Lunch #2 with my Father-in-Law, this time with his sister as well. I knew they would love the Olde Worlde charm of The Cricketers in Downside, near Cobham.
I used to go here regularly when I first moved to the area, but eventually the food and high prices drove me away. New owners took over 3 or 4 year ago and rectified all that was wrong and I’ve finally come back to judge how well they’ve done.
It’s easy to overuse the phrase ‘oozes charm’ but in this case the words truly are suiting. Roaring fires, nooks & crannies and low beamed ceilings are the perfect setting in drab weather. It’s cute and cosy and any other superlative you can think of.
There’s what used to be the more formal dining area, that’s now another room of the pub.
The small size of the various rooms make it difficult to convey the charm of the bar area in a photograph.
A large outdoor seating area is practically on the green, giving a great feeling of openness.
This happens to be at the ‘real’ front of the pub, meaning even outdoors you still get to enjoy The Cricketers’ charm (see image #1.)
As mentioned in our Surrey Eats For Kids article, The Cricketers is a wonderful spot for kids to run and play on the green while you enjoy the terrace.
If it’s how it used to be, I suspect the patio gets quite packed on beautiful sunny days so you’re best to come early to get a table.
Service is cheerful and efficient.
All of the food is prepared fresh onsite. Though part of a group of six pubs, the menu varies with each location. With dishes like New York Strip and Caesars with anchovies and an assortment of burgers, the influence of the local American community is evident on The Cricketers menu. Not to fear, pub classics haven’t been left off but have been made up to date.
FIL opted for the ‘beef & horseradish sandwich £7.’ The beef was thick cut and pink in the middle. It looked delectable but he thought they were a little too generous with the horseradish for his liking.
AIL went retro with the ‘prawn & avocado salad with cos lettuce and grapefruit £11.95.’ After getting a little extra dressing she loved it and ate every last bite.
I went for the ‘super healthy salad, feta, broccoli, butternut squash, avocado, spinach, carrots, toasted seeds and nuts with an orange and yogurt dressing £10.95.’ I love salads and this was salad heaven. Filling and substantial with lovely flavours and a good amount of every ingredient.
The new owners really have done a fabulous job at reviving The Cricketers. The menu is up to date and the food well prepared. Once again The Cricketers will become a favourite stop for my overseas guests.
The Cricketers, Downside Common, Downside, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3NX
Plenty of parking, there’s even a carwash in the lot.
Dog friendly inside and out.