The Cross Keys Sherborne

4.7
109 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 109 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very personable, friendly and helpful staff, as always. Delicious food with various options available for dietary requirements, including vegan and gluten free. Clean and comfortable!

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CarinaE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best thing about this pub is it’s landlord and his family. A close second is the really amazing food. It’s all top notch, what a find.

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Lorac
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Basic food. Bread rolls too hard to eat . Not good value for money

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AnnabelP
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place tucked away. Great find, dog friendly and very good service. Good food too! Some main course items quite pricey but others were reasonable.

MM
MalcolmM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience4

After placing our order we had to wait 35minutes before our food arrived. Far from acceptable.
The food was nicely presented and of good quality. I had roast lamb,which was of a good flavour but had it been hotter would have been far more enjoyable.

CG
CarlyG
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service as always. Can not fault.
The chocolate fondant is absolutely amazing.

JT
JasonT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place to eat, had a lovely time, service was spot on, atmosphere perfect, and food was absolutely amazing. I would suggest to anybody looking for some real nice food and friendly atmosphere, to give crosskeys a visit

SG
SimonG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive and friendly staff and the best risotto that I have had in years

NC
NadineC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On a short family visit to Sherborne and was recommend as also Dog friendly . Was meant to be 5 of us but due to covid on the 2 of us could make it . Staff couldn’t have been anymore accommodating and the food was gorgeous . Can’t wait to go again and next time maybe stay as they may have a dog friendly room . 👍👍👍

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MirandaP
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual. Great service, friendly atmosphere. We won’t leave it too long until our next visit.

LH
LoisH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was lovely and the service was really good. Definitely will be coming back again.

JC
JuliaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food, we all chose a different dish and enjoyed them all. The waiting staff worked hard hard to ensure our order was dealt with efficiently and were chatty and friendly. I didn't enjoy the mulled wine, I found it too sweet, but that's personal taste!

PW
PatsyW
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with the portion sizes and lack of prawns and vegetables for the money.
It was tasty though.

Affogato was also disappointing as the coffee wasn't as hot as it should have been but it was still delicious, none the less.

I would still recommend the Cross Keys to anyone wanting a tasty meal.

LB
LubiB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food as always,
Lovely atmosphere, great customer service.
Always a lovely welcome & nothings too much trouble here.
Was with a girlfriend and we had the Mushroom risotto with truffle for me, and my friend had the prawn linguine. Followed by the Dorset apple cake with ice cream.
Both absolutely delicious
Thanks

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Tuppypup2
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food very good. Service was not so good. Young girl wasn't particularly experienced so thankfully chap behind the bar helped out. Too noisy unfortunately but only because a loud group arrived and literally stood next to our table! Will book a table away from bar area in future.

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ZoeS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and atmosphere. 5 stars. Highly recommend

J
Jaydee
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

We enjoyed our evening but for what we ordered we thought that it was a bit on the pricey side. Also it would have been nice to see a chicken dish on the menu and over £12 for some desserts is excessive. The staff were helpful and attentive. I think some soft background music would be a good idea especially when it is quiet.

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vipPhilipK
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Sunday lunch, excellent service, nice room with good table spacing. Will return.

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dandnikki
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch in the Cross Keys - highly recommend it!

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Sally
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love the Cross Keys. Lovely food and wonderful service every time

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SimonR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Sadly young untrained staff on a Sunday. Food however was amazing.

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dandnikki
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great version of fish n chips - hake with a pesto crumb and chips. Burgers always good. All looking beautifully festive. Good place to eat and very handy in town with a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.

MS
MrSJ
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was lovely, service was outstanding, but portion size was a little on the smaller side, but adequate. All drinks were great. Would recommend and return again.

LG
LynneG
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks, good service, what more could you want? It was a great night. We both had the blade of beef, which was absolutely luscious, but different desserts. My companion was a little disappointed in his, which is why I removed the star for food.
Totally unrelated to this meal, I do wish the burger on the menu could be restored to how it was when the Cross Keys first opened. I had it a couple of months ago, and really disliked it.

DG
DavidG
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at the Cross keys the food was outstanding and the staff are very helpful and polite and mo the owner is a credit to the establishment. The atmosphere is very warming and we will definitely be going back. Can highly recommend.

TB
TheresaB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent Sunday Roast! Very tender beef and lamb, only very minor issue under cooked brussel sprouts.

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Yazz
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff at The Cross Keys were superb. No request was too much. They were busy as it was Sunday lunch but did everything they could to accommodate us. Food was very tasty - I prefer rare beef, this was slow cooked but was very nice. Good selection of veg that were cooked perfectly. Dessert was outstanding and good portions. Very friendly , professional establishment. Prices were fair.

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PETERK
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very disappointed for our first visit here for Sunday Lunch.
The veg was hardly cooked and the gravy very thin.
Service was sluggish

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Ginty
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit was as good as the first! Delicious menu and more importantly all served by the most delightful, amusing and tolerant waiter!
Sherborne is lucky to have such a restaurant.

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RobertS
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst Sunday lunch in memory, took ages to arrive & was cold, gravy congealed on plate - avoid

SF
SheilaF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely experience. Nice food freshly cooked to order. Helpful, friendly staff.
relaxing with no feeling of being rushed.

SF
SteveF
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good location, initial impressions of an ordinary pub from the outside are soon dispelled.

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dorsetlady
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice welcoming atmosphere and great service. Not a massive menu choice but something for everyone.

CG
CarlyG
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always faultless food, great atmosphere, welcoming staff. Highly recommend

ML
MaureenL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Felt very welcome. Lovely food. Staff friendly and pleasant.

PR
PatrickR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and top notch service. A superb Sunday lunch in a delightful setting.
We shall be back.

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Suzy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the

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BrianH
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, amazing food and service. Always book to avoid disappointment.

LC
LouiseC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue, gorgeous food and staff that are attentive and welcoming…..would definitely recommend!

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Panny
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to spend a lovely couple of hours. I couldn’t fault a thing. Staff were all kind and very well trained.
We are on holiday and The Cross Keys has been the highlight of our week in the food/drink department!
I think the decor and friendliness towards dogs is also worth noting.
Very clean washrooms too.

FAQs

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

The Cross Keys Sherborne is rated 4.7 stars by 109 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 bookings at the moment.