The best kept secret in the Hambleden valley



As we are all looking forward to opening on the 14th April 2021 and welcoming back our customers, we have had to make a few changes to help make you all feel comfortable.

It is our foremost concern to protect our staff and customers so please follow social distancing and wash your hands where you can. Please respect our space.

Until further notice we will be operating a booking only procedure, for our outside area, however, if there are free tables available on the day we will book them out on arrival. Also we will reserve an area for drinkers with limited capacity due to Covid social distancing.

Food and drink will be available from the 14th although limited menus.

Covered areas available and blankets on request.

Please help us to help you, it will be different for all of us so please be patient.

We look forward to welcoming all of our customers back to The Chequers, old and new.



Nestled in the Hambleden valley is the Chequers Inn sitting in the heart of the village of Fingest. A beautiful brick and flint public house set in Oxfordshire countryside offering a homely and rural pub feel, throughout all seasons.

The couple at the helm are Jaxon and Emma Keedwell, who have been running a Brakspears' pub for a number of years and have garnered a loyal following. Jaxon is in charge of the kitchen and loves creating simple but well executed fresh food. He utilises his knowledge gleaned from over 20 years cooking to source his food, and to employ local people in order to give his customers a “taste of Oxfordshire”. Accompanied by his wife Emma and the team, the atmosphere is cosy and the pub is thriving in the Oxfordshire countryside. The Chequers pub is a well-regarded retreat by the locals and the garden is the best kept secret in the valley.



Jaxon has an impressive cooking career. His previous accomplishments include, training as an apprentice at the Savoy in 1991 governed by the Academy of Culinary Arts Specialised Chef Scheme. Then moving to Chef Saucier at The Dorchester, London, progressing to the position of Private Chef at Wormsley Estate, Executive Sous Chef at Danesfield House, Marlow and Head Chef of the Glasshouse Restaurant at the Grove near Watford. Interestingly, during his time as Private Chef on the Wormsley Estate, he achieved the prestigious title of ‘American Express Young Chef of the Year’in 2000.

Passionate about food with an unequivocal stance on quality of ingredients, Jaxon revels in serving honest pub food every day of the week ensuring that there really is something for everyone. From relaxed dining with a pizza on the terrace to dining with a bespoke menu in The Oak Room.

Additionally, since 2011 he has been designing and delivering highly successful and unique events via


Once upon a time The Chequers Inn was a rustic rural ale house, but nowadays this Brakspears pub is best known for its enviable rural position, cosy atmosphere, good country food and occasional live music nights.


A quaint country pub set in the heart of the village of Fingest just 5 miles on the outskirts of Henley on Thames, and Marlow, we are the only Public House in the heart of the village. Being early C18 in origin, our enviable position has arguably the best outlook down the Hambleden Valley and is widely recognised by our loyal clientele to have the best Public Garden in the Valley approaching nearly 2 acres.

The area is widely renowned for filming and the Chequers itself was used in Foyle’s War and the coat of arms displayed in the oak room is testament to this appearance. In addition in 2013 the Chequers was featured in the film 'Monuments Men' as the village was transformed into a Normandy-like appearance. More recently episodes of Midsomer Murders have also been filmed.


At The Chequers, we offer the best of both worlds with an 'olde worlde' horseshoe shaped bar and inglenook fireplaces perfect for warming your feet and drying off your dog after enjoying many of the local country walks.

This perfectly complements the more eclectic comfort of our oak room and restaurant creating relaxed dining experiences for parties large and small.

Set in a stunning idyllic country position the pub possesses all of the charm and appeal of an excellent Chilterns public house.

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Fingest is a small parish on the Oxfordshire border, often described as the epitome of the unspoilt village with its medieval and Georgian cottages clustered around the church. It is picturesquely situated in a hollow in the south-west of the parish surrounded by steep hills covered with woodland.


Directly opposite the pub is the unique church of St Bartholomew's in Fingest which is a wonderful Norman church, with a justly famous west tower. The layout of the church is remarkable; however what is really striking is the double gable saddleback roof, one of only two such designs in England and according to local tradition grooms must carry their newly wedded brides over the church gate when leaving.

Close to Fingest are the market towns of Henley On Thames and Marlow On Thames with many shops, bars and local sites to visit and explore.


Some of the many varied things to do in our patch are listed below:

Hambledon Valley Walks - local country walks

Turville, St Mary's Church (Historic Church) - 0.6 miles

Classical Equestrian Training Centre - 0.6 miles

Stonor Park (Historic House) - 2.5 miles

Hambleden, St Mary's Church (Historic Church) - 2.9 miles

Chiltern Valley Winery (Winery and Brewery) - less than a mile

West Wycombe Park (Historic House) - 3.7 miles

Wycombe Museum - 5.8 miles


The Chequers Inn,
Fingest, Henley on Thames,
Oxon, RG96QD



Monday - Tuesday

Closed all day

Wednesday - Thursday

12:00 - 3:00pm and 5:30 - 11pm
Food served 12:00 - 2pm and 6pm until 9pm


12pm - 3pm and 5:30pm - 11pm
Food served 12pm - 2pm and 6pm - 9.30pm



12:00 - 11pm
Food served 12 - 3pm and 6pm 9:30pm


12:00 - 10:30pm
Food served 12 - 4pm and 6pm until 9pm

Closed on Bank Holiday evenings

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