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“Attractive makeover retains the informal Village Bar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys
Ranked #2 of 528 Restaurants in Milton Keynes
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Cross Keys is a traditional pub and dining venue located in the heart of Milton Keynes, 3 miles away from the Centre:MK shopping centre. Our passion is catering for people looking for good quality, fresh, homemade food. Our head chef James sources local produce to create classic dishes with a contemporary twist. Here at the Cross Keys our aim is to provide the top quality dining experience with all the character of an attractive country pub. It's the perfect setting to meet with friends, celebrate a special occasion with the family, or just have a chilled drink after work. We cater for all occasions, big and small. We hope to see you soon. Hannah (Manager) & James (Head chef)
Milton Keynes
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99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“Attractive makeover retains the informal Village Bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2012

The sensitive re-decoration and re-furnishing of the Cross Keys has turned the saloon bar into a small restaurant whilst retaining the public or Village bar with a choice of cask ales. The menu is limited - wisely so, given the small number of tables. Clearly, the Cross Keys now wants to attract the more affluent and is stylish with friendly hosts. But there is a mis-match between the prices and the substance of what you get - particularly on the dessert front where the portions are miniscule in a way that makes the pricing exhorbitant. Menu descriptions are irritating and attempt to conceal the fact that a tenner will get you a very small portion of mash with three local sausages. It is worth a visit and a refreshing improvement, but perhaps a simpler changing blackboard menu would be more appropriate.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David P
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English first
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a Change”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012

My partner and I went to the Cross Keys for a drink after a friend had recommended that we go and see the 'new look Cross Keys'. The atmosphere was great. The only problem we had was choosing from the great selection on the wine list. Having seen the food being carried past us we shall certainly be going back to try some.

Visited November 2012
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2 Thank daniel c
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012 via mobile

I just popped on here to say what a lovely lunch I had at the newly refurbish cross keys with my wife. The service was good and the manager explained to us that the staff were we're currently training however we still felt the service was on point. We enjoyed ourselves so much we booked ourselves a table for our wedding anniversary in a fortnights time. Felt welcomed, lovely atmosphere and would advise anyone to take a visit.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank graham369
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Devon, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Cross Keys revitalised?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

We went for Sunday lunch on recommendation of a message left on my Trip Advisor account as we reviewed The Barge at Woolstone just some 400 yards down the road. The welcome was good but the waiting staff were all inexperienced schoolgirls without much personality. Charmaine the proprietress was very professional and welcoming. The choice of wines and beers was excellent as we're the starters albeit small portions. We opted for traditional roast beef and roast pork. The pork arrived with one serving of vegetables, we had to ask for the vegetables to go with the beef. No sauces or condiments were either on the table or offered. The main courses were not vey hot and the pork was extremely fatty and tough. When asked if all was ok we mentioned that the pork was not edible. Charmaine said that it was belly of pork and not a pork joint that you would expect for a Sunday roast. I feel that it should have been explained that it was belly of pork rolled as rolled belly of pork is not to eveyones's taste.
A very clean newly decorated village pub lacking in warmth and atmosphere.. We wil not be returning.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank peter C
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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432 reviews
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“Magic makeover”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

I've now had three meals at the re-launched Cross Keys in Woolstone. This used to be a dreary, scruffy pub but has now been transformed into a village eaterie as good - in my opinion - as any in the area. And it still remains a characterful real-ale pub. Well done to all concerned. BER

  • Visited November 2012
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3 Thank bryanedwin
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