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The Cross Keys

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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Carleton, Penrith, England
+44 1768 865588
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lacks atmosphere. We have been in better cafes The menu was very small and what we ordered was very disappointing Incredibly over priced We won't be returning

1 Thank Chris D
Darlington, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Food was great here. Looks like a little pub until you realise there is an eating area upstairs and to the rear.

1 Thank Chris H
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We have been coming to this area for years but have never thought of this pub because its nothing to look at from the outside, but once inside its a different story. Upstairs there is a lovely restaurant with great views (in summer you can sit outside). Our Sunday lunch was wonderful. The beef was done perfectly, pink and the... More 

Thank Helen T
Durham, Connecticut
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

was told of this pub by the owner foxtail caravan park the service was spot on the food was delicious and a reasonable price the also serve well kept real ales would definetly call again .

Thank prez236
Penrith, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We (me, my husband and our 4 year old little boy) visited, after we had been to the local car boot sale, for a light snack. It was a lovely day so we sat outside at the back, lovely tables with enough space and plenty of shade with the umbrellas :). We had sandwiches and chips, everything was lovely and... More 

Thank PocoUno
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Not wanting to remortgage our house for a meal, we decided against eating at Centre Parcs before setting off home at the end of our week long stay. Reading the great reviews on here we decided to try The Cross Keys. What a great choice! A warm welcome from the start and great food. All cooked from fresh, so it... More 

Thank Mark E
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We had lunch here with my sister and it was really good, nice welcoming atmosphere and areal coal fire which was even nicer! My partner and my sister had the Sunday roast which was beef and looked very nice, the beef being cooked medium rare not the usual incinerated pub fare"! I had the home made slider burgers which were... More 

Thank jds180
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here as a group of family and friends to celebrate a birthday. We had pre ordered food which made things easier although 1 of the party had to wait an additional 20 mins. Unless you had bought a drink at the bar, it was a long wait and lots of missed eye contact to order drinks. Once initial hiccups... More 

Thank Nugent-Lampoons
Stockton on Tees
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

A two night stay in this is a quaint pub full of character. Very cosy and warm and a great location for the North or South Lakes. Lovely friendly staff and good food. Set in beautiful surroundings.

Thank Jean S
Dursley, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Five us had Sunday lunch there this week and were not disappointed with the food served. We have had Sunday lunch here before and from our visit this time we will be back. I would have given five star if we had more smiles from the staff. Not much to ask for. Happy staff add to your whole experience.

Thank chaffp

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carleton, Penrith, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Eden District  >  Penrith
  • Phone Number: +44 1768 865588

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