in the pub though there is a sign asking you to keep them on leads - I don't know if this is enforced, especially as there is also a sign asking you to keep children on leads.

This is truly an excellent pub which deserves far more custom (and reviews). I would be sad I don't live in the area, except for the fact a sneaky weekday pint is not possible. I do hope it goes from strength to strength.
mattygroves - 12 Nov 2012 16:37

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