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Cricketers Arms Hotel

Known more intimately as the Crix, this is the kind of local that will make you want to move into the area.
By Trish Roberts
February 14, 2023
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By Trish Roberts
February 14, 2023
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The Cricketers Arms, widely known to its hordes of devotees as the Crix, is the kind of local that will make you want to move into the area. It's a beautiful old pub, boasting wooden floors and wall tiles, a laid back atmosphere, and plenty of character behind the bar. The walls are decorated with random paraphernalia while graffiti runs amok in the toilets.  The local theme stems into the drinks too, with a sturdy wine list and an excellent selection of local beers on tap.

Be warned, this place is almost always extremely busy — and not only on nights that there's a game up the road. Friday and Saturday nights are particularly insane. We think, however, that the wild, varied crowd is largely responsible for the extremely high fun levels.

The music is almost as eclectic as the patrons, with a terrific jazz quartet hitting the floorboards of the main bar on Wednesday nights and regular DJ series SHOOP featuring a playlist dedicated exclusively to "hot R'n'B babe jams".

A reliable local, the Crix works both summer and winter well. The outside courtyard, brimming with plants and wooden tables, is good reason to stake out a spot in the warmer months. In winter, a fireplace is always lit, surrounded by lounges and more tables. Upstairs has the excellent casual bistro Chez Crix with a French-inspired menu, fantastic natural wine list and a dog-friendly ethos.

If you're yet to be a Cricketers Arms acolyte, you've probably never been. Get there early, bring a good attitude for the always entertaining bar staff, and secure your spot inside or out.

Images: Reuben Gibbes

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