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Cross Keys Inn, Somerton

A37/B3153
Lydford-On-Fosse
Postal town: Somerton
TA11 7HA
Phone: 01963240473

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E TA left this review about Cross Keys Inn

A popular village pub with an excellent reputation – well deserved – for its ales. The frontage is an 18th Century stone facade, behind which is a renovated house with an irregular layout consisting of 2 bar areas, a medium sized snug and a modern conservatory annex which serves as a dining area and function room. At the rear is a rough car park with plenty of space, and a field at the back for overflow paring and camping. Between the pub and car park is a small, tidy garden with wooden benches and tables. There is a lot of clutter lying around, but somehow it doesn't seem out of place. The interior is Spartan – stone floors, wooden tables and few wall decorations, though a minimum level of comfort is provided by thinly padded wooden benches, and there is an incongruous piano in one of the bar areas. There are two bar counters with keg offerings including Pauliner Pils, Bristol Independence, Bibble's Wild beer and a milk stout, but the real treasure here is the tap room from which gravity dispensed ale and cider are brought – 4 ciders, plus Kryzone's Al Key, Swindon's North Wall, Notts's Munich Helles and Oakham's Citra. A 'coming soon' sign advertised Oakham's JHB and Notts's Excitra. The beers were, as usual for this pub, in first class condition, meriting its GBG entry. The staff are friendly and welcoming, displaying only minimum levels of good-natured sarcasm, while the locals are well behaved. The food is well-cooked, simple pub grub, with a few twists, filling and good value for money. Dog biscuits are available on the bar, and these were easily accessible as the cat mentioned on the sign outside was not in evidence. I am always happy to drop in here when passing, and I've never been disappointed.

On the 2018 Somerset Ale Trail.

On 4th April 2018 - rating: 9
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Becca Sands left this review about Cross Keys Inn

A fab place to go to drink good drink and have real tasty food. The staff were so lovely and welcoming and its just such a nice place with their wooden tables and relaxing garden.

On 16th July 2015 - rating: 10
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Brew Guru left this review about Cross Keys Inn

Revamped by a local businessman the reputed aim is to establish a pub to rival the Halfway House, Pitney. Indeed with the manager being ex HH this has gone some, if not all, of the way to doing this. Bright and airy inside with tables set for the restaurant and locals around the bar. Ales are served from a stillage, a chalk board lists the beers, but not the breweries which made identifying the beers trickier than usual. There are large function rooms and a skittle alley across the entrance to the large car park. Camping is also available. Beers (once identified) were from Milk Street, Abbey Ales, Hop Back and Teignworthy plus one I couldn't work out! All good condition.

On 29th January 2015 - rating: 7
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BobOs . left this review about Cross Keys Inn

OK but a tad grubby around the edges. Seems like a locals only establishment judging by the brusque welcome I received. I shan't hurry back. Well below average.

On 16th July 2011 - rating: 3
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