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“What a Gem!”
Review of The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys
Ranked #2,712 of 22,674 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Cambridgeshire
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“What a Gem!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Good old-fashioned London pub, 'local' beers of good quality (I'm not an afficionado!) and with food - especially the Steak 'n' Ale Pies - to die for! Lively bar-staff giving the locals humorous 'grief', but beer knowledgeable too. But that steak 'n' ale pie...with real crust...ahhhh.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Local Pub”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

If you're looking for an authentic English pub instead of a tourist destination, this is the place for you. It's busy, with lots of locals packed inside and out. Good beer and a fun atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank virgo24j
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very homophobic place”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Aggressive and abusive homophobic bar manager. Myself and my boyfriend were drinking a half, bit of a kiss. Nothing heavy at all. Cue bar manager with a load of homophobic comments "get a room" "go to the sauna next door" before asking us to drink up and go. On the way out, other member of staff informing us there would be no point in complaining to the landlord "as this was a very conservative place". Avoid and don't be fooled by the pretty flowers at the door. . .

  • Visited August 2013
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7 Thank Andy84668
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Belfast
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Pub!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Lovely wee pub beside our hotel, Friendly staff and customers, we had a great night's craic with some of the locals. We'll be back soon.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Justin K
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Dark and atmospheric”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is what I would imagine pubs were like in "Jack the Ripper" days. Its full of memrobelia on the walls, ceiling, everywhere!
The red lights give it a seedy feel, but in a good way.
So pleased we found this pub.

Visited January 2013
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Thank tapdancer9
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