The Cricketers Arms Rickling Green Essex
|Address||Rickling Green near Saffron Walden|
|Town/City||near Saffron Walden|
|Tel No.||01799 543 210|
|Opening Times||Seven days a week, 12:00 noon till late|
|Ave. Price per couple||50.00|
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Average user rating from: 6 user(s)
Pretty awful really food under seasoned and after looking at price very expensive I never look at price unless not happy worst meal since going to the bull in great totham and that was bad bad bad such a shame
changes for the better
I don't know why last years reviewer's comments remain on the Cricketers Arms website. We have just returned from having an evening meal andbed and breakfast- the meals and service were of a high standard.The bedroom was stylish and well appointed. Thechanges are obviously down to the new managers who have only been there twelve weeks. We wish them all the best for the future.
Very disappointing! Even the safe options are not
I was very disappointed when I visited the Cricketers Arms - Clavering! It is marketed as being owned and run by Jamie Olivers parents and where he first learned to cook. I can safely say that this is somewhere where I would not go back to or recommend to any of my friends or enemies!
Things got off to an interesting start when I ordered a virgin bloody Mary and I had to explain to a the senior barman what that consisted of! I had the set menu and chose the rabbit pasta to start which was full of bones and under-seasoned! I then went for the lamb kidneys and as soon as they were brought out I knew something was not right as they smelt of urine/ ammonia and the kidneys still had the White veins in the centre! I asked the waitress for a second option and she explained that they should smell like that after she asked the chef, however on having lamb kidneys before as they require being as fresh as possible I decided to exchange it for a safer option. Unfortunately after the kidneys left a bad taste in my mouth and in the air as the smell lingered I divided to go for the apple crumble which appeared to come straight out of a packet! Very disappointing! What was worse was the fact that it was supposed to have been my mother-in laws 60 birthday and I know that my partners meal of mussels and pork was similarly disappointing as half of the mussels in the bowl were closed tight and the pork was tough and dry, despite swimming in a apple sauce.
Hard to find any redeeming features in a truly awful restaurant experience. Whatever could go wrong, did. After getting the drinks order wrong so many times that we despaired (how hard can it be?) no food arrived for 2 hours. The waiters were inexperienced at best (for example, did not seem to understand their own wine list) and the the management, such as it was, appeared either blissfully unaware, or unconcerned. When - eventually - we complained, pallid excuses were offered (they were 'busy', and a larger than expected party had turned up). By the time the meal finally arrived we were beyond being able to enjoy it and in retrospect we should have left long before. A perfect example of how NOT to run a business.
Arrived on a Sunday evening great sunshine cricket being playered.Ordered our food all main courses to come at once two adults and two children.Our roast dinners arrived first both cold with rock hard Yorkshire puddings.Asked for our childrens food which turned up as our plates were being cleared still with two rock hard Yorkshire.WE decided to complain which we never do.The manager was very rude and could not give us a discount as I had paid cash before the food arrived.She offered a bottle of cheap house wine!Iwill never go back to this pub for food and advise you to steer clear