Chequers Tavern

Thank goodness it’s Friday. What a week folks! Now on to my important task of the day, my pub review. I tell you, I really do enjoy putting in the hours in order to share my pub findings. The sacrifices are so worth it.

This week’s pub is Chequers Tavern, located in St. James on Duke Street. I’m rather late with this review, since we went there during the summer. If you look at the pictures you will see a plethora of Union Jacks on display. If you wonder why think back to the Olympics. Flags were everywhere. And then before the Olympics, think back to the Diamond Jubilee. It was a busy summer around these parts.

We met a friend at this pub and the reason we went was because our friend used to work at this particular pub many years ago. It seemed like the perfect place to get together and to reminisce about old times. As for the history of this pub, the building dates back to 1666. The name derives from all the coachmen who used to gather at this pub while their masters went to more fashionable establishments. The coachmen would not only enjoy a pint but they played chequers on the steps of the pub.

On the day I was there, the pub wasn’t that busy. We were able to sit at a table, enjoy some tipple, and have a quiet afternoon. People popped in and out. From what I saw, the patrons don’t linger long in this pub. If you are in the area and would fancy a drink I suggest this place. More than likely, you will be able to get a table, even though it isn’t very large. If you are not near the area, I see no reason to search this pub out. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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8 Responses to Chequers Tavern

  1. Northern Narratives says:

    I love your pub reviews. I’m glad you put in the time and effort just for us 🙂

  2. We do truly appreciate your exceptional sacrifice in finding these establishments and then putting in the long hours evaluating them. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Hours and hours…and then you have to sample the different types of beer. Thank goodness for half pints 😉 I hope you are doing well Robert. My thoughts are with all of those who suffered through Sandy and who now have to suffer through the cleanup process. So much devastation. Be safe on your photo excursions.

  3. lynnsbooks says:

    Oh, it must be simply awful for you, I don’t know how you can stand it, all that sacrifice of your personal time to bring us these reviews. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
    Ha, ha, I may sacrifice some time in a similar vein this very weekend.
    Have a good one.
    Lynn 😀

  4. That is one good review. One day, I hope to venture into one. Thanks.

  5. zelmare says:

    I like the history of this place, even if it’s not quite something spectacular. Love your pub reviews! 🙂

  6. Fergiemoto says:

    Thanks for another good pub review!

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