Cricket is very important at the Cricketers, not only does it have its own pub team, but probably the most picturesque pitch, anywhere. Cricket has been played on The Green for centuries, the first recorded game in 1660. The pub was known as the "Cricket Players" in the early 18th century and shortened to its present name around 1750. The original pub burnt down, a fact lamented in the Illustrated London News, and was rebuilt in 1834 on the original 18th century cellars.
From the end of April to September they play three matches per week at the Green, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A local by-law prevents Sunday matches....pity. If you fancy a game the pub is on the lookout for new talent for the Saturday and midweek T20 league matches.
Local knowledge: The Green, formerly the village green, is bounded by some of Richmond's most beautiful and historic houses, their cohesive architecture spanning several centuries. Medieval Shene Palace was situated in the southwest corner, it was rebuilt by Henry VII who renamed it Richmond, after his earldom in Yorkshire. His granddaughter, Elizabeth I, died there in 1603. Cricketers -
This pub is all about the location. On a summers day, taking your pint out onto the green. The pubs from the outside looks lovely, nestled in amongst some lovely other buildings. It was an anti-climax to walk into it, however, as it has been modernised, in that same decor 90% of refurbed pubs have been. Pleasant, but little soul or uniqueness.
The Pub is in a great place, loverly in summer, but the manager needs re training in customer services.She would rather chat the barmaids up than serve. I waited 10 mins to be served. The food was cold on arrival to the table, would not recomemmed at all.
A pub in a great location with great potential. Let down by lazy management with no customer service or care. This is the second chance I have given the place and I won't be going back. There are much better options in the area.
The food is aweful. The Loos are disgusting unless you take your wellies to wade through the P!$$. On a busy saturday night, the MANAGER refused to serve me because she would rather have kept her arms crossed and keep chatting with another member of staff. I only give this place a 2 out of 10. One for the one good staff member who served me with ger usual smile. And one for the location.