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The Cross Keys

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP, England
+44 1244 344460
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Wirral, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very empty pub with a lack of atmosphere, probably due to the poor attitude of from pubescent barman. Do not recomend and will never go back. Would give no stars if possible.

Thank Pkeno
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I entered this pub with two friends to be told that we could not be served because of one of my friends. No reason was given so we went to the pub over the road. I was disgusted with this attitude as no reason was given. I will not be returning this pub.

1 Thank Lee M
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178 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to find whether a local or visitor we were made very welcome The landlord Dave ,Craig and Jane were great. Craig was so knowledgeable about the area and spent time speaking to us. The ale house itself was warm with a roaring log fire, Ales in good condition and served at the correct temperature,As it was my... More 

Thank patricia w
Devizes, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

First class place to go for an atmospheric drink and jolly warm with real log burner. Really liked it. Locals very friendly recommended places to visit. Many thanks.

Thank traveller9752015
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place that still has a proper landlord and landlady. They're two great people who welcomed myself and my friend from London. Lovely beer, open fire, cosy spots to sit either at the bar or in a snug corner somewhere. Thoroughly recommend

Thank Mcglynn85
Chester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Decided after walking along the Dee to call in for Sunday lunch Having called in numerous times before but never eaten Excellent value for money, lovely hospitality and very friendly staff Used by locals is always a good sign Following our visit yesterday we have now reserved a table for a group of family and friends

Thank Christine L
Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Eaten here previously so know the ins & outs,good value,quality food in a clean friendly atmosphere. A pub worth seeking out for the food & particularly the beer always well kept. Really important to the landlord & landlady that everything is up to scratch..This is the best real ale pub in Chester

Thank Sheila B
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Good beer, a roaring fire, groups of people having conversations. What a novel concept. This could catch on!!

Thank NorthamptonWoody
Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We called in here on a lovely sunny but cold Sunday, the sun was streaming through the stunning windows and there was a lovely real fire. We had already eaten but wished we hadn't as the Sunday roast dinners looked fabulous. Wish we had found this pub earlier in out trip to Chester.

Thank Jane R
Chester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a great Pub with a great choice of beers a wonderful traditional decor good old fashioned service and great value food possibly one of Chesters finest

Thank mrski0258

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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
    5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 344460

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