The Chequers is a pub with a restaurant and, for several seasons now, it has been run by Roger Narbett – the former England Football team chef.
The quality of the beer is often a good marker for the quality of the food. Here you can choose between several old favourites like Sharp’s Doom Bar but I am intrigued enough to substitute all these for the Chequers Pale Ale. Brewed specially for them by Marstons – it is promoted by a fabulously fruity aroma and a good flavour. I guess it smells so good that it is slightly, but only slightly, relegated by the flavour.
To start I tackle the Yuk Sung. With this dish you build a series of wraps from baby gem lettuce leaves to surround your oriental chicken, a volley of frazzled noodles and a shot of soy sauce. Rock passes on the starter and saves herself for the main course.
She intercepts the Chicken Breast with Honey & Lemon Thyme Marinated Club Salad. The club salad includes a hat-trick of delights: crispy pancetta, avocado and a quail’s egg! Offside there are skinny fries. I attack the Barbecued Lamb Koftas served with Tzatziki and corners of Flat Bread. We both enjoy the main course.
I think we may kick ourselves if we don’t return to this ground for another match.