The Cross Keys Sherborne

4.7
68 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 68 people are saying
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DawnD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch with the family

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Sherbornechic
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always love going to this welcoming pub in the heart of Sherborne. This time had the mushroom risotto which wasn’t my favourite from here, but my companion loved the fish and chips and as always it was a great venue for a much needed catch up with an old friend and colleague. The wine was good too!

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PussInBoots
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food, super-helpful staff. Highly recommended.

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RebekahW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely relaxed atmosphere with good food, attentive but not annoying staff.

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Onewheeler
Gloucestershire
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, top quality cooking. I was slightly apprehensive as a lot of the menu focus was on burgers, but there was a more than adequate choice of other food from the short menu.

The wine list is largely available by the glass and of the six wines we tried, all were of excellent quality and well-selected.

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NickC
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant efficient service. Food a bit pricey but good.

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AliT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had been recommended The Crossed Keys and were looking forward to going. On arrival, the waitress seemed very unsure of our booking and it all felt a little uncertain. This continued when we ordered drinks, but things improved as the evening went on. Meals were lovely (although prawn and crabmeat linguine was a very small portion for the price). On the whole, nice evening.

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SaraR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely seat at the back of the bar area - perfect for two. Great, knowledgeable and friendly service from Alex. Food was delicious - prawn and crab linguine with a side of chips followed by Dorset apple cake and strawberry panna cotta. My partner enjoyed the Cerne Abbas ale! We were not rushed at all which was lovely.

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LucyT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and efficient. Loved the food, very well thought out menu too that suits everyone. We will definitely be back!!!

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HelenT
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a very pleasant venue for lunch. The food is well cooked, even if not particularly adventurous. When you just want a simple, tasty, well cooked lunch with lovely service, this is a great venue.

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lucyn
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast, simple food done really well. Great service and clean and calm surroundings. One of my favourite places to eat.

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Esmee
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Mo and team for making our evening so lovely! Highly recommend the seafood linguine. Delicious! We will definitely be back soon.

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JohnG
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good service and nice food with nice friendly staff.

You might otherwise walk past but this was recommended to us. Give it a try!

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SarahE
Bath
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really nice to eat out again, delicious food and friendly service. It was busy but had a pleasant buzzy atmosphere. So nice to find a restaurant open on a Monday evening too . Well done Cross Keys

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JohnT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, super food & drink, attentive/thoughtful service. Can’t fault it.

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PatsyW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tuesdays are pizza nights currently obviously there are alternatives but we thought we'd give the pizzas ago. They were delicious! Would definitely recommend them.
We finished with an Affogato which was equally delicious.

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AnthonyA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall mood and ambience of the restaurant was really amazing. The place was extremely clean. My gf had an amazing crab linguine and I had the fish and chips which was outstanding and super tasty. Highly recommend.

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Cesar salad followed by a lovely latte service is second to non and Mo the owner is lovely always makes you feel welcome.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very pleasant experience , lovely waitresses and food good quality.

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LynneS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find for a delicious Sunday lunch. Great service with a wonderful friend at atmosphere. All staff very attentive, always smiling. Thank you so much.

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Rebecca
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, lovely place and atmosphere. Limited menu so not a lot of choice, prices higher than average. Amazing chocolate mousse

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Newkidintown
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the courtyard to eat….. food was of very good quality & delicious. Husband had crab & shrimp linguine- I had cider battered fish, chips & mushy peas. Thanked the staff at end of the meal for everything…. would definitely recommend & will be going back again to eat there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Alex and Will were fabulous. They were funny, very attentive and went above and beyond to help us. Great job guys. Lovely to meet you and thank you

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JacquelineV
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food recommendations steak was brilliant crab linguine excellent will definitely revisit

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greensontour
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food well cooked and well presented. Excellent wine list. Great value for money too

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Anna
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal, attentive service. Very helpful with dietary requirements, good portion sizes and value for money.

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HelenS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful to eat here. First night out with my friends this year. Really wonderful evening.

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LoisH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Myself and a friend had the arancini on the sharing board and it was so delicious. We also had the house gin which washed the food down perfectly. Staff were very friendly and helpful too. Will definitely be visiting again in the near future.

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SaraR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcome and interaction from the staff. Great cup of coffee, followed by a delicious breakfast of smashed avocado and poached eggs on toast. Partner had full English, which looked mouth-watering!
Not cheap and cheerful but excellent value for money.

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KeithM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food and good service. Great to see people out and about again enjoying stuff.

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CarolineO
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cross Keys; lovely food, tasteful decor, great service.

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Sherbornechic
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent pub/restaurant for a relaxed weekend supper - food good pub food, tables well-spaced, service very good and lovely ambience and ideal position for anyone visiting Sherborne

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JanetT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here on a busy Saturday night, booked in advance online. Starters of Cornish mussels and tomato and basil soup and mains of fish and chips and crab linguine. All food was delicious and presented well and served nice and hot. Good friendly service and nice relaxed atmosphere.

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VictoriaN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and a relaxed atmosphere - perfect for our birthday lunch outing!

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6cobham
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I booked a table here for my birthday as there were good online reviews. I was really disappointed.
Not a great menu and only 1 meal for a vegetarian (me) of Risotto, which I hate.
Offered the starter of Caesar salad instead and 2 of our party had this plus chicken. Portions were not great and croutons were very limited, it really was a giant bowl of lettuce sprinkled with caesar dressing and parmasan. Certainly not acceptable as a meal. My 2 fellow diners had around 4 pieces of chicken in theirs and for the extra £2+ they were charged, this felt very poor. Fourth member of our party had a burger and fries, no side salad just a gherkin on a stick with it - not worth the £15 charged. Brownie as dessert was nice, but that was it. They took off a tea and one dessert from our bill as it was a birthday celebration. but frankly I think they knew how poor it was. The pub was not at all busy but as we left to walk up the town, we noticed many other places were and realised that it was not busy as it was probably not popular. We wished we had booked elsewhere.

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TimHale
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 'spur of the moment' decision. The Cross Keys was never on our radar but a review suggested it might be worth a try and it most certainly was.

Great location in the middle of town, lovely cool interior on a hot day, a great idea to have a 'quiet' area at the rear of the dining room.

Food was very, very good and worth every penny, we had the mussels and Caesar salad.

The Cross Keys is now our #1 go-to in Sherborne.

Linda and Tim

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JohnT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh food cooked well. We had a lovely evening - party of 4 adults. Big shout out to the team for thoughtful and timely service. Really couldn’t fault this as a friendly place to eat, drink and relax. Beers and wines were excellent quality too. We will be visiting again.

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dorsetlady
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice atmosphere with great service. Menu choice not vast but there are usually specials on offer too. They kindly offered us another vegetarian option which was much appreciated. Will visit again soon.

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SteveG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous courtyard garden, quiet and sunny. Waiting staff very welcoming and accommodating.

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Michael
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portion size for Venison main dish could be bigger

FAQs

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

The Cross Keys Sherborne is rated 4.7 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.