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5.3 /6 Excellent 123 Reviews

Chequers Inn

Walton European, British £££ +100
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About Chequers Inn

Like a pub you might imagine in an idyllic fairytale world, Chequers Inn is a cosy fixture situated in rural north Yorkshire’s charming village of Bilton-in-Ainsty of the Borough of Harrogate . Serving up delicious British pub fare, plus some gourmet specialties, this lovely pub and inn on Church Street delights visitors with its charming atmosphere, its outdoor seating for warm summer days, and of course, its ample selection of flavourful ales and delicious eats.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 20:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Chequers Inn, 1 Church Street, YO26 7NN Wetherby

Further Information

From traditional Sunday lunch, with entrees such as honey roast ham and roasted pork belly, to light bites such as the salt and pepper squid rings, Chequers Inn on Church Road in Bilton-in-Ainsty has a bounty of flavourful British specialties on offer for the pub’s hungry guests. And it’s not just restaurant guests you’ll find at this rural Harrogate restaurant and pub – Chequers Inn has its very own accommodation, with three different rooms available to book. Additionally, this classic North Yorkshire pub has numerous events going on, from its very own beer festival to classy wine and seafood dinners, drawing in visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond.

Open every day of the week, Chequers Inn is always bustling and teeming with excitement, no matter what the hour. Take a gander at the evening menu and choose between entrees like fresh east coast haddock, the Yorkshire 10oz ribeye steak, and the pub’s very own steak and guinness pie – a hearty, filling selection complete with your choice of roasted vegetables, chunky chips or creamy mash. Indeed, the English cuisine at Chequers Inn is hefty and satisfying, just like pub fare should be. Book your table now for an evening at this traditional tavern in Bilton-in-Ainsty, west of York in rural Harrogate.


123 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 123 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Noise: mute
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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4 reviews so far 6
10.08.2017 11:19

excellent Sunday roast, the beef was beautifully pink, good service and comfortable surroundings - what more could you ask for - well it was also good value. Overall a first class dining experience.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 15:11

We have dined at many restaurants in this area but yesterdays meal at The Chequers was superb. A total birthday treat - compliments to the Chef

9 reviews so far 6
08.07.2017 07:39

The food was exceptional To say the portions were plentiful is an understatement but yet the cuisine leans more to gastro than pub grub. I would highly recommend you try the Chequers for something other than Sunday lunch which is mightily impressive Well run with polite but friendly staff. Go there you will not be disappointed!!

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 10:32

Very nice choice , hot food served, service good without being too intrusive. Nice relaxed atmosphere , brought guests who really enjoyed the meal and would return

3 reviews so far 5
31.08.2015 23:14

Our group of four travelled to The Chequers Inn on Bank Holiday Monday for an early evening meal. They apparently had a very busy lunch time session and two of our original choices were not available from the menu, fish and chips and "not so famous" steak and ale pie. Must have been good to run out by 5.30. Nevertheless, all of our new choices were excellent and more than met our needs. Good team of staff were on hand at the bar and in the restaurant

3 reviews so far 6
19.09.2015 21:56

Great food and service. This is a lovely country pub, where you are made to feel very welcome. The food is varied, interesting and good value. The ambience is lovely. We chose from the special menu and the regular one and we weren't disappointed. The pork and haggis fritters was delicious and the sweet potatoes that accompanied it were very tasty. The roast Guinea fowl was excellent too. The burger, chips and onion rings was very tasty indeed - lots of beautifully cooked chips and a choice of cheese with the burger. We were too full to have dessert, so we will have to return and sample those.

9 reviews so far 6
13.12.2016 11:19

We visited the Chequers on Sunday for lunch after reading excellent recommendations - it certainly was one of the best Sunday lunch meals we have ever had ..... the menu was versatile and the food divine .... so much so that on settling the bill - I booked for this Sunday coming too. The staff were so lovely - friendly and efficient - the service was fast. The venue is a super country village style inn which is welcoming and warm - please give this place a try - we will be frequenting for sure.

1 review so far 5
28.01.2017 10:29

Chequers Inn was excellent - the two of us had pre-booked and enjoyed a cosy and delicious dining experience with generous portions of excellently cooked sunday food (we didn't have a dessert). There was a mix of families and couples in when we went and everybody seemed able to dine happily. Service was attentive too. Thanks!

3 reviews so far 6
01.11.2015 12:30

Another lovely meal at The Chequers. The quality of the food was excellent. I had salmon on a pea and mint risotto, which was delicious. The warm mushroom, cheese and crouton salad to start was excellent, too. The menu choice is great here and there were several dishes we all decided sounded tempting. I couldn't resist the salted caramel tart for dessert and would highly recommend it. Great service too and all at a reasonable price. We will come here again.

