We’re a strong believer that fresh and local is best and we’re spoilt with the number of great suppliers right on our doorstep. From crab, lobster and scallops caught directly from the Bay, gin from Salcombe and Dartmouth, and fruit and vegetables grown and picked in Newton Abbott; we buy only the top quality, freshest ingredients and have a focus on being as sustainable as possible.
Alan & Winkie Steer
Alan is a third-generation shell fisherman, having had the business passed down to him by his father Winkie who is now semi-retired. The Steers provide us with top quality seafood, delivered daily to our door. Alan specialises in trawling lobster and crab and his hand dived Beesands scallops are some of the best out there.
During the summer months, there is an abundance of mackerel and seabass in the Bay which also gets delivered straight to the pub doors.
Alan fishes sustainably with any undersized specimens or females with eggs immediately returned to the water. Sustainability is a priority and under The Inshore Potting Agreement (IPA) he has his set area which he maintains to ensure healthy stock levels and good catches.
The Dartmouth Distillery Company create Dartmouth English Gin using the finest botanicals which they source from around the World. Their other ingredients, including fresh herbs, flowers and fruit as well as the essential fresh spring water, are all sourced from the Calancombe Estate also in South Devon and combined produce the remarkably smooth, full-bodied spirit. Dartmouth Distillery Company have installed 20kw of solar panels onto their distillery roof to offset the carbon footprint of their gin production, as well as planting thousands of fruit trees, vines and fruit bushes at the Calancombe Estate to help the environment.
Both our still and sparkling water is Devonia natural spring water, the only water company in the UK that wash and reuse their glass bottles. Devonia’s water is bottled at source from a spring that bubbles up on the edge of a meadow near the villages of Beeson and Beesands, a mere stone’s throw from The Cricket Inn itself.
Devonia Water collects the empty bottles from us on a weekly basis, wash the bottles and reuse them, reducing our carbon footprint by up to 16 times whilst supplying us with a premium product for our customers to enjoy.
Heron Valley traditionally produces their award-winning artisan juices, bubbly soft drinks and Devon cider on their family-run farm located in Loddiswell.
They use traditional methods to ensure their drinks don’t contain any sulphite, preservatives or additives, and they don’t add any yeast or E-numbers into any of their drinks. Only use the best, natural, whole ingredients are used, and they hand-select the best quality fruit which is specifically picked for its natural sweetness.
They have been producing their traditional Devon cider for generations, using their own locally grown apples from their orchards, using no pesticides or fungicides, and at Christmas we enjoy serving our customers a warm glass of their mulled cider!
Heron Valley use recycled and recyclable glass, recyclable aluminium lids and recycled cardboard for all their packaging and ensure their products are all created in a sustainable way.
Otter Brewery is a brewery based near Honiton in Devon and is named after the nearby River Otter.
They pride themselves on never compromising the quality of their beer and have always selected the best quality malting barley from a number of the UK’s finest maltsters.
Using a variety of hops gives them the ability to brew beers with flavours and aromas to suit the modern palate.
The water used in the brewing process is drawn from their own wells that are sprung through the aquifer from the headsprings of the River Otter, ensuring the beers they produce are sustainable as well as a pleasure to drink!
S&J Fisheries are a family-owned business based in Plymouth who has been supplying fish and seafood since 1985. They pride themselves on sourcing the best quality produce from a wide list of trusted suppliers. All of their fish and seafood is all sourced in a traceable and responsible manner.
S&J supplies us daily with fresh fish, for both our á la carte menu, as well as our daily specials.
Based in Kingsbridge, Salcombe Brewery began brewing their award-winning beers back in September 2016. The brewhouse is uniquely built on the site of a decommissioned water reservoir that utilises the natural ambient temperature to store the brewed beer at the perfect temperature. They also have their own borehole which supplies the brewery with its own source of Devonian water.
They have a Heritage range which represents the traditional British cask and bottled ales, a craft beer Discovery range as well as limited edition beers launched throughout the year. Their seahorse logo is a nod towards the Salcombe Estuary being one of the few places in the UK you can find the rarer of the two species. 5p of every bottle of Seahorse is donated to The Seahorse Trust to help raise funds and support the endangered creatures.
Salcombe Dairy only use natural ingredients and has had their milk delivered from the same local farm for over 40 years. They don’t over-process their ingredients to ensure they retain their flavour and nutrients.
Their chocolate is made from scratch using organic, fair-trade cocoa nibs, and their wide range of ice-cream flavours (many of which we have on offer for dessert), including their recently launched decadent vegan ice cream, have all been carefully and lovingly developed.
They ensure that more than 10% of their profits are donated to charity and they also take an active role in supporting the local community including free ice cream for schools.
The multi-award-winning gin is distilled and crafted in Salcombe. Inspired by the coastline and the shipbuilding heritage of the popular seaside town, Salcombe Distilling Co. creates its exceptional gin at its waterside distillery, one of the world’s only distilleries directly accessible by boat.
As a nod to the history of the sailing vessels bringing in fresh fruits and spices from around the world to England’s ports, they harness the essence of this by using only the finest citrus fruits and spices to flavour their gin.
We stock a variety of their popular gins including the original Start Point, their Rosé Sainte Marie and more recently their alcohol-free version- London Light.
Founded in 2002, Sandford Orchards are an independent, family-owned cider producer based in the heart of Devon and are very proud to be based in the oldest working cider mill in the UK, breathing life back into the old building.
They grow their own cider apples in some of the finest bittersweet apple orchards in the world and add no artificial flavours or aromas. By using the best natural ingredients and then letting it age to perfection, the result is a delicious, balanced and naturally refreshing cider you can enjoy at The Cricket Inn.
Smithfield Meat Market
Smithfield is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe with modern state of the art facilities for receiving, storing and dispatching of meat and poultry.
Although based in central London, much of its produce comes from Devon itself as well as from Surrey Farm, where they maintain ethical farming and ensure the humane treatment of their farm animals.
St Austell Brewery
St Austell Brewery are a proudly independent and family-owned business based in Cornwall, just 30 miles west of the Devon border. They have been around since 1851 when the incredibly popular pale ale was created, then called Daylight Robbery, but now known as Tribute.
Today they have a portfolio of more than 190 pubs, inns and hotels across the West Country. The Cricket Inn and The Church House Inn being two of them!
West Country’s mission is to provide a broad range of high-quality fresh produce, chilled dairy, store cupboard groceries and local artisan products to local Chefs and retailers.
They work closely with their extensive network of farmers and growers to source as much local produce as possible, and they supply us with all the fruit and vegetables we need, from staple root vegetables to seasonal produce such as berries, summer greens and the delicious soft fruit grown here in the South West.