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I visited the pub on Saturday 5th March, before heading off to the rugby ground.

As an away fan, my friends and I know this to be the best real ale pub in Thame.... But with eight or so hand pumps available, why have five "very pale hoppy spring beers" on? Two Amber and just one dark option, a 3.7% Mild. Surely enough space for one more dark option and a "best bitter" styled one too?

Handily, there are a few real ciders to choose from too which rescued the situation as none of the four of us are spring beer fans!
Ade.The.Raider - 8 Mar 2016 14:46
By a far way the best pub in Thame. GBG listed 2013.
You just have to visit this if in the area to judge for yourself.
9 Hand pulls with ever changing selection.
A notice above says “Please keep clear” shame a few others don’t do the same.
The ceiling is covered in 100’s of bar clip labels.
A nice young lady served me a lovely pint of Cottage Brewing Winston Churchill for £3.30.


bjbrummiejohn - 9 Sep 2013 13:01
amazing pub. not only home to the thame brewery, but also a fantastic selection of ales, both local and regional.

great service, great locals and real pub.

looking forward to my next visit.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 15 Apr 2013 15:11
Superb community pub, ideal for conversation while sampling from the wide range of well kept ales. Run by a very friendly couple, highly recommended. Only a pity no Thame beers (brewed in the pub garage!) available on my visit.
ed.spbw - 4 Nov 2012 19:44
In terms of choice of both real ale and cider, the pub has to score highly, if you like a pub with the beer clips for decor then it will score even more highly, however, I have to say that on my visit I found the host to be less than warm, hardly a smile and certainly didn't want to engage in any conversation!
Ade.The.Raider - 11 Oct 2012 13:41
I called into this Pub on my way back to Cumbria after staying in the town overnight. I was shocked to find such a warm and inviting welcome from the two people who ran it! They were talkative, polite and very friendly but most of all they served the best ale I have ever had.
This was such a positive experiance I am looking to plan a break to stay in Thame just so I can go back and take my partner. Even the locals were friendly and gave me a warm welcome.
I advise anyone to visit this pub no matter where you live because the experiance is something I will cherish for a long time.
Thank You all at the cross keys, See you all soon.
Nicolala - 24 Feb 2012 17:21
Real atmosphere, real pub and real ales from the inhouse Thame Brewery and the new local XT Brewery. There's even two TV stars behind the bar!
tpfirt - 20 Feb 2012 17:28
Always a warm welcome, a place to relax and enjoy good beer.Trudi and Peter could not be more accommodating.
Kate433 - 17 Feb 2012 11:00
This is a good, traditional pub. The lack of blaring music and machines make conversation a real possibility. The pub is run by a husband and wife team that are friendly and accommodating and who always have a welcoming smile. The pubs range of own brewed beers are a treat to taste and savour as well as a regular supply of other locally produced ales. Traditional in so many ways, this is a pub to enjoy time with friends and enjoy a real pint.
Billyboy2 - 17 Feb 2012 08:43
What a pub! Well kept and presented beer, a great mix of customers, great hosts and no music or TV... Brilliant.. Dominos anyone?
Nubink - 17 Feb 2012 08:42
Great atmosphere. No food which is a welcome change and other half thinks beers are best in Thame. Trudi and Peter have always got time for their customers.
jmatelot - 16 Feb 2012 17:29
Everything a pub should be. Welcoming, cosy and most importantly with a fantastic range of real ale and now home to Thame Brewery. If you haven't already tried it, it is an absolute must for connoisseurs of real ale!
gizmo - 1 Feb 2012 13:57
Great pub and good local beers including the new XT .. well worth a visit.
tpfirt - 25 Nov 2011 17:50
for punters and locals of discernment, a trudely great pub
PrincessDarren - 18 Nov 2011 00:56
A real traditional pub for real ale drinkers very friendly with great hosts.
Rubymild - 17 Nov 2011 12:29
What can you say about this great pub. A one liner should do. " it is the Dogs Bollocks" Also brewed by Wychwood ales!
tommybooth - 16 Nov 2011 17:39
Great Beer Festival last night, had a pint of the Dark Star Porter and the new local XT Four - both very good and well kept. A proper pub.
tpfirt - 13 Nov 2011 12:29
Homely street (well more mini roundabout) corner local with a good selection of ales on including one which they made earlier (Thame Dark Medusa) which was a proper old style mild. Probably the best pub in Thame.
anonymous - 25 Sep 2011 08:47
We are so thrilled that Trudi and Peter Lambert have turned the Cross Keys into THE local pub in Thame. The buzz of conversation, debate about which beer to try next and the happy gentle ribbing of friends makes this the place to relax and just be!
