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The Cross Keys Inn, Mannington - pub details

Address: Holt Heath, Mannington, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7JZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8616) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 8.4/10 (rated by 8 users)
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I love this pub everyone is always so friendly the steaks are amazing. Had my birthday party there last year and all I can say is that they did so well I am having my wedding reception there too! The fireworks on Bonfire Night are not to be missed it's just a all round great pub. I would recommend it to anybody.
emasam5 - 20 Apr 2010 08:34
An update on my previous review. The 'Keys' is now a freehose, with Ringwood ales replacing the Badger, a vast improvement in my opinion. Everything else is 'as you were'.
Just one thing, for a variety of reasons the pub is unlikely to be with us a lot longer. Visit it while you can. Love it or hate it, it's an experience not to be missed.
I've put my rating up to 10, simply because it is still with us and will be much missed if it goes..........
Runningdog - 18 May 2009 10:37
A local of mine, although I don't use it as often as it deserves. It's been said before I know, agem of a pub, in it's own way as quirky, as unchanged and unchanging as the 'Square and Compass' out on the Purbeck.
The 'Keys is all about the landlady. In todays climate of ever-changing licencees, Viv is a one-0ff, a legend in her own time. It is she who gives the pub it's unique atmosphere. Wlakers, bird watchers, bikers, cyclists, steam and classic car enthusiasts all know where the 'Keys is to be found.
So what about the beer and the food? The real ale is limited but invariably first-class, H&W First Gold is the staple ale, there are the usual lagers and ciders and an an amazing collection of spirits.
The food is simple, in the best sense of the word, tasty and inexpensive. Here, home-cooked means just that.
One last thing, it's very much a rural pub, but you are just as likely to be listening to talk of high performance engines, cutting edge technology, this pub supports, in more ways than one, entrants to events such as the Paris-Dakar rally.
My rating? 9. I'd like to give it 10 but perfection, they say, is not given to pubgoers.

Runningdog - 12 Mar 2008 12:13
this pub is amazing the food is good the service is friendly (i should no as i work there) and the land lady is amazing!! worth travelling miles for! real badger ales and a range of other beers. and more spirits then you have ever seen before!! xx
Lil_lady_emz - 5 Dec 2007 10:48
One of the few quaint counrty pubs that has been left untouched. A nice country pub out of the way but a good stop for walkers looking for food or a refreshing beverage. Bar staff fantastic and helpfull and know thier way around the local beers and 200plus spirits the bar stocks. On weekends the pub gets busy but not crowded the beer garden is large and good for a beer in the sun. Keep on good behaviour and you will be fine, otherwise watch out for the Landlady who rules the pub.
Highly recomended
anonymous - 30 Apr 2006 23:59

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