4 reviews so far 5
07.09.2015 08:04

First time at this restaurant and was very pleased. I went with my wife and 2 children and the setting was lovely. The food was very good and the portion sizes were very generous and reasonably priced. I went on a Sunday evening and they only do a Sunday lunch menu mainly of a roast type for mains but various starter options. I will definitely be going back to try out the full menu at some point in the near future.

1 review so far 5
10.09.2015 09:19

Excellent choice of food and also Italian menu.Could not manage a starter as the main meals were large. Had to wait a little while for the meals as there was a large number of people in the restaurant and only 2 serving.Good choice of meals that could be adapted to make them gluten free. The men said the beer was on form and the ladies could recommend the large choice of gins. Tom was delightful as always.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 15:26

Lovely friendly welcome when we arrived. Quick efficient service at the bar. Our order was taken from a table we were sat at in the bar and then shown to our table when our starters were ready. Food was well presented and of excellent quality. Service staff were very good and helpful with any requests we had. We will most certainly return.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 23:18

Visited for a 50th birthday treat. It was a Thursday night, so relatively quiet, but the food was absolutely excellent. Considering I only saw one person doing the hostess service, her attention to detail and politeness was remarkable given how difficult it must have been to serve that number of people single-handedly. Always consistently good food and service &would highly recommend

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 21:36

Lovely food and attentive service. The menu offered a nice variety and some wonderful additions were available on the specials board. The Chequers Inn is to be thoroughly recommended.

1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 19:11

Really good atmosphere in the pub, good attentive staff. The chef catered very well for my wife's food intolerances. Our friends said they really enjoyed the evening. One of our guests rated her goats cheese salad as the best salad she had ever had,so that says a great deal. Thanks for a great evening. Jim B.

1 review so far 6
09.08.2015 15:01

It is worth making the 70-mile round trip for the excellent food and service at Chequers Inn. Always good, they haven't failed us yet. Good beer too!

1 review so far 6
22.12.2015 15:52

Went to the Chequers for a business Christmas lunch, 3 of us had the Christmas menu (duck, gorgeous) the other ten had either the burger or the sausage and mash. All of us commented on how beautiful the food was, the staff were excellent and we will be back!

1 review so far 5
08.10.2015 13:06

An enjoyable meal with plenty of choice for Coeliacs (i.e. me). My wife and I had different dishes and we both found each course well prepared and presented and tasted delicious. I believe ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Service was friendly and relaxed. Price about right for the quality.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 08:16

Very good food - from the fine side of cooking e.g. Twice cooked cheese soufflés - to more standard fare done very well and with finesse e.g. Lamb chops, gammon God choice of wine, good draught ale and good service.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 14:55

Excellent food and service as always. A few of our party had the steak pie which is famous (not nearly famous) as the menu states as it is the best pie available. The Beer was also on top form. Cheers

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 21:23

Great atmosphere, excellent food, very warm welcome. Highly recommend if you're looking for good quality pub food. The portions are generous, we ordered starters and couldn't finish our main courses. We'll definitely be going back and recommending to friends!

1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 12:28

Really accessible (halfway between Wetherby and York). The bar is very welcoming, our room was very clean and comfortable, the food was excellent (massive portions!) and the service from all staff was superb. Very pleased and will definitely return.

2 reviews so far 6
28.05.2016 17:01

Can recommend the food been before . Took friends who haven't and they were very impressed . The food was good , puddings excellent . Staff very professional and attentive . Overall a very nice Saturday afternoon out .

1 review so far 5
20.08.2016 11:19

food is second to none dinner and breakfast were excellent. room 3 really let it down smallest room ever had tv on wardrobe which you can't watch as picture is terrible. tea tray not great shower brilliant. staff are excellent and the breakfast man spot on.

4 reviews so far 6
04.07.2016 09:42

Lovely bar setting, good food and friendly service - what more can you ask for - well it is also dog friendly and takes the Gourmet Card and the discount make it even more value for money

3 reviews so far 5
17.07.2016 12:46

Warm welcome, super new menu and good choice of wines. A great country pub with excellent food and a decent car park. Do try the bread and butter pudding with white chocolate. It's not too sweet or rich and rounds off a lovely meal.

