Sunday, 1 September 2013

New Opening Hours

New Opening Hours
We are approaching the end of our first three months and have decided to amend our heavily discussed and somewhat controvercial opening hours
Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday - Sunday 12.00 - 22.00 ish
Monday Closed

Cheers Ian

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Pie & a Pint

Pork pie, figit pie, pork + blackpudding, pork + chilli jam
With English mustard or Branston pickle

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Saturday 12.00 - 23.00 ish
Sunday 12.00 - 23.00 ish
Monday Closed as usual
Cheers Ian

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

HOWZAT Great Newsome Line & Length makes a century

Howzat Great Newsome Line and Length Golden Summer Ale gave us our first century of emptied casks. Thanks to all our wonderful customers who have enabled us to reach a 100 so quickly and how appropriate that it is a summer ale from one our local brewers after the weather we have been blessed with this first 2 months. Thanks again from Ian and the crew.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A great day has arrived.

With tears in my eyes I can confirm that we now have pork pies at Chequers. I realise that they have been slow in arriving but it has been a difficult decision. We have Beautiful pies from Huddersfield including pork, pork and chilli jam, figit pie and pork and blackpudding with others to come. Pies will be served with either mustard or pickle so a pie and a pint is now on offer. Cheers Ian

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Happy Birthday The Snug Micropub Carnforth

Well The Snug turned 1 this week and what a first year they have won Lunesdale CAMRA's Pub of the Year Award for 2013 and will be in the 2014 Good Beer Guide. They have been featured on Granada Reports and in Lancashire Life. Congrats on a great 1st year long may it continue. 
Cheers Ian


Olly is on the bar this lunchtime he is serving Cromarty Hit the Lip & Red Rocker Thornbridge St Petersburg Russian Imperial Stout 7.4 abv and Great Newsome Line & Length with more to come.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Some cracker jacks on today

Some cracker jacks on today
JARL by Fyne Ales of Argyle Scotlands new Champion
Ultra Pale Ale from Bristol Beer Factory
Amber Ale by Harbour from Cornwall
Jems Stout and Sleck Dust from Great Newsome

open at 12 Cheers Ian

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Plenty of refreshing pints on offer

After another busy Thursday and Friday we are enjoying the weather on Saturday with some cracking ales
Wold Top Scarborough Fair IPA 6.0
Great Newsome Jems Stout 4.3
Harbour Brewing Amber 4.0 all the way from Cornwall
Acorn Blonde 4.0
Otley No1 Champion Beer of Britain 2008 - Golden Ales 4.0

and there are plenty more to follow

Thursday, 18 July 2013

On the pumps

We have 4 local ales on at the moment
All Hallows Mischief MAker 4.0
Wold Top Mallard Premium summer Ale 4.0 and Headland Red malty bitter 4.3
M.U.D mild uber-dark by Big River 5.5
The 5th pump is an award winning cracker by Crouch Vale Brewers Gold a light thirst quencher 4.0

To come
Woldtop Scarborough Fair IPA 6.0
Oxford Ales 3B's Bitter
Magic Brew High Wire west coast pale ale 5.5
Hawkshead Red 4.2
The Wild Beer Co Scarlet Fever 4.8
Redwillow Peerless IPA 5.2
and the wonderful
Bristol Beer Factory MILK STOUT 4.5
Great Newsome
Jems Stout
Holderness Dark
Pigs Ear
and a guest ale from Ossett

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Hadouken is coming

On the bar at the moment is
All Hallows Ragged Robyn dark ruby 5.0
Magic Rock Curious Pale Ale 3.9
Moorhouses Premier Bitter 3.7
Redwillow Smokeless Porter 5.7
To come
Tiny Rebel Hadouken Amplified IPA 7.4
Thornbridge Ashford New world Brown 4.2
Oxfordshire Pride of Oxford Golden Ale 4.2
Great Newsome Line and length
Great Newsome Sleck Dust
Wold Top Mallard
All Hallows Mischief Maker 4.0

Friday, 5 July 2013

Trip Advisor

A very kind and excited recent visitor from Leeds has kindly set us up with a review. If you have recently visited us please feel free to join him.
Many Thanks to Jonathan W

Races & Forces Day

Here we go for another busy busy weekend good weather forecast a 2 day racing meeting and on Sunday forces day.
We will have Ales on from Great Newsome and Wold Top as usual including a double dose of Wold Gold as well as some crackers from Tiny Rebel Titanic and Thornbridge and many others.
I will try to list them later.

Sunday, 30 June 2013


Sorry for short notice but we will be Closed Sunday due a serious
Family illness we will re open on Tuesday at noon as usual.
Sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

Thursday, 27 June 2013


Sorry for short notice but we will be open as usual at 5pm if not before.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Now the Festival is over..

