The Chequers Tavern, St. James

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Chequers Tavern is one of several small St. James' pubs and it's usually the quietest in this neck of the woods - there's much more chance of getting a seat, should you feel the need for one. It gets the basics right, with well-kept real ales and a simple but cheap food menu. The service is also very good and they clearly take pride in running their pub, with good advice on drink (which you can sample before purchasing) and they regularly clean the brass at closing time. It's an old place, apparently dating back to 1666, and the pub gained its name from the coachmen who whiled away their time drinking ale and playing chequers on the steps of the pub, waiting for their masters to finish enjoying their evenings elsewhere. Nowadays the pub is mostly frequented by people who work in the offices hereabouts, a mixed bunch that don't always contribute to an amiable and relaxing pub atmosphere but they rarely linger for long. Whenever we're in these parts, we usually pop in, because the Chequers Tavern is a good, solid, dependable boozer.
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01 Mar 2012
Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
It's a busy pub in Mayfair but very "compact". The ale was good and three were on when visiting - Deuchars and Flying Scotsman were good. The staff were a bit morose and could have helped the atmosphere considerably if they'd smiled more?
Plenty of food on sale from baguettes to larger meals and the location opposite Christie's means a fair deal of wine is guzzled and there's a neat labelling system on the bottles to ease ordering.
Standards are generally good and the pub is well presented if a little dark.
Good but small and would have scored higher if the service was happier and more welcoming.

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16 Duke Street, St. James, London, SW1Y 6DB
020 7930 4007
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