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Cut down Golden Court from Richmond High Street and, with Richmond Green spread out before you, you’ll see touches of Old England: a couple of Macmillan-era phone boxes and this pub among them. The current premises were rebuilt on a previous pub site in 1834 after a fire. The undated photograph of the Surrey XI by the main door was taken perhaps 50 years later. In any case, the Cricketers exudes a bucolic timelessness; you can sip your Greene King IPA or Guinness on the Green (albeit in a plastic mug). Lager drinkers can choose between Staropramen, Grolsch, Stella, Kronenbourg and Foster’s; better wines (Chablis, Châteauneuf-du-pape) also come by the glass (around £4). The 15 main dishes are of the British beef-and-ale pie variety, but smaller appetites can be satisfied with the £1.95 tapas-style nibbles served on a long board, with plenty of Indian selections among the choices.


Venue name: Cricketers
Address: The Green
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Richmond tube/rail
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2.3 / 5

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Went in on Saturday afternoon for a quiet pint as it was one of the few places not showing the rugby. The bar staff on duty were perfectly pleasant & it was a nice place to pass the time.

Nice pub, great location totally let down by very rude and obnoxious member of the bar team. For friendly service go to the White Cross on the river.

3 stars is underestimating this pub, possibly, but the existing 1-star rating seemed to me so ludicrous I had to rate it myself. The pub has a friendly atmosphere, with an open fire in winter and comfy armchairs. The upstairs room can be hired inexpensively or for nothing, with buffet if desired. No idea what the other reviewer means by "obtusive", a word I, with my PhD in English, have never heard or read before. The food is pretty good, I'd say. I will admit that the food at the Prince's Head next door is really excellent, but it lacks the bucolic, relaxed atmosphere of the Cricketers, for me. As for the alleged smell of urine, I can only say Ive never noticed such.

Situated overlooking the charm of Richmond Green one could be make the hideous mistake of going into this pub. The interior decor is drab and depressing. Should you decide to sit in the elevated section at the back, you will be overpowered with the smell of urine that eminates from the nearby toilets. The selection of quality of the beer is dire to say the least, not a single decent premium ale on tap - their only saving grace being that they serve both regular and extra cold guiness. This means that there is one acceptable on tap beer, however the regular guiness as drinkable as it should be just isn't. The last time I visited this pub I walked in from the pouring rain with my two year old daughter to be informed that buggies were not acceptable and that I would need to collapse it outside! Why? Surely, I could collapse it inside without causing any grief to the other two occupants of pub. I asked to run a tab and was informed that I could not do so, but could pay by card and get cashback. Again why? To call the staff obtusive and lacking in any form of decent customer service would be rude to obtusive and unhelpful people. Perhaps it is a lack of staff training, but I believe to be that unhelpful takes a degree of planning (how can I best p**s this customer off enough to not want to drink here?) I will admit that I have not tried their food although having had to gag on the hot frangrant smell of urine for my entire duration there I could not think of looking at their menu without pondering if everything was offered as "aromaticely spiced". Do yourself a big favour, cross over the road to the pub next door that serves a superb pint of ESB, good food, has great bar staff and although they do not allow children inside you could far worse than having a spare rug with to keep the little one warm as you sit at the outside tables and enjoy a proper pint as it should be from a proper licencer!