The Chequers is one of Norfolk's hidden gems tucked away in a picturesque village called Thompson, in the heart of rural Breckland, between Watton & Thetford.
We have two dining areas, each capable of seating parties of up to 30 people.
Due to the popularity and size of our restaurant we always recommend making a table reservation. Our chefs prepare all foods fresh to order, so please be patient during busy times.
Chequers Beer Garden
We have a large garden at the rear with picnic tables and children's play equipment.
Dogs are welcome in the garden and public bar and water bowls are available on request.
The Chequers building itself is probably about 350-400 years old making it date from about 1600 to 1650 onwards.
The first documented evidence that we know of so far is in some Manor Court records for the Manor of Waterhouse and Churchouse. The Manor Courts were held at the Chequers certainly from 1724 if not before when it was named on the document as "The Chequers". They dealt with rents, letting of land and property belonging to the Manor and with crimes against the Manor that were not serious enough to be dealt with in a higher court.
- Fully stocked bar with a selection of good Real Ales.
- Families Welcome.
- Two Dining Rooms each with their own bar.
- Private room for parties of up to 30 people.
- Dogs welcome in the Garden and Public Bar.
- Large garden at the rear with children's play equipment and heating and seating.
- Ample Car Parking.
- WiFi available free in Bar and Accomodation.
- All Credit cards accepted.
Hours of work
*Please book in advance
The Chequers Inn is tucked away in the picturesque village of Thompson which is 18 miles south-west of Norwich in the heart of Breckland. Thompson is 8 miles north of Thetford and 3 miles south of Watton and accessible via the A1075.
All three approaches to the village are quiet country lanes off of the A1075. We recommend using the Griston Road to Thompson.
Continue on the A1075 until you reach the Griston/Thompson cross roads. If travelling on the A1075 from Thetford it is the second left turning signposted for Thompson, and if from Watton it is the third right turning for Thompson.
Remain on the Griston Road until you pass the Thompson village signs, the Chequers Inn driveway can be found on your right.
The pub sign is clearly visible at the driveway entrance and is approx 100m after the Thompson village signs and 100m before you get to the village green crossroads.
Please note, the country lanes leading to Thompson are narrow and walkers, cyclists, horse riders and deer are common.
Please drive slowly and carefully.