We have been the present guardians of the Cricket Inn for nearly a decade now, it just made sense that Jim & Simon from the iconic, award-winning craft brewers at Thornbridge should team up with Sheffield cook Richard Smith and his restaurateur wife Victoria to realise a dream of creating that most quintessential of English things - a great pub.
So with years of very diverse pub experience, we set about transforming the Cricket into what we believed it should be - a place of great inn-keeping traditions - a good welcome, warm, cosy, offering friendly service, a great pint, delicious wines, food of great taste, flavour & generosity, but most important of all making sure our guests leave happy, content and already waiting to return to us for a lovely and charming time.
Our Aims For The Pub
There’s no doubt that the Cricket Inn has an exceptional location, incredible warmth and a unique character - in fact it’s attributes are really quite endless. So with the food we decided to create something that everyone could really enjoy based on generous portions, local and seasonal ingredients and totally traceable products from brilliant suppliers.
The food of a great inn must offer a good choice of dishes, from the simple and hearty to the rich and refined, but above all it must be flavoursome, gutsy and tasty. We offer a full repertoire from our house menu including our own smoked delicacies, fantastic starters and stunning sharing boards, with daily changing blackboards for our seasonal specialities, as well as our pub classics and big hearty roasts, (not forgetting some really decadent puddings). Our food ethos is to try and offer something to our guests whatever they fancy at that given moment - for us a great menu is one with dishes that reflects what our guests love to eat and our chefs enjoy cooking.