63 HIGH STREET
KEN ME20 7AY
Opening hours MONDAY TO SATURDAY: 12PM - 11PM SUNDAY: 12PM-10PM
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The Chequers, Aylesford - You'll feel at home with us
Whether you're here for a lunchtime special or an evening drink with friends, visiting us is always a great experience. Drop by to relax and sample our diverse range of drinks, promotions and events, they all help to make The Chequers different. And, of course, our friendly service comes at no extra charge.
All the team at The Chequers, Aylesford look forward to seeing you!
A History of The Chequers:
The Chequers was built as a wool merchant's house in around 1511. By 1740, it was owned by the 2nd Earl of Aylesford.
The building was later extensively restored and converted into an Inn.
The Riverside Patio was added in the 19th Century.The extention helped to consolidate and preserve the older northern part of the Inn.
Adjacent to The Chequers are two houses, reputedly built on the site of the stables which once served the Inn and known together as Riverside House.
The Chequers is the oldest surviving public house in Aylesford, dating from 1511, and verified throughout the building with its original 16th century timbers and brickwork. Just over 500 years old, the Inn is listed as a placevof architectural and historical importance.
In 1559 Queen Elizabeth I ordered a bulwark to be built at Upnor for the protection of her warships anchoring in the Medway. To complete the building of Upnor Castle, large sections of the local Priory were demolished to provide building materials for this project. On completion of the Castle, the remaining timber amd masonry was used to create an extention west of The Chequers.
The Chequers has undergone many alternations with the passing of each century, and each time, new historical facts have come to light. During 1958, when cutting away a wooden beam, builders found lead balls of the type fired from a flintlock pistol, possibly relics from 1648 when 100 Royalist troops seized Aylesford to secure the river crossing against Parliamentary attach.
300 years later The Chequers saw more soldiers visit in 1940. The cellars were requisitioned by the war department for use as a river command post. During renovations in 1968 a horse's full skull was found under the floor boards, this was typical of a ritual during medieval times and suggests occupation long before the original builidng was build.