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The Chequers at Doddington is becoming Faversham’s latest foodie destination after a refurbishment by brewers Shepherd Neame.
With an extended, fully-equipped kitchen, a bigger and brighter restaurant and a new chef, licensee Josephine Greenham has launched an exciting new menu at the Grade II listed coaching inn in the heart of the rural village.
Although Josephine hails from a family of publicans, this is her first pub venture, after a career in the catering industry.
She said: “Dodi, our French chef, has created a menu of freshly-prepared dishes using seasonal produce from local meat, fish and vegetable suppliers. It changes almost daily depending on what is fresh and available.”
Two signature dishes are marinated lamb steak with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and pepper sauce and vegetable nut roast, with apricot and goat’s cheese. The menu also offers traditional favourites such as hand-carved ham with free range eggs and freshly prepared chips and “home-made” fish pie with salad and a Sunday roast.
Bar snacks include familiar dishes such as local sausages and mash as well as more unusual items such as a Mediterranean platter or a pint of prawns in their shells.
The restaurant area has been redecorated and fitted out with rustic furniture, sympathetic with the character of the medieval building which has oak timbers, mullion windows and an inglenook fireplace.
Beer-lovers can choose from up to three cask ales and the pub is also home to darts and pool teams, morris dancers and the Norton Motorbike Club.
Josephine said: “As well as growing into a place that people travel to for a meal we are at the heart of the local community, hosting a full post-office service every Tuesday between 1 and 3pm. Many of our customers are talented musicians and we stage regular open mic nights and traditional folk music.”