After a day of having the car ripped to shreds by monkeys and sensibly deciding not to eat the junk they churn out at Longleat, my wife and I researched TripAdvisor and came up with this little gem... The Cross Keys Inn. The review promised many things and we went there filled full of hope. It's a traditional "country pub". Open fires, good brew on tap (we don't drink) &Kids were indeed made welcome as we were shown to a table. The meals we ordered were large and unpretentious in their offerings. My children yummed up their offering, as indeed did my wife. She was served half a chicken that was cooked just right in her opinion, sadly the steak I had didn't achieve the same high standard as the rest of the meals. This I put down to bad luck; rather than negligence on behalf of the chef who want about his job in a timely and professorial manner. This did not detract from the fact that this is one of the best pub / restaurants that I have been in for a long while. So good is this place that it almost encourages me to revisit the awful Longleat, just so we can pop back in there again. One really nice touch was when I asked about the Skittle alley. I was told that it was closed, so sadly I left it at that, only to have the bar man come back to us later and said "I could see you and your children really wanted to play, so I've set it all up for you upstairs"..... 10 out of 10 for going the extra mile.
This is a local run concern, by a family who live in the village and to me; it typifies what a "Country pub" should be. I wholehearted recommend The Cross Key as even on its worst days it would knock spot off the Weatherspoons & Havesters of this World.
Go see for yourself, you'll not regret it..... we certainly didn't 10 out of 10 Cross Keys, we're looking forward to seeing you again.
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