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The Chequers

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The Chequers was situated on Wallingford Road and is now used as an Indian restaurant.
 

 
Review from tantallon.org.uk:
Free House
I would not have credited it myself had somebody else mentioned it. Anyone who has been a first year student recently will remember Webster's Yorkshire Bitter, a sort of watered-down John Smith's that comes in dirt-cheap cans, generally to Meet The Freshers parties in some third year student's capacious room. You can get it in its cask version here, which is much better than the canned one. It's the only cask bitter they have.
They have a decanter of sweet sherry behind the bar as well. Pete, while waiting to order, overheard a woman opting for sweet sherry instead of Dry Blackthorn, because the latter was rather too dry and rough. I think we were the only people in there under fifty. This isn't always the case, or hasn't always been, because the photos above the bar are of the Chequers over and under 30 football teams, along with a blade from the first Wallingford pub regatta. I wonder if that's still going.
By way of entertainment, there's a blackboard on one of the walls not far away from a pair of cupboard doors mounted high up on the wall. Behind the doors lies not a dartboard but a fusebox. I suppose this would account for the lack of an oche.
The pub sign is mock heraldic with the head, wings and feet of an eagle sticking out of the sides of a chessboard. Intriguingly, the bottom-right-hand square is white, not black. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
(20.viii.1999)
 

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Sue Wright 1980s Worked here for the first half of the 1980's, My great grandfather use to run the pub back in the 1920's (Tom Paxford) my Grandmother, his daughter, use to play the piano here when she was young. (Sally Paxford-Garlick)