Broad Street, Montgomery, Powys, Wales SY15 6PN
The Checkers is located on the town square in the pretty town of Montgomery, close to Montgomery Castle. Here is an overview of The Checkers restaurant:
Established in March 2011 as a family-run business with Head chef Stéphane Borie and his partner, Pastry chef Sarah Francis and Sarah’s sister Kathryn who ensures a warm and informal welcome front of house. The trio took over The Checkers in March 2011, refurbishing the seventeenth century building that was then a coaching inn, then more recently a pub, into The Checkers restaurant and rooms.
The Checkers restaurant specialises in classic French fine dining and luxury accommodation. Within a year of launch the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star for its menus, fine wines and local ale. In 2013, the restaurant was ranked as the second best in Wales, behind The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, in the Sunday Times list of the 100 best restaurants in the UK.
There are two main rooms in the restaurant, separated into a dining room with low-slung beams and chestnut wood flooring and an open brick fireplace and bar/lounge area with a seating capacity of forty. In 2016, The Checkers restaurant switched to only using set menus in an attempt to reduce food waste.
The Checkers restaurant menu
The Checkers restaurant use locally grown, seasonal produce from Powys and Shropshire in their classic French dishes Their six course menu includes:
1. Parsley veloute, confit duck, garlic cappuccino
2. Steamed halibut, scallop mousse, pea purée, bacon, mint dressing
3. Pink grapefruit & Champagne granite
4. Corn-fed chicken tourte, foie gras, savoy cabbage, spinach purée, Madeira jus
5. White chocolate & passion fruit cigarette, exotic fruit
6. Selection of cheeses
With the option of a wine flight at an additional cost.
Vegetarian menu and pescatarian menus are also available when requested at the time of booking.
Dishes combined with service that is friendly and informal allows you to enjoy Michelin star dining in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
The Frenchman and the farmer’s daughters
The Checkers restaurant strive for a dining experience that is both professional and relaxed. Throughout it all there is a true love of food and the pleasure it can bring. The Checkers restaurant also shows what can be achieved with passion, determination and team work. Here is an overview of the family trio:
Chef proprietor Stéphane grew up in Agen, Lot et Garonne where he served his apprenticeship before moving to work in Bordeaux at La Tupina. He then trained under Michel Roux Senior at the The Waterside Inn, a 3 Michelin Star kitchen in Bray, Berkshire for seven years, where he met pastry chef Sarah Francis.
Stéphane and Sarah went on to run the Herbert Arms near Montgomery in 2008 with Sarah’s sister Kathryn running the front of house service. Stéphane has built a reputation for classic French cuisine executed with skill and precision in each dish, creating the very best of classic French cooking where flavour and fine produce are crucial.
Having studied for a Higher National Diploma in hotel management, Sarah’s passion for desserts was nurtured during her time as the Pastry Commis chef at Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in the Lake District and then at the Close Hotel in Tetbury. Gravetye Manor, a Michelin star kitchen, led her to The Waterside Inn kitchen. At The Checkers restaurant, Sarah is responsible for most of the desserts.
Working as a nurse until 2007, Kathryn’s love of people, food and hospitality led her to join Sarah and Stéphane in their first business, Herbert Arms, in 2008. Kathryn oversees front of house with Sarah and completes the administrative responsibilities of the business.
The Checkers à la maison
From special family celebrations, canapé parties, shoot dinners and marriage celebrations, The Checkers restaurant also offers a bespoke dining experience. With Sarah and Stéphane’s breadth of experience having worked in the most prestigious of private houses, they will plan a menu for their Michelin star team serve. The Checkers à la maison is the perfect solution when you want a Michelin star experience in at home or a venue of your choice.