Back Your Boozer: Chequers is focal point in Swinford

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The Chequers in Swinford is recognised for its real ales, being Cask Marque accredited and listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for many years.

For the past 26 years it has been in the trusted hands of licensees Chris and Brian Priest, both following on family traditions in the licensed trade.

It currently features a selection of three real ales, including a mild from the local Dow Bridge Brewery in Catthorpe, a regular bitter and a rotating guest ale.

The Chequers has always been the focal point of the village something which has probably lapsed slightly during present austere times and cheap supermarket alcohol, but with numerous village pubs closing it is more important than ever local pubs get your support.

During the summer, a beautifully decorated and furnished marquee provides a venue for functions, such as wedding receptions, christenings and birthday parties for up to one hundred guests. The marquee is also used for music nights of varying genre and their annual summer beer festival; one of three held annually, it also houses numerous village community events

It has a table skittles area running through a bar into the lounge area which can be reserved for functions and meetings. Being a traditional village public house, The Chequers caters for all ages including a large garden with children’s play equipment.

There are also traditional pub games including table skittles, which is used by the pubs three teams also darts, dominoes, and card games of crib and solo are played regularly, weekly quiz nights and numerous other events, make up the social scene of the Chequers

The Chequers is also renowned for its worm charming championship held annually in May, its firework display and forthcoming Easter Sunday children’s egg hunt.

A number of fundraising projects have been held at the pub, which have seen £1,000 being given to the air ambulance, £100 to Help for Heroes and £50 to Water Aid. The pub has now launched a £2,000 project to fund a community accessible defibrillator based in the village.

With numerous village pubs closing it is more important than ever that The Chequers and others like it benefit from continued support – both locally and nationally.