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The Cricketers, Blandford Forum, Dorset

The Cricketers

4.3
4.3
46 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the impressive roadside pub in the picturesque village of Shroton
Here at the Cricketers, we are the perfect retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand


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2 people

21:00


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub, Home cooking, English
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    01258 268107
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Alresford
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 46 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

46 Reviews
  1. WilliamN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    After having my booking accepted and a confirmation by text. We arrived to find the establishment closed

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  2. UtpaladhiB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It has closed down! Despite auto booking reminders… they never actually contacted me to say it has closed. Poor form for a Christmas Eve birthday celebration. Turned up and it’s empty

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  3. DannielleS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second visit to Party at The Mill and we absolutely loved it! The food is fantastic, the service is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. Love it and will return again!

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  4. RobertS

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The breakfast was great. All delivered as requested. However, the plates could warmed, especially in winter, to keep the food hot which was cold at the end of the meal.

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  5. AliceL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Thrilled to find a healthy, relaxed place to eat and we thought the food was great. Whilst it is absolutely fine to need to go up and order, the staff at the counter not doing anything should really tell customers they need to collect a menu and go up to order, not sure how long they would have left us sitting at the table had we not gone up to ask. Although the service required is minimal, it still managed to be poor.

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  6. SarahB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were very polite and the drinks and food arrived quickly. Went with a 2 year old due to the buzzing atmosphere, it was fine for them to make noise. The on-line menu advertised pancakes and smoothies but these weren’t available which was disappointing. The full English was tasty and good quality, especially the sausage however the homemade beans had an unusual herb in them that didn’t really go.

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  7. KatieB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere!

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  8. LisaA

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing at Party at the mill and one of our favourite places , however over the past few weeks the service has dropped and the portion sizes of certain things are not value for money, example the banana bread that used to be thick is no longer thick, or slices of toast/bread, so it does not feel like value for money for the high price tag. Recently tables run out of cutlery and the staff have to go off and find some and we noticed non of the tables had any, so not prepped/organises or being cleaned ready for next customers- whilst it does get busy over the weekend the staff level are Not matching this. That all said it won’t put me off going as it’s still very nice, but it is a shame when it’s such a great place usually these little things would make it back to five stars all round.

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  9. JamesK

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was simply superb. Amazing flavours. Great wine too. Bit pricey but you get what you pay for.

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  10. MollyH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside with a dog. Plenty of shade, good food, great coffee and a really chilled atmosphere.

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  11. angelaf

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its been a few months since our last Friday night visit, and the menu had changed, with new exciting ideas. Even prepared the Beetroot borani at home! Could be improved with cheaper wine and beer prices

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  12. Rhjf

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hi Really enjoyed dinner. Food is excellent and well presented. Service is good and people are lovely. It is expensive and an automatic 12.5% service charge is steep for what it is. £6.50 for a 330 ml can of lager is over £9 per pint with less effort. I would come again and I appreciate costs are high but there is a lot of competition at the same level.

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  13. MikeB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic small plates, some of the best food we have ever tasted. Beautiful, quality ingredients, clever chef, lovely staff & service. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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  14. TracyR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A super evening great food lovely atmosphere, One of our dishes didn’t arrive but the bill was adjusted but otherwise service was great.

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  15. Django

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Interesting, innovative tasty dishes, now with improved wine, but sadly let down by smaller portion sizes and heavily overpriced. Even more than top notch Michelin winning central London tapas restaurants (did a price comparison)! Reluctantly will avoid now. Sorry.

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  16. Nicky

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tasty food, atmosphere and service - water brought to my dog! Only wish would be choice for a bigger latte - the small glasses look nice and are a 'signature' but just not enough!

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  17. CourtneyW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food has always been amazing, fresh, local and tasty. Unfortunately, and it seems since Hal left, the service has gone completely downhill. Our waiter informed us he was new but he still had no idea of what things were called on the menu, he had no idea how to find anything on their iPad ordering system, it was evident he clearly hadn’t been well trained or made to learn anything about the food on offer. I had to explain to him that the restaurant did large pizzas as well as smaller pizzetas. There was no cohesiveness (and there was only one other table in the restaurant so it’s not like they were busy). We had to ask if we could place our order. We had to ask if we could get the bill and then again ask if we could pay it. Other waiters that brought plates didn’t attempt to clear the empties and again, we had to ask them if they would. To me this should be a standard awareness and job of someone serving a table.

