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Cross Keys, Milton Keynes

Newport Road
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK15 0AA
Phone: 01908679404
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Gill Smith left this review about Cross Keys

Called in while visiting Buckinghamshire's 2019 Good Beer Guide pubs in the Milton Keynes area. The pub is owned by Charles Wells brewery, and is a period thatched roof pub that was refurbished earlier this year. 6 ales available but they were all mainstream beers rather than locale, and we chose Wadworth 6x which was ok.

On 18th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Crosskeys

An attractive old thatched pub that no doubt at one time was in a pleasant village near the canal, but now unfortunately is surrounded by the concrete jungle. Inside it would appear that it’s recently been refurbished, and whilst this was pleasant enough, it has perhaps lost some of the character that it may have had previously. It’s quite a contemporary design, and certainly seemed a little out of kilter with the exterior.

It’s divided in to two rooms, with the “village bar” on the right and a lounge to the left. On a recent midweek evening visit, there was nobody in the lounge, but a few punters in the bar. This has a fairly small wooden bar counter in the corner, and this was quite tricky to get to due to a few locals (and their dog) propping it up, and none of them showed any propensity to move so that I could actually get there to order a pint. Bar staff seemed friendly enough once I had managed to get there.

The floor is red tiling, and the walls mostly pale green plasterwork with exposed stone along the front and a few beams on the ceiling. There is a fire place to one side, but all this had in it was a basket of logs and some fairy lights. A bit of a missed opportunity on a snowy January evening. As previously mentioned this looks as though it may have been recently done up, and the furniture in particular looked very new. The lounge to the left was perhaps more geared up for dining, and featured a wood laminate floor and some wood panelling on the walls.

The “bistro” menu offered a reasonable selection of pub grub dishes such as Fish & Chips, Burger, Beef Pie, Sausage of the day, etc., although with most of the main courses around the £10 mark, it is perhaps priced slightly above your usual bar food. My Thai Green Curry was decent enough, if slightly on the spicy side, and consisted of an unspecified fish rather than the more usual chicken, along with (as the menu was keen to point out), lemon rice and a braised spring onion.

Beer choice seems somewhat diminished since the previous reviews. As far as I could see there were only three pumps on the bar and these were all from the Young’s stable with their Bitter, Eagle IPA and Bombardier. The solitary cider was Symonds Founders Reserve.

On 23rd January 2013 - rating: 6
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Linda Greenwall left this review about The Crosskeys

A very nice old village thatched pub, the younge bar man said about 450 years old.
A big garden with lots of nice flowers on the pub and around the garden. ( very nice to sit outside on a nice day).
Me and my husband came in on 25/09/2011 for a nice sunday roast, was not to keen on the menu though but the food was brillant.
Alot of real ale on and me and my husband are big fans but we had no clue witch one to try so we asked the lady behind the bar, she was abit confused with what to do so she asked the younge lad to serv us, he was very pleasnt and knew what he was talking about and recommended us a very nice pint of PotBellys Yelly Belly and a pint of St Austells Trelawny, in all the staff where very nice and friendly, highly recommended.
Their was a couple of bad points.... the toliets where not atall nice very standed stuff, i would say they need a refurbish.
We will go back again soon.

On 28th September 2011 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Milton Keynes Central, 2.62 miles, 50 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 3.37 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 3.62 miles, 1 hr 9 min walk (show)
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18th Nov 2018, 10:39
Review submitted by Gill Smith
29th Jan 2013, 17:33
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Several during Summer - last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - In the bar only - last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by ROB Camra
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