Cross Keys Inn, Aldeburgh
Nestling in one of the back streets of Aldeburgh, just a short walk away from beach lies the Cross Keys Inn - a pub that's actually quite a bit larger than its exterior would suggest. Despite the oak beams and the giant brick fireplace, not all of the interior is quite as old as things might first seem - one clue being the beams that end halfway across the ceiling. The pub's been opened up to provide more space and it that's probably not a bad thing, but it's not quite as quaint and olde-worlde as you might wish. However, the beer - Adnam's, of course - is very much up to scratch and there's plenty of other good quality drink available if you don't fancy something from the Sole Bay Brewery. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, even on freezing November night - a seat in front of the huge log fire being the place of choice on such an evening. There is food available - we didn't try it and it looked pretty basic but we guess it fits the bill. A constant stream of locals in and out of the pub suggests the Cross Keys is very much part of the local social scene - it's easy to see why.
18 Jul 2009
I had a pint of 'Broadside'& my son had 'Explorer'. Both pints were poor, very flat and tainted. Asked the licensee how often he cleaned the pipes and he said 'once a week'. I told him as above, he said that he had just changed the barrel and we must have had the bottom. He did not know what we were drinking, so this was a poor excuse. He did not offer to replace our drinks or reimburse me. Will not be going there again!
Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BN
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