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  18. Carol101M

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went early on a Friday evening for pizza and a glass of wine. Thankfully there was outside seating as the music inside (I feel) is too loud if you want to have an evening of gossiping. But, delicious pizza, fab pudding (panacotta with crunchie pieces) and enjoyable glass of wine.

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  19. Abby

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We’ve been to PATM a few times and last night wasn’t the best. We grabbed a quick bite at 5pm before heading to Perins for their Little Shop of Horrors performance. The service wasn’t great. Three girls just standing around not very busy and although only 3-4 tables in the restaurant, took ages to get attention or any drinks. We ordered a selection of plates along with 3 pizzas for our kids. The pepperoni pizza came out covered in chilli oil which my daughter couldn’t eat. It would have been helpful for the waitress to indicate that it would have Chilli over it. Subsequently we had to order another pizza. As I say, we have been before and had a great time but the service this time was a disappointment.

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  20. MarkJ

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, freshly made and served promptly. Staff all friendly. Nice airy premises with seating outside.

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  21. KatieB

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Party at the mill is a lovely little cafe that has the most wonderful brunch selection. Perfect for a weekend treat and you can bring your dog too. The pancakes are especially yummy’

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  22. KatieN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked brunch on a Sunday morning. It was very busy with lots of cyclists plus lots of other diners. I didn’t mind how busy it was as I thought it added to the vibe of the place with the good music however it did mean there were lots of people hovering round our table waiting for their drinks whilst we were trying to eat. This isn’t the most comfortable experience so I would say ask for a table that isn’t directly in front of the bar. Service was a bit chaotic, we had to keep asking for napkins, extra cutlery, the water to be re filled. I think this was a reflection of how busy they were. The main barista guy was visibly stressed and kept having words with the waiting staff as they seemed to be making duplicate orders in error, i thought this was quite unprofessional and made me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps elevated by the fact we were sat so close. On the whole, we thought the food was great and loved the location so said we would return to give it another try.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we visited, and so glad we did. The food was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Would have liked an alternative to Chardonnay, and the choice of cocktails would have been great with our brunch. Certainly didn't spoil what was a brilliant experience. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

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  24. AliS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service and, as always, a warm welcome..

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  25. MikeH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    On line reservation followed up by email from staff to confirm, but when we arrived, no table reserved for us. Luckily (or unluckily as it turned out) large table was available so we grabbed it. Very very limited menu, my toasted sandwich was pretty much inedible, so I nibbled and left most of it. No smoothies available and the pimms was very watery. Could hardly have a conversation as the music was so loud. The Watercress Festival at Alresford attracts thousands of people so everywhere is very busy, however, you ought to state on your website that on such days menu will be very limited. Won't be back and neither will our friends.
    The CricketersResponded on 5 June 2023
    Hi Mike, I am sorry to hear you felt you didn't have the best experience here at The Mill. As explained, we turned the bookings off for this particular Sunday as it was Alresford's busy Watercress Festival - we have looked into how your booking managed to get through. We had to take the decision to run a limited food and drinks menu on this busy day to help with speed and ease of service, so apologies you felt you were restricted to toasties and pizza slices.

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  26. IMumford

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic. We love small plates and the food served up at PATM was outstanding. Really cool, relaxed vibe. The perfect way to spend a Friday date night after a busy week at work!

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  27. josmoo

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The best scrambled egg i have ever tasted and i will be back for that alone. The staff however were grumpy and as we hadn't been before we asked what we do ie table service, counter service and the girl was just rude. As it was a nice day we wanted to sit outside the only table left had only one chair when there was enough room for 4/6 chairs and the table was full of dirty crockery. I understand this was lunchtime and they were a bit busy.

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  28. IsobelD

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, food was delicious and we felt very welcome.
    The CricketersResponded on 15 May 2023
    Hi Isobel, thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was our first time and was really good some of the plates. We will come back again for try new food.
    The CricketersResponded on 8 May 2023
    Thank you so much for your kind review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  30. Red1

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the small plates idea. Be careful how much you order though so easy to get too much. Highly recommend the courgette and the asparagus dishes. A pleasant evening in a convivial environment.
    The CricketersResponded on 8 May 2023
    Hi there. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. We are thrilled you enjoy our small plates, and the courgette dish as much as we do! We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  31. beerandtwoveg

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, the best coffee, great people working hard to ensure you have a good time however busy it is - and it usually is very busy!
    The CricketersResponded on 8 May 2023
    Hi Nik, thank you so so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  32. SonjaC

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and lovely space, but really terrible service. Staff were unattentive, and had no idea how to make coffees or coctails.
    The CricketersResponded on 2 May 2023
    Hi Sonja, thank you for leaving a review. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but really sorry you felt the staff were inattentive - I will speak to the evening staff and look into this further for you.

