Bedfordshire pub ‘The Chequers’ shortlisted for Great British Pub Award

Owners: Philip and Victoria Kelly outside the Chequers pub
Owners: Philip and Victoria Kelly outside the Chequers pub

Regulars raised a glass to toast their local The Chequers, Westoning, which is up for a national award and Best Community Pub.

Since taking over three years ago, owners Philip and Victoria Kelly along with executive chef, Adam Senger have transformed The Chequers from a neglected and unloved pub into an award-winning eatery.

One of only six pubs in the country to be shortlisted in the category, The Chequers was nominated for its continued support and participation within the local community.

The pub works closely with Westoning Village Church and school and puts on free workshops for pupils to learn about food and cooking.

The Chequers is also host to various charity events to raise money for charities nominated by the local community.

These events include burger and hot dog extravaganzas, race nights, music festivals and the annual Chequers marathon run.

In three years The Chequers has raised nearly £20,000 for local charities including CHUMS, The Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Support Group and the Families United Network.

The Great British Pub Awards are hosted by The Morning Advertiser and are the most prestigious within the pub industry, The Chequers has already won Bedfordshire Pub of The Year.

Owner Victoria Kelly, said: “It’s so important for us to support the local causes and charities which mean a lot to our loyal customers and community. We know that without the local support we’ve received since coming to Westoning we’d never have been so successful.

“It’s nice for us to say thank you for that by giving something back.”

The awards will be presented in October at The Hilton, Park Lane.