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“Evening meal was good, breakfast was very disappointing.” 3 of 5 stars
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The Cricketers
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Clavering, Saffron Walden CB11 4QT , England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Clavering B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Evening meal was good, breakfast was very disappointing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We visited 3 years ago for dinner and really enjoyed our meal. So as a treat this Easter we went for the £130 overnight stay special. When booking I asked do I need to book a table and time for dinner, but was advised as we were staying a table would be reserved for us. So we just thought we'd arrive at 6.30 and eat at 7.30 /8 ish, however when we arrived on Easter Sunday we were told the kitchen was closing at 8.......not ideal as we had to dump our bags in then hotel room and head straight for dinner.

Service was good, food was pretty good, my husband had the pie of the day, the pastry was great and I had the lamb. We did not have dessert. We retired then to the bar area for a port. Sadly then dinner was not as memorable as the previous meal we had had. Pleasant meal, but considering we had travelled from Hertford, not really worth the drive.

We slept well in a comfortable but outdated room. Headed for breakfast in the morning.
It started well, a nice fruit and yoghurt mini pot, which was very fresh. The service was hit and miss, we had to ask for menus and the call the waitress to make an order. My husband had poached egg on toast which came out in a pool of water, the bread was absolutely drenched. He removed the wet toast and just ate the eggs. The breakfast was very dissociating, clearly not the same chefs or care was taken over the food, as the night before.

When we checked out, nobody asked us if we had enjoyed our stay, we're not ones to complain of make a fuss, but we wanted to tell them we enjoyed our meal the night before and slept well but we wanted to share the disappointment over breakfast. The owner took it rather personally and was curt, whilst his wife simply ignored us and went on to answer the phone to take another booking.

I'm sorry to say we won't be investing in an overnight stay again. We'll either try again with dinner, or just stick to dinner in Hertford.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I went there to celebrate a birthday, have been before a few years ago, and OMG it was worth the wait! We had a table in the bar, not in the restaurant, but the food is the same. Starters and Main courses were hot, freshly prepared, beautifully presented and unbelievably tasty. For dessert, thought I'd try the chocolate brownie with Salty Caramel sauce. Can't rate it highly enough - I think it was the best dessert I've EVER eaten. Don't miss it - it's fantastic. The house red wine was excellent, as was the service. 11 out of 10!!

Room Tip: Didn't stay there - just went for a meal.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Had a lovely experience at The Cricketers,Clavering. Had lunch with a bunch of friends and what a lovely lunch it was, for starter I had carrot and coriander soup, yummy! then I had fresh salmon in a gorgeous sauce, with mashed potatoes (that were divine) fresh carrots and cauliflower, then apple crumble with ice cream, delicious. The ambience was fab as was the service. My Husband had lamb with roast potatoes & fresh vegetables - they even came round with a big bowl of extra roast potatoes....needless to say, he accepted. Would definitely go again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Just got in from a meal at the Cricketers Clavering could not wait to write this review which I have never done before. Took my husband and daughter of 15 for a meal for my husbands 50th could not rate high enough. The food was of another class the staff were very very friendly and helpful. Will defo reccomend and return maybe next time will stay over as didn t wan t to leave lovely atmosphere and felt special. Well done all at the Cicketers for getting everything SPOT ON.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We went with another couple and we all had a brilliant meal and breakfast. We used their special offer which entitles you to have a three course meal, accommodation and breakfast, you can choose anything off the menu or specials board which we found to be good value. Both rooms were large, clean and very comfortable. Looking forward to going back later this year! :)

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My wife and stayed here as part of a deal we found online. £130 for a double room and 3-course dinner. The restaurant and food were sublime (see review for this) and the room very clean and tidy.

I wouldn't pay £130 a night for the room. Although very well presented it was small. However,
when the saving is counted in as a result of the deal outlined above, the result is incredible value and an excellent night away.

Already planning a return visit.

Room Tip: Look for the dinner and room deals.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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114 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We found this place by accident in 2012 and then made sure we returned in 2013 (Sunday dinner) and we are looking forward to going back in June. Run by Jamie Oliver's parents, it has a little piece of culinary history to it as well. The menu is inventive, the food is well prepared and of high quality. Nice selection of ales and bitter, too. It's in the country -- pretty countryside -- but worth going out of your way for.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Clavering, Saffron Walden CB11 4QT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Saffron Walden > Clavering
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Cricketers 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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