World Cup 2018

Are you as excited as us about the World Cup this year?!
Come and join us on the decking where we’ll be showing all World Cup 2018 games throughout summer on our outdoor television. (We do have an indoor TV on the off chance it rains, although it is England so it’s pretty inevitable).
England’s first game is versus Tunisia on Monday 18th June, kick off is at 7pm.

BBC ‘Royal Recipes’

Our very own royal chef was on BBC’s ‘Royal Recipes’ informing the nation what the Royal Family love to eat.
Click here for the first episode Des appears in, constructing a hearty venison wellington dish and here for the second, where he creates the crepes islandaise dish.. enjoy!

Des royal recipes

Tourism Pub of the Year 2017

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We are overjoyed to be able to announce that we came home with the Tourism Pub of the Year award on Thursday night. The awards event was a lovely evening, hosted by All About Tourism at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
It was an unexpected win but obviously it was a pleasant surprise and went down extremely well with the team. It’s fantastic to think that all the hard work is paying off!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the years.

The Cross Keys Bonfire Night 2017

It’s that time of year again!
As our fireworks display was so popular last year and 2015 we’ve decided that it would be rude not to participate this year.
Saturday 4th November from 7pm, entry is priced at £3.50 and under 12s free!
There will be an outdoor bar serving Nottingham Brewery Ale and The Cross Keys Mulled Wine as well as a barbeque where you’ll be able to indulge in mushy peas and mint sauce, hotdogs and burgers.. what more could you ask for?
Also featuring a LIVE performance from the EPPERSTONE-ROSES!
It’s set to be a night to remember!
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Filming Royal Recipes

Royal Recipes FilmingThe camera crews were back at The Cross Keys this week filming for a brand new show for the BBC called Royal Recipes.
The new show is a royal-themed food programme presented by Michael Buerk, celebrating dishes served from the time of George IV to the reign of Elizabeth II.

For the cameras, Head Chef Des who has cooked for the Royals all over the world created two dishes HRH would have had on her travels: a main course of venison wellington and crepes islandaise for dessert.

Keep an eye out for Des and The Cross Keys on BBC One soon!

Read more here

venison wellington Crepes

Our Second Anniversary!

Last Sunday The Cross Keys put on a little party celebrating our second Anniversary. The pub was packed with friends, family, villagers and regulars to celebrate two whole years of The Kitchen at The Cross Keys.
The sun was glowing whilst everyone enjoyed Pimm’s and Canapes listening to Just Ben’s performance out on the decking.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and everyone who has supported us over the last two years!
What an amazing day!


Just Ben Anniversary

Anniversary Cake

The Great Food and Drink Festival 2017


We are very pleased to announce that we will be participating in The Great Food and Drink Festival at Newstead Abbey on the 26th, 27th and 28th of August this year. We recently took part in the Nottingham Castle Great Food and Drink Festival back in May which was very successful.

We will be selling our famous venison burgers with red onion chutney. Des will also be doing a demonstration of some seasonal dishes that are popular at the pub. Come down and say hello!

Tickets are available here.
We’ll see you there!

Epperstone Summer Festival



We are very proud to have taken part in the Epperstone Summer Festival earlier on this month. The pub became a kind of ‘pit stop’ for the villagers as they went up and down the village visiting all of the open gardens. We had alpacas in the garden which were extremely popular and the famous ‘Epper-Stone Roses’ performed live on the decking. The most recent total figure showed the village had raised £8600. It was the hottest day of the year which makes the amount raised even more impressive, well done to everybody that took part! A fantastic day had by all.

Valentine’s Day 2017

We are now taking bookings for Valentine’s Day 2017!

Our very special Valentine’s menu offers three courses for just £24.50 per person and includes a glass of prosecco on arrival.

You can view the full menu now by clicking the following link: Valentines Menu 2017

There is limited availability so book soon on 0115 966 9430 to avoid disappointment!