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The Cross Keys

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Carleton, Penrith, England
01768865588
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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 4
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Yet again!

We stopped here again last Sunday, at around midday, to a busy pub. The food is beautiful here, perfect portion sizes and so tasty. Took a while to arrive, I did say it was busy, but so worth the wait. Once again brilliant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
PrimalSteve
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Carlisle
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Carlisle
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218 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here again last Sunday, at around midday, to a busy pub. The food is beautiful here, perfect portion sizes and so tasty. Took a while to arrive, I did say it was busy, but so worth the wait. Once again brilliant.

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Thank PrimalSteve
Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We gathered for a retirement function. The Cross Keys provided a very good service and the food was exactly what we asked for and all served hot and on time to approxiametly 30 people.

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Thank owen408
Penrith, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have eaten here before many years ago was not impressed. Went back with colleagues 25th Jan fantastic meal and service. We had a really nice night. Didn't go up to restaurant kyloes ate in the bar. Very comfortable lively but not noisy. Obviously a loved local. People playing darts and pool.. Staff spot on. But the food was amazing. Steak... More 

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Thank Ellen H
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Had a couple of decent meals here but it seems to lack the energy of a village pub and if dining you are shunted upstairs to a large dining room. A couple of decent casks on offer.

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Thank twozerouk .
Consett, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

The pub is very nice. It has a lovely atmosphere. It has a pool table and a dart board. The beer garden at the rear is fab and in a sunny location. The food was great. Would recommend this pub and will hopefully return next time we're in the area.

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Thank nova d
Carlisle
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218 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Stopped here for a quick lunch, a limited choice but very good menu, we were seated very quickly, chose to eat in the bar. There were 3 tables ordered before us, all the food came out in order and very quickly, it all looked great. We had a roast venison, a risotto cake and roast chicken with honey and mustard... More 

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Thank PrimalSteve
England, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I have been here twice for lunch. Once as a social and once to have an informal business meeting. On both occasions the food was very good. A good selection and well cooked - certainly a step above your average 'pub grub'. Its cosy in the winter with log burning stoves and great in the summer with an outside balcony... More 

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Thank JMH4
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

We were at center parcs but we were unable to get booked in at any restaurants. I booked here because of previous reviews and I was not disappointed. All the food was delicious, the venue was lovely and all the staff welcoming. I would highly recommend this for the quality of food and location to center parcs.

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Thank Martin W
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Had lunch today with our 7 month old son, the staff couldn't be more welcoming and helpful. Especially with our little one! Brought us warm water so we could hear his food and got a few smiles from him! Food was lovely, we ordered the fish platter which we really enjoyed and we both ordered the pork Sunday dinner which... More 

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1 Thank Keals28
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Arrived about 8pm without a booking and were greeted by a trainee behind the bar, not sure what to do with us but that's ok because everyone has to learn. A gent then asked us to buy a drink at the bar so he can check if a table has been reset. We were shown up stairs to the restaurant.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carleton, Penrith, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Penrith
  • Phone Number: 01768865588

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?