En­joy a Stay at This 16Th-cen­tury GEM, where Eat­ing well and re­lax­ing are paramount

Country Homes & Interiors - - CON­TENTS -

En­joy a re­lax­ing stay be­side the Thames at The Che­quers

With a his­tory that dates back cen­turies, the Che­quers Pub & Dining Room has long been a lo­cal drink­ing house in Mar­low, Buck­ing­hamshire, and still has its own tra­di­tional ale­house.

WE LOVE IT BE­CAUSE… It’s lo­cated in the heart of the bustling mar­ket town, yet just a few min­utes’ walk from the river val­ley mead­ows of the River Thames, mak­ing it the per­fect place to leave the con­fines of the car and ex­plore on foot. The town is also fa­mous as the place where Mary Shel­ley com­pleted her lit­er­ary mas­ter­piece Franken­stein.

BOU­TIQUE BOUDOIRS There are nine con­tem­po­rary bed­rooms, all de­signed by an in-house team us­ing a so­phis­ti­cated pal­ette of colour­ful fab­rics, bold geo­met­ric tiling and chic Har­lequin and Cole & Son wall­pa­pers. The in­di­vid­u­ally fur­nished rooms also fea­ture Feather & Black beds and high-pres­sure rain show­ers in the en-suite bath­rooms.

TIME FOR A TIP­PLE In the ground­floor bar you’ll find a wide se­lec­tion of wines, plus a spe­cially se­lected gin menu, while in the ad­join­ing build­ing, known as the Churchill Tap, there is an im­pres­sive choice of beers. With orig­i­nal beams made of ships’ tim­bers, this cosy space sells ales from Brak­s­pear and other lo­cal brew­eries, in ad­di­tion to in­ter­na­tional craft beers.

FEELING PECK­ISH The two dining rooms of­fer sea­son­ally fo­cused menus to de­light and ex­cite. Head chef Steven Styles is pas­sion­ate about us­ing lo­cally sourced pro­duce and the very best qual­ity cuts of 100-day aged, grain-fed beef, with steaks cut to size to or­der and pre­pared on the fea­ture butcher’s block in the main dining room. EX­PLORE THE AREA En­joy a day ram­bling along the banks of the River Thames to the award-win­ning Hig­gin­son Park or travel the river by ca­noe from nearby Hen­ley.

Take a stroll around Mar­low’s town cen­tre with its many in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques, vin­tage and an­tiques shops. Slightly fur­ther afield, you can visit Wind­sor Cas­tle, Sav­ill Gar­dens and Wad­des­don Manor. HOW MUCH? A dou­ble room costs from £90 per night for a mid­week stay, in­clud­ing break­fast.


Start your day with a good break­fast, laid out at the Butcher’s Block.

En­joy a drink at the Churchill Tap bar (be­low) be­fore you re­tire to your com­fort­able bed­room (bottom).

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