The Chequers at Slaugham

Slaugham, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6AQ
Seafood Restaurant
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39 reviews of The Chequers at Slaugham


I would like to say a big thank you to The Chequers at Slaugham. We had the most delicious meal there on 17th April 2010, in celebration of our daughter's birthday - fabulous food, no rush, drinks were really nice too, as was the beautiful garden. The sun was glorious and would definitely recommend this location to anyone who appreciates good food.

Mr and Mrs Pumpkin

Found this lovely restuarant while entertaining at a private party. The food is the best I have eaten in a pub for a long time. Warm and very friendly staff.

Ann Wheatley

While holidaying from Spain we were invited by family to visit Chequers and also Slaugham. We thought the food and service with Claire our host 1st class and can't wait for our next visit. Also what a beutiful village.

Chris Billington

Recently went for a drive with my partner through the countryside in Sussex. During the trip we came accross 'The Chequers - Slaugham'. Set in a tranquil village we were attracted by the initial appearance of the pub which is well kept and manicured. Entering the Pub we were greeted by the manageress - Karen. She provided us with hospitality rivaling that of a 5 star hotel. The menu was a pleasant surprise compared to that of an 'ordinary' pub. A little more upmarket and when the food arrived we were taken back by the presentation and quality of the food. Subsequently recommended this pub to a few friends, they too were blown away. Definately a hidden jewel tucked away just off the A23 by Handcross Hill.

Pam and Family

Had Christmas Day lunch, fantastic food, friendly service couldnt wish for better in a friendly comfortable Country Pub. Good luck to Karen and David.

Janine Lowrie

My husband and I recently had dinner at this beautiful little pub and it was outstanding. The venue itself is really romantic log fires and ambient lighting. The food itself was amazing to start we had duck spring rolls and crayfish pate and for main I had fish and chips and my husband a very large burger. This isnt no pub food. All was served to us like it was a top restaurant and all of the food tasted amazing. The young lady serving us called Karen is now co manager of the pub and her customer service is fantastic she was very jovial and didnt mind having a chat. I understand her partner is the head chef. This couple make a great team and it shows in the service and the food. Put this place on top of your must visit list.

Stephen Wilson

What a jewel of a pub! We had a wonderful lunch for 6 last Saturday. Great food and excellent service. We will definately be sampling their Christmas menu. Can't wait!


My wife and I found the Chequers by chance, having lost our way off the A23. The welcome we received was both warm and friendly, and the food far exceeded our expectations. We are both looking forward to getting lost again soon.

D J Hills

I rarely venture out into the countryside and was thrilled to find the Chequers at Slaugham. After a lovely walk around the lake and surrounding countryside we sat by the fire with a great bottle of wine then moved to our table for a truly excellent meal. Apparently the managers and chef are new but we never would have guessed. The new chef is outstanding and the service was charming and absolutely without fault. So impressed were we, that we are taking the entire family for dinner on Christmas day and I suspect, many times in between!

John Brownfield

Went to the Chequers last week and was very pleased with the service and especially the food. Karen and David (who used to be the chef at Royal Oak, Poynings) have recently taken over. Will be back again soon.


I was bitterly disappointed last night when taken for what should have been a birthday treat to the Chequers. it always used to be such a top class restaurant but it has obviously been taken over recently and the service and food were absolutely awful! Waited 45 minutes after ordering to be told they had forgotten what we ordered and could we tell them again. The meal that eventually followed was practically inedible. Who could possibly eat a steak that tasted off and very bland accompanied by boiled cabbage and chips! The final insult was the measly £18 they knocked off the bill because we couldn't eat the food. Never again!

Jan Ridge

My memory of the Chequers was always of excellent food, wine, welcoming atmosphere and knowledgable staff, a place to go for a special occasion. How bitterly disappointed was I with my meal last Saturday night. My sister had booked a table x 16 for my nephews 21st. We sat down to eat at 1930, after ordering one choice of starters was not available, the wait for our main was over an hour. When it did arrive this was the most inedible meal I have ever been served. The staff apologised & said the kitchen had struggled this evening. Why take a booking x 16 on a Sat night? At least x 12 of our group were unable to eat the main, so not just one person being fussy, but a poor quality meal. Poor customer service recovery from a Manager intent on profit than repeat business. A spoilt and disappointing evening, thank you The Chequers.

Roy Lewis

I concur with the report of Tony Gasking (02/11/2006). The waitress was excellent the rest - sufficient unto the day. Probably very good for large family outings with children. Unfortunately it lacks finess for the more discerning visitor.

Helen Clarke

What a delight - a wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere, catering for our family, including three young grandchildren, with such ease that we felt able to relax over a sumptuous family Sunday lunch - meat-eaters and vegetarians alike - the restaurant was full but that did not stop the food from a very interesting menu arriving in good time (and incredibly hot). It is quite a find and should definitely be a "must vist" list!

Graham Saunders

I have heard good things about the Chequers. I read the great review in the Mid Sussex Times and thought it was time to go and have a look. We really had a good time, fine food and great wine list. The service was stop on, with snappy knowledgeable staff. The Chequers in easily top three best Country Pub in Mid Sussex.

Nigel Davis

I am really surprised, What a really lovely experience. Great lay out the genuine engish experiences, real open wood fires, and nice atmosphere Attentive staff. The food was spot on. On par with the any thing in Sussex with a really good menu and extensive wine list. We had a meal with all the family, even the americans didn't complain. This has got to be on of county's best kept secrets.

