The Cross Keys Sherborne

4.8
47 Reviews
£25 and under
British
We aim to make everyone feel welcome, whatever their preferences. Our seasonal menu includes vegetarian and vegan options and we cater for all dietary requirements. As parents, owners Hannah and Mo appreciate the importance of including children around the table and offer young guests a smaller portion of many of our main menu dishes.

We are open all day *Tuesday through to Sunday, and always have something to eat on offer but to avoid disappointment please note our key timings: Tuesday-Saturday: Breakfast is served from 9am - 11am, Lunch from 12 mid-day to 2.30pm, then Dinner (including our new Children’s Menu) from 5.30pm with last orders by 9pm. On Sundays we serve Brunch from 9am until 11am and then a Roast Lunch from 12.00 midday until last orders at 3pm. In between those times we offer our famous sausage rolls, scotch eggs, olives, pastries and cakes (subject to availability) as well as a full bar offering, non-alcoholic drinks, smoothies and hot drinks.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 47 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Newkidintown
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the courtyard to eat….. food was of very good quality & delicious. Husband had crab & shrimp linguine- I had cider battered fish, chips & mushy peas. Thanked the staff at end of the meal for everything…. would definitely recommend & will be going back again to eat there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Alex and Will were fabulous. They were funny, very attentive and went above and beyond to help us. Great job guys. Lovely to meet you and thank you

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JacquelineV
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food recommendations steak was brilliant crab linguine excellent will definitely revisit

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greensontour
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food well cooked and well presented. Excellent wine list. Great value for money too

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Anna
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal, attentive service. Very helpful with dietary requirements, good portion sizes and value for money.

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HelenS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful to eat here. First night out with my friends this year. Really wonderful evening.

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LoisH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Myself and a friend had the arancini on the sharing board and it was so delicious. We also had the house gin which washed the food down perfectly. Staff were very friendly and helpful too. Will definitely be visiting again in the near future.

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SaraR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcome and interaction from the staff. Great cup of coffee, followed by a delicious breakfast of smashed avocado and poached eggs on toast. Partner had full English, which looked mouth-watering!
Not cheap and cheerful but excellent value for money.

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KeithM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food and good service. Great to see people out and about again enjoying stuff.

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CarolineO
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cross Keys; lovely food, tasteful decor, great service.

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Sherbornechic
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent pub/restaurant for a relaxed weekend supper - food good pub food, tables well-spaced, service very good and lovely ambience and ideal position for anyone visiting Sherborne

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JanetT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here on a busy Saturday night, booked in advance online. Starters of Cornish mussels and tomato and basil soup and mains of fish and chips and crab linguine. All food was delicious and presented well and served nice and hot. Good friendly service and nice relaxed atmosphere.

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VictoriaN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and a relaxed atmosphere - perfect for our birthday lunch outing!

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6cobham
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I booked a table here for my birthday as there were good online reviews. I was really disappointed.
Not a great menu and only 1 meal for a vegetarian (me) of Risotto, which I hate.
Offered the starter of Caesar salad instead and 2 of our party had this plus chicken. Portions were not great and croutons were very limited, it really was a giant bowl of lettuce sprinkled with caesar dressing and parmasan. Certainly not acceptable as a meal. My 2 fellow diners had around 4 pieces of chicken in theirs and for the extra £2+ they were charged, this felt very poor. Fourth member of our party had a burger and fries, no side salad just a gherkin on a stick with it - not worth the £15 charged. Brownie as dessert was nice, but that was it. They took off a tea and one dessert from our bill as it was a birthday celebration. but frankly I think they knew how poor it was. The pub was not at all busy but as we left to walk up the town, we noticed many other places were and realised that it was not busy as it was probably not popular. We wished we had booked elsewhere.

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TimHale
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 'spur of the moment' decision. The Cross Keys was never on our radar but a review suggested it might be worth a try and it most certainly was.

Great location in the middle of town, lovely cool interior on a hot day, a great idea to have a 'quiet' area at the rear of the dining room.

