Map

Chinese Cricket Club information

Chinese Cricket Club is located in the stylish Crowne Plaza Hotel in The City. They serve a variety of Modern Chinese dishes but specialise in Szechuan cuisine and dim sum. A comprehensive wine list is available to complement your meal.

Ranked #1351 of 5241 restaurants in London

Is this venue information incorrect? Help us get it right!

improve this listing
Book a table at Chinese Cricket Club

You can book a table at Chinese Cricket Club. Just select the date and time you require below




find a table
Check-in
Check-in
Check-out
Check-out
Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

TUE

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

WED

14:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

THU

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

FRI

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00

SAT

CLOSED

SUN

18:00 - 22:00

show more

What did you think of Chinese Cricket Club?

your rating

Chinese Cricket Club reviews



By Stephen F.

Naming a restaurant after the recently recognised Chinese national cricket team seems a little odd, given that they’re hardly making waves in the world of leather on willow. Still, it’s a kind homage, and thankfully this place fares considerably better than a side bowled out by the UAE for just 27.

The Venue
Located within the City Crowne Plaza, The Chinese Cricket Club sits in exalted company, right opposite Giorgio Locatelli’s celebrated (and very busy) Refetorrio. Diners there might be missing a trick though, as this place is calm-amidst-the-London-storm personified, with swathes of soft lime, brushed woods, chilled music and a few nods to the East making things feel, well, very suitably Zen. Having to trek through the lobby and down a couple of flights of stairs to the bathrooms is a little annoying, but at least you’ll be able to have a little nose around and judge whether next time you’d prefer the vibrant bustle of Refetorrio, or settle down for the calm of this well-appointed and good-looking little dining spot.

The Atmosphere
Busy Blackfriars bubbles in depressing hues of grey outside but inside it’s a wholly different affair, and not just because it’s not particularly busy. The staff are brilliant, getting that balance between professional service and relaxing informality pretty much spot on. It’s something that’s certainly reassuring as diners are a real mix, from nervous daters to businessmen, tourists and hotel guests with big and brash American appetites - being able to handle them all with the same relaxed aplomb is no mean feat.

The Food
An extensive and flexible menu borders on being all things to all men, with authentic Szechuan dishes and interesting Cricket Club specials sitting next to the kind of Chinese cuisine that British palates lap up without much thought – we can be very unimaginative when it comes to Chinese food, after all. Given it’s a hotel restaurant it’s an understandable culinary compromise, and thankfully there’s enough choice for you to go down either route and be pretty pleased with what comes to the table.

Dim sum (go for the chef's selection - £11 for seven) are great, with the honey-glazed pork puff, the prawn and pork sui mia and the excellent black cod gow gee more than making up for an ever so slightly stodgy steamed pork bun. The chilled pork belly (£8) packs some serious punch thanks to a load of garlic and a bit of chilli, but purists might be a little miffed there’s no crispy crackling, which is half the point, surely.

The citrus Mandarin beef (£15) is definitely a good one for Western mouths, with deep-fried pieces of beef in a sweet and sticky sauce made with hoisin, soy, chilli and, presumably a touch of orange, though it’s such an unapologetic dish that there’s little room for many delicate flavours. The Hunan lamb (£15.50) displays a little more finesse, with well-marinated lamb (incredibly soft and tender) cooked with chilli, ginger, soy, rice wine vinegar and leeks, and served with chopped chillis, garlic and spring onion. If you want to feel like you’re putting at least a semblance of health in your body, the dry sautéed green beans (£6.50) are brilliant – beautifully seasoned and with the tiniest hint of chilli kick.

The Drinks
If you want to keep things cricket old boy, you can sup on a couple of Jim Barry’s fine and aptly named bins (a Silly Mid-On and a Cover Drive) from a vineyard on what was once the Penola Cricket Ground in Coonawara, in Australia. There is, though, plenty of scope to explore wines from all across the globe on a menu offering a decent number of affordable options, and which only really flirts with anything extravagant. Staff seem to know their stuff, and a suggestion of a Charles Dupuy Sancerre (£39) is a very good shout, with enough about it to stand up to the spicier elements of the menu. Tiger, Tsingtao and Asahi are the bottled beers, and there are a few well made cocktails that at £8, aren’t bad value at all.

The Last Word
A versatile, tasty menu makes the Chinese Cricket Club worth a visit, but charming staff and a pleasant atmosphere should ensure this place stays at the crease a whole lot longer than its cricketing brethren over in the People’s Republic.


By John L.

I have moved to London from Chengdu in January and the Chinese cricket club is the most authentic Chinese restaurant we found. there sichuan dishes really does remind me of home,i have visited the cricket club on 3 more occasions and each time,the service and the food are at a very ,very high standard.


By Helen M.

As Roald Dahl would say “scrumdidlyumptious”. We recently enjoyed the most lovely evening in the company of Tony Chan and his team at the Chinese Cricket Club. Never really knowing my way round a Chinese menu with what would compliment each other I left the choice up to Tony – of some of the dishes he choose for us the stars for us where the tea smoked duck salad, the soft and plump steamed dim sum and the Hunan Lamb, however without a doubt the dry sautéed green beans for anyone ordering beware! You’ll want more…i would suggest ordering two portions edible by the bucket.


By Llewellyn F.

visited the restaurant on Friday 6th Nov with my wife, and 2 friends, one of whom was celebrating his 35th birthday.

The Restaurant Manager chose the dishes for us and everything was perfect, from the tea smoked duck, to the numbing chicken and sui mai, all of which reminded me of home.

Wine and Champagne selection was excellent and well matched and desserts were spot on. Also met the Executive Chef who visited our table and several others, really nice chap.

The whole evening was very lovely and memorable, and the staff were first class. Best Chinese food I have had in 22 years of being in London!

Will definitely go back again soon.

Llew


By A S.

The place is fabtastic, if you like eastern cuisine you will love this place - soft shell crab was by far one of the best dishes I and my dinner date have tasted.

Service was also immaculate , I will be back!Let the waiters choose for you as they will suggest thier signature dishes, you wont be disappointed!


By Louise F.

The Chinese Cricket Club is fantastic!! I took my family out for dinner last week for my mothers surprise 50th birthday.

The service was absolutely outstanding, the dishes served were out of this world! And... the price was so reasonable!!

I would definitely recommend this to everyone who enjoys quality food. I will definitely be returning back!

Find a restaurant