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The Cross Keys Sherborne, Sherborne, Dorset

The Cross Keys Sherborne

4.4
4.4
274 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01935 508130
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 274 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

274 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to have a meal with a group, varied menu, friendly staff.

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  2. RobertC

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch. Complicated signing in etc

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    After re visiting for a celebratory anniversary celebration and even though this was mentioned on the booking there was NO effort in regard to this celebration as part of the book or when we were at the restaurant. Unfortunately, the food was also rushed, even though we are looking for a relaxed dinner, mains were brought out when we hadn't finished the starters. The Sticky Toffee Pudding was over flooded with sauce Unfortunately, not a restaurant we will be looking to re-visit

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  4. GJ70

    London

    93 reviews

    2.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was terrible! It seemed like they didn’t have a professional chef. We had a burger that suspect was cooked from frozen, chips that had no potato in them and the worst ketchup ever tasted! The ham, egg and chips consisted of 1 slice of wafer thin ham! We paid over £32 for ingredients that would have cost less than £5! Then the waitress tried to take our plate before we had finished! Maybe she was trying to do us a favour

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  5. DotC

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is a limited menu, which is not a bad thing. The food was well presented, well cooked and very good.

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  6. Bathboy

    Bath

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very smart interior. Obliging staff who smiled. Our waitress was very courteous. Food was ok although the ham in the ham, egg and chips choice was thin and unappetising. Soup and burgers were excellent.

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  7. JenniferO

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious breakfast, great service. Highly recommend.

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  8. TABTaunt

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We reserved a table and, despite an empty restaurant, we got placed right by the swinging banging doors of the kitchen which threw out a bright and harsh light every time the doors opened, not to mention the noise. The waitress was very nice and probably the best thing about the experience as she was pleasant and polite. The food was disappointing, served on plates that felt dirty. The menu read well but the reality was very different, our beetroot and goats cheese salad looked like it had been thrown together in 2 minutes flat. The bacon and brie sandwich was cold, the brie wasn't melted. The drinks took about 20 minutes to come because they were hunting around for a tonic water that was out of stock but nobody came over with the other drinks in the interim. Shoddy.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to eat with you. Our dog is welcome, which is essential for us. The food is excellent, we’ve never been disappointed. The staff are always friendly and helpful. You don’t feel rushed, even when it’s busy.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful pub. Nice food but the pub was a little chilly. Would have benefited from the fire being lit. Lovely staff though.

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  11. GrahamS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good lunch, unpretentious but delicious, and very good value for the centre of a town like Sherborne.

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  12. RogerF

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice relaxed bar area and modern restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive - it all made for a perfect evening.

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  13. CherylF

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We have previously enjoyed the food here but the service needs addressing. We were kept waiting for drinks, for menus, for food. No explanations or apologies. If they were short of staff we should have been told before that it may take up to two hours for one course and we would not have wasted the time.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely pub Waited too long to be served Steak pie was dry and the veg was too salty

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  15. LeedsResident

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting food. Well presented. Prompt service. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Clean well-lit pub. Dog friendly certificate too. Would come again.

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  16. AndreaT

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent food and service, the whole thing spoilt by badly behaved dog on an adjacent table. The owner of the dog was clearly a regular and well known to staff, however we should not have been seated next to her, there were plenty of other tables. It really is very unpleasant to have a strange dog (on a very long lead) begging for food from out plates. The owner was arrogantly rude when I asked her to move the dog - this was not the fault of the cross keys, but I refer to my earlier point that - we should never have been sat next to such an over indulged animal. I actually like dogs but many people do not, for those wary or frightened of dogs the experience would have been dreadful.

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  17. JohnS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Expect good pub food, slightly above average. Service was very attentive, extremely friendly and quick. The lady in charge made sure that the several younger servers did the right thing - her organisation was the key and as good as I have seen in many years. She should be congratulated. I think that we were lucky with our quiet table about half way back in the restaurant. The pub is well positioned in the pretty centre of Sherborne. No parking at the pub, however,

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and efficient staff. Lovely food and good service. Prices reasonable.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prompt efficient service. Friendly staff. Plenty of delicious food (had to take some home)!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service very welcoming. Food was good but a tad expensive for Pub fare.

