Overlooking Redbourn Common, this lovely local offers a fine view to complement some truly delicious food and drink. Owners Colin and Debbie Baxter are well-versed in hospitality and have run the pub successfully for the past seven years.
Everything about this community-focused hostelry is geared towards making guests feel welcome. The cosy front bar has a warm, country-pub feel and gives way to a 30-seater restaurant, which offers a more contemporary dining experience. There’s also an upstairs dining room, which is available to hire for events and private functions.
The menu provides both classic pub grub, such as sausages, mash and onion gravy and the immense Cricketers burger, and an à la carte selection that includes an ever-changing specials board. There’s also a set menu offering two courses for just £12, plus Sunday roast options, all of which are complemented by an extensive (and extremely reasonably priced) wine list. During my visit, I sampled sumptuous pulled pork with black sticky rice and crunchy Asian salad, followed by a main course of perfectly cooked linguine with strips of tender fillet steak, hints of chilli, garlic and truffle oil and shavings of tangy pecorino. Both dishes were superbly fresh, hinting at the kitchen team’s dedication to using only the finest seasonal and locally sourced produce. One of the best pubs in Redbourn, The Cricketers is well worth a visit.