Joule’s Brewery last Thursday re-opened the doors of the Lower Chequer to the public, following a successful preview evening the night pevious.  Market Drayton based Joule’s Brewery purchased the pub at the end of last year and it has since undergone a sympathetic restoration to create a pub with a unique craft twist.

The Lower Chequer sits to the North-East of the famous town’s crosses at the head of the Market Square and is claimed to be the oldest building in Sandbach. The Lower Chequer will be the first in a series of Joule’s Craft Beer Bars, a concept being driven by the passion and dedication to fine, hand-crafted beers.


Over the last 12 months much research has been carried out by Joule’s to support and drive the successful launch of Green Monkey, their latest creation.  Launched in May this year, Green Monkey is a brewery fresh chilled lager, carefully crafted, with no artificial additives or preservatives.  Green Monkey is properly ‘laagered’ with the fermentation period being twice as long as many lagers, delivering an unmistakable smoothness and a naturally sparkling beer.


Trudie Meredith, Marketing Controller for Joule’s commented, ‘The Lower Chequer is an very exciting project for us, the concept is very new  and fresh for Joule’s, but the focus remains the same; unmistakeably high quality sophisticated crafted beer in good quality surroundings.   The beer offering will represent all types, styles and origins in both bottle and draught.  We plan to offer over 30 crafted beers from the core range, Joule’s Pale Ale, Slumbering Monk and Blonde, through to crafted and bottled ciders’.


There is immense history to the pub, dating as far back as 1570.  It is said that the ‘chequered board’ was used to help educate customers to count their money, and the old landlords of the pub were the money lenders to the locals.  An ancient horseshoe is nailed to the bar, a luck link that spans 400 years and the pub was one of Cheshire’s best known coaching inns on the main route from Manchester to London.


Interestingly, the Chequer was first called the Church Inn after worshipers and clerks from the Parish Church, just 50 yards from the inn used to quench their thirsts after services.  The chequer is known to have a ghost called ‘You’, a stable hand who died in his forties and his presence has been felt in the cellar.


Dean Carter, Manager of The Lower Chequer commented, “I am thrilled to be part of this new concept and venture with the support of Joule’s Brewery.  They have some great ideas and it’s good to have the reassurance that a strong company like Joule’s is supporting this great historic pub.  I am very excited at the opportunity of becoming a vital part of the community, a pub Landlord and I pride myself on serving the perfect pint and keeping a well-stocked cellar.”



Having opened its doors in early August, the first fifty customers received a limited edition Craft Beer Bar commemorative T-Shirt.  The Lower Chequer is open CHECK OPEN TIMES, where both new and returning customers will be welcomed by Dean and his friendly team of Beer Baristas.

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