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One of several McMullen's pubs within walking distance of each other (The Wonder and The Jolly Butchers are others), and, although I couldn't put my finger on why, was my least favourite of the three.
The pint of seasonal ale (£3.40) which I had was perfectly drinkable, so it wasn't that. Liked the cricketing memorabilia, but the long, thin layout of the pub didn't do much for me, and the shiny wooden floors and carefully mismatched furniture made it feel somewhat gastro. Maybe that's the intention, as there were as many people eating and stopping for a coffee as there were there just for a pint or two.
As one of the previous reviews said, lots of pubs are neither good nor bad, and for me, The Cricketers falls into that category.
duchyjim - 24 Oct 2013 10:17
Great pub this, my favourite in enfield. Beer and food good staff always pleasant especially Charlotte who always has a smile on here face.Locals all friendly enough if im near I always try to pop in
pubpete - 15 Feb 2013 17:32
A strange one this.

Itís really just a pub youíd stop in at because you like to drink in new pubs I guess. I canít think why youíd return here unless you like the way the food comes out of the microwave each time.

The drinks are over-priced, so I guess thatís bad, but I was tempted not to even mention it as itís not so inflated that youíd begrudge paying.

I guess Iím struggling to find anything overtly bad about this place, and whilst that usually leaves me feeling happy enough about a pub, I canít seem to lose this overwhelming feeling that there isnít anything good about it either. That in itself isnít unusual, the unusual part is why I seem to care. Lots of pubs are neither good nor bad, but just average in every sense where you wouldnít recommend nor dissuade someone from visiting. But this place, this place seems to be so nebulous, so devoid of atmosphere or character that itís the inherent vacuity that leaves me slightly perturbed.

Whilst having a drink in a pub, either at the bar or on location at a table, you expect an atmosphere, to feel part of what is going on in that pub. It could be a group of regulars at the bar talking about the night ĎMarkí couldnít remember giving ĎJanineí a piggyback all the way home. Or a works drink in full flow, with ĎRogerí and ĎSharoní pretending theyíre not having an affair. But either way, whether you know what is going on isnít important. What is important is that it is going on and that youíre there too.

Otherwise, you might as well be drinking indoors, and who in the blue hell wants to be doing that?

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 25 Jan 2012 10:36
Popped in last night for the first time in 40+ years (as well as the Crown & Horseshoes next door) and another pleasant surprise! The Cricketers is now a very welcoming pub with a good atmosphere. Service was quick and efficient and my pint of McMullens AK was very good indeed. The clientele on my visit was almost exclusively drinkers. Menu is standard pub fare and appears to be good value - we's already eaten, so perhaps next time. Better than average and because of its warm atmosphere plus it is out of the town centre, I think it is worth searching out.
BobOs - 13 Aug 2011 20:38
Not a great pub but nice enough to drop in for a drink. From the outside, it flatters to deceive. Food is average pub grub, service is acceptable, everything about it is "just okay". Overshadowed a bit by its neigbour, the Crown & Horsehoes, but it doesn't need to be. If the Cricketers could raise its game, it has the location and ambience to be a really nice pub.
lexsim - 16 May 2011 00:02
Much better now than it was previously, still nothing to write home about but at last it's at least an ok place to have a pint of your favourite McMullen's beer. The cricket theme is a little heavy handed, but I actually find it quirky and charming rather than tacky or annoying.
Good stop on a pub crawl, but sadly the lay out (long narrow area in front of the bar which is immediately ahaed of you upon entry that expands at each end into two more spacious seating areas completely obscured from one another) does little to help generate an atmosphere, and it's the lack of this crucial ingredient that stops you wanting to visit for anything more than that.
Mr.Monkfish - 10 Apr 2011 20:00
Cricket theme is a little over-done but at least it's different to the usual kit-pub decor. McMullen beers in decent condition, clientele is mature and agreeable compared to local rival pubs. The service could be slicker both at the bar and in clearing / cleaning tables but overall a decent pub. Recommended.
CountVonCount - 25 Oct 2010 14:50
I used to walk past this pub everyday and indeed I continue to walk past this pub everyday but I'm afraid it's not as good inside as it looks on the outside.

It was recently refurbished, giving more prominence to all things cricket which is quite delightful, but the service is extremely slow and like someone said below, they tend to serve regular patrons better.

It has such great potential and it's saying something when you'd almost rather go to the Moon instead. It's one of the three nearest pubs to where I live (others are Moon and Crown/Horseshoes) and they're all a massive disappointment.
mcgillianaire - 1 Feb 2010 22:39
OK, so it's Planet Cricket, but it's done with a touch of humour rather than reverence. The beer's OK and the furnishings the same. It was quiet and the service was responsive . The beer is reasonable but it's a shame there are no guest ales. Didn't eat, so can't really comment.
I wouldn't make a special journey to visit it (we're from Matlock in Derbyshire, staying with family a short walk away), but given its immediate rivals - the weekend zoo of the Moon and the shambles that is the Crown & Horseshoes - it should do well.
BarryH - 7 Jan 2010 17:03
Oh dear, what have they done to the Cricketers?

Used to be a decent pub but have refurbished it and killed it. Flying in the face of modern design they have decided to compartmentalise it to the point that you can't move the chairs around the tables. The chairs look like they were found on a skip and it is now the most uncomfortable pub in Enfield.

Service has gone from slow to extra slow (unless you are a friend of the bar staff) and one or two of the staff seem to think they are doing you a favour by eventually serving you.

