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The Cross Keys

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP, England
+44 1244 344460
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eaten here previously so know the ins & outs,good value,quality food in a clean friendly atmosphere. A pub worth seeking out for the food & particularly the beer always well kept. Really important to the landlord & landlady that everything is up to scratch..This is the best real ale pub in Chester

Thank Sheila B
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Good beer, a roaring fire, groups of people having conversations. What a novel concept. This could catch on!!

Thank NorthamptonWoody
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 8 November 2016

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.

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 6 November 2016

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

Thank mrski0258
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7 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 

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!

Thank prof7965
Chester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

1 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.

Thank Paul J
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902 reviews
606 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 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 !

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 29 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!

Thank 300JG1100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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?