The Chequers Rowhook

4.7
75 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to the Chequers Inn, a unique Sussex gastopub with featuring in the AA, Michilin and MasterChefs of Great Britain guides. We have an outstanding reputation for fine food, excellent wines and handpicked local ales.

Our menus are simple yet delicious. We offer a contemporary take on classic British and French-inspired cuisine, with every dish freshly-prepared in our country kitchen.

Whether you're visiting for a pint in the bar, a meal in our elegant dining area, or a relaxed lunch on our vine-clad terrace, we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 75 people are saying
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SallyP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleasant and Covid-safe in the courtyard. Delicious food, good choice of real ale. Friendly staff, all great.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I have two comments regarding the food
1. The amount of fries on the ham and eggs was over the top which was hiding the fact that the quantity of ham was lacking.
2. The pastry at the base of the apple tart was overcooked to the point that it was almost impossible to cut.

On a positive note, the liver was perfectly cooked and the accompanying jus was very tasty.

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WillS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I’m never disappointed when ever I visit this pub. Best food in the Horsham area I think. Friendly attentive staff. Well done keep up the good work. Will from Brighton(Horsham)

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UlianaH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed my Sunday lunch, food was very fresh, very good portions.

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ShelleyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed and cosy vibe. Table was a bit of a squeeze to get our legs under, but other than that I can't fault our evening. (Puddings were a great size portion too!)

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ColletteB
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely country pub with excellent menu, will definitely go back as we were spoilt for choices. Several dishes that we’d like to try. Lots of outside space and plenty of off road parking.

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MargaretB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with everything on our first visit to The Chequers

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PeterB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service, excellent food, helpful staff. Good parking.

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maryb
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great quality and choice, very friendly and superb service. Highly recommend.

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ChrisL
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food as always upto scratch. Service friendly, knowledgable & attentive. We’ll return again.

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Toptips
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a wonderful spot in deep countryside where people put in a lot of effort to make your visit a special and enjoyable experience. The food is cooked for you and the menu is varied with a wide variety of choices. The desserts are exceptional.

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Princess1
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

This was a crowded restaurant at 7.30pm on a Saturday night. The service was not up to previous standard. We waited ages to get a drink initially and were told when the drink did arrive that we could not place our food order yet. We had to call someone over to place our food order. The food was very good despite this.

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JanetA
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as usual and staff so nice and friendly.

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BOBB
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to have an evening there. Excellent grub and very nice people.

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SerenaC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual. Thanks for a great dinner! See you guy again.

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mikeh
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal, great service. All food was perfect, Service was attentive without being intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal, food was really well presented, amazing flavours & great service , will definitely be back . Top recommendation.

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AngelaT
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic celebration was made even more specail by the superb food and service we recieved. Thank you very much.

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VivienC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had the Sea bass and it was beautifully cooked, although I had a little trouble getting all the bones out . My husband had the liver and he said it was excellent .
We shared a starter and the chef kindly put it onto two plates which was very kind .
The staff were extremely attentive and friendly.
It was very quiet in the dining room and we do prefer a noisier, happy atmosphere which I know is not liked by everyone .
On the whole, we had a lovely experience.

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UlianaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, not overpriced and delicious. Would highly recommend.

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vipDavid
London
99 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty pub in a scenic village. Great service and excellent food

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ColinE
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ended up sitting inside for lunch which was our choice. There were only two men having lunch and we were given a table right next to them. Thinking it would get busy but it didn’t. Food was good, service very slow but don’t know whether it was because they were very busy with garden diners

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pub Sunday roast for years coupled with excellent service. Highly recommended.

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Egbuno
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A good example of a gastro-pub with better than average food. The home-made bread and the home-made apple pie were both extremely good (leave room for dessert, as they don't show you the dessert menu on arrival but it is the strongest part of their offering.)

Low beams, so not tall-person friendly and the chairs (old, wood) look better than they feel to sit on. Possibly as a result of Covid policies it felt draughty and on the cold side, although the hot food came on commendably scorching-hot plates.

The draught bitter was well kept and the wine list, although quite short, offered a thoughtful selection at fair prices. I would be happy to (and probably will) return.

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Littlebrownmouse
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff. Food was good and hot. We had the ham egg and chips and it had good flavour and generous portion size.

I’d go back. The menu looked interesting and the food we saw at other people’s tables looked good too.

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ChristineO
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I must compliment the serving staff on there response to my husband’s behaviour. He has Dementia and was having a bad day. They were very considerate and helpful.
Well done to them.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was very good. Tender and well cooked roast beef with super vegetables and calves liver was excellent. The service let them down. The staff were all lovely but we got forgotten several times - they always apologised but it was disappointing. We would have had dessert but the order wasn’t taken so we just asked for the bill. It wasn’t all that busy so I think it was just not managed particularly well. I hope that someone learns from this review and puts it right because we would love to go back.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed the beef sirloin roast lunch. Beef was great, as were the selection of vegetables. Yorkshire pud was a bit crisp but the tasty gravy helped with that!

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JuttaG
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good pub food, well cooked with friendly service. We have been here before, and we will come back!

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Foodfan
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fab food as always. Four stars instead of five as would have preferred brioche bun with my burger

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chequers is our favourite place to eat. The food is always brilliant quality, with an interesting menu. The portion size good. The staff are very friendly and go the extra mile- three of us shared a desert and they split it between us, giving a perfect individual serving- wonderful.

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Niblick
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very reliable food, intelligent pub menu. An excellent owner chef who mixes proper pub classics with some more complicated dishes. Unfortunately the latter are rarely cooked well in most gastro- pubs and they ignore the former, with the exception of the ubiquitous burger and fish and chips.

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lepidus
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food well cooked and presented
Service was good with a pleasant waitress
Wide selection for each course

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champagne
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely fresh colourful fish salad, my friend had the cheese tartlet which was so light .
A good wine list. The girls serving were very attentive and pleasant.

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GemmaS
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very very nice pub. Very pleased to have discovered it, will be back as great service, nice food and lovely settings. Staff were very friendly.

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RichardK
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world charm in a quiet pub
Great food, beer and service, and good value for money. Will definitely go again

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jandg
West Sussex
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent "gastro pub" experience". We had main courses (liver, pork cutlets) and desserts, and found it all tasty and satisfying. I enjoyed the Harveys bitter. The service was friendly and efficient, and our table was inside with a nice ambience. Only thing is that the floor was uneven and it took us a little while to get the chairs and table level and not rocking - the (small) price you pay for eating in a historic building, I guess.

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Gilly
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening for our 54th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We would thoroughly recommend The Chequers.

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richard
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place , good food and friendly staff. All good

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Musicalriver
London
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is food of the highest order, you would have to go a long way to find a pub, or even a restaurant with food this good. Original and interesting menu and side dishes that mean something rather than the standard 'extra' to make money out of. Service was also excellent, hosts who care about their customers, personalable and engaging.

FAQs

The Chequers Rowhook offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01403 790480.

The Chequers Rowhook is rated 4.7 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.