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Hi. I was there with my friends back in 1996 and we felt good, listening to some rock music from the jukebox and drinking some beer. It is sad that it is closed now. Today it came into my mind because at the moment I am listening to 'March of Time' by Helloween, and I remeber that I wrote onto the beermat that "Life's too short to cry, long enough to try!" :-)
ttmt - 27 Jun 2013 14:43
Another one bites the dust :( It's now a Japanese restaurant.
SillyPoint - 17 Jun 2010 18:25
The present photographs hardly do this comfy little gem justice. It has to be garish to distract people from the more obvious [if you're walking down Trumpington St] 'Snug' around the corner, y'see? Perfect for a summer afternoon's drinking, with decent beer at decent prices. Heck, it even has a good view! And yes, the barman/landlord is chatty and friendly.
Regis - 14 Jun 2009 16:51
The rather bright and garish bright yellow exterior makes the Cross Keys resemble an Irish pub from the outside but it does at least stand out even though it is set back off the main road. The split level interior is fairly plain and light with bare floors and built in cushioned pews. A collection of plates, jugs, urns and meat trays are mixed in with drawings of the local colleges and Guiness cartoons but the drink promo posters are a bit intrusive. The chatty landlord was quite welcoming and the locals friendly enough, if a little on the weird side. 4 decent Ales on my visit (Woodford Wherry, Landlord, Pride and Deuchers), quality very good and reasonably priced for a city that can throw up a few shocks in the price department. 2 well postioned plasma screens and a further basic TV. Overall it is worth popping in if passing as it is far enough away from the city centre to escape the tourist element but take note that it does appear to have variable opening hours
RogerB - 6 Feb 2009 10:39
A small bright yellow pub just outside of the city center. Good selection of ales but not much outside seating. Tried the Ringwood best not normally seen around here and it was very good. Barman very friendly and worth the short walk to get to.
CambridgeBlue - 12 May 2008 11:36
bright clean and good ales and wines, new owners give a warm welcome, well worth a look.
anonymous - 15 Apr 2007 01:16
It was shut on a Saturday lunchtime. D'oh!
anonymous - 10 Sep 2006 12:55
charming little badly decorated pub with idiosyncratic landlord. beer is fine despite earlier comments. there may be a portable TV on the bar being avidly watched and commented upon (from the serving side, that is) and you may feel like you've fallen into a chapter of porterhouse blue for a bit.
linoleum - 4 Nov 2005 00:14
You better be a brave soul to enter this pub. When I first started drinking here the landlord did not say much but once he gets to know you, well lets just say you better have a sense of humour. I have seen people who have never been in there before and he sometimes has a go at them. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
Kerrminator - 15 Jul 2005 14:06
The pub has two levels, the top and the lowes of the low level where the bar is, the landlord always has a through choice words to say to all that enter
anonymous - 11 Mar 2005 13:55
Excellent pub. The dog hair has gone - the friendly animal died just over a year ago. I've never been disappointed by the draught beer. The regular customers are as friendly as the dog was and if you want to hear zany and sometimes intelligent conversation, it's the place to go. I havn't worked out which planet the landlord is from!
anonymous - 10 Mar 2005 11:27
I quite like this place; it's small, on two levels, and is friendly, though there never seem to be many people in it.
mikewmiller - 10 Dec 2004 17:22
This simply has to be the dirtiest pub I've ever been in. The men's lavs had a layer of hair in the corner as did my girlfriend's drink (a bottled one as well).
The detritus at the bottom of my pint was a bit difficult to deal with because in any other pub I would've thought it was yeast sediment, here it could have been plaque from the barman's gob.
Fun like gout
Mark - 16 Jul 2004 15:27

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