The Cricketers - Saffron Walden

British, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Cricketers - Saffron Walden

Silver Award

The Cricketers has gained a countrywide reputation, largely because it’s run by Trevor and Sally Oliver – proud parents of pukka boy Jamie. As you’d expect, the place is generally full to bursting with people wanting to know if the lad learned it all from his old folks. The food tips its hat to the boy wonder, and all the tell-tale signs are there, from the Amalfi olives, charcuterie boards, home-baked breads and pizzas (from the wood-fired oven) to funky salads and freshly made pasta (curly pappardelle with roasted peppers, toasted pine nuts and artichoke pesto, say). Elsewhere, the kitchen delivers a decent version of veal milanese with spaghetti, plus char-grilled dry-aged steaks, pies with mash, and more flashy ideas such as pork loin and slow-roast belly with maple jus, roasted sweet potato, and rhubarb chutney. There are “beers for the boys and wines for the girls”, prices are fair and the whole place has a “relaxed pub feel” – just beware the head-cracking beams in this 16th-century free house-with-rooms.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Modern European
Cool, Cosy, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for The Cricketers - Saffron Walden

Whyken Road, Clavering, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4QT

01799 550442


Opening Times

Mon 07:00-09:30
Tue 07:00-09:30
Wed 07:00-09:30
Thu 07:00-09:30
Fri 07:00-09:30
Sat 08:00-10:00
Sun 08:00-10:00
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Mon 18:30-21:30
Tue 18:30-21:30
Wed 18:30-21:30
Thu 18:30-21:30
Fri 18:30-21:30
Sat 18:30-21:30
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-20:00

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Ellen F

02 May 2014  
We didn't stand long at the bar of The Cricketers at Clavering because, well, we couldn't stand. Being a proper old aufentik Essex pub the ceiling is so low you could actually lick it if you were so inclined. I like this (the height not the licking) because a) at 5"4' this is the first time I have ever felt tall in my life and b) everyone in the bar was greatly amused by the sight of my 6"6' husband bending his head at right angles to fit in. Luckily we were led through to our table fairly quickly although the spacious restaurant area is not as atmospheric as the bar and feels a little bit like a poshed up Harvester to me. The Oliver name means this place is full to the (low and high) rafters on Saturday night with everyone wanting to know if Jamie learnt it all from his parents. I think he could probably teach them a thing or two now. I started with sautéed duck livers and wild mushrooms which was supposed to come with a “hint” of chilli but our accommodating waitress had suggested the kitchen do without any chilli at all as I am a heat-phobic, very tasty, and then a beef wellington main which was enormous and nice enough although I've had others more memorable. Think more Jamie's Italian than Fifteen. Boys had beers and girls had wine, what brands exactly I can't now recall but I'd be willing to bet some craft ales and a Pinot Grigio featured. It wasn't the most elegant or exciting meal I've had but it was filling, straightforward, fairly well executed, and reasonably priced (£45 a head). Service is pleasant enough and helpful but would obviously be improved by the appearance of The Naked Chef himself. All in all there's something a tiny bit disappointing about The Cricketers; it just lacks the stardust of celebrity which everyone, perhaps unfairly, expects. Better to leave the Oliver expectations at home and take it for what it is: a lovely gastropub with highs and lows, both metaphorical and literal.
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