Well back to normal tomorrow after the folk festival we will be starting with:
Arbor Hoptical Illusion Pale Ale
Great Heck Dark Force Stout 5.4
Titanic Pier 54 US style Red Ale 5.4
Dark Star Partridge Best Bitter

To come Beers from Big River, Great Newsome, Wold Top and a return of the excellent Peg Fyfe Dark Mild from All Hallows Goodmanham

Micropub invaded by Newcastle Sword Men

We had a great day Saturday lots of regulars and visitors alike but the visit from The Sallyport Rapper Dancers was a real highlight. If you ever want to be invaded by guys brandishing swords these are the ones you want. Chequers is not the largest of venues but they certainly made the most of it.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Folk Festival is almost upon us

This weekend could be busy so please be patient with us. We have ordered extra glasses a cask of Thistly Cross sweet and additional boxes of  Moorlands including a tantalising rhubarb version.
On the Ale front Rooster Wild Mule IPA and All Hallows Gooders Gold will be leaving us.
With them at the moment is Ramsgate she sells sea shells, Wold Tops Anglers Reward and a welcome return for Great Newsome Jems Stout. Over the weekend we will have Ales from Gadds Goffs, Arbor, Thornbridge, Great Heck, Titanic, Wold Top and Great Newsome so plenty to look forward to.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Warlord seen off

The Warlord was finished off last night and the new All Hallows Gooders Gold was well received and Rooster Wild Mule 3.9 was enjoyed by many 2 or 3 more will come on today including Ales from Garden Ramsgate Brewery and Wold Top and we may see the return of the wonderful Jems Stout from. Great Newsome. Cheers.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The locals were drunk last night

We had 3 local beers on last night and all were polished off quickly.
We have. 3 great beers on
Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout 4.5
Thornbridge. Kipling 5.2
Thornbridge. Sequoia 4.5

To join over the weekend
Buxton Moortop 3.6
Purity Brewing Warlord 5.0

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Latest Ale News

We had 4 new ones yesterday 3 local and one from Barnsley

Wold Top
Headland Red 4.3 Vivid Red & Malty
Wold Gold      4.8 Golden easy drinking and going fast

Great Newsome
Jems Stout   4.3 Roasted Malt & Liquorice

Yorkshire Pride 3.7 Golden  session bitter

Open at noon today


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Updated Hours

We are going to open Tuesday to Friday at noon to 2 ish just trying how to update the image? Cheers

Monday, 10 June 2013

Open at noon

This week we will be open at lunchtime at 12.00 noon hope a few of you can join us.

New Facebook Page

Just set up Facebook Page and added some new photos
Just go to Facebook and look for Chequers Micropub

Happy Hoppy People!

Well the first weekend went like a dream lots of happy hoppy people.
Had a great crowd in Saturday night just like pubs used to be. Converted a few LAGER drinkers to Goffs White Knight and Sunday lunch session ended around 7.30. So much for 12-14.00 ish.
Will try to get some pics uploaded later.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

We are open!

The doors of Chequers Micropub Pub finally opened yesterday at 1.30 pm and we had a great session with most seats taken through to 11.00 pm. Plenty of new friends were made and the atmosphere was terrific. Thanks to all who made the first day so memorable including the visitors to Beverley from Bristol and Scotland. All 5 Ales took a hammering and all were well received.  We will be open for a lunchtime session at 12.00 today but the Dark Star Hophead and Thornbridge Jaipur might not last too long. Cheers

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Today is the Day

Still got plenty to do this morning but we will be open today.
Please be gentle with us it is only a small venue and and a lot of new ropes to learn. Look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks. The bar areas are all looking good but the first floor still needs work. The call for ale won through and the toilet tiling and flooring will have to wait. Cheers

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Saturday looks like D Day

On the stillage we have
All Hallows Peg Fyfe Dark Mild 3.6 abv
Dark Star Hop Head 3.8 abv
Buxton Moor Top 3.6 abv
Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9 abv
Great Newsome Jems Stout 4.3 abv
Acorn Yorkshire Pride 3.7 abv
Goffs White Knight 4.7 abv
and 2 more locals on the way
Wold Top Headland Red 4.3 abv
Wold Top Wold Gold 4.8 abv

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Getting Closer

First Ale and Cider deliveries are in so the countdown begins.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Off Our Heads

Sorry for the lack of information over the last few days but we have been putting in long hours to try to get open this coming weekend. The ground floor is almost complete but the first floor especially the toilets still require plenty of work.
The cellar cabinet is working but we can't put ale in as the chiller unit will only work at +5 to -5 when the casks want to be 9 or 10. We hope that can be resolved today and Ale orders can be placed.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Python, Pumps + Fire Alarm

Busy day yesterday with 2 important visitors with the bar being fitted with its pumps, valves and python and Chequers now looks like a pump. The fire protection system was fitted and tested and work progressed with the joinery. We are working on the cellar today so we can get the first stock in by the weekend. We still have lots of work to do on the toilets and kitchen but we are pushing on to our opening date. Cheers

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Proposed Opening Hours

Hi just put up proposed initial opening hours. These will be extended to include more lunchtimes and afternoons and the closing times on an evening will be decided partly by the demands of our wonderful customers and of course the hours of our licence. Cheers

Sorry guys but we will miss May deadline

Well the floor is down, the bar and upper bar is 80% complete and looking good, most of the painting is done but the tiling, cellar cabinet and python the Ladies & Gents and signage are still to be completed. We also have the task of getting in our first deliveries on wonderful Ales & Ciders. Can't wait.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

