Churchill is a very pretty village in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, and is home to many well-known residents. It is a picture perfect village with a gorgeous church and lovely Cotswold stone cottages. The Chequers is the village pub and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Sat in the heart of the village, it’s a very popular place to visit and renowned for its Sunday lunch, so we popped along to see what we thought.
The Chequers has recently had a refit and is very smartly decorated in a rustic yet modern style, in keeping with the area. The Chequers is a pub, but the food is so much more than pub food. The building is divided into two sections; a bar with seating and a restaurant area with tables, with plenty of seating outside for the summer months.
The menu offers a fair bit of choice and has some lovely seasonal options, such as the delicious grilled asparagus I enjoyed to start. We also liked the confit duck salad as a starter, which was perfectly balanced and dressed.
For the main course, I had to try their renowned roast beef, which was very good, and I say that as someone who is often disappointed by roast dinners in restaurants. The beef was incredibly tender and served with delicious garlic courgettes, as well as a honey roast carrot, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and cauliflower cheese – a feast indeed. Another very popular choice on a Sunday is the half roast chicken with homemade mayonnaise, chips and salad, which was very nicely cooked and presented very attractively.
There is a wide choice of desserts, and we really enjoyed the lemon jelly and syllabub which was deliciously cool and sharp, which made a refreshing end to the meal, which we finished with a Monmouth coffee each.
The Chequers is a great destination for a relaxed meal in comfortable, yet informal surroundings. Make sure you book in advance!