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“A very English hidden-away country pub in deepest Hampshire”

The Cricketers Arms
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The Cricketers Arms
Ranked #1 of 1 Tangley B&B and Inns
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“A very English hidden-away country pub in deepest Hampshire”
Reviewed 4 February 2013

In a previous life I used to go to The Cricketers regularly from home in the parish of St. Mary Bourne. Returning to the area for the first time in 15 years for a funeral, the pub was high on the list for a family get-together the following day and, although it has changed considerably in the intervening years, it's still got character - and characters - and good food and drink. Today there is also a little cluster of wooden lodge style rooms to stay in - wish I'd known about them when looking for a B&B stay for the funeral - but maybe another time.

We arrived at 12pm on a Saturday to find the place largely empty, so although we had booked, we were able to take our pick of the tables. We always prefer to be in the bar for the atmosphere, so as there were to be eight of us, pushed a couple of tables together et voila. A member of staff came over clucking that we were taking up too much room for six people, but once we explained that two more were yet to arrive she was mollified.

Can't quite remember what everyone had, but heard no complaints so it must have been ok. I certainly enjoyed my haddock, chips (nice and crisp) and mushy peas with what looked like home-made tartare sauce and my wife thought her goats cheese and red pepper lasagne with salad was delicious. One of our party was a vegetarian and chose a large brown bap filled with something suitable and seemed to enjoy it, while another had scampi and chips and declared them very tasty.

Pancakes with ice cream and toffee sauce were my wife's choice for pudding (I opted for a glass of red wine instead as usual), although a slight mix up saw them arrive with toffee ice cream instead of vanilla, which was soon rectified. We weren't in any particular hurry, although needing to begin the long trek back to Norfolk sooner rather than later, but the puddings did seem to take an inordinately long time to arrive compared to the main courses; the kitchen can't have been maxed out as the place was practically empty.

Good range of drinks - Stowford cider on draught was good.

Although the fire in the bar was burning well on the opposite side of the room and the radiator on our side was hot when we arrived, by the time we left, around 2:30pm, it was cold and we were feeling distinctly chilly. Almost a pleasure to get back in the car to warm up, which is not a memory you want to take away from a 'cosy' pub.

We'd heard mixed reports locally that The Cricketers was losing its edge and of course many, if not most, establishments go through these up and downs over time, but on the whole we'd have to say the pub is still a worthwhile destination - and destination it is because it's out in the wild country to the north of Andover where road signs are minimal, road surfaces on narrow lanes are disintegrating and a satnav and OS map are probably a good idea, especially after dark.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2012 via mobile

Ed and the staff here never fail to make sure you are made very welcome . The rooms are fantastic the food is amazing and real ale makes this my favourite pub and hotel. I stayed here recently after a delayed flight thanks to FlyMabye. Mine Host Ed kept the kitchen open for me and provided a fantastic Steak on my arrival at 9.30 pm. And was there with a warm welcome for breakfast on the morning. Well done Ed you are a star .

  • Stayed October 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

The Cricketers at Tangley is exactly what you might hope for from an English country pub. Great atmosphere with real fires, friendly service, and excellent freshly prepared food (not the bought in and warmed up rubbish which you find in so many dining pubs these days). Very lovely surroundings make the cricketers all in all first rate.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, UK
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

The Cricketers is a lovely country pub with great food and a very warm and friendly atmosphere all set in a wonderful part of the world. We have stayed here several times over the past few years and have always enjoyed our stay.

The bar has low ceilings, exposed beams and a huge roaring fire. They have a good variety of real ales and wines. There is a dedicated restaurant section to the rear and the food is good and hearty with plenty of choice. The clientele is a mix of young and old, locals and visitors and they all seem to get along fine.

The accomodation, located in the pub grounds is a series of log cabins. They are all ensuite, very warm with crisp white linen on the beds and thick towels in the bathroom. We've always found them clean and comfortable. The breakfasts, served in the restaurant are good.

The pub and the accomodation is dog friendly and there is plenty of parking too.

Tangley and the surrounding areas are beautiful and are worthy of further exploration.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

Really beautiful village and surrounding area.
We stayed in Tangley for a wedding in Appleshaw and the accommodation was so much better than I expected. The rooms were wonderfully spacious, clean and had freshly laundered sheets and towels. I didn't think for the price, £75 for a double room with breakfast, this would be the standard and had packed my own towels just in case.

Chalet style lodge with ample, free parking and great full english.

The pub serves a really top qaulity, varied menu and lovely selection of beers and wine.

Really great for a weekend away in a pictoresque village with fantastic pubs all around.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Cricketers Arms
Address: Tangley, Andover SP11 0SH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Andover > Tangley
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tangley
Number of rooms: 10
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