The Cricketers

4.6
28 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
The Cricketers pub in Shroton is nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside, at the foot of Hambledon Hill, home of an Iron Age hill fort, and just off the Wessex Ridgeway footpath. In fact, a right of way passes right through the pub’s garden, making it a delightful spot for weary walkers to rest and enjoy some well-earned refreshments!

Although we’re 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 glass of wine. Well behaved dogs are very welcome in the bar area.

We’re also proud to be at the heart of our community and our name comes from our long association with Shroton Cricket Club, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007.

Come and join us at The Cricketers for great pub food, a wide selection of real ales and wines, and always a very warm welcome from Chloe & Aidan and the team. Whether it’s a refreshing pint you’re after, or a homely meal, you’re always welcome to pop by!

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 28 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly, always good

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Dennis
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Recommended. Comfortable, good food and service. Go there.

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PeterA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant, sat outside.
Very competent and able service
Very good pub food

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Jodi
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service. The outside area has been decorated very tastefully. The drinks and food arrived promptly and was delicious. I certainly recommend it!

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MarkL
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice pub in a quiet village. Staff were friendly and helpful. Pies were delicious. Really nice atmosphere in the evening. When it got a bit cold under the marquee we could borrow blankets. A lovely evening.

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RichardB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great Sunday lunch on my wife’s birthday. Very good food and great service.

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Foodlovers
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always and great service . Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were brilliant and food was the best pub food I have had.

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EmmaD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal at the Cricketeers was superb. The service was lovely, very friendly staff who really seemed to care about doing a good job, excellent excellent food and a happy, safe atmosphere. We eat here quite a lot and are always satisfied but this time definitely exceeded our expectations. Thank you Cricketeers

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marko
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

we had a lovely Beef Sunday roast ,with an amazing Chocolate Brownie for dessert, The staff were very helpful and even in these difficult times we had a wonderful time.

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GaryG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was surprised it was so empty, 3 tables being used (7pm Sat night) which started to worry me. However, the food was lovely and the service very good. I can only think that the lack of patrons is maybe a Covid hangover. We will certainly return and have recommended it to friends.

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CaroleJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a lovely setting. Great service. Couldn't ask for more.

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JillG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cricketers serve the best Sunday lunch for miles! Very pleasant staff, we felt very safe and the food was superb.

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear JillG, Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so pleased to hear that you had a positive experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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StacyJ
Devon
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good and friendly service, lovely decor and great food.

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear StacyJ, Thank you for your fab review, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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CamillaV
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In spite of all the additional complications of COVID-19 this place really makes you feel welcome and valued. Delicious prawn curry and wonderful service. Can’t wait to return

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear CamillaV, Wow, thank you so much for this fantastic review! We are thrilled to hear that your visit to us was as great as we strive for, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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GillG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, cleanliness, all were great, highly recommend

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear GillG, Thank you for your lovely review, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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TomT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service, il be booking up again for next weekend.

The Cricketers
Responded on 2 November 2020

Dear TomT, Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so pleased to hear that enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Chloe

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ChristineD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, great food, great service and reasonably priced

The Cricketers
Responded on 2 November 2020

Dear ChristineD, Thank you for your great review, it's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Chloe

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clarec
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely meal on ‘fajita Friday’ - great idea and tasty food.
Lovely staff and nothing too much trouble.

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear clarec, Thank you for this fantastic review, we are extremely pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to us, we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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Emma
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely menu with a special board as well prompt and efficient service

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear Emma, Thank you for this lovely review, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow can I say that is not positive about the food, staff and venue
I was very happy with the covid precautions throughout
Food was just off the chart good value and tasty especially the winter dessert board
Highly recommend

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you! This is so lovely to hear and we are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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SheilaB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything you could ask for in this very friendly restaurant, we are regular customers as we know that we will never be disappointed with whatever we choose for a meal.
Very covid aware with sanitizers at the entrance and all staff wearing face masks.

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear SheilaB, Thank you so much for this lovely review, I am so pleased to hear that you enjoy your experience with us each time you visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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Foodietokyo
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting and varied menu with standard pub food and more unusual dishes. Service was friendly, cheerful and helpful. Super safe with table service.

The Cricketers
Responded on 10 December 2020

Dear Foodietokyo, Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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KarinaN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely food and excellent friendly service.

The Cricketers
Responded on 3 October 2020

Dear KarinaN, Thank you so much for your review, I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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AndyB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fresh home made food (garlic bread to die for), friendly helpful and polite staff.

I can't recommend the Cricketers highly enough.

The Cricketers
Responded on 3 October 2020

Dear AndyB, Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us and very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your meals. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Chloe

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TurbotH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Friendly service, well cooked food but bright lights, dated decor and average menu. Pretty boring!

The Cricketers
Responded on 3 October 2020

Dear TurbotH, Thank you for your review, I am glad to hear that you had friendly service and that your food was well cooked. I am sorry to hear that you feel our décor is dated as we had a very extensive refurbishment only 4 years ago, I am also sorry to hear that you feel our menu is average when you visited however since your visit we have released a new menu now that we are back on our feet following lockdown. Kind regards, Chloe

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MartinF
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly pub, would totally recommend it. Excellent service, the food was delicious and very generous portions. 10/10.

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SheilaB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely evening the staff were very efficient and friendly, the food was excellent, will be going back next week for sure.

FAQs

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

The Cricketers is rated 4.6 stars by 28 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.