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The Chequers Pub and Restaurant Ipswich

About the Chequers Freehouse

There has been a pub on the existing site for many years with the earliest mention being dated in 1769  with a reference to “Mr Samuel Turner Inn holder of Great Blakenham” which appeared in the Ipswich Journal on the 1st of April 1769.

The following is also a reference from the Ipswich Journal dated the 15th of October 1898 “John Levitt was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Chequers. William Rogers, the landlord, suspected that Levitt could not pay for the beer he had ordered and refused to serve him, whereupon he became abusive. Levitt was fined 2s 6d with 7s 6d costs

The Chequers sign is an ancient sign probably brought to England by the Romans. Later the sign became associated with a money table e.g. an exchequer or type of chessboard. Some pubs displayed the sign to indicate that they would change money or acted as bankers in some way.

Today the Chequers Freehouse is a Family friendly pub and restaurant with bar area, seated restaurant area and outside seating. Our food is mainly homemade and is very good value for money please see our reviews by clicking here

Gift vouchers in various demoninations available all year round contact us for more details.

The Chequers pub and restaurant is a Freehouse which means that we are not owned or "tied" to a brewery consequently we are “free” to offer a wide range of some of the best local, national and international ales, wines and spirits.

  • Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

  • Evening meals

  • Restaurant or separate dining

  • Traditional pub games available

  • Real fire

  • Dog friendly

  • Family friendly

  • Pub is accessible to disabled customers

  • Beer garden or other outside drinking area

The present landlord and owner is David Laing who has been at the Chequers for 23 years. Currently David is investing in the future of the Chequers by overseeing a significant refurbishment - modernisation and expansion of the premises to improve facilities for customers old and new. This has enabled us to increase the amount of seating within the pub restaurant furthermore we can now provide function rooms for Weddings and Parties etc. Plans are currently been put in place to create a new disabled toilet and our new kitchen. The image above was taken in the new upstairs extension.

As well as the Public House and very popular Restaurant The Chequers Freehouse also offers a professional Outside - Mobile bar service for any event throughout East Anglia and beyond, to find out more about our mobile bar please click here.

The Chequers Freehouse and restaurant


“Wow what a feast”

I don't think we have ever had better value food for the money. All the food was cooked fresh and was truly delicious.