A city girl at heart, even I crave rural bliss every now and again. When a weekend break isn’t an option, the next best thing is an escape to the countryside for a pub lunch. A short train ride swaps the bustling city for lush greenery, roaring fires and rustic decor. Best of all pay it’s a fraction of the price for a pint and the fresh air is a revelation.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Cricketers on the Green and my meal was complimentary , however all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie.
Ready for a mini jaunt? I have just the place…
In the quiet Surrey village of Pirbright, the Cricketers on the Green has reopened after a huge six-month refurbishment. The area was once part of the Royal hunting forest of Windsor and boasts one of Surrey’s last remaining Georgian churches.
The charming gastropub overlooks the village green with a pretty duck pond and the historic cricket pitch. Now part of the Grosvenor Pub group, new owners Jason and Shara Myers have designed a cosy chic countryside watering hole serving delicious locally sourced food.
The decor sympathetically reflects the sporting history and surroundings with a dash of modern country glamour. Calming hues of sage green and warm claret reds exude a relaxing, snug feeling.
Settle down with a drink and guests will soon notice the whimsical design touches throughout, like the cricket balls and bats on the light fixtures.
On a recent visit I sampled some exquisite cocktails from the signature list, such as the Golden Duck with Brokers Gin, pineapple juice and topped with their craft IPA. Sounds like a bizarre combination, but rather tasty. The English Garden served in a gin goblet was a refreshing favourite, made with Brokers Gin, snap peas, apple juice and elderflower syrup.
The wine list is extensive with tipples from around the world including some home grown locals.
For those who love their extras the cocktail tree is one not to miss. Ours was filled with pornstar and espresso martinis – A tree of pure joy.
The à la carte menu is available all day with plenty of traditional British classics such as bangers & mash and fish & chips. There are also some delightful dishes guests wouldn’t ordinarily expect at a local pub.
Our evening began with a platter of Jersey Rock Oysters and moreish crostinis loaded with Griolle mushrooms, parsley and garlic.
The impressive dishes continued throughout the evening. Starters included a twice baked Wookey Hole Cheddar soufflé with English mustard and chive cream.
It was melt in your mouth and perfectly executed. I enjoyed it alongside the warm salad of roast fennel and blood oranges.
A retro prawn cocktail with a spicy bloody mary sauce and avocado and a Brixham scallop and crab mornay with Cheddar cheese also went down a treat with the other diners.
The carousel of delectable plates seemed never-ending with plenty of vegetarian options on offer, like the puff pastry galette filled with Somerset brie, cavelo nero and truffle and the flavoursome peppered flat mushroom steak with spinach.
Irresistible looking desserts were hard to refuse. We tried the raspberry and whiskey baked alaska, white chocolate panna cotta, rhubarb eton mess and chocolate and date mousse.
The staff are friendly, passionate and add to the welcoming ambience at the Cricketers on the Green. It was a joy to experience the good food and wine associated with the Grosvenor brand. It’s fast becoming one of the nation’s most elite collection of pubs and inns and I experienced why.
It’s definitely worth the journey out of London. I’m already planning a visit with the family for the warmer months.
The Cricketers on the Green | The Green | Pirbright | Surrey | GU24 0JT | Website
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