Cricket Inn puts local art in the frame

Cricket Inn - ' Artists Sue Nichol (left) and Mandy Payne
Cricket Inn - ' Artists Sue Nichol (left) and Mandy Payne

You’ve heard of a pop-up restaurant? Well, the Cricket Inn at Totley is transforming itself into a pop-up art gallery .

The pub has teamed up with Beady Eye Art to offer a menu of original artwork alongside its regular selection of food and ales.

The first in a series of art exhibitions was launched to coincide with Sheffield artists’ Open Studios event.

It showcases the work of three city-based artists – Mandy Payne, Sue Nichol and Cath Dunn.

All works are contemporary and have been chosen for their variety in both style and composition. They are for sale priced from £150 to £300.

The pictures feature scenes from the surrounding area, providing customers with a good talking point while they are tucking into their meal or chatting over a pint.

Cricket Inn director Simon Webster said: “Introducing a pop-up art gallery to one of our venues is another way in which we can help artists of all genres while also enhancing the dining experience.”

Beady Eye Art founder Madeleine Thomas said: “I am delighted that the Cricket Inn is supporting the artist community in this way, as it’s increasingly difficult for artists to get their work viewed by a wider audience. ”

The Cricket Inn has just introduced a new spring menu. In addition to its classic selection and ploughman’s or fisherman’s boards, there is a fixed price selection with three courses plus bread, dips, coffee and shortbread for £25.

Highlights include goat’s cheese and red onion hash brown, sesame-crusted salmon with Asian-style tiger prawn croquette and chocolate marquise with ice cream and caramel sauce.