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Cross Keys, Wallingford

48 High Street
OX10 0DB
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Nick Davies left this review about The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys has been standing guard over the west gate of the town for some 250 years now. I can only speak of the last 35 or so but, apart from a rear extension I suspect a time traveller from 1800 would find much that's familiar. Originally a two-roomed affair, public bar to the left, saloon to the right, and with separate entrances onto the street, now enclosed by a porch built sometime after the war. The very traditional public bar leads on to another room up a few stairs used for darts and so on. Passing through the tiny saloon you reach a back room which has seen various uses, currently a sort of TV lounge. There's a garden outside climbing up onto the earthworks that are remains of the town's Saxon fortifications.

It's Brakspear's pub, and before that company's inexcusable decision to cease brewing vied with the Coachmaker's to serve the best beer in town. Now there's just the Wychwood brewed ordinary bitter left from the old days, still an extraordinarily tasty brew given its low gravity and still one of the best pints in Wallingford. The pub has a strong darts following and a couple of football teams are based here. As a community local it's as good as it gets, and should be on any itinerary when visiting the area.

On 2nd January 2012 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cross Keys

Ancient Brakspears pub just outside the town centre, with a collection of interconnecting rooms over different levels. Three ales - Brakspears Bitter and Oxford Gold, plus Hobgoblin which were a mixed bag, quality-wise. This is an old-style boozer mainly populated by men of a certain character. This is borne out by the bulging cupboard of trophies that the pub has won down the years. The dart board upstairs looked like it gets a lot of action. An intrinsic air of scruffiness and damp pervades, perhaps more down to the age of the building than anything else. We got a ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ from the lady behind the bar which was nice. I’d give this one a go again in the evening as I imagine the atmosphere would be good. Would’ve been a 7 if the ale quality had held up.

On 17th July 2011 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Cholsey, 2.96 miles, 57 min walk (show)
Didcot Parkway, 6.06 miles, 1 hr 56 min walk (show)
Goring & Streatley, 6.99 miles, 2 hr 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Cross Keys, Wallingford
11th May 2018, 23:08
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11th May 2018, 22:15
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 January 2019 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 January 2019 by Nick Davies
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 23 January 2019 by Nick Davies
  • Darts : Yes last updated 17 July 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 July 2011 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 January 2019 by Nick Davies
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