1 review so far 6
05.08.2016 22:21

Fab food,great atmosphere, friendly helpfull staff. Visited here last year and could not wait to return. Will definatley recommend to friends visiting the York area. We travelled from the other side of York to eat here.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 19:12

Lovely family meal this afternoon, the staff were friendly and the sharing platter Sunday roast was a hit with everyone!.. (Best roast I've had out in a long time) we will definitely be back again

1 review so far 6
08.11.2015 17:13

A gloomy day what better way to cheer yourself up than by having a wonderful Sunday lunch at the chequers inn,large portions,good service,welcoming atmosphere and great value for money..will definitely be repeating the experience again!!!

1 review so far 6
05.09.2015 15:37

Myself and four friends visited here again~~~the food was excellent,service very good [young staff, very polite and friendly], in fact we have already booked again for next month.We are already looking forward to that evening.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2015 15:20

Stayed one night in this delightful Inn , the staff were really friendly . Couldn't fault the food or anything about the accommodation. We would like to say thank you Tom for his help .

2 reviews so far 6
08.05.2016 17:42

Have been back here time and time again because the food is excellent. Service is spot on. It was unfortunate that grandparents had 3 extremely noisy boys in the restaurant which spoiled our Sunday lunch.

2 reviews so far 6
27.10.2016 12:47

Fab food great service . Will definitely go again and recommend to friends . Good selection for Sunday lunch . Belly pork and roast beef best we've eaten in a pub / Resterant .

2 reviews so far 5
05.02.2017 08:49

Good meal and service. The black pudding scotch eggs were rated as excellent and the steaks were very good. Our only complaint would be that one of our table asked for a ginger beer and was brought a ginger ale.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 09:42

The staff have changed since the last time I was at the Chequers. The food was the usual high standard and reasonable prices. The staff could have been a little more personable... efficient yes but the family friendliness was lacking

3 reviews so far 6
05.06.2016 15:43

Fabulous day to visit. Food was tasty and plentiful. Staff were attentive but not in your face which was lovely. Service was timely and presentation was super. All in all a fabulous meal.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2016 16:21

Had the champagne tea at chequers as a treat for myself and my wife. So much gorgeous food! And in a lovely setting as well, a brilliant way to pass the afternoon.

1 review so far 6
11.05.2016 08:02

We visit the Chequers on quite a regular basis and are never disappointed. Friendly, polite staff and great food and service - keep on doing this and we'll be back for more!

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 23:17

Great location, service and food genuinely couldn't fault anything here. Would have like to stay for a drink in the lovely beer garden but after three courses we were just too full!!

3 reviews so far 5
23.08.2015 10:07

Warm welcome, excellent service and great food and wine. Lamb's liver cooked beautifully and friends fish and chips equally delicious. Forgot to mention the squid rings as a starter were nice and crunchy, just as they should be.

3 reviews so far 5
12.10.2016 18:30

The food was really great, as usual and the service was attentive and efficient. A good choice of dishes. The steak pie is always a good choice. Our friends enjoyed the meal very much and we will return.

2 reviews so far 6
05.05.2016 13:34

Lovely Sunday lunch, food was amazing, we all enjoyed it, staff were good and helpful, would definitely return to eat there again, and a bonus of a 25% voucher for visiting

1 review so far 6
07.07.2016 20:15

Great tasting food. Great menu, I could have eaten anything and I am a fussy eater. Perfect setting, really nice and friendly staff. We will definitely be returning again and again!

1 review so far 6
03.11.2015 09:29

I thoroughly enjoyed the chequers Inn food was fantastic and will definitely be going again. The service there was so welcoming and the place itself had a homely feel to it

1 review so far 5
01.02.2016 13:57

We were shown to our reserved table when we arrived and received very good service. Excellent Sunday lunch. One of the best lunches we have had and will definitely return. Good choice of wines at reasonable prices.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 16:51

Very high quality food and a lovely pub. The portions were very generous and to be honest the quality of the cooking was a very pleasant surprise. Good value overall.

1 review so far 6
05.04.2016 11:51

A wonderful evening - excellent food and ambience. The menu has enough choice to suit all palettes and managed to delight the very different tastes of our party. Thoroughly recommend!

3 reviews so far 6
10.01.2016 20:15

Had a lovely evening. Food was fantastic, atmosphere relaxing and service brilliant.would definitely recommend trying chequers for a Sunday lunch or a special occasion. Thank you Tom and staff

1 review so far 6
30.11.2015 11:26

Great food and excellent service in a beautiful village. They are really accommodating to everyone's needs. Will most definitely be booking again and will recommend to friends and family.

1 review so far 6
09.09.2015 10:42

Food was good and service excellent and timely. The menu had a wide selection and overall was good value for money. The on line booking was quick and effective.