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£5 - £25
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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A party of 23 of us had lunch at the Cricketers recently, it was excellent, both the food and the service were great... super pub and very pleasant staff, would highly recommend

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, good service. Unfortunately not everything on the menu was available That includes main, side dish and sweet! If dining in a Smokey atmosphere is your thing then this will not disappoint. I found that it was too much, our clothes stank of smoke...when we got home. Much more needs to be done to venting your wood burner correctly.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have a fantastic Sunday roast beef 😋 😀 would highly recommend this lovely pub great atmosphere great service and really nice staff 😀 👍

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Solo breakfast trip, and very happy to report I enjoyed it very much. Good selection of breakfast items, with meat and veggie options. Tea included with my traditional breakfast. Love the bacon, not overdone. Pub was nice and quiet before the lunchtime busier periods. Staff...were very polite and helpful. Will be going again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

We went for a relaxing mid week supper. Lovely 'pub grub'. The food and service were excellent and we thought it was great value for money. I came a few weeks ago with friends on a weekend lunch time and again, great food, great value...for money and great service. Thank you.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

We went for dinner here and I have to say that when we first arrived I was a little put off when I saw the plaque outside stating it was part of a chain, but we decided to give it a go anyway. When we...entered the bar was very busy, it is clearly a popular pub, we were given a table with a sofa and chairs, very comfortable. WE sat and relaxed and the serving team were really nice very friendly and attentive, we ordered drinks and looked at the menu. The menu is not too large but still had a good selection. We ordered and then chatted, our expectations were not high given I don’t tend to like cains, but when the food came it was very nice, the fish and chips that my partner had was tasty and well cooked, only downside was that it could have been drained a little longer, same with the onion rings as they were a little greasy. But they tasted lovely. I ordered the skate wing and it was very large, not at all what I expected, well cooked and tasty, I really enjoyed it. We shared a dessert as were both toom full to have one each and enjoyed it. On reflection I should not have judged it for being a chain bar as the team were great, the food lovely, the decor is nice and they are dog friendly, what more can you ask for! We would definitely returnMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024

We had 2 lovely mains couldn't fault them my partners starter susposed to be Brie Wedges. 3 tiny pieces and a small pile of yesterday's salad the server ask was the starter alright I replied salad was older than me

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

The Cricketers has always had a great reputation and we have enjoyed eating there from time to time. We went for dinner on Saturday evening and expected the usual standards however it appears that the management has changed hands. The young lad serving us was...very nice and handed us the menus after we were seated, he said he would be back to take our orders. Within 30 seconds somebody wondered round the corner and asked if we were ready to order! We hadn’t even opened the menu. The food was average at best, overcooked starter, the vegetable lasagne was obviously left under the heat lamp for too long and the Chocolate Brownie turned to dust when you cut into it. To be fair the cod loin was very nice but that is about as far as I would go. After the main course things went down hill, nobody came to clear plates and we couldn’t find anyone for a drink. I resorted to going to the bar and asking for desert menus and ordering drinks (twice). The only person that seemed embarrassed (and cared) was the chap behind the bar, who was very apologetic. Roll on to “shall we have another drink or just go?” and the decision was not that easy. How do you leave a restaurant if you can’t get the bill? Back to the bar to ask for the bill, I waited whilst one of the bar staff served another customer. Just as they were finished, the chap served somebody else who wandered up to the bar. Turns out, this was the Manager, the penny drops! Asked the nice bar chap for the bill and he said he would bring it over. Back at the table, ten minutes later the so called manager turns up holding a bill and card machine. He asked if we were paying together, I said yes. He then stood there and looked at us, I suggested he might want to share the big secret in his hand……….the bill and how much i owed. He said, well someone just told me to come over to get the bill paid! I raised my concerns about the service and he said, they don’t give me enough training, I am struggling. No apology. So sad that this place has gone down hill, suffice to say we won’t be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 February 2024

Lunch ok but could have been served with a smile! Lager served in a dirty glass when returned told it was marks from the dishwasher, but replaced Ice cream served in a chipped glass, not acceptable More care needed in cleaning glasses and not serving...food in chipped receptacles.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Matthew Allum, Owner at The Cricketers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2024

