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The Cross Keys, Oswestry, Shropshire

The Cross Keys

4.7
4.7
97 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
This stunning 14th century pub in the unspoilt village of Kinnerley offers beautifully prepared seasonal fare alongside delicious pub classics. Offering real ales from local breweries and a interesting winelist. If the sun is shining dine or enjoy a drink in the beer garden with its village green charm.

Warwick Kidd started his career as a part time pot washer at Ludlow's Michelin starred La Becasse under Head Chef Will Holland. His natural ability meant it wasn't long before he was starting to cook and his career soon blossomed. He moved away from Ludlow to gather experience which took him to France, where he cooked for 2 Michelin starred Jean-Luc Rabanel.

Zach Hermon's career started at the age of 15. He has worked at some of the country's most prestigious restaurants including Raymond Blanc's 2 Michelin starred 'Le Manoir aux quat saisons' and more recently 2 Michelin starred 'Moor Hall' in Lancashire - Winner of first place at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. 

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01691 683688

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Whether you want a 3 Course Menu, or a buffet for a large party, we have lots of different options available. <br />Please get in contact to hear all about them.

  • Private party facilities

    Alongside our usual Lunch and Evening dining, we can also cater for larger events, whether it is a birthday party, a wedding or a wake. We have lots of options available for whatever your needs may be.

  • Neighborhood

    Oswestry

  • Parking details

    Large secure car park and disabled parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 97 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Shropshire

    Best Overall

  • Shropshire

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Shropshire

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. J

    Jane

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and atmosphere are always exceptional
  2. K

    Knightflyer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely village setting, good food and friendly staff. Would happily go again. There is an extensive park/play area next door, so would be good for children too.
  3. WG

    WendyG

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our visit to Cross Keys was very enjoyable. Food delicious, place beautiful decorated, clean and tidy and staff very friendly. I just wish there were some Gluten free options on the menu as standard.
  4. AM

    AliMc

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and we will definitely come back. Great service , lovely food and a good atmosphere.
  5. SB

    SylviaB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect Sunday lunch - very tasty and good value . Lovely to have fresh local food on our doorstep.
  6. MW

    MichaelW

    Shropshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was awful, and the table too small for comfort
  7. A

    Alijudrob

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful meal. Fresh perfectly cooked food and a great selection of wines and beers. Couldn’t ask for more. Will be returning many many times.
  8. SD

    SimonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Lovely location ,friendly staff and fantastic food
  9. AJ

    AlisonJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As a vegan I found plenty of choice and not the usual falafel wraps or vegan burger you get offered nearly every where else. Thank you
  10. JD

    JulieD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely pub with great beer & wine. The menu is very good & the food is fabulous. Service is excellent too. Our only regret? We wish this pub was nearer to where we lived so we could go more often!
  11. SC

    SueC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a Sunday lunch it was excellent all 7 of us really enjoyed it 5⭐️
  12. AG

    AndyG

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting and amazing food, highly recommend
  13. SP

    SandraP

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food lovely beer garden will be visiting again
  14. WG

    WendyG

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us met up for a reunion. Lovely weather, so were able to sit out in the garden. Very good menu - and we were able to order from the "Starters" menu and have the helpings sized up to mains. Food was delicious, and came with a complimentary bowl of fries. Friendly and helpful waitress, and altogether a very enjoyable experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and outstanding service, all in a great location. Tender stem broccoli with harissa and almonds, I could live on just that alone 👍
  16. SS

    SarahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All four of us had lovely food. The service was faultless. Such a relief to have a quality foodie place to eat locally. Thank you.
  17. A

    Andrew

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time eating at The Cross Keys. The food was excellent and we felt reasonable value for money. The service was very professional and attentive, better then we have experienced at some high end restaurants. We look forward to returning.
  18. A

    Albert

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and efficent service,pleasant atmosphere
  19. SP

