The Cricketers Arms Bedford
Contrary to what is being advertised, this pub has been delisted from the 2015 Good Beer Guide. The pub lost its listing when Paul and Stephanie left.
It is with sadness we have had to close. We have worked hard for this Pub but the conditions we have had to operate under our landlord Punch Taverns meant we made very little profit. Punch Taverns have consistently taken more than was sustainable from us in rent and excessive beer prices.
We are embarrassed that we have not been able to afford to keep the Pub in good condition and invest in better facilities for you our customers. Punch’s unfair share has gone to pay shareholders dividends, bondholder’s interest on loans and huge salaries and bonuses to the executives and staff of Punch Taverns.
We are proud of what we have achieved in the 11 years we have had ‘The Cricks’. Nine years in The Good Beer Guide and North Beds CAMRA pub of the year 2007 and 2012. We leave an area rich in quality real ale pubs, being the first to offer a range of ales and continually changing guest beers, a concept now universally expected by the real ale drinker.
Thank you again, our loyal customers and friends for choosing quality over convenience in continuing to use us as your ‘local’.
We will miss you.
Paul & Stephanie