The Cricketers

4.5
74 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
At The Cricketers you will find great pub food, a selection of real ales, and a warm welcome from your hosts Joe and Sally and their team Daily deliveries of fresh fish, meat and local produce, combined with our choice of well kept real ales, mean that The Cricketers is the perfect choice for food or just to enjoy a quiet pint. Joe and Sally and the team aim to make The Cricketers one of the finest pubs in Dorset. Although we are proud of our food, The Cricketers is a real village pub and you are equally welcome to drop by for a pint of real ale or a glass of wine. The pub lies between the cricket pitch and the village green. A right of way passes through the pub garden, which provides a delightful spot for weary walkers to take refreshment and recuperate from their exertions. We are proud of our long association with Shroton Cricket Club from which the pub takes its name. The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 74 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.6
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annon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent lunch. can not fault the cricketers at all.

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NicolaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were really friendly- I booked a table and we had a nice quiet spot to ourselves which was great.
The food was amazing! cannot fault it at all and plenty of it too.

My only negative is that drinks were expensive. My husband ordered lemonade and orange juice and we were taken aback with the price of it.

But overall a fantastic place and more then worth a visit. We will certainly be going back.

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DeniseR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for gluten free, nice to have a choice and especially desserts 😀 , glad this is local to our new home

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ErikJ
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Attentive staff and good food for a pub. We'll be back soon.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the meal was excellent! A lovely evening in a friendly, welcoming pub.

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SamF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came, we saw, we fish n chipped! Always good food from an extensive choice. Good value and friendly service with a great choice of beers.

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MikeD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent local pub, serving good food in a friendly atmosphere.

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AustinB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately on this visit the service was very poor. We were repeatedly forgotten.
We were ignored when we arrived, found our own table. Bar visit to ask for drinks, asked for sources which never arrived, dishes only partially taken away. The Pub was not that busy but the two front of house staff could not cope. I would not recommend to a friend as i would be concerned who was working that day. Having said that previous visits (different staff member) have been great.

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AnnaF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly attentive service, yummy proper home made food, the Devilled Kidneys were particularly delicious.

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TrevorB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value meal in stylish surroundings. Liver and bacon is amazing.

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WendyH
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food excellent and very good service. A very friendly and relaxing pub in a lovely village. We would definitely book again and recommend to friends and family.

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Loudie
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cricketer's is such a lovely pub, especially after a long walk around Hambledon Hill. This time, I booked for lunch and brought the dog. This is one of the most dog-friendly pubs. And 'friendly', not just tolerant. As it's Christmas, I was able to have the lovely festive menu. Olive (the dog) was even given some turkey and ice cream for desert! The Cricketer's is in a lovely, quiet village off the main road and also has a large garden. The staff are fantastic. We're looking forward to visiting again in the New Year.

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Gillypip
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening at The Cricketers. The Service and ambiance in the pub were good. The food was average. Good size portions but not particularly tasty. Overall a good experience.

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Unpretentious pub in a beautiful village and setting.

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Tich
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant standard food from a well thought out pub menu, with plenty of choice. Lovely hidden gem of a place.

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LizO
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, lovely staff, service was excellent, great value for money

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IanC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here on Sunday. Warmly greeted when we arrived and shown to our reserved table. There were six of us, we were not rushed, and we all had a great time catching up. Food was lovely and served promptly. Staff were really helpful.
We will be returning in the New Year.
Thank you.

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LVB5
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time to the Cricketers, and we went for a special occasion. The staff were lovely and friendly. The food was delicious, and they were extra nice to the children in our group, who are too young for one of the big ice cream sundaes but wanted a bit more than a scoop of ice cream, the staff added sprinkles, chocolate and wafer to the ice cream to the delight of the children. We'll definitely be back!

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814ALI
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, plenty of it and presented lovely.
Kids meals are always brilliant choice.
Another great meal

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Hungry
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Perfectly nice but they really need some carpets/rugs to absorb the noise. We had loud drinkers in other room and a table of 8 or so next to us. Any laughter and we couldn’t hear each other. My father found it a challenge with his hearing aid too.
Fabrics are such a simple solution……!

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SarahS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub, outstanding food that was well presented. Staff were all very polite and welcoming.

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RobinK
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We visited on Pie Night and, as usual, the pies were excellent and very substantial.

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AndrewS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb place to eat and relax. Great food, great staff and a lovely village setting. Our second visit and we look forward to the third.

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Angel57
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An excellent dog friendly pub with efficient service. The table was quiet and perfectly positioned in the window. The food choice was good and reasonably priced.
My dog loved it there as he was given biscuits and there was doggy ice cream available to purchase. I will come again.

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CraigW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food - we will be eating here again.

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IanA
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A mid week lunch after a lovely walk. Service and food very good. Will certainly return.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and great choice. Lovely friendly staff. Perfect pub to take your dog also.
Have already booked to go back 😀

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Starlight
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little pub set in a beautiful location.
We received a warm welcome on arrival and friendly service thereafter. The food was very tasty, it arrived quickly and the portion sizes were great. Definitely good value for money, everything was lovely and clean and I can't wait to go back!
Plenty of parking around the pub to walk off your tasty meal afterwards!

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AnnieD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening spent here. Warmly welcomed on arrival and staff attentive all evening. Wide selection of starters, mains and deserts to choose from. We will be returning!

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Boominx
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening out with delicious food and efficient, friendly service at a reasonable price.

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RobinK
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice table with view. Attentive service and excellent liver and bacon.

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SophieP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly pub, nice ambience, great menu with plenty of choice, including lots of vegetarian options, perfect service. Never had a bad meal here!

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AndyP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and very friendly staff.

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HPP56
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with friends for a meal, food was fantastic, great portions and amazing choice. It was pie night so that had to be done! Very reasonable prices. Very clean and tidy place with loads of seating areas. Great parking out front. Only gripe was toilets were built for tiny people :)

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SkAndEl
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always - great service as always.
Pudding...Tropical Tiramisu was AMAZING!!!!!

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HelsM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely local pub - great food, good service. We will be back!

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vipTonyA
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice of food and drink. Great wine selection of which many are available by the glass. Visited on a very busy and sunny afternoon but service was very good with food and drinks being served politely and efficiently.

EJ
ErikJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tuesdays are Steak night and we had a good Sirloin at a very reasonable £10.50 each and shared a tasty baked Camembert to start. Staff were excellent and very friendly.

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Dorsetdoc
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly country pub with good choice of food and drink .

DG
DavinaG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food and lovely waitress. Nice setting.

FAQs

The Cricketers offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01258 268107.

The Cricketers is rated 4.5 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.