As a pub, it was OK, with nice seats and a range of Navigation beers always on, which are perfectly reasonable. A bit of a townie/city centre type place on my visit though, with loads of ’casuals’ just back from watching Forest. Not essential.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A comfortable and relaxed, light and airy pub with seven or eight hand pumps, including beers from the new Navigation brewery.
The Cross Keys is an elegant mid to late Victorian pub near the Weekday Cross, Nottingham’s original market place. It’s been nicely restored and keeps a traditional feel despite having been opened out.
It opens at 8am (9am on Sundays) and is a good spot for a leisurely breakfast that’ll set you up for the day, or you can just watch the world go by or read the morning papers in a comfortable leather armchair. Around the walls are some interesting black and white photographs of Nottingham by a local photographer and down a few steps there’s another pleasant room presided over by a painting of Brian Clough posing as Byron.
The 8 taps had some interesting beers, including three from the Navigation brewery, which was a completely new find for us.
(Last visited 16 July 2012).