We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Bad choices spoiled a good meal”

The Chequers at Loose
Reserve with OpenTable
The Chequers at Loose is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #28 of 350 Restaurants in Maidstone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 24
Cuisines: British, Pub
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Came to enjoy dinner for the first time at our nearest pub, and looked forward to it, given the mostly good reviews.
The start was chaos, with no-one obviously in charge of seating us ( we had booked a table). eventually went to the bar where one of the barmaids checked her computer and showed us to a table, distributing menus.. There we waited about ten minutes before getting any recognition that we existed.
Omce ordered, the starters came quickly and were excellent. Two of us had the fried whitebait, which were excellent.
The real problems came with the fish and chips main course, a litmus test meal for any pub. Some one at the chequers thought it would be cool and trendy to have relatively small square plates for the main courses. The only problem with this decision is that most pub food, including our fish and chips, is far too big for trendy little square plates. As a result the fried fish arrived on top of the chips, rendering them all soft and greasy.
The fish portion was generous, but the chips were dreadful The place needs to spend some money and buy some proper round plates.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank raetzelman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (293)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

21 - 25 of 293 reviews

Reviewed 20 March 2018

Went for Sunday lunch friendly service . We had the Sunday roast beef. Beef a bit chewy and The whole meal was not very hot. Other that I enjoyed it but my husband and sister in law did not. We had dessert but again mine was Luke warm I had the white chocolate bread pudding which I must say was delicious. I mentioned to the waitress at the end of the meal that my dessert was not warm she apologised and said I should have given it back and they would have warmed it up, but not the point it should not ha e been served that way in the first place.

1  Thank Jacqui H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Great food. Great service. Staff very chatty and inviting. Love the chilli garlic prawns. Definitely will go again

Thank Sarah C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Went for Birthday 20 people.Staff helpful.But pub /Restaraunt packed.
Beer good, Food good large portions,Found Quite expensive for a pub.
Would go again

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank DAVID G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Shawbeekins, Owner at The Chequers at Loose, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you David G

So to confirm

Helpful staff
Busy restaurant
Good beer
Good Food
Large Portions
Would go again

Thank you David G

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We visited Chequers on Saturday for dinner with friends. When we arrived the pub was packed, I find it a bit intimidating walking through a packed pub but what a lovely bunch of people they were. We were shown to our table and then we ordered our starters which came promptly then our mains came out and everyone was really happy with their choice except me. I can only assume it was a one off with mine and when the waitress asked us if everything was ok and I was honest and told her I hadn’t enjoyed mine and all I can say that the service we had at the start remained right through till we left. I was given a refund on my main and I can honestly say this has not put me off going back. The Chequers is a beautiful pub/ restaurant and all the staff extremely helpful and friendly. Will definitely go back for another visit soon.

Thank Caron L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Chequers at Loose also viewed

Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone
Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone

Been to The Chequers at Loose? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing