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The Chequers is a popular pub that is bursting with character and charm. With plenty of entertainment on offer such as great live music, quizzes and DJs, it’s the perfect place for a good night out with friends.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00

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The Chequers reviews

By Kim F.

This is my local and I love it. You always know what your getting when you come here and thats the way that I like it.

By Dave B.

Chequers was my favorite pub in Brighton for a long time until it recently changed hands, the younger couple who ran it moved to Cornwall. When it closed for refurbishments/changing of hands, I feared the worse. The worse being another pretentious wine bar or 'ale house' (er, you mean oub mate!?).....sadly my fears were confirmed when the outside was painted grey and the 2 tone ska stencils were removed and replaced by poncy looking beds of flowers...I was too scared to go in for a few weeks for fear of being even more disappointed! The interior, whilst looking completely brand new and fresh, reminds me of some kind of bad art galley or hipster wine bar, not welcoming particularly...the barman who I presume was managing the place half heartedly let us in for a pint at 23:45ish on a Tuesday night , but advised us we would have to drink up.....not the attitude I'd been used to at my beloved local.....ok maybe I'm being a bit harsh on the née owners, but I can tell u this....none of the old regulars go there any and I rarely see it packed......the old chequers was a real pub, it had a slightly shonky but warm inviting vibe where all walks of life would be found on a Friday or Saturday night, or indeed a Sunday or Monday or Wednesday night....reggae music a few nights a week and a great mix of ransoms and colorful local characters who I grew to know and love and still see around was the perfect way to be in a spot like Preston st and completed the streets mix of trendy bars, restaurants and take away spots by offering somewhere less affronting and way, way more laid back than anything that's around the area now......sad times for me, but considering the amount of people who love sitting around in tweed jackets and skin tight jeans sipping on boutique beers and over priced glasses of wine it won't surprise me if it becomes popular in Brighton....but i say brign back the old chequers and turn up the dub!

By Bernie S.

The old owners that moved to Cornwall were so dirty and unhygienic that the cellar was condemned when they left and all the beer lines had to be ripped out and replaced because there was a yeast infection throughout. The dray men commented that they used to warn their friends not to drink in the pub for fear they would get ill. The toilets were appalling and the back bar shelf looked like something out of a horror film - jars of cloudy sticky liquid with the landlord's home made inventions. Look like lab samples. But if you like that sort of thing and think flowering planters are poncy well .....

By Lisa M.

I went to this pub with a few friends on Friday and thought it was great. It's just been taken over, with new management and redecorated. Although small, it looks very stylish and cosy, has a lovely atmosphere and good mix of people and the staff gave us really wonderful service. They're not doing food yet and I believe that's to come soon with all locally sourced produce. The pub's open late and with no real competition in that area, I'd highly recommend visiting. Cool music and a proper good boozer!

By Jude H.

Visited the pub this week, what a difference in decor, great music, ambiance and hosts from my visit a couple of years ago, well done to you both. Loved it, was made so welcome and cant wait to sample their Sunday Lunches by the log fire. Everyone was talking about the 'Open Mic Night', sounded a great evening. Really enjoyed myself and cant wait to go back.

By Andrew R.

What a fantastic place! Went in there for a quick drink after eating at the Italian restaurant next door, and ended up staying for a few hours. It was open mic night, and we were treated to a feast of great music, a mixture of covers and original material. The standard was surprisingly high- lots of harmonies, and great guitar playing- and there was a range of musical styles. Lovely atmosphere in the place- very welcoming, cozy and friendly, and there was a real mixed crowd with people of all ages. Lovely beer and good whisky too, as recommended by the knowledgeable, friendly bar staff. Thoroughly recommended.

By Pete S.

New decor, new hosts and a new ambience so forget the old reviews before June 2011 - they are old and before all the progressive changes took place. The hosts here know how to treat a good barrel of ale - clean pipes and a cool cellar. The wines good too! Oh and so are the locally sourced pies. If you want to know something local forget the Tourist Board = call in the chequers and buy a drink and ask - someone will help and advise as its full of really nice locals/regulars only too keen to chat. On the other hand if you want agood venue to meet friends this is the place. The landlady makes real good coffee and the Landlord knows how to pour a real pint so we are all catered for at this Oasis in a street of food purveyors! Why you ask all the above = well I was there and have seen, eaten, supped and chatted a real nice local hostelry. From Petesalmonla (suffolk)

By Anna L.

Lovely little gem, love the decor and ambience and the friendly welcome from the new hosts. Tasty pies too, good with the beer!. Nice choice of fruit juices-makes a change from usual stuff. Interesting retro bits and pieces, brings back a few memories of 60's and 70's. Recommend you call in and see the new look at Chequers. from Anna

By Pete S.

