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The Cross Keys, Chelsea

April 11, 2015
THE CROSS KEYS, Chelsea

When it comes to Gourmet Pubs, London is the best place to be. But of all the London Boroughs it’s the  Chelsea & Kensington and Fulham Boroughs that seem to be exemplary at them.  There’s the Harwood Arms (with a Michelin star no less), the brand new Tommy Tucker (blog soon to follow), the Crabtree, the Pear Tree, the Phene, the Brown Cow – the list is never ending.

The Cross Keys is the oldest pub in Chelsea (it is said JMW Turner used to be a regular) and it gained a lot of attention when it was threatened to be shut down and turned into a five bedroom house. Petitions were drawn up, celebrities voiced their opinion, and so the pub remained.  Now, after having been boarded up since 2012, it has re-opened after a huge renovation which has turned this always charming pub, into one of my favourite in London.  The new landlords are the owners of DM Group, who boast a number of other great pubs, like the aforementioned Brown Cow and the Sand’s End in Fulham. 

THE CROSS KEYS, Chelsea

They’ve turned the Cross Keys into a contemporary gourmet pub, with rustic touches.  Divided in two – the ‘pub’ part and the restaurant part – the owners searched hard to find suitable furniture to fit in, such as the huge wooden shutters from Portugal and French pig farm benches.  The result is a success.

THE CROSS KEYS, Chelsea

THE CROSS KEYS, Chelsea

The Cross Keys aims to be accessible to all – for those who want a posh dinner to those who just want a beer and a scotch egg.  The bar takes centre stage, offering an array of London-brewn beers and good house wines.  A plate of freshly made sausage rolls sits alluringly on the bar, impossible to resist when ordering a drink.  

THE CROSS KEYS, Chelsea

We didn’t have a sit down dinner or lunch here (though the food is meant to be really good), just a few drinks and a sausage roll.  But the atmosphere and friendly service really draw you to this place.  Prices are not unreasonable – or unusual – for a pub in Chelsea, and it’s location in a quiet side street off the Kings Road means that it’s not too heaving.  Highly recommended. 

The Cross Keys

1 Lawrence Street,

London SW3 5NB

Photos the Cross Keys’ own

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