The Cross Keys Hotel & Restaurant

Dear Guest.....From 4th July 2020

We now ask that you book and pay for your room before arrival on the selected reservation site.

You will receive a ‘’We are looking forward to looking after you’, email from us 24 hours before arrival to give you the following information.

A. Arrival times- not before 4pm and departure by 9.30am and access hotel information, including parking.
B.The restaurant is open from 9am daily for a full breakfast menu, if you wish to depart prior to 9am please let a member of staff aware and we will provide you with a continental breakfast in your room prior to arrival.
C. Details of our double sanitising cleaning protocols for peace of mind.
D. The Supper menu and availability downstairs.
E. The use of a customer ordering platform to book supper, drinks in the restaurant and other room amenities such as an Iron etc.
F We now operate a cashless system all transactions need to be paid for by card.
G. Receipts and invoices will be sent by email on request.

At Table Orders


My mum and I had dinner at the Cross Keys and had an amazing time. The food was really tasty and the decor was super cozy. But the highlight was the service!

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Opening Times

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Book a Room

Book a room today using the online booking system.

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.

Large Groups

We hope to be able to welcome back large parties in the near future.

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.