About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know us better...


Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

A photograph from 1890

The Cricketers is an attractive and fascinating structure for it is made up of three distinct buildings constructed between 1700 - 1830. The oldest part is the middle section which was once two agricultural labourers' cottages, the mansard roof dating it to around the early 18th century. The second oldest part is the brick-built construction to the left with its Georgian sash windows and distinctive Georgian rectangular panes of glass. The last to be built around the early 19th century is the structure to the right, also farm workers' cottages.

A contemporary survey shows that in 1840 the Georgian part of what now is the Cricketers was being used as a Friends (Quakers) Meeting House. Quakers were well represented in the area at the time. The well known Quaker William Penn married in Chorleywood in 1672 and when he founded Pennsylvania Colony he did so with settlers from Chorleywood and surrounding areas. Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer, is another well known Quaker whose portrait can be found on a £5 note. Their belief in non-violence is strongly held so if any of your company happen to fall out suggest they move to the left of the Cricketers and imbibe some of the quiet serenity that has soaked into the walls from those days long ago.

The Cricketers itself owes its existence to a Jonathan Dyer who in the 1840s established a beer house in one of the cottages - and as the establishment became more successful over the decades that followed it slowly expanded, incorporating the other buildings. The first recorded use of the name Cricketers was on the 1871 census, but it may have been called that from the very beginning. Beer houses were a product of the 19th Century, a result of the Beer Act of 1830 which enabled any householder whose name was on the rate book, to sell beer but no other intoxicating liquor. A license did not have to be obtained; just one payment of 2 guineas had to be paid to the local Customs and Excise. Beer houses operated until 1872 without any controls, opening whenever they liked. The aim of the legislation was to curb the consumption of spirits, especially gin, which was seen to be having a detrimental effect on the lives of the labouring poor. The aim of the 1830 Act was for beer houses to restore the popularity of the ancient national beverage - beer.

Jonathan Dyer married Betsy, a townie from Watford. He continued as an agricultural labourer and no doubt Betsy ran the beer house when he was at work. This was common practice: the beer house keeper of the now closed Wheatsheaf, for instance, was also a brushmaker. Jonathan ran the beer house until his death when his son took over, the 1881 census describing son Gabriel as 'Licensed victualler and master wheelwright employing 4 men'. This suggests Gabriel had a full license and with a successful wheelwright's business, also had the money to expand.

Gabriel continued to run the business into the 20th Century and still carried on his wheelwright's business along with one of his sons. It is said he used to use the Cricketers Pond to shrink the hot iron onto the wooden cartwheels.

If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...

Front of house



Owen has been in hospitality for longer than he would care to admit and has worked in many different venues but the comforts of a proper pub are where he belongs. After a brief 'tour' of some of our sister pubs as a roving manager Owen has settled down. When not working Owen is happiest spending time with his family, tinkering in his shed, getting out in the great outdoors or cracking a few 'dad-jokes'.


Deputy Manager

Lucian is our bubbly Deputy Manager. He has retained all the energy from his pro-footballer days and brings the good vibes into the pub everyday. His Romanian roots gave a huge passion for food and drinks and everything in-between is inspiring and he's always bringing us delicious tipples for us to try out.


Assistant Manager

Jasmin is our little ray of sunshine. She manages to bring a huge smile to everyone’s face with her bubbly attitude to life. She joined Brunning and Price in 2021 starting at the Old Orchard, after almost a decade at the busy Heathrow Airport, where she perfected her service skills. You will always know when she is in house, because no one can miss that infectious laugh of hers.


Assistant Manager

Callum is our cellar-wizz and joined the management team after a stint as a bartender. His dry and perfectly timed humour always keeps the crew and our patrons on their toes. A self professed outdoorsman Callum spends any available free time camping or hiking in the great outdoors.



Olivia is one of the newer members of team Crix but she has already made a big impression! When she isn't looking after our guests Olivia loves nothing more than going on a huge shopping spree.



Josh joined us after a few years at a well known coffee shop, so he's a dab hand at frothing up the milk! When he's not creating beautiful latte art you can find Josh at the nearest skatepark.



Head Chef

Luis is our Portuguese maestro, he joined us after a long spell at our sister pub The White Hart in Chobham. When he's not creating our wonderful menu, you'll find him walking his dogs or supporting his beloved Chelsea


Chef de Partie

You can always tell when Jimee is in the kitchen by the sound of his infectious laughter! With 25 years of culinary experience Jimee has worked in kitchens across the globe from Dubai to Malaysia and you can definitely tell from his cooking.


Kitchen Assistant

Lorraine, or 'Lori' as she is affectionately known is our no-nonsense Kitchen Assistant; always ready to jump into the action. When she isn't in the pub you can find Lorraine sat in her garden jamming out to her Bob Marley records.