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