The Cricketers is the picture-postcard image of the perfect country pub, with views over the village green to the front and an enclosed patio and garden to the rear. Indoors there are open ﬁres, a jumble of cosy, intimate dining areas and a great atmosphere. Landlord Simon and his friendly team ensure that all who visit leave smiling.
The bar is well stocked with real ales, and the wine list amuses as well as informs with its quirky, chatty descriptions. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch from midday and choose from a varied dinner menu throughout the week, with everything freshly prepared and, whenever possible, locally sourced. Light bites, sandwiches and smaller dishes for children are available alongside traditional mains and more unusual dishes, such as pan-fried hake with crab fritters, and braised shoulder of lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our starters of sweet potato, lime and coconut soup, which was rich and creamy with just a hint of zesty freshness, and sautéed mushrooms with a garlic, cream sauce served on toasted sourdough bread. The mains were equally delicious . They consisted of Sicilian ﬁ sh stew – red mullet, king prawns, mussels, cod, and baby squid in rich tomato sauce, with saffron aioli – and perfectly cooked steak, with chunky chips and a delicious peppercorn sauce. Although you may be full, the puddings are a must, and they needn’t be heavy. Try the wonderful vanilla crème brûlée with strawberries and homemade shortbread – it’s too good to miss.