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The Cross Keys Temperance Inn
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Having been to the Lakes for 10 years on the trot, we were invited to the Cross Keys by friends who live locally and wished we'd found this a lot earlier! Fabulous atmosphere - dating back to 16century, it has low ceilings, a hot fire crackling away, comfy sofas and a stunning view. We came outside when it was dark and the sky was completely covered in stars.
Back to the food - were warned the portions were generous. Teenagers had gammon and eggs, husband a game platter, and myself rabbit pie with black puddings (sounds weird but it was really tasty). Managed to have a dessert - sticky toffee pudding, son had chocolate pudding floating in a yummy sauce, friends lemon tart. It is a bit pricy i.e. £14-15 per main course, but you save money by taking your own booze and there is no corkage. Staff were so friendly and welcoming. A truly great evening and we'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We only live about 30 miles from The Cross Keys Temperance Inn, Cautley and had eaten there several times over the last 3 years, especially when we've had friends and family from away. We'd said on a number of occasions that we'd stay there some time. So, we booked in for 3 nights in early October 2011.

We ate in the first night. Great meal. The other 2 nights we ate elsewhere, not because we didn't like the food, but because we were the only people staying and no other dinners were booked. Running a B&B ourselves, we thought Alan and Chris would appreciate a couple of nights off. That notwithstanding, each night the fire blazed comfortingly and generously. We really relaxed.

Breakfasts were excellent and the black pud was to die for.

The accommodation is truly unique. The sitting room is just what one might have imagined it to have looked like in 1910. We had the double bed room (the other's a twin) where the layout is a little odd (a sort of island en-suite) with antiques in it. I slept very well indeed.

There is a fascinating little library upstairs between bedrooms; well worth a browse.

The view toward Cautley Spout is outstanding and the relatively easy walk to the top of the Spout well repays the effort. We also walked up to [Uldale Force], the valley running north-west between Baugh Fell and Holmes Moss Hill (park at Rawthey Bridge (Map Sheet OL19 , GR 712978); it's an easy walk save for the final approach to the main waterfall which is not for the faint-hearted on a wet and blowy day.

The owners are friendly, helpful and generous. They give up much of their time to charitable endeavour. The world needs more folk like them.

Finally, the price is pretty fair, particularly if you take a 3 day break in winter (from 1 Nov) when dinner on night of arrival is gratis. The a la carte menu is not the cheapest around but its cost is more than off-set by the quality of meal and the fact that you're able to bring your own wine or beer.

Unfortunately (from our point of view) dogs are not permitted in the building. That's a shame, but I doubt it'll put us off taking a winter break in anaother year or 2.

Thanks very much. A real treat.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank WarWalker
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Go for somewhere a bit different. Take your own wine - no corkage!

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Thank Dynamod
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Stayed for dinner bed and breakfast for weekend in the Dales, The food was truely excellent showcasing the best of fresh local produce and the lcation is just stunning, views fo cautley spout, lovely welcoming open fire, the rooms are nice too with a little library upstairs for guest to use. Its a little expensive but well worth it.

Room Tip: The hotel is temperance but you can bring your own wine & beer.
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Thank markesmith_11
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Blazing fire in cosy sitting room. Excellent food. Alan and Christine very kind and friendly. A genuine welcome.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank jakradice
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