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Picture source: Movement80
The Chequers was situated on Wallingford Road
and is now used as an Indian restaurant.
Review from tantallon.org.uk:
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
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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)