John Fawssett

I used to eat not infrequently at the Chequers, but this was our first visir under new management. Recent comments to this site have been conflicting; but even if he came on a bad day in the kitchen, I find it hard to accept 02/11/2006 Tony Gasking's vitriolic review. Our party was well satisfied with the menu, prices, service, food preparation, and indeed the ambience. Though it may be that, in winter, extra tables are installed for Sunday lunch. Helen was in charge today, and the smiling Emily much in evidence, We will look forward to our next visit.

Peter Hawkins

I haven't visited Chequers for many years, so I can't comment on how it compares with recent history. If it was thought of as a 'gourmet' restaurant I probably would not have visited anyway! We had a late Christmas dinner for 18 people last night and I thought the food was excellent and plentiful as was the service.We had a 'special' menu for the group with plenty of choice for each course, and the option of having two or three courses.We will certainly add it to our list of places worth going to for family occasions.

Tony Gasking

What a tragedy. After 10+ years of gourmet occasions at the Chequers it has now been taken over. The premises has been vandalised and is now a tacky theme pub. The food menu is unexciting and the food itself lukewarm and tasteless. Tables have been packed in so there are no cosy corners but we aren't sure who they think their new customer base is; they seem lost. Such a terrible disappointment and such a shame to lose one of the few good restaurants in the region. The bar girl waitress was really very nice and could not have been more helpful but the atmosphere and the food have gone and we shall never return.

James Eliott

Had a supurb sunday lunch in the newly opened Chequers. Food great but service even better from a very smiley young lass called Emily. Keep up the good work !

Brett Norris Slaugham Resident

Latest update... The Chequers is now being run by Helen and Susan,who are part of the Zelgrain pub group (Brighton Area)They are very pleasant landladies and have reduced the menu prices already!!! Watch this site for food reviews....

David Wilson

A great pity and the loss of a superb restaurant. Booked the Conservatory and all rooms for our Golden Wedding celebration 1st/2nd April. Ray & Sheila could not have done more to make us welcome and provided an amzing menu. A wekend to remember.

Brett Norris ....Slaugham Resident

The Chequers is now being managed by new landlords David and Hayley. They were originally at the Wheatsheaf,Ellens Green,which already has a good reputation.... Watch this space... The Chequers has re opened 24th August 2006 and has had a complete makeover.

David Mortimer Hicks

Have not been to the Chequers for 10 months, always been excellent when Paul owned the business & Ray after him, I cant tell you the disapointment when i found out today it has closed. Ray is helping out at the Victory in Staplefield at this moment. And also the chef from the Chequers is currently working there as well.I will be having lunch at the Victory this Thursday lunch time,24th September 2006. Re Karen Lees comments 9/6/6 , It just shows you its not the Hotel that is good, its the staff who run it, what a shame.

Martin Varley, Chairman, The Slaugham Society

The Chequers Hotel closed in April. The owners of the business moved to nearby Staplefield to run 'The Victory' on the village green there. The Society understands that the owners of the building are attempting a sale to new operators but nothing is yet settled. One thing is certain, the restaurant, as it was, will not re-open.

Karen Leese

Have enjoyed many special occasions here, great food, hospitality & accommodation. However, they have closed recently and the new owners are not too friendly, total non interest when I asked to book a room for our wedding night, no reseverations being taken and their phone number no longer exists!

Lisa Derrick

I would not recommend this restaurant for a family celebration. Staff unfriendly and food poor for high prices.


My Family and Friends have eaten at Chequers so many times I've lost count...Place is friendly, staff are attentive had never had a bad meal. Food is excellent, especially beef wellie and the scallops, Oysters and are magnificent....!!

Mark Harrison

Went to The Chequers today - large portions, well cooked, well presented, and good service.I had the Tiger Prawns with Chili for starter, which was a lot less hot than I'd been expecting, but the main course more than made up for the disappointment. The salmon and asparagus were very well done (and, as others have mentioned, complete with larger-than-life portions). The passionfruit creme brulee is a must have, also.

Karen Hibbart

A menu presented personally with passion by Ray! The food is superb, varied and the seafood is always fresh. I would recommend the Chequers to anyone.

Kelly Elliott

When ever I'm out of London, and travel south I always make a special effort to visit the Chequers. The lobster and oysters are amazing, and the halibut is to die for!


Took a long time for my food to come when it did come it was cold. Not happy!

Laurence King

I eat at the Chequers regulary, always great portions of high quality food.

Steve Williams

We just had a superb night at the chequers on the recomendation of friends, great food, and a four poster suite, for what we would pay for just an average meal in London!

Carol Brown

The chequers is a small country hotel, as well as being a fantastic restaurant, serving seafood to die for.. I stayed for two nights and the food, sevice and atmosphere was perfect.

Clive Hancocks

One of my favourites. You must try the Steak & Kidney Pudding. Absolutely huge and the meat is so tender and lean. Challenge you to find better!

Steven Matthews

Probably the largest piece of fish I have ever eaten!

Stephen Newman

I can highly recommend the Chequers Chicken and their superb Prawn Cocktail!

August 2002

Wonderful atmosphere, superb menu, fantastic taste, Excellent service. What more could you want?