Relaunched in August 2019, The Cricketers Arms was taken over by Harry & Sam Kodagoda and is the debut site of Horizon Pub Company Ltd.
Harry brings a wealth of experience and numerous awards with him to Rickling Green. Having trained as a chef from the age of 16, he went on to work in some highly respected kitchens in London and was part of the team that launched Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall. In 2005, Harry became Head Chef at The Fox at Willian and this saw the start of a 15-year career with award-winning and family run hospitality group Anglian Country Inns Ltd. It was here that Harry scooped up the award for Best Fish & Chips in the country as judged by Tom Kerridge. After seeing Harry’s passion, work ethic and love of all things food, he was made Director of Food for the group where they went on to win some huge accolades such as AA rosettes, Michelin bib gourmand, Top 50 Gastro Pub, Best Food Offer at The Publican Awards (two years running!) and in 2014, Harry himself won Development Chef of the Year.
It has always been Harry’s dream to have his own restaurant, but when he announced to his wife Sam, just 1 month after she gave birth to their 2nd child that now was the time, she was less than impressed! Nevertheless, once The Cricketers Arms came onto the market, Sam was firmly on board-having grown up locally in Bishops Stortford and on seeing the pub’s picturesque village setting, she knew this was the right pub for them.
With their strong and dedicated team, headed up by General Manager Lewis Roberts, Harry & Sam want to put The Cricketers Arms firmly on the map and build its reputation as a destination dining pub with rooms.
“We visited here on the first Monday they were able to open following Lockdown. All safety precautions were in place with clear instructions visible. Staff were efficient, polite even under the unusual social distancing restrictions. This was our second visit & we were not disappointed. Will definitely be back & would highly recommend.”
Dined 6th July 2020
“Possibly the best roast dinner I’ve ever had! Went for a long walk with friends and booked in here for Sunday lunch. We had an outside table over looking the cricket field. Food was amazing. Service was great. Such a lovely pub!”
Dined 2nd August 2020
What a lovely Sunday treat! Took my family for a little get together and everyone loved the food! Roast dinners all round which were delicious followed by seasonal crumble and custard! What more could we ask for! Highly recommend and worth the drive! Thanks Samantha and Harry.