The Chequers Pub with rooms in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Vibrant town inn close to Thames
  • Traditional Churchill Tap
  • Food focuses on aged steaks
  • New contemporary-smart rooms
  • Ideal bolthole for retail therapy

Sticky FingersGood for WalkingClose to WaterVisit a Stately Pile90 Minutes from LondonNo Car Needed15 Minutes from the Motorway

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Overview

The Chequers Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1BA

The personal touch

The history of The Chequers can be traced back to the brewing roots of Brakspear, who leased the pub through their acquisition of Grey’s Brewery in Henley back in 1893, eventually buying the freehold in 1897. Brakspear recently added The Chequers to it’s flagship portfolio of managed inns, which includes The Sheep, Stow-on-the-Wold and the George Townhouse in Shipston-on-Stour (see entries), reinventing the pub as a modern-day coaching inn with the addition of nine contemporary-smart bedrooms in April 2017. Expect period features, a bold and stylish decor, Nespresso machines, super-comfortable Feather & Black beds and tiled bathrooms with walk-in showers. Downstairs sup a pint of Brakspear Bitter or explore the speciality gin list in the traditional, beamed and unspoilt Churchill Tap. Food focuses on the Butcher’s Block menu of aged, Australian grass-fed beef steaks – fillet, rib-eye, sirloin or rump served with a choice of sauces – which you order by the 100g at the quirky servery replete with a butcher’s bike and hefty wooden block. Alternatively, push the boat out and order the Chateaubriand to share or choose from the more traditional pub menu. A comfortable town bolthole close to the Thames and some great shopping.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the dining rooms and smaller portions of certain dishes are available

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and the Churchill Tap but not in the bedrooms

Alfresco

Tables at the front are set back from the pavement and sheltered by box hedging in tall planters. A great spot to watch the world go by with a coffee or pint of Brakspear Bitter

What’s on

Quiz night on Wednesdays and live music on Friday evenings in the Churchill Tap

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin £90 – £110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: nearest car park 5 minutes away along Institution Road

 

Sleep

The Chequers Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1BA

Do not disturb

The upstairs space at The Chequers was transformed into letting rooms in April 2017 and the smart new rooms sport a fresh, contemporary feel, all are kitted out with quality fabrics and furnishings. You’ll find very comfortable Feather & Black beds and mattresses, striking feature wallpapers from Cole & Son, soothing heritage hues, big lamps, and bright cushions and throws add an additional splash of colour. Home-from-home comforts come as standard – Nespresso machine, clock, retro-style phone, Roberts radio, shaving/make-up mirror, up-to-date magazines, and generous supplies of Temple Spa Aromatherapy bathroom products. Bathrooms have modern fittings and big walk-in showers.

Creature comforts

Feather & Black beds; Temple Spa bathroom products; mineral water; homemade biscuits; Birchall Teas

Gadgets

Nespresso coffee; TV; clock; free wi-fi

What’s for breakfast?

Continental spread on the butcher’s block table (toast; fresh fruit; yoghurt & fruit compote; cereals; croissants & pastries); porridge, pancakes (smoked bacon & maple syrup); smashed avocado, quinoa, tomatoes, poached eggs; eggs Benedict; Vegetarian & Full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin £90 – £110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: nearest car park 5 minutes away along Institution Road

 

Eat & Drink

The Chequers Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1BA

Mastering the menu

Food focuses on the Butcher’s Block menu of aged, Australian, grass-fed beef steaks – fillet, rib-eye, sirloin or rump served with a choice of sauces – which you order by the 100g at the quirky servery counter replete with a butcher’s bike and hefty wooden block. Alternatively, push the boat out and order the Chateaubriand to share or choose from the more traditional pub menu – steak and Guinness pie, fish pie, chicken Caesar salad.

On the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£10.50; Main Courses: £12-£30; Desserts £5-£8.50; steaks from £6.80 per 100g)

Salt and pepper squid, rocket, lemon, aioli; twice-baked cheddar soufflé, spinach, grain mustard

Wagyu burger, onion rings, bacon jam, Swiss cheese, tomato, burger sauce, gem lettuce, fries; dry-aged rib-eye steak with stilton hollandaise; sea bream, tomato and olive salsa, rosemary and garlic potatoes

Treacle tart, clotted cream; hot Belgian chocolate brownie, toffee popcorn ice cream

Sandwiches (lunchtime only)

(£7.50-£9.50)

Fish finger sandwich, tartare sauce, lettuce; steak, stilton, watercress, mushrooms, both served with chips

Sunday roasts

(£14)

Sunday carvery with four roast meats available from 12 noon to 6pm

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am (11am Saturday & Sunday)

Food all day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 8.30pm Sunday)

Behind the bar

Adjacent to The Chequers is The Churchill Tap, a cracking traditional pub, a jumble of exposed wood, bric-a-brac, timeless furniture, and hops on the walls and ceiling. Here you can explore the full range of tip-top Brakspear ales, a guest beer and a great range of craft beers – Meantime Pale Ale on draught, with the likes of Brewdog Punk IPA, Brooklyn East and Anchor Steam in cans or bottles. In the main bar, you can order cocktails and, if gin is your tipple, then you have 10 to choose from, with Hawthorn’s, Portobello Road, Tarquin’s Cornish Gin, and Cotswold Gin, all perfect with Fever Tree Tonic. The global wine list includes some of the top Chateaux in Bordeaux, selected for their value and ever-drinkable styles.

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin £90 – £110

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: nearest car park 5 minutes away along Institution Road

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Chequers

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Chequers

Activities

12

Higginson Park, Marlow SL7 2AE

Marlow’s main open space is a classic example of a traditional urban park. The 23-acre park has a leisure centre offering a swimming pool, gym and tennis court. Frontage to the Thames means mooring for pleasure craft and boating for hire. The 180-mile Thames Path runs along the edge of the park.

