After reading the other rather negative reviews left for the Cricket Inn, I felt compelled to write one of my own.
I probably visit the Cricket once or twice a month and I haven't been let down yet with a bad meal or rude staff. The atmosphere is warm and inviting in this traditional style pub. The staff are friendly and smile because they want to, not because they have to, the food is superb and complimented by the large variety of real ales (I recommend the Thornbridge Jaipur). They also have live music on throughout the year to look out for, so take a gamble, you won't be disappointed.
Visited Sunday 10th February for my fiance's and my daughter's meal. This is the first visit since the refurbishment, which has been done very tastefully. That is where for me the pleasure ended, I am sorry to say we were very disappointed with the speed at which the food came to the tables - so slow!
When my risotto arrived one felt it may have been left on the side for a while as it had turned to a mushy rice pudding with no hint of the promised chilli & crab flavour mentioned on the menu. The homemade chips that I used to rave about were no more, I got a portion of luke warm, thin chips, the thinnest being well overcooked.
Members of our party had the set Sunday meal menu and they enjoyed the starter and their mains, although I do think the long periods of waiting for them to arrive made them more appreciative when they finally got there.
However, the wait we had for the desserts of rhubarb crumble was too much at this stage. After a good 45 minute wait and having been told that they would be with us by various members of staff with ETAs of 20 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes...by this time we were quite fed up, paid the bill getting the desserts deducted off the bill.
We left disappointed and will not be returning for any future celebrations as the experience left a dampener on the whole occasion.
My family and I visited the UK over Christmas 2007 from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and happened to fortunately stumble across the Strines Inn. Although it was a cold misty day, the hearty warmth of the fire in the open hearth beckoned us inside.
We were in for a treat with the wonderful choice of ales on tap and by far the best food we ate at any pub during our short two week vacation. Needless to say we managed to squeeze in a second brief visit (for some more Yorkshire Pudding). We would highly recommend the Strines to any traveller or local alike.
I just want to comment on what a lovely pub the Old horns Inn at Bradfield is. We live in Mallorca (Spain) and visited the pub on a cold winters day in January. It is a beautiful pub with very friendly staff. We took plenty of photos and will remember this lovely place for a long time. The church in the village is also breathtaking. This really is a stunning part of the world.
The Lescar ... ah alas is no more! Once a high competitor for the best pub in Sheffield, now since the new management have taken over its sadly lost its unique flair to become yet another boring family food pub. Essentially now it's just a money making machine!
Well done to Dawn and Pat for pulling a dead pub back to life. This lovely couple have worked miracles to bring this pub back up to standard. Families are welcome, and there is a disco and karaoke every Saturday night.
Me and 8 of my friends visited the Milestone, last Sunday.
We dined upstairs, and it was one of the best meals that I have ever had. Everything was perfect, from the starter to the pudding. The service was excellent as well.
I would advise anyone to go here for a special occasion. For 10 of us we paid £10 deposit, and the meal came to just over £300 and they put a service fee of £28.98 on - (the only thing I would say is that we had to tell to them that they needed to take the 90.00 deposit off the bill).
Had a relaxed girlie pre-Xmas meal there the other night. Lovely warm welcome by the bar staff, food was delicious, well cooked and piping hot. Good varied menu, value for money and vegetarian options available.