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The Chequers, Oxford Central, Oxford

131 High Street
Oxford
OX1 4DH
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Chequers

One of Oxford's old alleyway pubs, this one is owned by Nicholson's and retains some character despite the various makeovers it has received over the years / decades / centuries... Now has a something of a lounge at the far end, and more of a hall-like appearance to the entrance area. Not a bad selection from eight of ten handpumps, with three ciders in addition to the likes of My Generation Session Pale Ale (£3.56, inclusive of 20% Camra discount), Millionaire from Wild Beer and Thornbridge Jaipur.

On 29th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Chequers

Tucked away down an alleyway just off the High Street, this looks quite inviting with it’s courtyard seating and black timber cladding on the exterior and I also noticed that it was a Nicholson’s pub who’s outlets I have generally enjoyed when in London.

Internally it’s quite large and split over a few different levels. The largest bar is on the downstairs floor and this was fairly traditional with a mixture of wood strip and quarry tiles on the floor, battleship grey paintwork and some elaborate cornice work on the ceiling. An old fireplace at one end potentially looked a bit of a cosier spot, but it was very busy and very noisy in there, so not a relaxing place to sit. Elsewhere on this level was a table football game and several TV screens showing the rugby. A second level again looked as if it could be a bit cosier with exposed stone walling and a smaller, seemingly disused, bar counter, but again the projector screen showing the rugby and the high volume from the game completely spoilt the ambience. We escaped up a few more steps to the upper level, but even here the sport commentary was unnecessarily piped to additional speakers.

The menu offered a decent enough selection of “pub grub” dishes with options such as fish & chips, chicken & chips, macaroni cheese, sausage and mash and so on, as well as a number of burgers and steaks. Most of the prices were somewhere around the £10 - £12 mark, although it was unfortunate that both of the items we tried to order had sold out. In the end we settled on the Hunter’s Chicken and the Smoked Haddock & Kedgeree Fishcakes, both of which were fairly average.

Beers on tap were Nicholson’s Pale Ale, Adam Henson’s Rare Breed, Doom Bar, Adnams Ghost Ship, Sadler’s Worcester Sorcerer, Black Sheep and Thornbridge Jaipur IPA. The Tribute and Hobgoblin’s Legendary Ruby Beer were apparently coming soon, the latter being the “official” beer of Halloween apparently. Cider’s meanwhile were Mortimer’s Orchard on tap along with Weston’s Old Rosie and Rosie’s Pig stacked up in boxes at the end of the bar. Overall I was rather disappointed with this due to the food availability and noise levels, but perhaps on a different occasion I may have warmed to it more.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Chequers

The pub was very busy on our visit, so we had to do a bit of vertical drinking, which was beneficial as we had a good view of the entire pub, especially the wood carving across the upstairs balcony. Their ale choice was also good for a Nicholson's, so went for the Red Squirrel Hopfest, which was a good session beer. An interesting pub this one, so well worth a visit.

On 31st July 2016 - rating: 7
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Oxford, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Oxford Parkway, 3.82 miles, 1 hr 13 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by Oxford CAMRA - last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 08 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 October 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 February 2018 by ROB Camra
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