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The Cross Keys, WC2

31 Endell Street
WC2
WC2H 9BA
Phone: 02078365185
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Cross Keys

I do agree with Tris C regarding the infamous growth of vegetation across the front of the pub. The interior here is a long narrow one room affair and when the pub is busy, navigating between the bar area on right hand side and seating opposite can be slightly frustrating. Still I managed to find a space at the bar to peruse their beer selection. They had three ales on handpump serving Windsor & Eton Green Hop Bitter, Brodies Pale Ale and Olde Tripe. I went for the Brodies, which was a very decent beer.
The service was good, even though the pub was busy and the bar staff were quite chirpy.
Now what happened next was a revelation, the chap next to me at the bar and myself struck up a conversation about visiting various pubs around the country, Liverpool was mentioned, then Pubs Galore, then Real Ale Ray and hey presto I had just met Komakino. So we sat and had a pint together along with Mrs A.

On 23rd November 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2955 recommendations about 2955 pubs]


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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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)
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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
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  • 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
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  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Tris C
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  • 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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