This Holbeck favourite is owned by North Bar but has a much more traditional British pub feel to it. The exposed brick, wooden beams and fireplace lend a warm and cosy feel, though it can feel a bit claustrophobic when it’s crowded. (And it often is!) That’s less of a concern in nice weather, however, as there is a spacious beer garden out the back.
True to form of the North brand, The Cross Keys’ taps and bottles will delight the beer connoisseur, offering four weekly rotating cask ales along with a beautiful variety in the fridge. Their American selection is impressive: Brooklyn, Flying Dog and Goose Island, among others. Also not to be overlooked is the number of Belgian imports (Vedett, Chimay and Orval) and bottles from further afield such as Australia (Little Creatures and Cooper’s).
The gastropub menu is inviting, if a little pricey. A special feature is the “Feasting,” an addition to more traditional Sunday Roasts. For between £100 and £150, you can get a whole pork leg, leg of lamb, or rib of beef to carve right at your table and share with 10 of your friends!
The range of beers alone is enough to keep us coming back here, and the warm atmosphere and high-quality music just pile on the bonuses. It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on their twitter or website for updates about latest ales and monthly tasting events. Finally, Industrial Revolution buffs will want to take note of the story that James Watt used The Cross Keys as a location to get Matthew Murray’s workers drunk so as to steal trade secrets! Shame on Mr. Watt.