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The Cross Keys

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP, England
+44 1244 344460
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Today
12:00 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in here on a lovely sunny but cold Sunday, the sun was streaming through the stunning windows and there was a lovely real fire. We had already eaten but wished we hadn't as the Sunday roast dinners looked fabulous. Wish we had found this pub earlier in out trip to Chester.

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Thank Jane R
Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great Pub with a great choice of beers a wonderful traditional decor good old fashioned service and great value food possibly one of Chesters finest

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Thank mrski0258
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Visited this pub for a drink initially. The atmosphere is great. Really good old school decor but clean as a whistle and tidy. The log fire was really warming on a cold Octobers day. Planned on eating elsewhere but gave the Sunday lunch a try. Well, I'm glad we did because it was one of the best I've had. I... More 

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Thank ace d
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

If you Don't like a Cozy atmosphere, kind staff, great ale and the best roast in Chester, then The Cross Keys is Not for you!

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Thank prof7965
Chester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

As a resident of Chester we occasionally like to go out for Sunday Lunch. The cross keys is a unique Victorian pub. It has suffered through several changes in management over recent years. However I have to say the current couple who are running it have created a very welcoming environment and the Sunday lunch my wife and I had... More 

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Thank Evan M
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Always great cask ales available in surroundings that are comfortable and cozy wood panelled traditional pub. Pies are made with meat from animals fed on the produce of the brewing process. Friendly, knowledgable staff. Great place for a pie and a few pints. Brewery trips also available at certain times of the year.

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Thank Paul J
WEST YORKS
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876 reviews
591 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

For the perfect example of what a traditional English pub is then visit the Cross Keys. This is a Joules pub offering a selection of their excellent beers and some guests. The service is friendly and the pub is tastefully decorated throughout. The staff were chatty and helpful and the Slumbering Monk very good ! Make sure you visit !

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Thank ANDY K
Hessen Germany
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Every two weeks this cozy pub is filled with real unscripted Irish music. Add some good real ale and it's not to be missed!

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Thank 300JG1100
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4,944 reviews
3,536 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,646 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

In an area of outstanding pubs The Cross Keys Pub is another superb pub i love to go to on any visit to Chester. We had already been to The Bear & Billet Pub,The Falcon Pub,Brewery Tap and Ye Olde Kings Head Pub before we payed this pub a visit. It's a pub we have been to on many occasions... More 

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Thank Neil K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Many thanks to Dave and Jane for organising a tour of the Joules brewery, we had a great day. My wife is disabled and they went out of their way to make sure we were ok. We started with a drink in the Cross Keys, the a coach picked us all up for the hours trip to Market Drayton. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 344460

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?