Group Dining

Enjoy fabulous food and our venue all to yourselves!

Enjoy delicious, freshly-prepared food in a beautiful & unique venue. Maybe it’s a special birthday, company ‘do’, hen or stag party or family get-together. Choose how hands-on you want to get – from getting involved in the cooking, to a demo by our Chef or simply let us cook for you.

We want to make your event a smashing success…

Our Food

“Chequers Kitchen is my homage to my mother’s kitchen. My childhood was so enriched by the wonderful, abundant, natural food she prepared with great love and a passion for flavours and freshness. I hope we can inspire our guests in a similar way and make Chequers Kitchen Cookery School a place of laughter and friendship as well as wonderful food.”

Pieter van Zyl – Head Chef & Co-Owner

At Chequers Kitchen Cookery School in Kent, we choose ingredients which are fresh, natural, and sourced locally, where possible. Each dish is prepared with passion and an exacting attention to detail so that you can savour your meal and enjoy each bite. We are happy to discuss menu options to suit your taste. Scroll down to see sample menus, Demo & Dine and Pizza Party details.

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Sample Menus

Have the Chequers all to yourselves for groups of 12 to 32. Here are some menu examples and we are happy to provide a no-obligation quote for your event. Prices depend on the number of courses and number of guests. We are happy to work together to create a menu that suits you.

Sample menu choices

Pre-meal nibbles

Spiced sweet & salty mixed nuts * Seasonal gazpacho * Manchego or Feta bites with honey * Jamon * Mixed olives * Smoked salmon blini with cream cheese & chives * Garlic bread * Parmesan crisps with mushroom, pepper & rosemary


Home-cured gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad * Double-baked cheese souffle * Roasted butternut soup with sourdough * Terrine de campagne with sourdough & pickles * Traditional prawn cocktail * Cape Malay pickled fish with bread & butter


Roasted seasonal fish with homemade tartare sauce * Slow roasted leg of lamb with mint sauce & roasted garlic * Free-range chicken with aioli & gravy * Roast sirloin of beef with red wine sauce & Yorkshire pudding * Spanakopita – spinach & feta pie * Mediterranean roasted vegetable lasagne with hand-made pasta * Bobotie – South Africa’s national dish – with rice, sambals, poppadom & mango chutney


Herb roasted potatoes * Roasted seasonal vegetables * Cauliflower cheese * Broccoli soffritti * Creamed leeks


Pickled cauliflower salad with caraway, red onion, capers, raisins, oregano * Beetroot, orange & feta * Tabbouleh with tomato, cucumber & lemon * Chinese slaw with coriander & mint * Aubergine with Miso & sesame * Double courgette salad with lemon, Parmesan, walnuts & herbs * Waldorf salad


Lemon posset with raspberries & shortbread * American baked vanilla cheesecake with berry coulis * chocolate pudding with hot chocolate sauce & vanilla ice cream * Pavlova with lemon meringue * Hertzoggies – apricot jam tart with coconut meringue * Pasteis de nada & coffee * Cheeseboard with Kentish cheeses & crackers

Suitable for groups of 12—32
Daytime or evenings including weekends, subject to availability.

Cooking with fish

Christmas Menu 2021

Bring your group to dine, £30pp:


Roasted butternut soup & sourdough toast

Prawn & crayfish cocktail

Home gin-cured salmon with watercress & horseradish cream

Portobello mushroom stuffed with garlic & mozzarella


Traditional roast turkey with trimmings

Oven baked fillet of sea bass & lemon parsley butter

Porcini mushroom & vegetable nut roast

Beef Bourguignon

All served with a selection of vegetables and garlic herb roasted potatoes


Tropical fruit trifle with mango, coconut & passionfruit

Pavlova with red berries

Sticky fig & walnut pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream

Chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream

Pizza & Pasta Parties

 They’re not just for children, adults can have cookery parties too!

Bring your friends, colleagues or family members to make delicious pizzas from scratch, guided by our Chef. We will teach you to make your pizza base (a skill well worth having, you’ll make delicious pizza) and you will have fun learning techniques to make and shape your dough. Choose your toppings and then sit down to enjoy your pizzas with a fabulous salad followed by dessert.

Or choose a pasta party and learn to make pasta from scratch. We will turn that into delicious beef or vegetable lasagnes and add a dessert and salad for a satisfying meal.

At £28 per person for groups of 12-16 participants this is a great value evening or lunchtime.event. All ingredients, tuition, tea and coffee are included. You can purchase wine, beers, spirits or soft drinks from our licensed bar.

Demo & Dine Events

If you are looking for a private venue with a great ice breaker, our Demo & Dine events are very popular and get your event off to a lively start. Enjoy a 30 minute cookery demonstration followed by your meal. Choose your menu in advance and rest assured your group of friends, family or colleagues will have a fabulous time and an evening or lunch to remember.

Cook & Dine Events

Those who want to have fun cooking with Pieter at the start of their evening can Cook & Dine with us. Arrive an hour before you want to eat and get stuck in with the preparations. It gets the party off to a flying start as you work in twos and threes to prepare your starters. Those who don’t want to join in can talk among themselves with a drink or look on with interest. If you’re interested in private venue with a twist, try our cook and dine experience.

Feast Your Eyes

Just a little taste of our lovingly-prepared food
to whet your appetite…


What People Say…

  • I was given a bread making cookery school lesson by my wife and daughter - I can honestly say I could not have had a better present: food combined with real quality time with my daughter is a memory I will treasure for years. My 11 year old daughter and I were the only "pupils" so we had undivided 1-2-1 attention from Peter - the BEST host you could ever wish to meet. I gained so many valuable insights into where my own bread-making was going wrong or could be improved. It has reignited my passion for food in a huge way.

    The Gift of Bread-making - Alisdaire from Sandwich (via tripadvisor)
  • We recently participated in one of the Chequers Kitchen Demo and Dine events. Pieter gave a very entertaining demonstration which was followed by a great meal. The best "malva" pudding I ever had by far! The wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and use of sharing platters contributed to make this a truly wonderful evening.

    Divine Demo & Dine - Edvr131 from Kent (via tripadvisor)
  • We organised a dinner with 30 friends at the Chequers last week during the Royal Cinque Ports Open Golf week. Absolutely delicious food and very special atmosphere. All the guests were amazed [...] The canapes were outstanding especially the crab, duck confit was best ever. Special mention for the madelaines and citrus cream…….unbelievable! Thank you to Pieter and team.

    Open Golf Week Dinner Party - Jane from Otford (via tripadvisor)
  • I organised a work day out for 50 of us - we went clay pigeon shooting nearby then headed up to Chequers for drinks and food. Pieter and Gary made the organisation so easy, the food was fantastic (our group are a tough crowd to please) and the team at Chequers couldn't have been nicer. The terrace is just gorgeous on a sunny day, I would return to Deal just to visit Chequers. Excellent!  

    Fantastic Team Event - The team at Wallacespace
  • When you are a little girl, you dream of your wedding day as perfection, I can honestly say my day was practically perfect in every way and Pieter was absolutely stunning helping us to create and hold our ideal wedding reception! Every single one of my many guests have told me how much they enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at The Chequers! If you want GREAT food and GREAT service....look no further! A massive Thank You to Pieter, Gary and the entire crew for our amazing day! We will deffo come back and see you soon!

    A Wedding Reception to Remember - Claire from Kent

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