In my mind there are three things Brits do better than anybody else. The first is the humble pub, brimming with cold beers and wonderful rustic food. The second is a picturesque village, straight off a chocolate box, and the third is the ultimate gentlemen’s sport cricket. I was thrilled to find all three on a recent visit to The Cricketers Arms pub at Rickling Green.
The Cricketers Arms pub is the best of rural Essex: only a short cab ride from Stansted, gorgeous rustic decor and a welcoming atmosphere that feels like a great big hug as soon as you duck down through the low wooden door.
With a cosy bar and restaurant centered around a glowing fireplace , and a stylish beer garden perfect for relaxing when the sun is shining, The Cricketers Arms is ideal for a long weekend whatever the weather. Upstairs, the rooms have massive cushion clad beds and thoughtful little rustic design touches.
Rickling Green is a quintessential English village. Quiet and idyllic, the village is centred around a cricket green, where games are played throughout summer, whilst the outskirts are made up of beautiful woodland waiting to be explored. Venture a little ways down the road and you’ll find Stansted Mountfitchet (not just an airport!), where the castle that stands on the hill dates back all the way to the Doomsday Book.
After a wander, head back to The Cricketers for some seriously good pub grub. The menu changes seasonally, with local ingredients being sought personally by the head chef to ensure the upmost in quality.
Choose from a selection of carefully created starters, mains and sharing plates, with delicacies such as crispy soft-shelled crab with a punchy saffron aioli, a juicy wild boar burger and pan seared scallops with salsa roja being the norm.
Don’t miss their fantastic specials board, jam packed with delicious surprises, like a gammon sharing platter: a slow cooked joint of salty sweet gammon served on a spit with pickles, mustards and breads. The only way is Essex indeed!
For more information visit thecricketersarmsricklinggreen.co.uk