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The Cricketers, Downside, Cobham

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Downside Common
KT11 3NX

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dave stray left this review about The Cricketers

Was refurbished in the Autumn of 2011. The outside seating was the main difference with modern square tables in place of the more cosy wooden types that there used to be. There was also a very strange false green turf in place of the real grass. The design was too trendy and lacked much warmth. However the food was neat and nicely presented and came in very reasonable proportions. Very Gastro compared to the old style British Pub it used to be, the real ales are still pretty handy with generally at least 4 or 5 on plus various other interesting beers. Worth visting still.

On 6th December 2011 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cricketers

I managed to pay a return visit to this yesterday, following a half-hour walk from Cobham Stoke d’Abernon station. They’ve apparently had a mini refurbishment, although the wonderful interior of the pub has gladly not been interfered with. There are no longer picnic benches outside, as they have been replaced by what I presume are all weather tables and chairs, placed on fake grass. It doesn’t look quite so nice at the front now (just my opinion of course), but I suppose the area is more reliable. They also advertise a new menu – I don’t know what all the differences are, but the steak and ale pie has gone up from £9.95 to £12.95 (the quality was OK though), and on the drinks side the Surrey Hills Shere Drop has gone up to £3.80 a pint from £3.30 a year ago. So, this has gone from an excellent country pub to an excellent but expensive country pub.

On 19th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Cricketers

A pleasant countryside setting on the common on the edge of stockbroker belt Cobham, low black beamed ceiling, I suspect the pub is timber framed but with alterations. Plenty of brasses around, pewter mugs hanging from a beam over the bar, a yard of ale glass suspended and so on. The bar is central with lots of interconnected areas. The area/room at the very back was set up as if it was for dining only. Carpeted but with a wooden floor in the dining area.
Various seating but traditional, the low ceiling would certainly put paid to any ideas of those high tables and stools. Several benches at hewn wood tables and a few barrel seats and tables. The large fireplace is worthy of note, that would make a great focal point on a cold day. Some of the beams included in it though look to be newer and hence false.
The food looked good, the pie I saw served was huge. Beers as described by RR below.
Certainly a nice pub in a great setting, I imagine it will get very busy at weekends and on summer evenings.

On 24th November 2010 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Cricketers

The Cricketers is a large country pub set in an enviable location right by, and looking out over, Downside Common. There are a number of picnic benches in the front of the pub, as well as a large Magnolia which I guess would look pretty impressive when in flower. A large car park is at the back of the pub, which is really a must for this sort of place with the train station a good 20 minutes walk away. Inside it’s a typical very low ceilinged one-room country pub, with eating and drinking areas meandering around the central bar (no good for the likes of Peter Crouch who would not be able to stand at the bar). Black painted beams are everywhere, the walls and ceilings are mainly that authentic looking nicotine colour, and upholstered benches, normal chairs and rustic designed varnished tables comprise the furnishings. The front of the bar counter is exposed brickwork and more beams, and there is a large fireplace at the side of the room, complete with brass coal box, more beams complete with horse brasses, and piles of logs. The fire was not alight during my visit (it was not really needed on a fairly nice sunny day) but it clearly had been recently judging by the ashes in the grate and the residual smell of burning logs.
The Ales they had on were OSH; Pride; GKIPA; and Surrey Hills Shere Drop. The Shere Drop (at £3.30 a pint) was a superb pint in any case, but was made even better by us having built up a thirst during our walk from Stoke d’Arbenon Station. I think just about everyone other than my companion and I was eating, and they were doing a brisk trade at early lunchtime on a Friday. Sandwiches were around the £5 mark, with main courses around £9. As an example, the “homemade steak and ale pie, mixed vegetables and gravy” was £9.95. Worryingly there was no mention of chips with this meal, but I hope that this was just the result of an oversight on the menu. I saw Sunday lunch advertised, at £16.95 for two courses.
I thought that this was a charming and authentic country pub. I intend to pay a return visit sometime, probably when the weather improves.

On 20th November 2010 - rating: 8
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