Lower Chequer

Crown Bank, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1DB
T: 01270 750214

The Lower Chequer is a listed 16th century coaching inn, built in 1570 understood to be one of the oldest buildings in Sandbach. A chequer board was used to help uneducated customers count their money – many landlords were also money lenders in these days.


The Lower Chequer is a small but perfectly formed, two room pub, with outdoor seating areas to the front, overlooking the historic cobbled market square and ancient Saxon crosses; to the side the beautiful St Mary Church and to the rear a private and secure walled patio area.


The cobbled street to the side of the pub was the main road from Manchester to London. Passengers travelling on coach with horses used to alight for refreshments helped by the stone mounting block and the horses would rest too in basement stabling which is now the pub cellar.


A stable hand is said to have died in the pub and his presence has been felt below the stairs: his ghost is popularly called “You” apparently from “You do this, you do that”! Quite apt in a building that has always provided a welcoming service to guests.


Today the pub is owned by the local Joules Brewery – similarly with a heritage that stretches back to the 1400’s, initially brewing in Stone, then in Salford, back to Stone and now in Market Drayton since 2010. All Joules beer is made with the purest mineral waters which are drawn from below the brewery.


Today, The Downie and Fitzgerald families are looking forward to welcoming you. To enjoy the range of products and services that you’d expect to find in your local.


Opening Hours:

Tues: 5pm  - 11pm

Wed: 11.30am-3pm/5pm- 11pm

Thurs: 11.30am-3pm/5pm- 11pm

Fri: 11.30am-3pm/5pm- 11pm

Sat:11.30am - 11pm

Sun:11am– 10.30pm


Food Service Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  5 - 11pm

No food

Friday - 4 - 11pm

No food

Saturday - 12noon - 11pm

Food 12 - 2pm  6 - 8pm

Sunday - 12noon - 8pm

Food 1 - 5.30pm