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Cricketers Arms, St. Helens

64-68 Peter Street
West Park
Postal town: St. Helens
WA10 2EB
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Will Larter left this review about Cricketers Arms

A previous winner of Camra's pub of the year award, but it would be hard to tell if it weren't for the celebratory mural (see photo) and the landlord's story of how they nearly won it again the next year. To be fair, there's a lot to like about this pub; mostly the beer. On entering, as the first customers of the day, we were greeted by quite a strong smell of bleach, which is better than a smell of the drains, but doesn't help the appreciation of the beer.

There were 13 hand pumps on the go, with seven spread along one part of the counter and the other six round the corner. Three or four of these were from the on-site Howzat brewery, with cricket themed names that were lost on my drinking companion, though he did enjoy both the Nightwatchman Porter and especially the "5 fer 47"(Ken Shuttleworth's Finest), named in honour of the only Test match bowler to have been born in St Helens. I went for Elland Dobson's, Hawkshead Brodie's Prime and Ossett Yorkshire Brunette, all in good condition, though the latter was a bit underwhelming tastewise.

I probably let the bleach and the lack of modesty about the POTY to get up my nose, both literally and metaphorically, and I have to admit the pub did grow on me a little - maybe my mark of 7 might seem a little stingy. If so, I'll maybe be more generous after my next visit.

On 27th January 2020 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Cricketers Arms

Probably the most well-known pub in St Helens following its award of CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2017, this is a smashing back street boozer that has been turned into a genuine destination ale house. The pub has a fairly opened out interior with light coloured floorboards throughout and the servery along the back wall. The bar has a long, angular tongue and groove counter with matching pot shelves and bar back, whilst the traditional bell used to call time has been replaced by a large car horn. Pump clips liberally line the beam above the bar and the pillar that breaks the counter part way along its length – a hint of the pub’s previous two-bar layout. The left side of the room comprises a comfy looking lounge area, hidden a little behind the porch entrance, therefore making it a peaceful retreat from the busier bar area. Long banquettes skirt the perimeter and there is a creative display of various beer bottles and cans on the back wall. Another long, padded banquette runs along the pub’s front wall, opposite the bar, where some nice etched glass windows bearing the pub’s name can be found. Beer trays fill the window sills, various bottles and jugs are stacked up on the back of the banquettes, hops line the ceiling beams and lots of blackboards detail various drink options, all combining to give an authentic ale house feel to the room. To the right of the bar there is an open space with a drinking ledge and high stools down the end wall and a view out to the small, green beer garden. A side area in what may once have been a separate room, is dominated by a pool table, with some more comfy seating around the perimeter and an interesting collection of breweriana on the walls. A couple of TV screens dotted around the pub were inexplicably showing muted Celebrity X-Factor, which seemed highly incongruous and totally pointless.
The entrance porch rather unusually contains the pub’s beer board, so I spent a considerably longer than I usually would in a porch, trying to decide from a selection comprising Bollington Eastern Nights, North Riding Tiramisu Porter and Enigma, Listers Special Ale, Elland Lucky Dip, Beartown Crème Bearlee, Pictish Mounthood and Minstrel, Howzat Sightscreen, Castle Rock Preservation, Brightside Oktoberfest and a Best Bitter, from a brewery whose name was obscured. Unbeknownst to me, the Howzat beer is brewed in the pub’s own on-site microbrewery, but it was lost in this long list and I ended up instead taking a chance on the Tiramisu Porter, which was in excellent condition and tasted like very sweet coffee. At least nine boxed ciders could be seen in the fridges behind the bar as well, so most bases seem to be covered here.
It’s clear to see how this pub appealed to CAMRA and I would suggest it probably deserves its recognition for helping to promote good beer in a town few would consider a cask ale hub. There was a nice, convivial atmosphere here on my Sunday afternoon visit and whilst it perhaps lacks the comfort and warmth of other local ale houses like The Turk’s Head, it is definitely a pub worth venturing out of you way to check out.

On 18th December 2019 - rating: 9
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Brainy Pool left this review about Cricketers Arms

now serving its own beers from their own ‘Howzat brewery’ - i tried the Nightwatchman stout which was fine. the pub continues to keep first rate ale but I still don’t find it to be a place I want to stay for a while so it remains an 8/10.

On 8th December 2019 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
St Helens Central, 1.03 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Thatto Heath, 1.63 miles, 31 min walk (show)
Lea Green, 2.71 miles, 52 min walk (show)
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27th Jan 2020, 18:46
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - 4 a year: Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter - last updated 14 January 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 10 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 January 2018 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 14 January 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 28 February 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 January 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 28 February 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 14 January 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 11 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 June 2019 by Aqualung .
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