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The Cross Keys Inn, Wimborne

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Holt Road
Holt Heath
Postal town: Wimborne
BH21 7JZ
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E TA left this review about The Cross Keys Inn

A rather scruffy-looking traditional country pub, a freehouse with loads of character. It sits in open countryside in a pleasant heath location. There is a small carpark at the front and a 5½ acre field at the back used for club camping events and motorcycle rallies. Inside is a quaint, homely L-shaped bar with an inglenook containing a woodburner at one end. The floor is carpeted, there are oak beams on display and there are glimpses of the original brickwork here and there. There is a dartboard and a tv screen at the back, while the remainder has a mix of comfy chairs and tables. The pub prides itself on its ales and home-cooked food. The landlady was most welcoming, although dogs are not encouraged, there is no wifi and mobile phones are banned. There was only one ale on draft, which was because it is a quiet time; normally there are more. There was also a good selection of bottled beers from several breweries. The ale was Ringwood Best, which was in perfect condition. It's an excellent pub in many respects and well worth seeking out for lunch, or an evening's drinking.

On 1st March 2015 - rating: 9
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Antony Wells left this review about The Cross Keys Inn

As my previous review is getting a bit long in the tooth, this is just a note to say that little has changed, the pub is still here, as quirky as ever, and long may it remains so.

On 26th January 2012 - rating: 9
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Antony Wells left this review about The Cross Keys Inn

A local of mine although I don't use it as often as I should. A quirky gem of a pub, as unchanged and unchanging as any in the land.
The 'Keys' is all about the landlady, Viv is a legend in her own pub and her own time, it is she who gives the pub it's unique atmosphere. Walkers, bird-watchers, bikers, cyclists, steam and classic car enthusiasts know where the 'Keys' is to be found.
The choice of real-ale is limited, Ringwood Best, most like, but the quality is almost always excellent. There are bottled beers, lagers, ciders, wine, soft drinks and a bewildering array of spirits.
The food is simple, in the best sense of the word, plentiful, tasty and inexpensive, Here, home-cooked is just that.
My rating is nine stars, at what it does it is perfect, there is simply nothing to compare it with.
A word of warning, if you are coming, come soon. For reasons beyond anyones control, it may not be with us much longer..........

On 27th October 2010 - rating: 9
[User has posted 24 recommendations about 21 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Wynne Route
Branksome, 10.86 miles, 3 hr 29 min walk (show)
Bournemouth, 10.99 miles, 3 hr 32 min walk (show)
Parkstone (Dorset), 11.06 miles, 3 hr 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cross Keys Inn, Holt Heath
1st Mar 2015, 20:28
Review submitted by E TA amended by E TA
 
22nd Feb 2015, 13:15
Review submitted by E TA amended by E TA

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Darts : Yes last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 October 2010 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 October 2010 by hondo .
  • WiFi : No last updated 22 February 2015 by E TA
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