A Big Week

Well we didn't make the Bank Holiday dead line but plenty of progress has been made and down stairs is looking good. The flooring is down electrics and plumbing largely complete with only final touches oh and the minor detail of building the bar!! The first floor however still has plenty of work but we are pushing on as fast as possible. I. Will put more pics up this weekend. Light is at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to the team. Cheers

Sunday, 19 May 2013

All hands on deck

It is the final big push with lots still to do. Chiller unit for the cellar goes in today, flooring starts Wednesday and a big team in Monday & Tuesday. It's hard work but were still enjoying it. Can't wait for that first pint. Cheers

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Paint & Fittings

We have finished the plastering down stairs and the painting has started with a vengeance and light fittings, socket and switch covers are appearing. Plastering on the 1st floor is nearly done and we can start on the cellar cabinet and joinery. We are getting there if slowly!


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Light at the end of the tunnel

Another week of hard graft by all concerned and real progress has been made. There is light at the end of this very long tunnel. The build is taking longer than expected, as has every aspect of this project but we are really pleased with the results so far.
Plastering should be completed today and the dust cleaning, painting, staining and joinery can commence. More pics have been added to the website to bring you up to date.
We have put together a quick advert for the forthcoming Camra Pub Mirror with no opening date but the Blog will advise you when that long anticipted day arrives.

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Well we are still working hard but with such a small team and lack of space for tools, materials and additional workers I think we are still a couple of weeks away but will be open this month. So much interest, encouragment and support desperate for that first pint is fantastic. Cheers
ps click on the photo of Chequers for the pix of our progress.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

First light fitting up

Small victories push us forward. Putting things back in takes time if a standard is to be achieved but the results are well worth it. John the plasterer is back in today so the ground floor sould show some more progress today.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Munching Insects!!

After a well deserved break at the weekend and the disturbing news that the origional timbers in the roof had been visited by lots of visiting munching insects we are still pushing forward.
The timbers were retreated yesterday and may need additional support but the project moves on plastering downstairs, stud walls, electrics and plumbing upstairs. Today should see the completion of the steelwork for the stillage and hoist and the arrival of the balance of the sanitary ware.
The first pint draws nearer.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

2 Weeks of the build is over.....Added a few more Pix

The build is progressing well and the stillage has arrived a few more pics added of Day 13 & 14. Stud work and electrics again tomorrow.

Cheers Ian

Saturday, 20 April 2013

The build is going well and we have given ourselves a day off.

Well on target. Great little team driving the project forward. A few more pics of days 5&7 just click on the picture of Chequers Micropub. Thanks for all the visits and good wishes especially the Royal one from King Rat of Hartlepool.
Happy drinking Cheers Ian

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New Pics of Days 1-4 of the Build

Things are really progressing. Ripping out completed and the start of new electrics going in. Our small team are doing a sterling job. Opening edges nearer at last. Cheers.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

We are in and crowbars are flying.

Yes we finally got in and work has started with a vengeance. Pics to follow should be open 3 to 4 weeks. Cheers

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Should be in next week!

The saga goes on but I am confident we will be in next week. Work has started and the steel for the cellar cabinet may be in before next weekend. Lots to do now hope to be open in about 4 weeks.

Congrats To Gregg and Julie at The Snug  Carnforth, this excellent Micropub is officially the best pub in Lunesdale because the guys at their local Camra branch say so and they are having their presentation on Tuesday 9th April.

Just added a map I will set up a link to a larger version and add a slide show of some before pics.
Cheers.  Mild or Bitter

Thursday, 14 March 2013

On the last lap.

Everything in the hands of the solicitors so we should be in next week and the hard work to get set up and opened begins. Can't give an opening date yet but keep following the Blog for updates. Cheers.

Monday, 25 February 2013

New Logo

With help from Wiz we now have our new logo.
What do you think?

Cheers Mild or Bitter

Monday, 18 February 2013

We could be on our way!

Well today was another typical roller coaster. I found out that we have been granted our change of use but subject to conditions which will be advised by letter. I just have to believe that it's nothing too onerous. Amendments to the license are in, building control have my application and have asked for confirmation on several points to which I  have just emailed my response. So we are on our way, now the hard work starts. Who knows we may be open for Easter!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Things are looking up!

Just heard that I may have some good news next Monday regarding the planning. Plans for a minor change to the Licence are in hand so we could be up and running for Easter. Now the hard work will start. Thanks to those who have assisted with support, advice and encouragement.
Cheers MildorBitter

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Two steps forward One step back

Still plodding on but nothing goes smoothly now on plan D for cellar location and still battling for Plan B regarding the loo but getting chinks of light and can't wait to get cracking. February will come and go but hopeful for a March start. Cheers mildorbitter.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Struggling on

Happy New Year
The year has started as the old one finished still waiting for a date for the change of use.
Technical issues relating to planning consent from the 1980's are the current problem.
Just got to be patient I guess!
I have picked up paneling for a bar front and have been working on plan B,C and D regarding the location Of the casks if my preferred cellar plans are blocked.
We Will get there but early March looks more realistic.
Cheers mildorbitter