A look inside Hampshire country pub The Cricketers Inn
This IS Hampshire’s award-winning 18th century country pub with indoor barbecue and large beer garden with wood-fired pizza oven.
Sally and Stuart Downie opened The Cricketers Inn in Curdridge just after the first lockdown in July 2020.
They invested heavily in the historic village pub, sprucing up the interiors, organizing a huge kitchen refit and reconfiguring the large beer garden to create a safe space for children to enjoy the new play area.
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All the hard work is really starting to pay off after several awards have been handed out. The cricketers won Country Pub of the Year at the Prestige South Awards and the National Pub & Bar Awards with a runner-up spot in the Beautiful South Awards Pub of the Year, which was announced last month.
The Cricketers Inn is believed to have started life on the other side of the village where the Cricketers Pond currently stands and before a cricket ground was laid out.
The current pub dates back to the 18th century and is believed to have moved to its present location on Curdridge Lane following flooding problems.
These days it’s a modern, family-friendly and dog-friendly place, renowned for its good food and service.
Chef Tarren Noyce has a passion for serving seasonal and local dishes. The Josper Grill, essentially an indoor barbecue, reaches temperatures of 500 degrees and lends delicious flavor to meals like half-grilled piri piri chicken, double lamb chop, whole sea bream and a selection of steaks.
Sunday roasts are a must, as are pizzas from the new wood-fired pizza oven, brought in after the locked pizza box made such a hit.
Neck Oil is a new addition behind the bar, selling well alongside the pub’s beer selection. The wine list is extensive and regular cricketers like their gin with Mermaid Pink from the Isle of Wight, a favourite.
The large outdoor area has a patio with table and chairs, as well as heaters for cooler evenings. The garden is grassed and enclosed with picnic benches and a play area for children. There is also a covered seating area.
A Platinum Jubilee Garden Party taking place between noon and 3 p.m. today is just one of the calendar events taking place at The Cricketers. The first Thursday of the month is a musical evening and regular quizzes and flower arranging workshops are also held.
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