Visiting an Irish pub is like stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the CliffsNotes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of classic pub fare at Chequers of Saugatuck, located in downtown Saugatuck near Kalamazoo Lake.
Chequers, named after the official country residence of Great Britain’s prime ministers, plays host to tray after tray of traditional English eats. Classic menu offerings include shepherd’s pie, a bed of ground beef and diced fresh vegetables beneath a comfort-food blanket of garlic mashed potatoes ($12), as well as bangers and mash—a merger of sausages, garlic mashed potatoes, and mustard crème fraiche ($14)—and beer battered fish 'n' chips ($13).
Alternatives to British fare, such as American and European soups, salads, and sandwiches, are also available. Fresh from the frothy tap, Bass ale and Guinness stout tease smiles from stiff upper lips and are aided by an impressive backup of imported bottled brews and international wines (selections and costs vary).
Chequers enables two manners of mealtime operation. Guests can dine amid the décor of a classic pub or take a peaceful prance back to the elegant English tearoom. The establishment's private party room is also available for celebrating both the indulgences of the Isles and the securities of not standing on the water betwixt them.
Chequers of Saugatuck
Named for the British prime minister’s official country residence, Chequers of Saugatuck pays homage to British culinary traditions with a focused menu of popular Scottish, Welsh, and English pub dishes, along with a few Irish staples for good measure. Shepherd's pie, Guinness stew, and fish ‘n’ chips all make appearances, as do some of Chef Adam Smith's American favorites, including crab-cake sandwiches topped with roasted red-pepper sauce. The bar harbors similarly Anglophile predilections. Taps release pours of Bass ale and Guinness, backed by a generous number of bottled brews from Yorkshire's Samuel Smith and Michigan's Saugatuck Brewing as well as Strongbow cider. Beer and bites pair off in Chequers’ two dining rooms, one modeled after classic pub decor, the other an elegant English tearoom but without the traditional potato guns stuffed with crumpets.