The royal guard of British foodstuffs protects its sovereign lineage by placing meat-pie sentinels and mushy-pea watchdogs around the wrought-iron gates of its Cadbury-egg queen. Support mealtime monarchy with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic English fare at Chequers of La Grange.
Chequers of La Grange specializes in authentic British dishes and pints in a cozy, pub-style atmosphere. Wiggle the spigots of your mouth’s sprinkler system as you peruse the drool-worthy menu brimming with Anglophilic appetizers such as English potato skins ($7.50) or welsh rarebit, which is a decadent dip of melted cotswold cheese flavored with stout, mustard, and cayenne pepper ($10). Stiff upper lips can bend around a corned-beef sandwich ($9) bookended with rye bread and served hot or cold with a slice of swiss cheese. For dinner, etiquette-minded diners can curtsey toward a posse of hearty national dishes, such as golden-brown fish 'n' chips served with tartar sauce and malt vinegar ($11–$13) and shepherd’s pie loaded with beef, vegetables, and mashed potatoes ($14), and informal eaters can chest bump a loaded helping of bangers and mash ($12).
During warmer months, guests can sip a pint of Guinness or Smithwick's in Chequers' English garden, replete with a cozy fireplace, quaint cobblestones underfoot, and an aromatic array of vibrant, leafy plants and colorful floral blooms. A red, iconic English phone booth pokes its anachronistically charming head out from behind springtime shrubbery. The garden‘s 50-inch plasma TV provides a pixilated portal to sports and iconic episodes of English docudrama Mr. Bean.
Chequers of La Grange
With its dark-wood storefront facing old-fashioned street lamps and the upstanding lines of the brick train station across the street, Chequers falls right into line with the village feel of downtown LaGrange. Once inside, however, it's clear that the village the pub means to evoke is somewhere deep within England: beer-battered fish and chips sizzle from the kitchen, Newcastle foams from the taps, and in back stands a red phone booth rumored to have birthed Dr. Who, Queen Elizabeth, and Winston Churchill on the same cold, gray day. On chilly nights, fireplaces burn in both the dining room and the English garden, where up to 50 carousers can gather around the 50-inch plasma TV.