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Chequers (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildExcellent1
Dark Star - DarknessExcellent1
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden AleExcellent1
Five Points - Hook Island RedExcellent1
Redemption - TrinityExcellent1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESBGood1
Adnams - Cashmere IPAGood1
Wild Card - Jack of ClubsGood1
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Southwark - Mayflower Pale AleNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Buxton - Moor TopNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - Resistance Dark MildNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Moor - Illusion (Black IPA)Not Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's RunnerNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Kohinoor Jubilee Commonwealth Indies Pale AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdNot Tried0
Greene King - YardbirdNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Chequers, Walthamstow, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

17 Sep 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime, for a quick pint to wash down a pie & mash lunch at Manze’s nearby.
Adnams - Cashmere IPA4.70GoodPale gold in colour and Adnam’s have gone the full citrus here.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Southwark - Mayflower Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
10 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Somehow ended up in here with a couple of friends after a long day out in Peterborough.
Dark Star - Darkness3.50ExcellentA rich, black, Poter-ish beer with hops.
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00ExcellentBittersweet, fruity and strong.
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Yardbird4.00Not Tried
10 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. The pub is rather quiet and has a nice, laid-back atmosphere. A large room at the rear has been brought into use since my last visit (and it has a Scalextric track for customer use) plus the garden has been beautified.
Redemption - Trinity3.00ExcellentHard to resist this pale gold, low-strength, full-flavoured beer.
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60ExcellentJust a half of this vanilla-flavoured mild.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
19 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
First time I have been in these parts in daylight for a while, and I see that the pub’s ground floor fascia has been stripped away to reveal some old Meux Brewery signage.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESB5.20GoodSlightly sweet, full-bodied, malty, ESB-style bitter.
Wild Card - Jack of Clubs4.50GoodMy understanding is that Wild Card are still brewing their beers at Brentwood Brewery, whilst their permanent Walthamstow base is developed. This is a good, traditional bitter with bitter hop and a firm malt base.
Summer Wine (SWB) - Resistance Dark Mild3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Moor - Illusion (Black IPA)4.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's Runner4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Kohinoor Jubilee Commonwealth Indies Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
08 Mar 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I missed the re-opening night party the night before, but made up for lost time tonight. Antic are working their usual magic here and the pub is almost certain to be a success given its prime location in the middle of Walthamstow Market. In typical Antic style, it has the look of a place where the builders did a bunk midway through the restoration.
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden Ale3.80ExcellentGolden in colour and temperament. Great, fruity, hop taste.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50GoodA nice, dark, fruity and slightly roasty bitter.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Buxton - Moor Top3.60Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried

About the Chequers

The pub sign. Chequers, Walthamstow, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Walthamstow, Greater London, E17 7BX.

A high street pub that was present here by 1699 and was at the heart of Walthamstow civic society for many years, acting as courtroom and meeting place. Destroyed by fire in 1791, it was quickly re-built and by the mid-nineteenth century it was tied to the Thorne Brewery of Nine Elms, passing later to Meux and eventually to Ind Coope. This was the place to which the Kray Gang, who had a close association with the pub in the 1960s, fled immediately after the shooting of George Cornell at the Blind Beggar in 1966. The pub is well known for having the stroke of the letter ‘Q’ on the wrong side, in the large, engraved lettering which adorns the front of the pub. Closed on police advice in July 2012, the pub re-opened on 7 March 2013 after acquisition by the Antic Pub Co. Antic did not hold the lease for long, and the pub is now run on a similar basis by an independent company. It is spacious, with a variety of seating possibilities. Outdoor seating to side and rear.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E17 7BX