The Cricketers in Broadwater
The Cricketers in Broadwater

Traditional, tasty English food, served in a classic pub atmosphere – that’s what the experience of dining at The Cricketers in Broadwater has to offer.

When we arrived on a wet Thursday evening we were delighted to find a roaring fire and two comfy chairs to park ourselves in while we waited for the kitchen to open.

We took a few minutes to take in the atmosphere, which was cosy,old fashioned and welcoming.

My partner ordered a mulled wine, as one does at this time of year, which was warming and delicious, while, the designated driver, stuck to a lime and soda.

The service was excellent and our friendly waitress made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in the door.

Both starving, we were keen to get our hands on the menu, and after much deliberation decided to share two main courses between us.

Being meat-eaters, and greedy ones at that, we went for the 16oz T-bone steak and chips (£22.50) and a whole rack of slow-cooked smoky-barbeque ribs, with a jacket potato (£10.95).

The steak was enormous. It was juicy and rare, just as we had ordered, and there was more than enough to share.

It was cooked perfectly and was just what we needed on a cold December evening.

The ribs were tender and tasty, and we were pleased to find that the meat just fell off the bone, as it should.

And there were plenty of them. Portion size was certainly not a problem for the cricketers.

Despite being full to the brim after our meaty mains, we felt it would be rude not to sample the dessert menu, especially as my personal favourite, sticky toffee pudding and custard, was on offer.

It was the stickiest, toffiest pudding I had ever eaten, rich and delicious and the perfect end to a hearty pub dinner.

Other items on the grill menu that tempted me were the surf and turf (£12,95), a 4oz rump steak with a king prawn skewer marinated in lemon, chilli and herbs, and the hungry carnivore’s favourite, the mixed grill (£13.95), a butcher’s sausage, 4oz rump steak and a gammon steak.

The pub menu featured all the classic dishes you would expect to find, like cod, scampi, bangers and mash, pie, and ham egg and chips all for around £7-8, as well as burgers and chips for around £7.50 and light bites such as nachos and chicken wings for about a fiver.

Evening meals are served Thursday to Sunday, so don’t pop in on a Monday night expecting dinner or you might be going hungry.

Lunch is served all week, and a children’s menu is provided.

The cricketers offered good value, honest pub food, done well, and in a friendly, cosy atmosphere.

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