The Cricketers - Family Friendly Pub in Horsell, Surrey

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The Cricketers

A warm welcome awaits you at The Cricketers, Horsell, our triple award-winning pub. In Woking’s Best Bar None Awards 2013 we were awarded “Best Food-led Pub” in the area and the top award : “Overall Winner of Best Bar None”. We are previous winners of Shepherd Neame’s “Heart of the Community Award 2012” and when you visit us – you’ll soon see why we wowed the judges!

 

About

Great Food, All Day, Everyday!

Here at the Cricketers, we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic food with great friendly service. Our delicious menu offers light bites through to full 3 course slap-up meals. We guarantee Perfect Pints and a great wine list from around the world.

We have a fabulous Sunday Carvery (£12.95 for adults and half price for kids) served 12 noon – 6pm. We’re family friendly too, with a funky kids menu and colouring competition with monthly prizes and a great play area in the rear garden and a beautiful garden room available for private hire 30 people sit down, 50 standing.  In the summer months, our outside bar hut is open, selling chilled bottle beers and wine. You can also order snacks and food from there for outside dining.

Music, Quizzes & Functions

We really are at the heart of the community!  As well as weekly Jazz nights every Monday evening, we also support local bands with live music in the pub the first Friday of every month.

As keen fundraisers, we run a regular Quiz Night on alternate Tuesdays from 8pm, - all proceeds to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and other nominated charities.

We love an ‘event’ at The Cricketers! Weddings, birthdays, wakes, christenings, you name it, we can host it, tailored to your individual requirements of course.

We are always working hard to ensure that you have the best possible time when you visit our pub. Whatever your reason for visiting, you can count on us.

Facilities

 

  • Sunny patio
  • Extensive beer garden
  • Gorgeous setting overlooking Horsell Common
  • Great for post walk drinks and dining use our iwalk facility
  • Carvery for Sunday Roast
  • Live Jazz every Monday night
  • Live music first Friday of every month
  • Pub Quiz on alternate Tuesdays
  • Children’s play area
  • Colouring competition for children with monthly prizes
  • Dogs welcome in beer garden - water and biscuits provided!
  • Coffee mornings catered for
  • Wifi and newspapers
  • Weddings, christenings, first communions, BBQs, buffets all functions catered for
  • We also cater for wakes; we're only a 10 minute drive from Woking Crematorium
  • Separate area for private parties and outside garden room with private bar
  • Air-conditioned restaurant area
  • Ample parking (including disabled spaces)
  • Wheelchair access
  • Disabled toilet with baby changing facilities

History

  • The oldest part of the present building is said to date from the 16th century and is timber-framed, although it was later encased in brick. This probably happened sometime during the 18th century when the newer, front part of the building was added.
  • During its long history, the building has been used variously as a general store, a poor house, a school and the village lock-up before becoming and remaining a pub.
  • In "The Detailed Return of Fully Licensed Houses and Beer Houses for the County of Surrey" February 1892.  The Cricketers is listed as being fully licensed and owned by a John Stedman of Horsell. The licensee was William Steer who resided at the pub.  The pub was not tied to a brewery and offered no accomodation for travellers or persons requiring refreshment other than drink.  No stabling for horses was provided.  The final column in this historical document is the most fascinating as it is entitled "Inter alia, the characteristic of the persons frequenting each house"  The Cricketers is listed as being frequented by the "Labouring class".
  • This fascinating, if maybe somewhat subjective information provides a great insight into the area in which the pubs were located.  Other, Surrey pubs are listed as being frequented by "farm labourers"  others as being "used by tramps and convicted thieves"; "tradesmen, workmen, beanfeasters and the general public"  and one as "used by a mostly low class of people; poachers".
  • By the Detailed Return for the year 1904, the final column had sadly been dropped in favour of listing the number of W.C.s and urinals each pub possessed(!)  It is therefore that we can discover that The Cricketers had 1 W.C and 1 urinal. It was still owned by John Stedman.  In addition to selling "intoxicants", the pub offered other refreshments in the form of "coffee, tea, food and minerals".  One room was available for sleeping and two horses could be stabled on the premises.
    If you have any further information or old photos relating to our pub's history - we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Debbie Eke on 01483 762 378 or email her at debbie.eke@baronspubs.com
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