The Queen at 90

Last week as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations our Head Chef Des Sweeney was on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC News to talk about his time as chef to the Royal Family.

You can watch Des and others talk about their experiences working with the Queen by clicking here

Why not come and try some of Des’s cooking at The Kitchen at The Cross Keys Epperstone.

For bookings contact us on 0115 966 9430


Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Awards 2016

You can now nominate The Kitchen at The Cross Keys in the Nottinghamshire Food & Drink Awards 2016! You can vote for us as Best Public House, Best New Venue and Best Out Of Town among many other categories. It would mean the world to us if you would consider nominating us for any category you feel is appropriate.

To find out how to nominate click here

Also see the coverage of our early nominations in the Nottingham Post below…


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and The Cross Key’s Valentine’s Menu for Sunday evening on the 14th of February is now available.

Choose three delicious courses for just £24.50, available from 7pm.

To book please call us on 0115 966 9430 or email

To see the menu click here

Welcome to The Kitchen at The Cross Keys

In the heart of Epperstone lies The Kitchen at The Cross Keys – a country dining public house with delicious fresh seasonal menus, fine wines and real ales. Reopened and refurbished in 2015, The Cross Keys offers a warm welcome to locals, walkers, children, dogs and even horses.


The village pub, just a 15 min country drive from Nottingham, was dramatically restyled in the summer of 2015 to give it a contemporary, brighter look. New furnishings and a lick of paint have created a fresh, lighter lounge and relaxed yet refined restaurant.

Our log fire sits between the lounge and the restaurant for customers to cosy up to during the winter. Customers can enjoy a glass from our excellent selection of fine wines from across the globe. If beer is more your thing, in addition to several bottled and draught lagers and ciders we offer a choice of delicious real ales, often locally brewed, that we keep on rotation for you to enjoy. On the other side of the bar is our Boot Room, perfect for those with muddy boots and muddy paws to still feel welcome.

For the warmer months The Cross Keys offers extensive outdoor seating. We have several benches out front as well as on our decking around the back. The seating continues into our vast garden that also features a large climbing frame, goalposts and even a sunken trampoline for children and those young at heart to wear themselves out on after a tasty meal from The Kitchen. We even have Pony Parking for your horses to relax and have a snack while you do too.

Back inside you can take a look through The Kitchen Window for a fascinating view of Chef and co-manager Des Sweeney and his team hard at work creating delicious food from the seasonal menus. Des has an impressive history in the kitchen, having cooked for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral and on board the QE2. Our menu changes day to day based on what the butcher and the fishmonger have to offer, we are proud to handle fresh ingredients from Fully Traceable Sources. We source meat and fish direct from local farmers and businesses where possible, with some of the vegetables and herbs coming directly from our very own Kitchen Garden. As well as our seasonal menus, throughout the week we have our Menu Of The Day. Two exciting courses for just £17.95, either a starter and main or main and dessert. Always including our signature dish The Cross Keys Bread & Butter Pudding with Rich Butterscotch Sauce. Visit our sample menu pages to see more examples of the excellent dishes on offer.


This is all just a taste of life at The Cross Keys. You can also join the local darts team and keep up with the football, rugby and cricket with games shown live in our Boot Room.

So whether it’s a fantastic evening meal with the whole family or just a refreshing half whilst walking the dog or hacking the horse, you can be guaranteed a great time at The Kitchen at The Cross Keys.

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We are open 7 days a week, 12pm – 11pm weekdays and 12pm – 12am at weekends.
Food is served 12pm – 10pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm – 6pm on Sundays.
If you would like to make a booking call us on0115 966 9430 For any other enquiries please email us at

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