The start of 2013 saw Thornbridge Brewery and chef Richard Smith release the book Craft Union: Matching Beer with Food. We’re extremely proud that one of the recipe chapters is based at The Cricket Inn. 

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Read on for an excerpt from Richard’s introduction to the chapter…



Pubs have always been extremely close to my heart – Sheffield’s Cricket Inn especially so. During my childhood it was run by my grandfather’s cousin, making it a big part of my heritage, so I was delighted when it became part of our group. 

My grandfather himself ran the Crown Inn just down the road, meaning I spent a lot of my former years in the family pubs and have some fond memories. I loved visiting them after school, drowning bags of crisps in Henderson’s Relish and shaking them up to coat them for flavour. The challenge was to eat them before they went soggy. And we all remember the day we get to sip our first pint…

Personal attachment aside, what I love about the Cricket Inn is that it’s a little oasis for Sheffield and the Peak District, with quintessentially English pub elements to its character throughout the year.

…there was nowhere better to spend a glorious day for this chapter of the book. Our group chef, Les Rennie, who held a Michelin star back in the day, teamed up with the Cricket’s head chef Marco Caires to lay on a barbecue fit for a king. 

I think the photos speak for themselves in this chapter – hopefully the fun we had comes across. But our Cricket barbecues are legendary, so if you don’t believe me then pop along one summer and see for yourself.