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Cross Keys, Harpenden

39 High Street
Harpenden
AL5 2SD
Phone: 01582763989
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Pub SignMan left this review about Cross Keys

This is a cosy two bar High Street pub around 5 minutes walk from Harpenden station. The entrance leads you through to the right-hand main bar, with the servery directly opposite the front door and various seating options over to the right. The seating mainly comes in the form of hard backed banquettes around much of the perimeter, with chairs and low stools in support. There’s a nice fireplace on the end wall and the walls have a selection of traditional pub decor on display, making it feel like a traditional saloon bar, aided by a bustling early evening crowd. The bar has a relatively short counter and basic bar back, but is dominated by a large collection of tankards that hang from the ceiling beams above. A door to the left takes you into a smaller lounge bar, with pews around three sides of the room and plenty of low stools in support. A very short, curved section of servery stands in the rear right corner with a nice herringbone brick counter front, glass display cases at either end and a load of vases, bottles and ornaments on the counter top, suggesting that it’s no longer possible to get service from this side of the pub. There’s another low brick fireplace on the end wall with lots of flowers on the mantelpiece and more vases on the window sill and shelves around the room. Decor includes some pleasant art-deco lamps and a large circular mirror and there was a good selection of 70’s pop tunes playing in the background.
The pub tends to find its way into the Good Beer Guide and accordingly had three cask ales on handpull when I arrived - Taylors Landlord, Tring Side Pocket and Rebellion IPA. I fought my way through the throng of bar blockers and ordered a pint of the Side Pocket from the old-school landlord, before retreating into the quieter lounge side. It was kept in good condition and went down well after a 15 mile walk along the River Lea to get here.
This is a pretty good town centre boozer with a couple of nice rooms, each offering something a bit different and plenty of comfortable seating to enjoy the well-kept beer. They seem to be pretty popular and the place was doing better business than most of the other pubs I passed when walking through the town. I’d happily call in again if I ever find myself back here again.

On 17th January 2022 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about Cross Keys

My destination pub, after setting off walking from Hertford 16 miles away.

I've been to a few pubs in Harpenden but not ventured this far up the highstreet.

This was a classic british boozer - low beamed ceiling. tankards hanging from the roof. Open Fire. Newspapers.

Three real ales on an the TT Landlord was excellent.

Only slight grumble - £4 a pint.

I'm not quite in London, am I?

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On 26th February 2017 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cross Keys

Attractive, old-fashioned (in a good sense) locals pub with a stone floor and plain furniture in the small main bar. There is also an even smaller (dining?) room with its own bar counter to one side. I could see three real ales on - Landlord, Rebellion IPA and the local Tring Jack O'Legs (£3.20) - but I think there is another handpump in the side room. Just the sort of place where you might expect to see a group of older customers playing dominoes and supping their pints (which was exactly what was happening when I was there).

On 8th January 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Harpenden, 0.35 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Luton Airport Parkway, 5.19 miles, 1 hr 40 min walk (show)
St Albans City, 5.41 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Cross Keys, Harpenden
17th Jan 2022, 16:06
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
8th Feb 2021, 18:23
Pub map correction submitted by Tris C approved

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