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“Such an improvement”
Review of The Cricketers

The Cricketers
Ranked #4 of 55 Restaurants in Cobham
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: We are delighted to welcome you to our gorgeous pub and brasserie which has been given a beautiful new look. Set on idyllic Downside Common, pop in to our lovely bar which has inglenook fireplaces aplenty, cosy nooks and comfy armchairs to settle down in and while away a few hours with a glass of wine from our carefully chosen list or one of our guest beers. Our brasserie, serving our new spring à la carte menu, is a wonderfully light and airy room with an open kitchen for a touch of the theatrical as our lovely chefs create mouth-watering dishes. Or why not book The Oval, a delightful semi-private snug, ideal for celebrations with friends and family. Our beautiful garden overlooking the Common, is the perfect spot to spend a balmy day with a chilled glass of something and delicious bite to eat. Whatever the reason for your visit, you can be sure of a warm welcome from us all at The Cricketers.
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

On previous visits always been disappointed, but wow! Food was amazing, menu perfect, lots of choices and great staff. Had run out of beef sub afternoon which was a shame, but accommodated us by making a kids roast using something else from the kids menu.

Fabulous pub- definitely worth a visit.
Great for kids and dogs

Thank Cathie B
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

The risotto was amazing, as was the beef bourginon. We had to sit in the bar area as the restaurant was full, which meant we had to order at the bar. This a bit tedious as the barman had to keep walking back to the till after we told him each meal. Fix the ordering system and this will be amazing.

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Thank BR W
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

We had heard the Cricketer, a Raymond Blanc White Brasserie pub, was worth a visit. As my wife and I were passing through on our way back to Australia, I made an email lunch reservation, two weeks in advance, for two . We received a reply asking if we would prefer indoors or outside seating. We replied outside if warm and asked for a shaded table. This was because I had noted a Trip Advisor reviewer stating they left because there were no shaded tables available. I received a reply saying no problem "as so far we were the only booking for that day". All seemed to be going very smoothly.

I was wrong..

We arrived at the Cricketers on the appointed day. It was warm. We were advised they had no reservation for us. I asked "shall I show you the emails on this?" To arrive and find the expected reservation has not been made is just about the most unpromising start we could have had. However, in fairness and as we were early, we were seated outside and at a shaded table.

Most seating outside is shaded but several tables are not. As the restaurant was busy later arrivals looked at the remaining, unshaded, tables baking in the sun. They left the garden fairly promptly. Perhaps they sat indoors.

Service was OK as they were busy. Our waitress was very pleasant.

My wife had a very good pea and broad bean salad and a glass of wine. I had a grilled salmon fillet with salad and a pint of lager. Both were OK but not memorable. Total cost £42. Value for money? Probably not.

Overall. Not worth a second visit even if we lived locally.

If after a couple of emails to and fro, a restaurant still doesn't make the promised reservation it says quite a lot about management. None of it good. It was fortunate we were quite early for had we not been we would have baked outside or sat inside on a lovely summer's day. Or left.

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1  Thank Ian L
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Expectations at this Raymond Blanc ‘high-end’ gastro pub chain were unfortunately ‘stumped’ soon after arriving. Visiting for a birthday lunch we asked for a bottle of Prosecco (shown on the wine list) only to be told they had run out. The only option was a lonely looking bottle of Rose sparkling sitting in the bar fridge. Fortunately, we did not require a second one before moving to the restaurant table. We ordered from the Summer Menu two portions of Vietnamese summer rolls only to be told that they had run out. Selecting instead two Potted Cromer crab starters it then took 30 minutes to tell us that there was only one portion of crab left. The third choice, Chicken liver parfait with truffle butter arrived with the butter clearly having melted at some point during the long wait to be served. The resultant liquid topping sloshing about looked unappealing at best. Glancing around the restaurant we noticed the majority of tables were unoccupied so it was not exactly busy although there were a few tables being served on the garden terrace. An equally long wait occurred before our mains arrived so heavens knows what the service would have been like had it been a full house. What we did eat was pleasant enough but some way from being outstanding. Interaction from our characterless waiter was zero, having mentioned it was the birthday of one of our party. We might as well have stated we were on our way back from a funeral. Last visited this establishment 35 years ago when it was a pub. In its present guise it is clearly trying to be more restaurant than pub. However, would not recommend a visit if you were looking for a cosy pub atmosphere, having clearly lost its ‘appeal’.

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1  Thank AlJSurrey
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

A really lovely spot for sunday lunch. A mix of friends and family for a traditional sunday roast. Not a huge menu but everyone was satisfied. We ended up paying about £30 a head with wine and drinks but everyone was happy with food location and service. Great day.

1  Thank johnmilsom
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