Hello, We really appreciate your feedback, all feedback good or bad is valued as it always helps us to improve. We can only apologise for the experience you had with us on this occasion. The staff member concerned has been spoken to and further training...More

Reviewed 5 February 2024

Attended the pub for a 70th birthday lunch with around 40 others on Sunday 4th Feb. The young lads gave a great service taking drinks during the party. Unfortunately one of the young girls that served our party was quite abrupt on a couple of...occasions which I was quite taken aback by. The food come out in stages which is understandable given the party size, but when one of the young girls was asked if they could provide us with condiments we were told “I’ll bring them when I’m ready, I’m busy serving food”. I was appalled to be honest as not only had we been spoken to in such a poor manner, but we waited nearly 15 minutes more before she actually bothered to bring us some which meant half of the table that were having a roast dinner had already finished eating before we could even start. The children’s food that was provided was awful, a thin dry burger served in a bun with a few fries on the side without any form of garnish, salad, peas or beans whatsoever. As for the children’s pizza, again this appeared to be not much more than a pitta bread which cheese a tomato puree on. The roast dinners appeared to have 2 potatoes, some receiving all vegetables whilst others were missing some. The meat was tasty, but the rest of the dinner was completely substandard. The fish and chip meal was also very disappointing, frozen chips served with a piece of cod on top which was dripping in fat (yes I am aware that it was a fried piece of cod in batter). The pub has a lot of potential, but when serving a poor standard of food, I sadly wouldn’t arrange another party here nor would I recommend it for service either. My comparison would be against the Donkey & Buskins in Layer where the service is outstanding and all their food is home cooked to a very high standard. Their cod is served in a light beer batter, whilst offering triple cooked homemade chips and a portion of crushed minted peas to accompany it, sadly yours felt extremely short of this being very greasy and also frozen cheap chips. Overall a very disappointing first visit to a local pub. Sorry for the lengthy negative review, but sadly I feel the owners need to be aware of what the service and food is being provided compared to your competitors in the area. Hopefully some good will come out the review and the service and food standards will improve.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Matthew Allum, Owner at The Cricketers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2024

Hello, Many thanks for your feedback. Any feedback good or bad is valued as it always helps us to keep improving. We strive to create great memories, provide great service and serve great food. We are slightly confused and saddened by this review as the...More

Reviewed 3 February 2024

One of our favourite eating places but you are best booking. Lovely setting over looking a green. The food is excellent so is the service. We had steak and ale pie and fish and chips. Menu to suit all tastes and good beer and lager....I shall attach a pictureMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

Took my mum for a meal and honestly I’ve never been so impressed the food we had was amazing and beef just fell apart. We had Braised beef with cranberry and red wine with horseradish mashed potato, honey glazed carrots & parsnips and a side...of duck Bon Bon’s it was amazing 100% recommend will definitely be back there again soonMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024 via mobile

Went there today for lunch and was disappointed. The staff are lovely, attentive and caring, so five stars for them! But had the Tuna Mayonnaise sandwich which I have had on many occasions and I like this pub, but was hard to find the Tuna...at £ 8.50 a sandwich . Overall disappointing. Will go elsewhere as need value for money. No, I did not comment on the product as not the staffs fault who were serving me but the chefs who produced it. Next time I will go elsewhere!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 December 2023

Tuesday 12th December 2023. The club Christmas meal this year at the Cricketers was very, very disappointing. The first disappointment was that the Christmas meal choice was UNAVAILABLE. So NOT a Christmas meal! We were expecting and looking forward to turkey and Christmas pud, after...all it was booked as a Christmas meal and it is Christmas. The second disappointment was no sticky toffee pudding and only 1 apple pie. Slow service, no Christmas crackers, no Christmas atmosphere. Baa humbug. Lots and lots of disappointed customers. Thank goodness our club members are great company so we did manage to enjoy our evening.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Matthew Allum, Owner at The Cricketers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2024

We are happy to say that this was sorted out on receipt of this review. All Christmas meals must be pre-booked and pre-ordered. The misunderstanding has been cleared up and we hope you try us again next year.

Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

What a wonderful place, the staff are great and the service time is quick, from ordering to receiving your food is spot on. I've eaten there several times and the quality of the food is exceptional, really tasty and you can tell it's good quality...ingredients involved. Highly recommend the food big thumbs up 👍More

Date of visit: November 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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