Welcome to the Chequer Inn, which has been a landmark for nearly six hundred years and still acts as a very popular meeting place today.
This attractive and historic inn offers today's traveller a warm welcome, delicious homemade food, fine wines and an award-winning cellar. Indeed, we are proud to offer the finest ales, and we support local breweries, a fact that brings enthusiasts from miles around.
The Chequer Inn is a historic 15th Century Coaching House believed to date from around 1440. Apart from supplying accommodation and a change of horses for passenger or mail coaches The Chequer Inn has also acted as a Court House, Jail, Auction Room, Post Office, Cornoner's Inquest office, Trading Post and an important local meeting place. For many years The Chequer boasted a 25 foot mahogany dining table and played host to many a banquet of mutton, beef, pigeon, and pheasant.
In the 19th Century accommodation was provided in eight chambers ranging from gentlemen's rooms with curtained four-post beds to the drovers' quarters containing straw beds or palliases. Servants also lived on the premises, usually numbering around six according to the inn's documents from this time.
During this period the Chequer consisted of a Smoking Bar and a Gaming Room. Teas were also served in the more genteel Lower Saloon and cock fights were also held at the inn.
The inn today retains many of its original features, including open fires and intriguing timber-framed architecture which reflect its fascinating 500& year history. Home-cooked food is served in the dining room, or near to the open log fire in the Saloon Bar, along with a good selection of fine wines and local and award-winning ales. A 100 year old snooker table is also available in the billiard/snooker room, and we have large screen plasma TVs in the Public Bar for popular sporting events.
All of these features combine to make a memorable visit or stay in one of the oldest and finest inns in Sussex.
The Chequer Inn offers overnight B&B accommodation including a family room, a double room and a twin / single room. All rooms at The Chequer Inn have en-suite shower facilities.
The Chequer Inn offers a wide selection of delicious, homemade food. We are proud to support local suppliers for our meat, fish, vegetables, salad and bread wherever possible.
The Chequer Inn provides a hub for the local community and we regularly organise events and entertainment.
We have a number of live bands playing in the near future including the local legend Willie Austen as well as The Horizontals and The Sepedboatz.
The Chequer Inn boasts an impressive ¾ size antique snooker table. This recently re-surfaced and restored snooker table is available to all paying customers.
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This page was last updated: 07 February 2012