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The Cross Keys Sherborne, Sherborne, Dorset

The Cross Keys Sherborne

4.6
4.6
152 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


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 07:00–22:30 Sun 07:00–15:00

  • Phone number

    01935 508130

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Sherborne

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 152 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Dorset

    Best Overall

  • Dorset

    Best Food

  • Dorset

    Best Service

  • Dorset

    Best Ambience

  • Dorset

    Child Friendly

  • Dorset

    Group Bookings

  • Dorset

    Healthy

  • Dorset

    Lunch

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. S

    Simon

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not as good value as last time (more expensive / much smaller portions) but I suppose that is the way of the world currently....
  2. D

    Dorsetdiner25

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The pub was pretty empty when we arrived and lacked atmosphere. However, we found a quiet tucked away area which was fine. Food and service were all good. We would go again.
  3. V

    Victoria

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch at the Cross Keys albeit very quick due to our son needing a nap! The staff were SO friendly and helpful. They were what really made it. The lunch itself was fabulous and really tasty.
  4. SF

    SheilaF

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and excellent service. Small limited menu, as a vegetarian, but really enjoyed what I had. So no complaint there. Have been before and will certainly come again. Thank you Sheila
  5. SL

    SharonL

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a fantastic piece of breaded Hake cooked to perfection. Very efficient pleasant staff and super decor.
  6. R

    Rachel

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a quiet evening but will enjoy going back again. Food was delicious
  7. MW

    MichaelW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food Excellent service Would definately recommend this place
  8. O

    Onewheeler

    Gloucestershire

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely room, excellent food and first class breakfast. Only minor grumble is that there's only on real ale on the bar and it wasn't in top condition.
  9. B

    Banana

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was a beautiful sunny day and we were sitting inside unfortunately no tables outside so can’t really comment on ambiance as there were only a couple of people inside!! Food was delicious, service good. Maybe nice to have salt & pepper grinders on tables and a little candle or flower pot - maybe get the lady in the market to do them for you as hers were beautiful in a little glass vases?
  10. g

    grayo

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    very nice pub lunch - food excellent - nice ambience - good (perhaps over friendly?) service - slightly expensive. To be recommended.
  11. AG

    AndyGeri

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb lunch. Food was excellent and wait staff were friendly. Highly recommended.
  12. DG

    DavidG

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So many choices as to where to eat. Either outside in the centre of beautiful Sherborne or in the beautifully decorated inside.
  13. SH

    SarahH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great meal with exceptional service will definitely be back
  14. CR

    ClaireR

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual great food, great service and lovely atmosphere. The Cross Keys never disappoints! So lucky to have this lovely pub in Sherborne.
  15. CG

    CarlyG

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Braised beef blade is absolutely amazing. Can never fault the service from the fantastic team, food is always of such high quality. Front of house staff all work so hard and make a great team.
  16. PB

    PeterB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We all had a lovely evening, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would definitely go back
  17. D

    Dadsladds

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Booked late afternoon for an early evening sitting and got a confirmation within seconds. Polite , friendly and attentive staff, alway there but not intrusive. Food selection was very good, not a huge choice but enough to cater for all tastes and small enough to know it's going to be freshly prepared. The menu is changed frequently too, we know because we have eaten in there before. Service times were just about spot on, the food was good VFM and the ambient was perfect nice lighting and not too noisy that you couldn't hear each other. All in all, a very enjoyable evening and the staff said they had remembered us from previous visits. Will definitely go back again.
  18. AF

    AussieFoodie

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service at the Cross Keys on both our visits this weekend. The girl with the awesome purple nails was brilliant - knew the food and wine and was able to answer att of our questions.
  19. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I’m in Sherborne I always like to eat in the Cross Keys - the food is always very good and the atmosphere is welcoming
  20. AD

    AntheaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous lunch. The food was amazing as was the service. Mo was a super host. Already booked for our next visit.
  21. FH

    FayH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu- being gluten free it is unusual to find so much choice. Everyone’s food was delicious and the service was excellent. Would love to go back
  22. KW

    KerriW

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food, excellent service. Will def return. Highly recommend
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely setting and absolutely delightful staff who did everything to make us feel welcome. Food terrific. Always sad to leave. Living in Salisbury I wish we had a Cross Keys. I will be back
  24. GF

    GaryF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great wine bar style bar and restaurant in a good position. Dine in or outside.
  25. L

    Lisa

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first ever visit to the Cross Keys and we were very impressed! The food was amazing and the service was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. We were there to celebrate a birthday and they went the extra mile to make it a special evening, we thoroughly recommend the Cross Keys to anyone thinking of going and we will definitely be back!
  26. CR

    ClaireR

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service and a lovely atmosphere. Great to have such a lovely pub in the centre of Sherborne.
  27. N

    Natp

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would definitely eat at The Cross Keys again. Whilst a small menu, the food was really tasty. I did think the cost of the main dishes were slightly on the expensive side in comparison to the portion size. The interior of the pub was clean and modern and I found the service to be friendly and attentive.
  28. CI

    CatherineI

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Well presented food in a lovely environment in the heart of Sherborne. Highly recommend, will be back next week!
  29. PB

    PaulaB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food in lovely surroundings. Made to feel very welcome. Well worth a visit!
  30. ST

    StuartT

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to the Cross Keys, very pleasant too. There are less expensive outlets around, but the quality of service and food was excellent - courteous but not pushy staff, good variety on the menu, everything well-prepared and served efficiently.
  31. J

    Julia

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal and lovely ambience. Staff are amazing. Very rare these days to find.
  32. LH

    LadyH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly greeting, seated quickly. Great service and wonderful food. Really enjoyed our last nights meal in Sherborne.
  33. SH

    SueH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food good and a lovely atmosphere with helpful staff
  34. RH

    RosannaH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service. Excellent food. Good choice. Vegans and vegetarians catered for. Nice ambience and it was warm!
  35. GB

    GuyB

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and efficient service, and the food was excellent.
  36. GB

    GuyB

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and the service is perfect.
  37. CL

    ClaireL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Valentine's night. It was a set menu all I can say is WOW. It has to be the best meal we have had in a very long time. Fantastic welcome and service with a lovely ambient feel. We have been out recently and have been disappointed with aspects of the meal. Not here we couldn't find any faults. Highly recommend the Cross keys in Sherborne well done Guys :)
  38. s

    sallyw

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Varied menu. I had mussels - starter size and it was a generous portion and delicious. I did not need a main course. The others in our group also enjoyed their meals and the puddings looked very good. Highly recommend.
  39. HS

    HilaryS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sunday lunch was not the typical 'roast dinner' and the twist to the lamb shoulder off the bone melted in your mouth- it was so good. I am not a dessert person but had a taste of the apple cake for dessert and that was amazing with toffee sauce. Friendly and efficient service. Would come back again.
  40. MU

    MarkU

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, reasonably price as was the wine. Staff were welcoming and inside is really nicely done. Will definitely go back again

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • 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
  • 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

FAQs

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

The Cross Keys Sherborne is rated 4.6 stars by 152 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


Google Map for The Cross Keys Sherborne

88 Cheap St 3JB Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BJ

Additional information

  • Area

    Sherborne

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 07:00–22:30 Sun 07:00–15:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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