The Jolly Cricketers
The Jolly Cricketers in Seer Green serves British food using produce from local suppliers, menu changes according to what’s seasonal. They also serve local real ales and fine wines.
Address: 24 Chalfont Rd, Seer Green, HP9 2YG
Telephone: 01494 676308
As someone who teaches people to cook for a living what really matters to me is the menu, so along I trotted this week with my friend Ruth to test it out once again for Chiltern Chatter. An enticingly written menu awaited, tempting our palates with little gens such as Jerusalem Artichoke. Parsley and White Truffle Oil Soup or Gorgonzola. Parmesan and Spinach Risotto with Garlic Herb Butter. Oh choices, choices but hell you have to make a decision sometime before closing time …… !
I plumped to start with the Homemade Scotch Egg, which was an absolute joy, Perfectly cooked with the egg yolk soft and “baveuse” as they say in the cookery world (translate as ‘still dribbling’ for the rest of us). Ruth meanwhile had the Wild Mushrooms and Goats Cheese on Toast with Red Wine and Chervil dressing, which showcased a lovely balance of Goats Cheese ‘tang’ along with the earthiness of the Wild Mushrooms. Starters down we eagerly awaited the mains.
Two beautifully presented plates arrived bang on time, tricking us into thinking (not for the first time) that we weren’t in a village pub at all but in some swanky venue in the big smoke. Never ones to hold back on the food front we tucked in greedily and were not disappointed. The Roast Breast of Chicken was pleasantly succulent although a little bland. However the accompaniment of ‘full on’ tasty wedges of Braised Rabbit along with pea puree, Potato Galette and Walnut Jus brought the whole plate together. Somewhat punchier in flavour and texture was Ruth’s Pork Belly, Coriander Cake (a gem of a thing), Black Pudding, Bok Choi and Yuzu. The citrus notes of this Asian fruit cut beautifully through the richness of the Pork. Head Chef Matt Lyons clearly knows his stuff.
Stuffed to the gunnels we failed in our mission to eat 3 courses but vowed to return for that particular rematch another day. What a treat to have such a pub on our doorstep with prices that really don’t make you gulp. All this in the smug knowledge that you have just supported a venue which buys locally sourced produce and hosts events galore which brings the community together. Its very much worth a try. Go on its Valentines Day soon.....
Fiona McGurk runs a Cook Genie, a Cookery School based in Beaconsfield which teaches the art of Cooking made Simplicious. We create tailor made solutions for your kitchen challenges in a friendly kitchen (hers or yours).