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  33. Abby

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time coming for dinner as seen their posts on instagram and glad we came! We were a group of 4 and the sharing plates were incredible!! Plate after plate just blew us away. Delicious food and presentation was amazing too. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. So lovely to go somewhere relaxed and low key on a Friday evening but have outstanding food. I often come for coffee and brunch but I’ll now add this to my Friday and Saturday dinner list too. Highly recommend!
    The CricketersResponded on 24 April 2023
    Hi Abby, thank you so much for leaving a review - we are thrilled you enjoyed your visit to us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  34. Helen

    Surrey

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten here a few times and in summary, the food is good but the front of house is chaotic. They always appear to have enough staff but it isn't relaxed its always we are so busy, there will be a wait for food etc.regardless of how many tables are taken. I booked a table and it was still a 40 min wait for food which I felt was harsh with 2 small children. The food arrived and was good but clearly the poached eggs had been waiting to be served as they were no longer runny. Again chaotic as to who is taking form the kitchen to the tables.

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  35. RowenaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Superb food. We even ordered the same dish twice as it was so good. The food was beyond delicious and it was so lovely to go out for dinner and feel like it was something special ❤️ thank you PATM
    The CricketersResponded on 10 April 2023
    Hi Rowena, thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review. We are thrilled you had a great time here - looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  36. JH137

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to have a catch up with a friend! Highly recommend, staff were lovely & polite. Food was delicious!
    The CricketersResponded on 6 April 2023
    Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit to us and we can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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  37. KempyRoo

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sadly we were allocated a table for 2 when we booked for 5 & pre-booked a high chair. When we asked for help we were then told the only table available was a shared table next to the kitchen. As we had a dog & 18 month old with us not suitable. The Manager just left the staff to deal with the situation whilst she looked on. Dreadful service which could have easily been rectified. We left & ate elsewhere. A shame because in the past we have eaten here & the food was great. We shall vote with our feet & not return.

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  38. Django

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed 2 best dishes... Mussels not on. Steak not on. Mostly delicious if pricey food and drinks. Hal is great FOH. Need to maintain high standards set and also vary menu more frequently, e g at least 1 new dish per fortnight. Keep it up, chaps!
    The CricketersResponded on 3 April 2023
    Hi Dominic, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our specials do change regularly depending on produce and seasonal availability, but I will pass the positive feedback of the mussels and steak to the kitchen team! We have recently added a few more spring/summer dishes to our menu that we would love you to try next time you're in!

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  39. Anna

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food truly amazing but not for an intimate dinner as very noisy and quite exposed seating. It was worth putting up with the loud boomy music as the food was good, especially burrata and babaganoush and homemade focciacia
    The CricketersResponded on 3 April 2023
    Hi Anna, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food, our burrata is one of our favourites too! In terms of the acoustics, we have a 6 piece Sonos set-up which can all be individually turned down - if you do visit us again, a member of staff will quite happily turn the music down for you. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  40. Randa

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible! First time I've walked out of a restaurant where I've pre booked a table. The staff wouldn't acknowledge I was waiting when I walked in with my mother, despite there being lots of them walking around. We were eventually shown to our table and left for 20 mins without menus. I hadn't been to the restaurant before so wasn't sure of the ordering procedure. I went up to the counter to ask, but again couldn't get anyone's attention, so picked up 2 menus. Once we decided what we wanted, I couldn't get the attention once again of any of the staff to place the order, so went up to the counter to order. The noise was so loud in the room that I just decided it really wasn't somewhere I could stay and have a conversation without having to raise my voice across a small table. I tried to tell someone that we would be leaving but again no one would make eye contact with me, so we just left. Won't be returning and won't be recommending. Awful. Awful. Awful.
    The CricketersResponded on 3 April 2023
    Hi Miranda, thank you for your feedback. We're really sorry you didn't have a positive experience with us. Our daytime booking system is very new to us and took a couple of days to adapt. We are positive that the amendments we've now made will reduce the chance of waiting and make the ordering system clearer. Apologies again.

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FAQs

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

The Cricketers is rated 4.3 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

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21:00


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Main St, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8QD

Additional information

  • Area
    Alresford
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub, Home cooking, English
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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