About Us

We're all about passion and fresh produce

The Cricketers Inn is located in Curdridge just 13 miles from the historic town of Winchester and 8 miles from Southampton City Centre. We are on the edge of the South Downs National Park and close to the picturesque Meon Valley.

Community is at the heart of the Cricketers Inn. The ethos of our family-friendly pub is about creating an environment for ALL to enjoy with great food, spot-on service and a relaxing ambience. 

Our team is built on people who have a passion for hospitality and have pride in producing delicious food served with a smile.

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Our Story

Meet the Landlords at The Cricketers Inn, Stuart and Sally Downie. They’ve recently moved to the area from South Devon with their family to run this wonderful countryside pub. Stuart's career in hospitality spans over 20 year’s with his longest position being Head Chef for various establishments in Devon. Over the last 5 years he has managed a busy seaside pub near Dartmouth and overseen the opening of their sister pub. Sally has always worked in the trade, from front of house to event organisation but her main area is in marketing.

Dog Friendly Pub

We're dog-friendly

Dogs are warmly welcomed at The Cricketers Inn and will be greeted with gravy bones on arrival. There is a dedicated area for those dining with dogs and a garden for them to bask in the sun. Fresh water bowls are changed daily and towels are provided for muddy paws.

Treat your four-legged pooch to dog beer or a dog ice-cream specifically designed for man’s best friend. 

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A little history

Curdridge

Curdridge originates from an Anglo-Saxon name meaning Cuthred’s ridge. The ridge is most likely the high ground to the west of the village near the River Hamble but it unknown what Cuthred is! 

The Cricketers Inn was once located at another site in the village, near where the Cricketers’ Pond currently is. It was there that a cricket ground was laid and used by Bishop’s Waltham Cricket Club as early as 1838, later by a newly formed Curdridge Cricket Club. It is understood that the pub moved to its current location on Curdridge Lane after reports of flooding. 

For a small village, Curdridge has lots of interesting  tales, from the local legend, Kitty Notts, to stories of the Curdridge witch who rode field gates, magically moved fallen trees and turned into a white hare.

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Our Journey So Far

Published: 20/08/2020

We are celebrating after being open a month! We are so thankful to all the locals and visitors who have supported us so far, it has been an epic start for the new Cricketers Inn.

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Meet the Investors

Published: 06/07/2020

Meet the investors behind pub. They are three families (the Swinburn’s, Sullivan’s and Downie’s) who heard the lease was up for sale and collectively jumped at the chance of taking on the challenge.

More news coming soon

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