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The Cross Keys, Oswestry, Shropshire

The Cross Keys

4.7
4.7
245 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

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Fri, 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.

What 245 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Shropshire

    Best Overall

  • Shropshire

    Best Food

  • Shropshire

    Best Service

  • Shropshire

    Best Ambience

  • Shropshire

    Best Value

  • Shropshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Shropshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Shropshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Shropshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Shropshire

    Lively

245 Reviews
  1. sarahk

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely gorgeous food as ever! great service too. Always a proper treat

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  2. H122024

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, fire was on and great setting and friendly staff.

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  3. JohnH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food very good, a singer in the other bar sounded good. Clean , relaxing atmosphere

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  4. LinT

    Shropshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and a fantastic place to enjoy a nice meal with friends. Thank you

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  5. ElizabethL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant quality food in a cosy pub setting. Cannot rate the food highly enough internms of presentation taste and value for money. Don't really want to shout too much as definitely a hidden gem. Would certainly recommend and can imagine they do a great roast dinner as well

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  6. TrudiR

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was excellent, great choice and really friendly service!

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  7. GilesHayhurst

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great friendly and efficient staff - they were "on the ball" and looked after us very well but, at the same time, not being too pushy and asking "how is you meal?" every two minutes. It's obviously a popular place and both the restaurant area and bar were pretty full of happy people, this meant that there was background "noise" but much nicer having that then eating in silence or being the only ones in the room. Food was great and they made us two mixed Sunday lunches whereas we normally choose on of each and then swap bits with each other - the waitress suggested the mixed lunches and that saved food being moved across the table.

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  8. JamesR

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Slow service, Pasta starter not cooked through. 7/10

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  9. SandraP

    Shropshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Eaten at the cross keys many times food very good ,staff friendly and efficient will be returning

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  10. EricaH

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of 4 friends booked on a busy January Saturday night. We all had excellent food, a few of us went for 3 courses too. Everything was lovely and good prices. Staff friendly and helpful. Will definitely return.

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  11. SusanH

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As mentioned previosly, the service, food and atmosphere were all excellent.Also a nice cross section of ages there from babies through to grandparents which helped the atmosphere.Highly recommended will be returning.

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  12. Carolyn

    Shropshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal as always, amazing desserts. Service excellent

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  13. JulieF

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food , perfect pud , staff were happy & attentive, one of our favourite restaurants

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  14. AnneB

    Staffordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent pub in a beautiful area. The food and service are second to none! Would rec come d to everyone!

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  15. MattD

    West Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, atmosphere and service was excellent. This is a standout business in the local area.

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  16. CarolineC

    Lancashire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not enough staff, left to sit for 1 HR before could even order. Children's meal was terrible. Other food was ok but nothing special. Not enough staff. Atmosphere was good.

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  17. NickB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and good food as usual, staff were very attentive and the food arrived quickly.

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  18. ChloeA

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back soon

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  19. PhilipH

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and great service in a pub with a fabulous atmosphere on Christmas Eve!

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  20. SusanR

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, always veggie options xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  21. SueW

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had been three times previously and the service and food has always been great, however although the food was excellent the service was terrible.

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  22. Dido

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed our Sunday lunch.You were extremely busy but all the food was delicious and served in a timely manner.We weren't rushed,and all four of us would come back in a heartbeat.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another stunning meal, our favourite place to go to. No just average pub food, more like gourmet cuisine.

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  24. Lloyd

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful, Brought my parents for an evening meal. They found everything fantastic. Front of house staff were amazing, Food was gorgeous.

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  25. TrudiR

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever, great service and wonderful food. Looking forward to my next visit!

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  26. JohnL

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit and the whole experience was realy great. Wednesday was pie night and all appeared and tasted fresyly prepared and cooked. Brilliant onion rings and great selection of beers. We will be back 👊

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  27. LeVert

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and experience. Room lighting was slightly bright in the restaurant. Great service.

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  28. TrudiR

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, service also. Already booked my next visit.

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  29. Dido

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are so pleased to have found this pub. The food was wonderful,the portion size was spot on,but what we really enjoyed,was that we weren't rushed at all,the staff seemed to give you time to have a drink-then order the food,and then come in a timely manner bringing the next course....so all in all a very enjoyable evening.

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  30. SamP

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff very friendly, food always great and love that the menu changes often. Would highly recommend!

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  31. Dawnie

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 5 Ladies were made to feel very welcome on the 27th of October. Our table was in the snug a smaller room of 3-4 tables but still a great atmosphere. The service was excellent, the menu choice was exceptional and as for the food itself it alas delicious and very well presented on the plate. Al in all it was a fabulous experience.

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  32. Mopar1050

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and the service was very good. We were made very welcome and looked after by friendly and attentive staff. We had heard good reports about this venue and we were not disappointed - we shall return!

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  33. Andrew

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic service with great quality food beverages.

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  34. ChloeR

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 of us had a Sunday dinner 2 courses and we're big eaters ,couldn't even look at a pudding menu . Food was amazing and cheap to eat out than to cook for 5 !

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  35. HelenH

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great evening, low key, good food, excellent cocktails and friendly service.

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  36. HelenM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a find whilst on holiday. The food was delicious, the service was excellent. I have dined her twice and have booked again which speaks for itself.

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  37. FaithB

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and amazing service as always. It's such a nice atmosphere, without being too noisy. Really great value for money and love that the menu encompasses locally sourced and seasonal produce.

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  38. RosG

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, great service, pleasant venue. Would highly recommend it.

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  39. JamesC

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff made us feel very welcome and the food was very good. An excellent evening meal.

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  40. TashA

    Liverpool

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular food and service. Lovely atmosphere as well. Everyone was very welcoming and accommodating to my request of having a table out of the way for the dog too. Nice to be in the restaurant bit instead of the bar too! Highly recommended :)

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 245 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Cross Keys

Kinnerley, Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 8DB

Additional information

  • Area
    Oswestry
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • 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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