Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Cross Keys, Knaresborough

Many have asked what it's like, and normally I'd tell them to go have a look, but since it's a bit out of town and the weather ain't conducive to travel just now, here's a few snaps of Ossett Brewery's latest hostelry.

Knaresborough, being a little more - shall we say - historic (...ok, posh!) than perhaps Ossett or Elland, is the perfect setting for the brewery's trademark decor style and consequently this newest addition to the estate feels much more at home.

Towns like Knaresborough and Harrogate should be full of pubs like this and it's always a disappointment to find so many poorly maintained interiors behind such beautiful facades.

This is probably my favourite Ossett refurbishment to date - it's just a shame that my trips to this part of the world are so few and far between these days. (map)


Anonymous said...

A lovely refurbishment and great beer, just a shame it will be ruined by a landlady with a distinct lack of personal skills and customer care. I for one will not be returning to this establishment due to the cold, unwelcoming and downright rude welcome and attitude of the management. This accompanied with the promise of home cooked food which is a blatant lie as the pies are supplied from Huddersfield. I am sure trading standards would be interested in looking into the marketing claims at the venue.

Anonymous said...

I visited this establishment recently and i loved it, Most certainly one of the better pubs in Knaresborough for real ale. Myself and my wife enjoyed a wonderful and affordable meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere ( I would highly recommend the steak pie). The pub has obviously been refurbished to a high standard and is a pleasure to be in. The staff were really welcoming and friendly so i fail to see what the last comment is talking about. So glad i didn’t read the previous comment before my visit and let it put us off. Well worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

Having visited The Cross Keys on a number of occasions, I am extremely impressed with the very high standards. The staff are the most welcoming and friendly I have come accross and I have always thoroughly enjoyed all the food I have been lucky enough to eat there, especially the home made soup. The first comment is most alarming and surprising, give this real ale pub a visit, you will not be dissappointed.

Anonymous said...

after visiting last year i was passing the area and just had to visit this marvellous pub again but unfortunately something is different. the atmosphere has changed and iv fallen quite out of love with the place. please don't get me wrong its still a lovely traditional pub but something is just missing this time around. i will defiantly be visiting again in the future but i hope i was just having an off day and this jewl hasn't lost its sparkle

The Ale Louse said...

A lot of the staff have changed which might account for it. Hoping to scuttle in there again over the holidays.

Anonymous said...

The Cross Keys is lovely. I popped in to get out of the rain last week and found the atmosphere, the beer and the bar staff to bee exceptional. I hear they have bands on a Saturday now too.
This is going to be one of my regulars in Knaresborough along with the Mitre and Blind Jacks.