The Cross Keys Hotel & Restaurant

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We offer packages & informal options – see the new booklet for more information

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Book a Room

Book a room today using the online booking system or give us a call directly on 01799 522 207


This brilliant Gastro pub is full of international beers and wonderful food. Some of the best home made chips I have ever had. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable on the drinks they serve. Perfect if you are looking for quiet drink or a romantic evening over hearty food.

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Opening Times

We are open – with both outside dining in our courtyard and undercroft, as well as our inside dining.

We are open

7:00-22:00 – 7 Days a week


7:00 – 11:45


Noon – 21:00

Please note the below timings are subject to change. 

Food Service Times


7am-11am – 7 Days a week


12pm – 9pm – 7 Days a week

A powerful marriage of old and new

The Cross Keys Hotel and Restaurant offers a powerful marriage of old and new with its stunning Elizabethan architecture and truly contemporary design.  The setting is historic & the service without pretension and of the highest standard.

Enjoy delicious fresh food and an inspiring monthly specials menu, savour an impressive selection of amazing wines and experience bedrooms to die for, all set in one of Saffron Walden’s most important buildings.

Private Functions

The charming Chester’s Room complete with open fire and old-world charm – perfect for private functions.

Jewel in the Crown

Saffron Walden is a jewel in the Essex Crown – a bustling market town.

And the 16th century ten-bedroom Inn that is the Cross Keys is one of Saffron Walden’s most important buildings.

Steeped in History

The Cross Keys is a mix of architecture. The western end of the building was built in the 16th century as a shop, legend has it that the large vertical timber that forms the corner of this early building is an oak tree which was left in the ground and the shop was built around it!

The later 17th,18th and 19th century elements of the building add hugely to the charm and romance that is the Cross Keys today.

Large Groups

Outside – we are happy to accommodate groups of over 6 up to 30 outside – please speak directly to a member of the team on 01799 522 207 to book for larger parties.

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