All reviews before June 2011 do not relate to the new Publicans now in the Chequers. Great hospitality,friendly staff,interesting locals and really good beers and fine wines. Forget the local tourist office for local info, just call in the Chequers, buy a drink and get the local info. The pies are also local and real tasty. The beers on tap are truly greats due partly to the Brewery but also to the cellar mans clean pipes , cool cellar and beer care. I can only recommend most highly Chequers Bar > call in yourself and enjoy. Revue by Pete from Suffolk

By Ruth Annalisa A.

Just re-opened,bright,friendly,unfussy with a retro/vintage vibe. Real ales and good wines, lovely decor and twinkly candles. A stack of games in our 60's sideboard. Planning to do a pint and homemade pie deal (with selection of local mustards/chutneys). Look forward to welcoming you.

By Phil F.

While Chequers does not actually have a quiz night or an old fashioned dj any longer, this is probably testiment to the fact that the new management are a young vibrant couple who have in deed revamped the place making it a very appealling late night bar to go to. I myself have now changed it to being my local, so perhaps I am bias. Given that there are plenty of locals happy to help those in need to grapple the ONE step into the pub (one of which uses a motorised wheelchair himself) its hardly a basis to judge a place! It now has regular live music and a varied age group happy to welcome any who choose to to enter in conversation. I would be intreagued to visualise the utopia of pub that requires a 60's DJ and quiz night in the center of what is widely recognised as one of europes most lively cities. However this place is a paradox, as I said before you can easily enter into a highly intellectual debate or easy going banter with the locals without fear of judgement or recrimmination. All I would say is try the place for yourself, but dont be so fickle as to put it down for not having a food, when itson a street full of take-aways; or for not taking cards when theres a cash-machine 20 metres away.

By Susanna P.

A lot of the information on this site is false. ~There is no wheel chair access, there is a step for the main entrance and 4-5 stairs on the back exit. and both doors are slim. ~They say they do regular quiz nights, in-which, there has been little or none. ~They do not take cards so that is far from true. ~As far as i have witnessed there has been no D.J. sets. The music however has its good days but the majority of the music played will bum you out! In conclusion I would call Chequers a re-vamped Dive!

By Carly T.

I recently went to Chequers on a bit of a whim because I had heard that it had changed hands. It has recently been taken over by a young couple who have redecorated the front (cool stencil) and the inside giving it a cosier and funkier vibe. The staff were very friendly, they play a good selection of music (lovin the Led Zep), there is a good selection of beers (draughts or bottles) and their prices are really reasonable; the log fire was going too. The only downside is they don't do food, but they were more than happy to let us order pizza from up the road and eat it there, which was a bonus. This pub has definitely changed quite a bit and I look forward to going back there for the Open Mic. Oh and you have to check out what they have done to the toilets, I could have spent ages in there!

By G.

Pull up a pew on Preston Street and spend a few hours listening to a local tinkling the ivories on the pub's piano.

The Venue
Chequers is brilliant white on the outside with just a couple of tables out the front which are mobbed during summer. Inside it's all done out in yellows, from its sunny walls to its daffodil yellow banquettes (which at least makes a change from burgundy and beige). There's a piano and a fruit machine and, to add to the quirkiness of the place, there are two entrances — one on Preston Street and one on Little Preston Street - so it's perfect for that quick getaway when you've sworn blind that you've already left the pub and are on your way home. There's no food on sale just Guinness or crisps but that suits the pub down to the ground.

It's licensed till 2am, but they play it by ear during the week. Come match days the TV screen is the most popular spot in the pub as everyone gets stuck into discussing the ins and outs of the match. This place hasn't changed a lot over the years and that's just how it should be. They are thinking of a refurb, but hopefully it won't change the nature of the pub and its friendly, comfortable atmosphere.

The People
An eclectic mix of customers from old men and romantic couples to weirdos and just downright lovely people keep the tills ringing.

The Food and Drink
There's a good range of drinks on draught including Hoegaarden, Harveys, Guinness, Strongbow, John Smiths, Grolsch, Kronenbourg and Carling Extra Cold. In bottles there's Magners and Bulmers Cider standing alongside Tiger, Corona, Staropramen and old classic, Holsten Pils. It's also actually quite refreshing to come across a good honest pub that doesn't have any happy hours or drinks promotions to influence your choice of drink.

The Last Word
It's hard to put your finger on exactly what its secret is but The Chequers has definitely got a charm all of its own.

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