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The Cross Keys, Knaresborough

17 Cheapside
Knaresborough
HG5 8AX
Phone: 01423863562
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Will Larter left this review about The Cross Keys

I didn't have this one on my planned route, possibly because it's a later opener, but the lad behind the bar at the Craft Union pub suggested it when he saw we were keen on real ales. This looks like a 1930s building, going by the external brickwork, but it looks like it's been totally rearranged inside, with plenty of bare bricks and stone-flagged floors, with faux rustic tables, a nice fireplace and an Ossett Brewery mirror. The bar has a traditional look to it, with brass elephants holding up an elbow rail. More importantly, perhaps, there are two banks of four hand pumps. Two of these were advertising ciders, and there were six Ossett beers. I went for the Butterley Yorkshire Bitter, which was pretty good, despite (or, to be fair, perhaps because of) the thrashing it got through a tight sparkler.

On 1st June 2022 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Cross Keys Inn

If you like a good traditional pub, with a friendly barmaid and Ossett Brewery beer, then you have come to the right place. There were four regular Ossett ales and two guest on handpump on our visit. I went for the Inception as always, when visiting an Ossett pub, whilst Mrs Ale went for the Bridestones Summit.

On 23rd June 2015 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about Cross Keys Inn

This imposing looking pub was taken over by the Ossett Brewery back in 2010 and given the usual high standard refurbishment associated with their estate. You enter through a set of stained glass double doors into a large open plan interior with the servery along the back wall. The bar has a very nice decorative counter and a simpler bar back, and sits in a quarry stone floored part of the room which offers plenty of space for vertical drinking, as well as a few standard tables and chairs and an upturned barrel with the day’s papers on it. To the right is a bare boarded area with banquettes to the front and rear and a padded bench on the right hand wall, next to a quaint brick fireplace with an Ossett mirror above. The walls are decorated with a number of black and white photographs of local landmarks such as the Knaresborough Castle and Mother Shipton’s Cave, each nicely framed with a short, informative caption. Bottles, tankards and books line a high shelf and round out a nicely presented space that helps to retain the pub’s traditional feel. To the left of the bar there is a pleasant seating area, partly screened by some sections of partitioning wall. There is more stained glass on show here and the seating is predominantly comfortable looking banquettes. Music played softly throughout my stay, which was as well, as the place was very quiet on a Saturday afternoon.
The ale range was as strong as you might expect from an Ossett pub, with options on this visit comprising Ossett Excelsior, Silver King, Jenkins Bitter and Yorkshire Blonde, Welbeck Abbey Portman Black and Acorn Kohatu IPA. My Silver King was in good shape and served to me by a very friendly barman who also gave an unprompted top-up, which I always think is a good sign.
I probably didn’t see this place at its best, as the atmosphere was rather sombre – in contrast to what I imagine can be quite lively evenings. I thought the pub looked very good and I certainly felt comfortable in here and as such, I’d be keen to visit again when there are a few more customers in.

On 2nd June 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Old Boots
Knaresborough, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Starbeck, 1.78 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Harrogate, 3.4 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
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1st Jun 2022, 14:32
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26th May 2022, 22:18
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 December 2013 by ROB Camra
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  • Car Park : No last updated 02 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 27 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
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  • Pinball : No last updated 27 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursday - last updated 01 June 2022 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 01 June 2022 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 02 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 June 2015 by Pub SignMan
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