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The Cross Keys, WC2

31 Endell Street
WC2
WC2H 9BA
Phone: 02078365185
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Tris C left this review about The Cross Keys

Built in 1848 and Grade II-Listed, the pub has a very fine frontage and is renowned for the luxuriousness of foliage draped across the ground floor windows, admired by a multitude of drinkers outside on this very warm evening. The place is cited in various must-visit lists, though oddly I'd never been here before. It's described as having a very small interior but I didn't find this to be the case, but maybe that's because all the drinkers were outside. What's undeniable is that it's incredibly gloomy in here with little illumination coming from the red/orange lamps. It's noted also for the eclectic mix of knick-knacks suspended from on high, including a copper and brass helmet from an old diving suit. Walls are adorned with old prints as well as newer ones depicting the Beatles, Stones and Barbra Streisand, who I presume must all have drunk here. Furniture is traditional in dark wood, along with studded chocolate brown banquettes to the periphery. In all: atmospheric. The barmaid was friendly enough but needs to watch her language.
Ales: an unused pump, Hardy & Hanson's Old Tripe, GK's London Glory, Brodie's California and Windsor & Eton's Corker at a very agreeable £2.00 a half, though 'corker' is a somewhat optimistically self-congratulatory description.
I'm afraid I'm not as enamoured of this place as other reviews. It's ok, but the uninspiring ale choice doesn't help and there are actually better pubs in this area, not that Covent Garden has that much appeal, being the tourist hell-hole that it is and if this is indeed a Brodie's pub, why the one beer competing alongside the likes of GK and Tripe?

On 24th July 2019 - rating: 5
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Cross Keys

GBG brought me here and what a result.

Perfect levels of pubbiness.

Very good Wadworth 6x at the best price for the area - £3.60.

Loved my visit and will be my destination of choice when in the area.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2kkezym

On 2nd February 2017 - rating: 10
[User has posted 276 recommendations about 275 pubs]


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custodian 42 left this review about The Cross Keys

Not a bad start to my crawl today. Bit dark inside as all the lights were red but soon got over that. Nice 5.0% Brookes pale ale and amazingly cheap food which I did not sample. Would return to this pub.

On 25th October 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1412 recommendations about 1410 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.66 miles, 12 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 1.13 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cross Keys, WC2
24th Jul 2019, 17:55
Request to add pub to area St Giles by Tris C approved
 
24th Jul 2019, 17:21
Request to add pub to area St Giles by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Darts : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 July 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - 12.00pm - 2.30pm Monday to Saturday. 12.00pm - 3.00pm Sunday. - last updated 24 July 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 October 2016 by hondo .
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