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The Cross Keys

Saunders Road | Bishop Auckland, Hamsterley DL13 3PX, England
+44 1388 488457
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible11%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (20 reviews)
“mushy peas” (5 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Saunders Road | Bishop Auckland, Hamsterley DL13 3PX, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were hiking / walking in the area so a quick google we found this pub, and as a bonus the pub welcomed dogs. Excellent food and service (lovely staff) All the food was of a good quality and quantity no complaints from any of...More

Thank BlackpoolBrian
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to cross keys and was a recommendation from the B&B we were staying at. Food was great plenty of choice, some toys available for younger children to use whilst in the restaurant. Plenty of magazines for men and women aswell....More

Thank lamby243
Reviewed September 30, 2017

Came here with my wife and my 2 children (3 + 5). Although it was a Saturday we were able to get a table, We were greeted nicely by the lady behind the bar. The food menu was good, lots of English pub grub on...More

Thank markmichaela
Reviewed September 17, 2017

We visited before going to Kynren at Bishop Auckland. Our visit was lovely. Fantastic friendly welcome into a busy & warm public bar. We decided to eat at the last minute and were not disappointed with the homemade steak pie & vegetables. All the staff...More

Thank RichmondChildminder
Reviewed September 16, 2017

First visit on a Saturday, Excellent food, drink & service. 2nd visit on Tuesday p.m. for drink only, limited selected of real ales, despite an offer for you to try 3 real ales, only 2 on tap. 3rd visit, Thursday evening for meal. Both starters...More

Thank Mike8Ash
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Ate here on two occasions during our week long vacation renting a cottage near to Hamsterley Forest. The first occasion was Sunday lunch with my wife and the second was on the following Friday evening with our daughter, son in law and grandson. On both...More

1  Thank Moors_2014
Reviewed September 7, 2017

How can i sum it up any more than what a wonderful little village pub. We visited for Sunday lunch to be greeted by a full bar, lovely to see as so many at the moment arn't busy. We had to wait to be able...More

3  Thank minnie4567
Reviewed September 6, 2017

after booking in the restaurant for 2pm, was advised to come for 1-45pm to avoid a large table of 9 in at 2pm. we obliged, only to be left waiting for almost an hour for just a basic Sunday lunch, no starter etc, tables around...More

Thank Liz S
Suzy H, Owner at The Cross Keys, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Thank you for your comments, we are sorry to hear you had a bad experience in our pub. Sunday was an exceptionally busy day. We treat all of our customers whether they are booked in or not exactly the same the only difference being that...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017

We visited this pub purely because it was the nearest to our holiday cottage. The food was fantastic, - great variety, fantastic quality and very good value. Service was friendly and nicely paced - prompt but not at all rushed. As we walked out at...More

Thank prw2711
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Had Rib Eye steak and it was cooked to perfection. Service and atmosphere was fantastic, perfect night out!

Thank boingboingbadger
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Questions & Answers
February 14, 2017|
Response from Vanessa C |
yes the cross Keys is dog friendly
June 20, 2016|
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Response from fisherman890 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure but you could phone and ask on 01388488457
Martha L
August 9, 2015|
Response from David S |
None, This is a pub & restaurant not a hotel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $23
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Saunders Road | Bishop Auckland, Hamsterley DL13 3PX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Hamsterley
  • Phone Number: +44 1388 488457
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