Who we are - The Chequers


Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. The Chequers is a pretty, historic country pub in the village of Eversley Cross. As a quality gastropub, we serve great ingredients and fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming surroundings, always with a kind word and a sense of fun. Today we have twenty two pubs in lovely towns and villages, and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. We have always been passionate about giving back and as we’ve developed and grown over the years, our ability and motivation to make the world a little better, a little peachier, has grown with us. The Bigger Peach shows our efforts to improve communities, equality in the workplace, and the future sustainability of our world. Our achievements were recognised in 2022, when we won Best Sustainable Pub Company at the Publican Awards, and we’re also three star accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. 

Soak up the sun, atmosphere and beautiful village views whilst enjoying a bite to eat, a cocktail, or a glass of award-winning wine from our drinks list. We serve food all day and children are welcome to enjoy smaller portions of any of our dishes, or ask to see our children’s menu. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. We’re dog friendly in our bar and outdoor areas, bring your furry friend and stop by soon. On our bar you’ll find a great range of spirits, beers and softs, so whether you pop in for a drink, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. Find us here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Chequers team

Laura Watts, General Manager

Born and bred in leafy Woking, Laura is a local girl. Starting her hospitality career as a hostess while at university, Laura soon realised her dream would be to run a pub as her own.

Laura joins us from Giggling Squid, where she worked as an Area Manager for six restaurants. She learnt a lot from the Thai team there who taught her the humble and passionate aspects of hospitality, as well as educating her about food of course. This inspired a later trip to Thailand, which she calls ‘The Land of Smiles!’

On her days off, and occasionally in the pub, you’ll find Laura with her pup, Chi Duci.

Laura was attracted to Peach Pubs having loved the fun, quirky, and independent feel of our pubs. Her goal is to build and train a strong team, as well as make the pub feel like home. So, settle in, relax in your home from home, and catch up with Laura soon.

Sian Lewis, Pod Director 

Hospitality, and making sure everyone is really well looked after, are in Sian’s genes. From helping her grandfather run the family B&B in the glorious Pembrokeshire countryside where she grew up to studying travel and tourism at Pembrokeshire College. She moved on to manage the two Rosette restaurant at The Maynard, a beautiful boutique hotel in the Peak District National Park, and laying on fantastic foodie events.

Her next home was The Ferry Inn, a fine watering hole, and then its lovely sister pub The Boar’s Head in Narbeth, offering good food and hospitality in equal measure. When it was time for a change, Sian went to Hampshire to become deputy here at The Chequers in Eversley Cross, quickly helping this gorgeous village local make its mark, before taking on The Duke of Wellington to make it the best for miles around. Acorn Award winner, Sian, has now been appointed from General Manager to Pod Director for our Surrey and Oxfordshire pubs.

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