Plenty of decent pubs close by so do yourself a favour and avoid this place.
gooner777 - 21 Dec 2009 16:41
new look - good. Price of beer - bad. McMullens can and should do better than this.
mally_drinker - 17 Dec 2009 17:06
I personally like the new look - being personalised with all that Cricket stuff makes it more distinctive. Before the refurb it was in decorated in that bland, standard McMullen's chain pub style which infected a lot of their pubs in the early/mid 2000s.

It might be contrived, but at least you go away remembering the place. There are a number of different areas, all decorated in different ways and an area around the corner to watch sport.

The Cask Ale I had was in good nick and the staff were quick to clear up any empties around. I think it's a vast improvement and would now actively come here if in Enfield.
Planner_21 - 25 Nov 2009 12:01
oh dear. the refurb has gone SO badly wrong. Cricket stuff everywhere.... the lighting, the fencing outside, the signage. It looks like a Marvel comic out-take. When we visited the Bar staff asked us not to sit at the bar! When challenged we were told this was to ensure table service would not be compromised. This may be true but do you need to really need to implement such a policy when we were 2 of the six customers in the pub??

The manager on duty, young lad mid 20's would not move either. Why?

The beer was ok, the AK was iffy with lots of yeast in my glass!

On a positive note, the pub no longer pretends to hold Cask Marque status as indicated by the removal of the plaque outside!
sorter - 21 Oct 2009 01:42
Had a lovely birthday meal here last sunday with a special promotion they do i got a bottle of free wine and it was nice! they had a lovely bankholiday menu i was spoilt for choice -choose the £5 Stake & chips lovley
anonymous - 19 May 2007 14:18
Ive visited this pub since xmas 2006 and i have been really impressed each time. Since the new management the quality of food here has greatly immproved with new dishes being added at each visit. Compared to the nearby weather spoon yes it seems expensive but i find them very resonable. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere make it a good place to vist. I agree that the clientele here are not "Chavs" but i find the mix of people vary in age and the place esp at weekends can get quite busy. -A great place for families and it has become our regular drinking spot!
hickup86 - 15 Apr 2007 23:08
Probably the most expensive beer in the whole of London. There is a dining area and reasonably sized tv here. The menu is basic and again quite expensive for what it is. The staff are polite and has the cleanest tables ive ever sat on. There is a lovely beer garden front and side and in the summer this is a welcome change.
clarkie10 - 15 Nov 2006 11:19
If you like over priced beer and no atmosphere this is the place for you. The AK isn't even ok.
sandgrounder - 29 Sep 2006 16:58
A good solid "quiet pint" type of place with good staff and plenty of space. And darts. Lovely.

So not an alternative to Fabric then but if you're in a cricketer's kind of mood then it's great.
big_andy - 24 Apr 2006 17:14
Been going to this pub since I was old enough to drink. Can be a bit souless midweek as last reviewer states but at weekends it's fine. Clientele appears to be slightly older so not full of chavs like other pubs nearby. Beer is dear but at least you get a reasonable pint. A "nice" friendly pub.
TheHorsesMouth - 15 Feb 2006 13:36
Can be souless at times but it's one of though pubs that does'nt need anything added. You could take your Grannie or you little daughter. Ideal for buisness meetings in the day and nice chat at night. Food is nice and yes the beers a bit pricy
FISHTHEMOD - 21 Nov 2005 13:25
Any similarity between this pub and any good place to spend the evening living or dead is purely coincidental.
No animals were harmed in the making of this review.
Mr.Monkfish - 6 Oct 2005 13:56
OK. There's not really much more you can say about this pub. I don't mind paying higher prices if I feel the enjoyment factor is worth it. However this pub lacks one thing - Atmosphere. It should have a good one, well cared for beer, friendly bar staff and a 'nice' clientele but I find the whole pub soulless
Meach - 20 May 2005 20:53
Nice enough if in small/medium group, beer is ok, not great. Isn't easy to get served. Not a threatening pub in anyway.

Quiz night wasn't upto much. No cost or prizes
anonymous - 31 Mar 2005 16:29
As a local drinker I find your website both useful and if somewhat not completely accurate, very entertaining. I however feel that there are more to pubs then the range of beer selection, such as quality home cooked foods, quiz evenings, charity fundraising and regular live music evenings to cater for all age groups, facilities for the disabled, and great customer service .While most pubs in the area may do this I feel that the Cricketers gets this right. Its great to have an enjoyable evening out in a safe friendly environment.
Zeb - 6 Feb 2005 16:40
This is a great pub. Nice friendly staff. Non-smoking area, TVs showing Sky games, dart board, nice interior. Ok so sometimes on a Saturday night it can seem to lack a bit of atmosphere but that's only cos people are keeping themselves to themselves.

Don't agree with previous comments about limited drinks - it's a normal McMullen & Sons Brewery and so sells the same drinks as all of their other pubs.

Never had any problems getting to the bar and although I'm not a regular there I've never had the "who the hell are you" feeling when walking in there.
Lardy - 3 Feb 2005 15:59
Itís not as dire as some might say. Itís not cheap but you donít leave feeling mugged. They have a fair selection of beers and wines, often with decent guest beers. It can be hellish to get served on busy nights due to the layout of the pub. The staff are competent and friendly but if you canít get close to the bar (because of all the over 40ís and their Mollís smoking there) then theyíre not going to see you. Unfortunately, you can experience that Ďwho the hell are youí feeling as you walk through the door. Must try harder 5/10!
SidneyP - 7 Dec 2004 16:09
Dire. A pub almost entirely devoid of any good points.Rarely busy for reasons that become obvious once inside. No atmosphere, limited drinks selection and high prices conspire to make it a wretched place to spend the evening. Nothing much in the way of entertainment to compensate. Has the potential to be nice as it is a decent sized building in a good location but the brewery have dropped the ball badly.
Mr.Monkfish - 10 Nov 2004 15:06

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