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The Chequers Inn, Fingest - pub details

Chequers Inn

Address: Fingest, Buckinghamshire, RG9 6QD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4981) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Saunderton (5.2 miles)

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A classic country pub in a stunning village situated opposite an eleventh century church. It is a Brakspear's establishment but a guest pint of Boondoggle from Ringwood was perfectly kept and our burger and fish and chips of excellent quality. A capacious beer garden and good service rounded off our lunch stop on a 10 mile round walk from West Wycombe.
BoehmBawerk - 23 May 2015 21:12
Ah, choice. The watchword of our post-Thatcher era. Patients now choose their hospitals, parents choose schools for their children. Giant supermarkets offer myriad choices on their shelves whilst simultaneously limiting our choices in other ways, as corner shops go under and the High Street slowly dies around us. But even with circumscription, choice is generally deemed to be a Good Thing, and its benefits have apparently spread far and wide. Everywhere, apparently, apart from the Chequers in Fingest, once a standard - albeit slightly upmarket - village boozer that prospered under a landlord with a passing resemblance to an extra out of a Richard Curtis comedy; now under the control of a young and slightly nervous couple who transformed the Chequers into a restaurant that serves beer. But not chips however - in a bowl, with salt and ketchup - as desired by three children and three adults who had finished a walk up and down a hill and were famished wanted a little something to accompany their drinks and keep them going until dinner proper. It is not as if the pub does not sell chips - it does and apparently in abundance, but only as an accompaniment to rather pricey main courses. "We don't sell chips by themselves" is the line. Sandwiches are on offer, but at £7 a pop for the cheapest (egg and cress) sustaining the troops snack-wise would have set the family back a cool £60 (including a v.cheap round of drinks) so we paid and departed, chip-less and still hungry.

Who can guess the motives for sustaining a business model that so blatantly denies customer choice? Perhaps our nervous twosome wanted to steer us all towards fillet steak, halibut and chateaubriand. Perhaps they simply hate and despise the kind of folk who fancy a bowl of chips after a morning walk as not the sort of customers they want to attract. Who can say? But whatever the reasons, the strategy didn't appear to be paying off. It was a Saturday lunchtime in the middle of August with the surrounding woods of dog walkers and cyclists enjoying the English summer. But in the pub, just a single gloomy red faced regular propped up the bar and a lone couple complained about the amount of chicken in their (£14) Cesar salad. And us, leaving, with a mental reservation to avoid an establishment that brazenly eschews its clientele by denying them the choice of something which is on the menu, but simultaneously is not.
jayjay500 - 17 Aug 2013 17:02
Popped in for a drink after a long day at work. I'd never visited before and really liked the place. Friendly bar manager and lovely big garden which we sat out in. Didn't get a chance to stay for food but would definitely consider returning to try their menu in the near future
Henleygirl - 17 Apr 2012 13:35
Absolutely fab pub and our hands down favourite. Food is second to none - beautifully presented upmarket gastro grub! Great menu and super staff who are all extremely friendly and welcoming. Would highly recommend coming here whether its sunday lunch with the kids and dogs or a romantic mid week dinner.
JojoBarr - 7 Oct 2011 16:10
This place is going upmarket and with prices to match. I visited recently in midweek. There is very little on the menu under 15. It was good but I would have liked to have seen a few less expensive offerings. There was only one beer on the day I went.
deano1 - 7 Oct 2011 14:13

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