    SandraP

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Very disappointed in my meal payed £20 for my meal which was not worth the money I have had that meal before and was lovely but this time was hardly anything on the plate obviously different chef won’t be dining again anytime soon
  20. AE

    AlEliz

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely surroundings, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, very good quality Sunday roast
  21. JJ

    JaneJ

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Sunday lunch with my family. Totally recommend.
  22. RO

    RayO

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff were very friendly and helpful.Food was delicious and top notch.Will certainly come again.Good value all round.
  23. DB

    DavidB

    East Sussex

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A friendly welcome. The menu was varied and contained a number of dishes that we could have chosen. Service was good and the meal arrived in a reasonable time. The food was excellent. Good value. Would recommend.
  24. PH

    PaulH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and pudding was amazing! Very handy having the cycle pump track across the road for the kids
  25. CH

    ClareH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Disappointed visit this time. Food was not up to the usual standard & sat next to a very noisy loud off putting table. Made for a very unpleasant experience
  26. ST

    SoniaT

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the Cross Keys on Friday night was fantastic. Great service, lovely atmosphere and wonderful food. Can't recommend highly enough
  27. RH

    RHSundaylunch

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The food was above average although the starter was cold, and the staff were friendly. We were seated in an isolated annexe at the back by the loos - not great due to the very obvious and strong smell coming from them, which pervaded the dining room, and really marred our visit. Overall, it spoiled our enjoyment of something we'd had high hopes for. The meal came out at £25 a head with gratuity on top.
  28. AK

    AKandCL

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The cote de boeuf was very good indeed but be prepared for quite a wait while they cook it. The meat is top notch. Service was mixed as the waitress was in early stage of training but a very sweet girl. We would certainly go again.
  29. K

    Keith88

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant, modern, refreshing pub. Rare to find, so lucky it's a short walk from home.
  30. JB

    JoBH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food as usual Disappointed with the table they sat us on , it was in a small room where the ladies toilet was and throughout lunch there was a constant steam of customers using the toilet, we will definitely go again but I’m afraid if we are placed in this section again we will just leave. The food is superb though.
  31. FB

    FaithB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all round experience. Always meets expectations of being a lovely meal out
  32. S

    Stevemav

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food, great ambience, really can't fault it!
  33. PW

    PeteW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded expectations - Eager to return and eat again -
  34. KT

    KarenT

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A lovely country pub restored sympathetically to its surroundings. Staff were attentive, nothing was too much trouble. The food was lovely. Certainly visit again
  35. CH

    CraigH

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, friendly country pub with restaurant. Quality food, varied menu, NOT large chair meals. one of our faves
  36. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really interesting menu, with well presented and perfectly tasty food. The service was friendly and just right. Busy even at 6.30 pm, so obviously popular. Would definitely recommend.
  37. C

    Carolyn

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely and tasty, beautifully presented food. Not your typical pub grub! We'll definitely be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, all with a smile and a joke, thank you.
  39. CL

    CarolineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cross Keys never disappoints. We’re able to walk across the fields to a warm welcome and delicious food. The interesting menu is carefully sourced through local suppliers and service and ambience are spot on. It’s a proper local too with plenty of people enjoying a beer after work. It’s our destination of choice and we feel lucky to have it on our doorstep but it’s worth a journey too!
  40. J

    Julie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was excellent but slow service despite several waitresses standing around. Had to ask for a menu, and wine list. Pub very well renovated and comfortable, but there were several dogs in the dining room which were barking at times. Food excellent (Sunday main course only) but rather expensive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Cross Keys is rated 4.7 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Cross Keys

Kinnerley, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 8DB

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Oswestry

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Large secure car park and disabled parking.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01691 683688

  • Catering

    Whether you want a 3 Course Menu, or a buffet for a large party, we have lots of different options available. <br />Please get in contact to hear all about them.

  • Private party facilities

    Alongside our usual Lunch and Evening dining, we can also cater for larger events, whether it is a birthday party, a wedding or a wake. We have lots of options available for whatever your needs may be.

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