13

Harleyford Golf Club, Marlow SL7 2SP

Located about two miles southwest of Marlow, Harleyford lies beside the Thames on a country estate dating back to the 13th century. The 6,714- yard, par 72 course is both challenging and rewarding to players of all levels.

14

Salter’s Boat Trips, Marlow SL7 2AE

Salter’s is the only company with a landing stage at Marlow. The route is upstream from the town, taking in spectacular stretches of the Thames, before finishing with a cruise along the renowned royal regatta course at Henley. Look out for the Devon Belle, one of the ‘little ships’ that sailed to Dunkirk in 1940.

Shopping

2

Plume SL7 1ER

Offering the best independent fashion labels from around the world, Marlow High Street-based Plume is one of the most successful women’s wear retailers.

3

The Vintage Look RG9 2AH

Based in Henley’s Hart Street, the Vintage Look offers an eclectic mix of antiques, retro and contemporary home-wares, vintage clothes and garden items. With its beamed ceilings and original features, the shop has plenty of charm and character.

4

Marlow Antiques Centre 35 Station Road, Marlow SL7 1NW

Home to over 35 dealers, the Marlow Centre sells a wide range of antiques and collectables – you’re sure to find that special something in this huge space.

6

Anne Haimes Interiors RG9 2BG

At Anne Haimes Interiors in Henley, you’ll find furnishings, furniture, lighting, bedding, mirrors, scents and accessories.

7

Asquiths Teddy Bear Shop RG9 2BT

Asquiths established the world’s first teddy bear outlets 30 years ago and trades in a 15th-century shop in the heart of Henley. Asquiths specialises in luxury handmade English teddy bears, as well as supporting many other makes.

8

Eton Antique Bookshop SL4 6AF

Described as ‘dusty, disheveled and piled high with old prints, maps and weathered editions,’ this charming old bookshop has just about every thing for the genuine bibliophile.

9

Eton College Gift Shop SL4 6BD

Quirky, unstuffy souvenir shop with frock-coated teddy bears, crockery, tea towels and even the college’s own gents’ cologne – among many other items.

10

Country House Menswear Ltd

Gentleman’s out fitter where you can maintain your personal style and preserve your individuality. Expect exquisite collection of casual wear from Europe’s leading designers. There are branches at Marlow, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe and Chalfont St Peter.

Places to visit

16

Rycote Chapel OX9 2PE

Historic 15th-century chapel with beautifully carved and painted woodwork and many fascinating features, including two17th-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery.

17

Warburg Nature Reserve RG9 6BL

This tranquil haven of woodland and grassland is where you’ll find a wide variety of wildlife and a nature trail. Tawny owls are known to breed here and the site includes more than 400 species of plants. The reserve is named after the late Doctor E F Warburg, an Oxford botanist

18

Windsor Castle SL4 1NJ

Founded as a fortress by William the Conqueror, the dominant feature of Windsor Castle is its Round Tower, built by Henry II and visible for miles around. Parts of the castle are open to the public.

19

Hughenden Manor HP14 4LA

Close to High Wycombe, Hughenden Manor became the home of Benjamin Disraeli in 1848. By the time he moved here, he was an established novelist and a distinguished politician. These days, Hughenden Manor belongs to the National Trust and is open to visitors.

20

Marlow

The town is one of the prettiest in the Thames Valley. The suspension bridge spanning the river is now the only surviving example of the work of designer William Tierney Clark. T.S. Eliot lived in Marlow between 1917 and 1920 and Percy Bysshe Shelley resided here a century earlier. Jerome K Jerome wrote part of Three Men in a Boat in the town.

21

Greys Court RG9 4PG

The original house was a fortified manor; the present gabled brick and flint house is Elizabethan. Managed by the National Trust, Greys Court , near Henley, includes a Tudor donkey-wheel well-house. The garden contains the Archbishop’s Maze, whose design is based on the theme of reconciliation.

22

River and Rowing Museum RG9 1BF

This fascinating Henley-based museum holds 20,000 items covering the sport of rowing, the story of the Thames and the classic book for children and adults, The Wind in the Willows, published in 1908. There are objects, photographs, books, ephemera and archive material.

23

Cliveden SL1 8NS

Perched on cliffs above the Thames near Maidenhead, Cliveden is an Italianate mansion built for the Duke of Sutherland in 1850-51. The house was once the home of the Astor family. The Profumo scandal, which rocked the government and sparked frenzied gossip in society circles, was played out here in the early 1960s. Cliveden is now a hotel but parts of the house are open to the public at certain times.

Walking

www.visitchilterns.co.uk
Marlow is fortunate in being surrounded by great walking country. Close by are the lovely Chilterns – grassy hills dotted with beech woods, which look glorious in the autumn – while the scenic Thames Path offers plenty of scope for linear and circular walks. Burnham Beeches, Windsor Great Park and Black Park, near Slough, are also very popular.

Cycling

www.cycle-routes-com/england/bucks
Away from busy roads and motorways, the Thames Valley is the perfect playground for cyclists. There are lots of short to medium cycle rides, as well as longer more ambitious routes, including a trail from Windsor to Oxford.

Events

www.visitthames.co.uk/events/marlow-town-regatta-and-festival
One of the region’s biggest events is the Marlow Town Regatta and Festival, which combines a traditional rowing regatta and its garden party atmosphere with a ‘family day’ of dragon boat racing and a splendid ‘tribute band’ and concert to finish. Held annually in June.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Marlow is signed off A404 midway between M4 at Maidenhead and the M40 at High Wycombe

By Rail: Marlow station (1hr 20mins from London Paddington) is a short walk from The Chequers

Address:

53 High Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1BA

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