The Cricketers pub in Pirbright opens charming café hidden inside a yurt

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A café has opened in the village of Pirbright, but it’s not what you might expect.

Decorated with adorable bunting and pretty flower pots, it is hidden inside a yurt.

You will find it on the site of the former Cricketers Inn pub which recently closed.

New owners Grosvenor Pubs and Inns has launched the charming café while it renovates and develops the old pub into its new guise The Cricketers on The Green.

The enchanting tent, which opened this summer, can be accessed via a little picket gate surrounded by a secluded garden for eating and drinking alfresco when the sun is out.

Inside the yurt, customers will find cosy blankets to snuggle up to when the autumn chill arrives.

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Situated in front of the pub and overlooking the idyllic village green, the yurt is open for coffee, cakes, breakfast and lunch until The Cricketers on The Green opens later this year.

It will then be moved into the pub’s back garden and continue to serve the community as a café.

Shara Myers, managing director of Grosvenor Pubs, said: “We launched the yurt for the community as a way of introducing ourselves and people have been thrilled with it.

“It is located right in the village of Pirbright and there is nothing else like it around.

“We are open for breakfast and at lunch we serve our Yurt Special XXL Toasties which are made the traditional way, grilled and pressed with an old-fashioned iron.”

She added: “We have a wood burning stove outside.

“We do lovely cakes, pastries, muffins and cookies.

“We have a butchers next door to us and we use their sausages and bacon in our full English breakfasts.

“We are all about using locally sourced produce.

“As the butchers is closed on a Monday, we are not open on that day either.

“Once the pub is open the yurt will be moved into the back garden and used as a coffee shop.”

The Cricketers on The Green is expected to open its doors in December.

The new country pub will be 50% bigger than The Cricketers Inn and will feature a barn-style restaurant and orangery with convertible roof.

Drawings of what the pub might look like have been put on display inside the yurt to give members of the public, including residents living in the village, an idea of what to expect and details of the building process.

 

Breakfast menu highlights:

Available 9am-11.30am

  • Yurt granola with fruit and honey, £4.50
  • Apple and banana muesli and coconut yoghurt, £4.50
  • Pancakes with fruit and cream, Nutella or maple syrup, £3.50
  • Full English breakfast, £9.50
  • Vegetarian breakfast, £9
  • Eggs Benedict, £8.50
  • Eggs royale, £8.70
  • Toasted teacake, £3
  • Rustic smashed avocado on farmhouse toast, £8
  • Breakfast brioche butties (bacon, egg, sausage), from £4

A tasty egg and bacon brioche bap with a coffee at The Yurt Café

Lunch menu highlights:

Available 12pm-4.30pm

  • Yurt Special XXL Toasties, from £6.50
  • Great British cheese and meat boards, from £9.50
  • Chicken Ceaser salad, £9.50
  • Tender stem broccoli and quinoa salad, £6.90
  • Goats cheese and quinoa salad, £6,90
  • Cricketers sausage roll with brown sauce, £4
  • Chorizo and harissa scotch egg, £4
  • The Yurt Pork Pie, £4
  • Homemade mac n’ cheese, £6.95
  • Hot roast beef sandwich with horseradish, £8.95
  • Triple cooked fat chips, £4
  • The Yurt Burger, £10.50
  • The Yurt BLT, £9.50

There is a children’s menu available featuring pancakes, ham and cheese toasties and burger with chips.

Suitable for under 12s, two courses and a drink cost £5.95.

For cyclists and walkers passing by, there is a special Express Pit Stop offer, which includes a choice of sausage roll, pork pie or scotch egg with a large coffee for £5.

Inside the funky Yurt Café

How to find it:

Address: The Yurt at The Cricketers on the Green, ​The Green, Pirbright, GU24 0JT.