Food was very, very good and worth every penny, we had the mussels and Caesar salad.

The Cross Keys is now our #1 go-to in Sherborne.

Linda and Tim

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JohnT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh food cooked well. We had a lovely evening - party of 4 adults. Big shout out to the team for thoughtful and timely service. Really couldn’t fault this as a friendly place to eat, drink and relax. Beers and wines were excellent quality too. We will be visiting again.

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dorsetlady
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice atmosphere with great service. Menu choice not vast but there are usually specials on offer too. They kindly offered us another vegetarian option which was much appreciated. Will visit again soon.

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SteveG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous courtyard garden, quiet and sunny. Waiting staff very welcoming and accommodating.

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Michael
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portion size for Venison main dish could be bigger

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NikkiO
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Cross Keys for their food and excellent customer service. Mo & his team well deserve their recent awards.

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SSDorset
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great bacon rolls & yummy croissant. Delicious coffee. Super staff.

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AnthonyU
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I class this as my local !Know the owner and some of the staff.Always a great service and a delight to visit regularly

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PollyannaW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely food, beautiful local pub in the heart of Sherborne.

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Charlie
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had dinner here in October and it was really nice so we were really looking forward to trying again as they reopened after lockdown only to be very disappointed. The menu was limited only a choice of 5 main dishes. Had to ask twice for the desert menu. We also would have liked a refill of our drinks but no one came to ask and we could not get a waiters attention.

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Dawn
Bath
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made to feel very welcome from the start by a warm, friendly and attentive young lady. The food was delicious and the presentation was to a very high standard. We will definitely return!!!!

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GillS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch and found the staff very accommodating and the food was very good.

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sallyw
London
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very varied menu. I chose Cornish mussels for a main course and they were delicious. Two others had fish and chips which they enjoyed. We had ice creams for pudding as the sticky toffee pudding was finished. Very helpful and friendly staff and we will go back.

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DominicE
London
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant atmosphere, delicious local food and brilliant people with top class service

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing is too much trouble at The Cross Keys, the staff are so attentive, the food is superb and the atmosphere is relaxing, it’s the place we go for special occasions. We will be back soon.

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KirstieP87
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here last night for mine and my husbands wedding anniversary, the staff were very welcoming and the service was great! The food was delicious, I had the mussels for my main and they were some of the best I’ve had! Would highly recommend the Cross Keys if you’re visiting Sherborne.

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CamillaM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - good portion sizes - friendly waitresses, nice ambience warm restaurant for a winters evening in mid May eating outside!

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Ryan
Bath
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch service and great food! Nice local ciders and local ingredients in the food which is always good. Lucky to have The Cross Keys in Sherborne!

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Katy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food. Covid restrictions meant we needed to sit outside on a cold, wet & windy day but we were under a gazebo so we were still able to go ahead with our booking.

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OpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Cross Keys courtyard was a great place for lunch - sheltered from the very windy weather and with the fire burning. The food was excellent from steak to fish and chips and the fantastic sandwich of the day (fish finger). Very COVID secure and excellent service topped off a great lunch.

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Enjoysagoodmealout
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up, lovely atmosphere. Staff friendly and helpful and the food was great.

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AndreaF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely menu with locally sourced produce. Mussels were fantastic! Mo and his team were fantastic

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SteveB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.
Lovely place.
Super staff.

Thank you

MD
MarkD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Cross Keys . The waiting staff were so helpful and considerate.
Our lunch was Haddock and Chips simple but and cooked to perfection! We will certainly be returning.
The outside space was neat and cosy . They provided blankets if you needed them .
Well done to them all working on Thursday April 29th .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All four of us thought the food was excellent. Limited choice , understandably given current circumstances. Staff were lovely. And ambience fine given it was outside and a tad chilly. We will be back.

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VickyM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the lovely, private, covered terrace at the back of the pub. Excellent service and the food was really good, including perfectly cooked fish and chips.

FAQs

The Cross Keys Sherborne offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01935 508130.

The Cross Keys Sherborne is rated 4.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.