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  21. Henry

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very enjoyable family Sunday lunch. The staff were attentive and friendly, and the food was very good.

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  22. Jacqui

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu and the food was delicious. I had the special which was whole plaice, cooked to perfection. Just 3 desserts: sticky toffee pudding, apple tarte tartin and chocolate truffle with Berry compote, fabulous. On a chalkboard, I would imagine they change fairly regularly. Service was friendly, professional and timely. Excellent experience.

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  23. Martin

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very pleasant lunch with excellent food and attentive service. Could have done with the fire lit.

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  24. EmilyH

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly efficient welcoming staff and yummy food

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  25. StephenP

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. When you pay a bit extra it's nice to get a bit extra. Molly was our waitress and she was fantastic too.

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  26. PhilippaC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A good menu with lots of choice. I'm not a vegan but they were well catered for. The food was excellent (I had chicken; followed by apple tarte tatin) and the service could not have been better. I would definitely eat here again.

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  27. GeraldineD

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and drinks; fresh crab and plaice from cornwall. Excellent service too. Definitely will return 👌🏻😊

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  28. JustineR

    West Sussex

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had. lovely breakfast, really fresh ingredients, amazing sausages and delicious toast. The service although really polite and attentive was quite slow; as our food took quite a while to come.

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  29. Dorsetdiner

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited menu choices. Staff very welcoming. Excellent music event.

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  30. TrishaL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable Sunday lunch. Food was excellent, though a bit expensive for a roast dinner. Would definitely visit again.

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  31. HeinzW

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Short menu but all food very well cooked and presented. Service was excellent. Definitely recommend it.

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  32. LizD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Your service was excellent. The menu offered a good range of choices and the food was beautifully presented and very tasty. We had a delightful experience. The staff were so kind, friendly and helpful. I will definitely return again.

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  33. TanyaM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice settings and enjoyed our food. Service was very good and friendly.

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  34. CarolineV

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A last minute booking, lucky to get a table. Staff always so obliging. We got a table on the small outside terrace, it was a hot evening, we stayed until it got dark, it was so lovely and warm even late, so rare in England. Very good food, burger, crab, squid, wonderful chips, good chocolate mousse with hazelnuts on top. A good evening after a particularly stressful day. This restaurant is always open when others aren't, Monday evenings for instance, breakfast when all coffee shops are still closed. Our favourite, including jazz nights and special events. You won't regret trying it.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not fault anything staff very friendly and attentive food excellent

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  36. SueB

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Beef was very gristly and even hard to cut with a steak knife. Veg was nice but not enough. Table was too small. We had to ask for salt and pepper. We like to choose if we pay service charge or not. It was put on the bill but asked for it to be removed as the meal wasn't up to our expectations and was overpriced. Disappointed as we and friends had travelled some distance .

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  37. CharlieJ

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was very expensive for the quality of food we had. Cold hard fries, not all the ingredients on the burger, looked like it had been slapped together and thrown on the plate. Waiting to be served under the lights, overcooked. Don’t trust the reviews online. Poor service, added tip onto bill without our consent. A very disappointing birthday treat.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and staff. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. We’ll be back!

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  39. LouO

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I popped in for a drink on Saturday evening (19/8/23) and stayed for several because we were made very welcome by Mo and the team. We enjoyed our evening so much we went back for breakfast the following morning - I can recommend their Shakshuka, it was absolutely delicious! We’ll definitely be back, hopefully to stay in one of the rooms next time.

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  40. StephanieL

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the service attentive and the atmosphere amazing. Will definitely be back!

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FAQs

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

The Cross Keys Sherborne is rated 4.4 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Cross Keys Sherborne

88 Cheap St 3JB, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Sherborne
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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