Cross Keys (tel 01377 288272)

We welcome you to The Cross Keys, an award winning small village pub nestling in the valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds dating back to at least 1851.

We have been awarded ‘Spring Country Pub of the Season’ by York and Scarborough CAMRA

The Cross Keys is a one roomed pub situated in the heart of the village. We serve Jennings, Tetley Bitter and a Guest ale.

Bar meals with a difference are served daily; lunchtime and evening. Vegetarians are catered for.

Come and enjoy yourself in front of the log fire.

Children below 14 are welcome in the Beer Garden. Accommodation is available in our own bed and breakfast facilities.

You might be interested in an article about us in the Daily Telegraph

Opening times

  • Monday-Thursday: 6.00pm-11.00pm. (Food 6.30pm – 9.00pm)
  • Friday-Saturday: Lunch 12.00-3.00pm., Evening 6.00pm-11.00pm. (Food 12.00 – 2.00pm, 6.30pm – 9.00pm)
  • Sunday: Lunch 12.00-3.00pm, Evening 7.00pm-10.30pm. (Food 12.00 – 2.15pm, 7.00pm – 9.00pm)


Please refer to our lunchtime and evening menus.

Takeaway service can be negotiated.

Historical notes

Before the Cross Keys was built, the land was part of Brigham’s Garth.

The Cross Keys is first clearly identified in this map of 1851: Map of Thixendale, 1851

This photo from 1890s shows the Cross Keys in the background: Cross Keys. 1890s

Photo from 1890s. The Cross Keys and Jewison’s Row (David Harrison, his daughter Ellen, and her stepmother Jane): Cross Keys. 1890s

Photo from 1907. The Cross Keys and Jewison’s Row: Cross Keys. 1907

Photo from 1920s. The Cross Keys and Jewison’s Row: Cross Keys. 1920s

John Towse was a landlord at the pub, as was David Towse around 1881. He was followed by son John to around 1900.

Elizabeth Shipley ran the pub until she died on 1906. She was followed by Isobel and Herbert Williamson.

In 1913, William Brown was landlord, followed by son Arthur.

Thomas Hesslewood was landlord in 1929.

William Hesslewood was landlord in the 1930s.

Mr and Mrs Climpson had the Cross keys late 1950s and 1960s.