Happylocal - 29 Aug 2011 22:17
First visit here, realised what we've been missing. A really nice proper pub. 4 real ales (Vale from up the road, Teignmouth and York breweries) lovely atmosphere (no music, tv, quiz machines etc) and nice ordinary seats/tables with cribbage boards and dominos at many.
Really looking forward to next time, hope the house beer is on then!
brouk - 6 Apr 2011 07:05
Came here on the Thursday night when there was a quiz evening so standing room only. 6 ales on & for the first time in my visits there, there was 2 ales from the Thame brewery - didn't see that initially & my first pint ordered was Vale Black Swan Mild. Both that & the Thame beer were pretty good. What a fine pub this is - I need to go far more often.
Booze_Allen - 2 Apr 2011 20:39
i havn't been for years but felt i should say that it is a cracking pub.
neil10 - 4 Jan 2011 18:29
two months down the line and i hear that a calender is being produced for a local hospital day care place.. the female bar staff and all the lady regulars are all good lookers so get your fiver out for a good corrrrrrs !!!.
bertiemoore - 12 Oct 2010 18:06
this is how a pub should be, beer, wine, crisps, cards and talking about not much or how to run the country by others. lovely oasis garden out back, get in early though before it shuts ! ( eleven on the dot).
bertiemoore - 12 Aug 2010 23:59
Easily the best pub in Thame. Good selection of well kept beers and a cozy atmosphere
VPA_drinker - 28 Jul 2010 12:28
Visited for the first time on Sunday lunchtime, quite quiet in there apart from a few locals. Just one of the Thame Brewery beers on (Thame St George), hopefully they will have more of their own as they get going. A nice pleasant atmosphere in there, the lady behind the bar was very helpful, offering tasters. The beers were well kept and the whole pub is tidy, including the toilets. There were 4 other beers on. Not sure if they do food yet.
imdownthepub - 26 Apr 2010 17:41
The landlord has been experimenting with brewing a number of different Thame Brewery beers of different styles. They are popular and don't last long on the pump.
peterz - 30 Jan 2010 12:35
Pub completely turned round from what it was a year or so ago (although some may miss the strippers). Turned into a real ale emporium with five or six ales and now a brewery based in the back yard. A clever idea is the little glasses of ale in front of the pumps that aren't for tasting but give an idea of the colour (and likely heaviness) of the beer.
charlie_m - 28 Nov 2009 13:59
Good selection of well kept real ales, including ones brewed locally. Ales constantly changing, apart from a locally brewed bitter. Usually a mild is also on offer. Good atmosphere for conversation. Pub has been transformed for the better in recent months.
peterz - 15 Aug 2009 11:52
I recently went to The Cross Keys for a few drinks with my girlfriends. We ended up staying for the whole evening as we joined in with the quiz and had a great time- polishing off a few bottles of wine along the way. It is a lovely pub which has a little Jack Russell and two cats which are adorably friendly. It has a nice atmosphere and it's great for chatting away with your friends. I definitely recommend this pub and we'll be returning very soon.
katiel - 6 Aug 2009 20:50
brilliant pub now, cracking beer, great landlord /landlady,
mork72 - 5 Aug 2009 22:01
The Cross Keys has transformed from a run down pub at the end of the Upper High Street to being a clean & tidy pub with a very smart appearance. Inside you'll notice a massive difference from years gone by. The new management (Pete & Trudi) offer SIX different high quality real ales. These are continuously changing so you can get something different nearly every day. They are absolutely fanatical about both the pub and the quality of the real ales that are served. This, put together with the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere make this pub the new "great place to go" in Thame for the decerning drinker. In my opinion, this is now the best pub in Thame (and for many miles), so it's well worth a visit.
IainBiddle - 4 Aug 2009 20:10
This pub has apparently appeared on the Real Ale Rader in the last few months. It's in an area that is relatively good for Real Ale, so it's got to be pretty good for me to go there. Well it's very good, 6 real ales, all 'interesting' many of the smaller breweries represented and very reasonably priced for the area, the local branch of the Round Table were running a beer festival out the back, with a BBQ and local farmer's market style of stall. The ambience of the place was great and everyone seemed to having a thoroughly good time, I shall return. Apparently it's too late to get into the Good Beer Guide for 2010 which is a shame as it's a very worthy contender.
Abteilung - 26 Jul 2009 18:33
Great pub selling a fine selection of well chosen ales. Long live the traditional pub!
petepub - 24 Apr 2009 18:15

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