Private Dining

Chequers Kitchen Cookery School | Private, Catered Venue Hire in Kent

Enjoy fabulous food and our venue all to yourselves!

Are you looking for flavoursome, interesting, freshly-prepared food in a beautiful, unique venue? Maybe it’s a special birthday, company ‘do’, hen or stag event 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…

Scroll down to see sample menus, Demo & Dine and Pizza Party details.

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 a place of laughter and friendship as well as wonderful food.”

Pieter van Zyl – Head Chef & Co-Owner

At Chequers Kitchen 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.

Call Us on 01304 362 288


Sample Menus

Please note we offer vegetarian options as well as gluten free and lactose free on request and can cater for most dietary requirements with prior notice.

Enjoy exclusive use for groups of 16 to 40 seated in the restaurant, or up to 60 buffet– style including outside seating.

Sample Celebration Menu

Selection of canapés

Starters (both served)

Asparagus mimosa

Avocado with crab, coriander and lime


Rotisserie roasted free-range Kentish chicken

and Whole roasted seasonal fish (such as sea bass or bream)

Roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic

Selection of Chequers sensational salads

Brocolli soffritti

Garlic aioli

Dessert (both served)

Madeleines with thyme & lemon cream
Pistachio crème brûlée

£40 per person including canapes

£35 per person without canapes

Suitable for groups of 16—40
Daytime or evenings including weekends, subject to availability.

Rotisserie Roast Sample Menu


For example: Wild garlic soup served with warm ciabatta bread


Rotisserie-roasted, free-range Kentish chicken served with herb roasted potatoes, Chequers sensational salads, seasonal vegetables & sumac aioli


For example: Lemon posset with shortbread rounds

£22 per person

This is a sample menu. We are happy to suggest alternative starters and desserts.

Suitable for groups of 20—40
Daytime or evenings, subject to availability

Pizza Parties

 They’re not just for children, adults can have pizza 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 selection of our fabulous salads followed by dessert such as Tiramisu.

At £25 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.

Afternoon Tea Party

Bring your group of up to 16 people to make double apple scones and then sit down to enjoy afternoon tea. We will take you step by step through the baking process, making this delicious fluffy scone with an apple twist. We will add apple puree and whipped cream, along with finger sandwiches. Enjoy exclusive use of Chequers Kitchen with a fun baking session and time to chat and relax together. A two hour event, including all ingredients and afternoon tea, for up to 16 people: £250.


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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