SO the British summer sunshine has been as unreliable as usual then. With the rare sight of the sun’s rays comes the desire for a cheeky beer and al fresco dining.
Good job our region is dotted with fine establishments like Chequer’s Inn in Ranby then. Nestled in the peaceful countryside between Worksop and Retford, Chequer’s is a tranquil pub with riverside dining available (should the unthinkable happen and Notts gets a little warm). Not only that, but the interior of Chequer’s is a charming and traditional British country pub – complete with comfy plush seating and wooden furnishings but littered with the odd modern and chic little quirk.
Thursday night is steak night at Chequer’s – offering a 13 oz rump steak for just £9.95. It’s worth heading down just for that bargain alone.
But there’s much more to Chequer’s than just great value. The welcome I received was warm and friendly – as if I’d been coming here for years. Throughout my meal, the service was friendly and attentive, but staff always gave you the space needed to enjoy yourself. It struck me that this was the perfect venue for either a family gathering or something a little more intimate.
Rather than just your standard pub grub, the menu is brimming with a refreshing dose of imagination and nice little twists on classic dishes – especially the chef’s specials board.
The standard menu is crammed with great choices of chicken, curries, seafood, grilled meats and much more, but all eyes are naturally drawn to the specials board. The board boasts starters such as Thai prawns, asparagus crepes, stilton-stuffed mushrooms and more, as well as mains such as thai noodles, scampi and chorizo tagliatelle and Chequer’s famed sea bass with chilli and spring onions on a bed of creamy mash. I opted for the Thai prawns for an appetizer followed by a rump steak.
My starter was served swiftly and really hit the spot. The prawns were fresh, wholesome and meaty in a delicious light batter with herbs and served with a spicy Thai dipping sauce and light salad.
The rump steak was one of the thickest I’ve seen and was cooked to perfection.
It also came with awesome onion rings, mushrooms, peas, tomatoes and the chunkiest chips known to man – I think you can see them from space. They were very good indeed.
The steak could have done with a little peppercorn sauce, and I’ve got a weird pet peeve about receiving condiments in sachets (it just cheapens things a little) – but beyond that I can’t complain at all.
So whether or not the summer sun rears its head, you can always rely on high quality at The Chequer’s Inn.
By Andrew Trendell