Cross Keys

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2 Duke Street

Pub Description:

The Cross Keys our beautiful Chester Tap, can be found just inside the Roman city walls and just up hill from the river. A great spot for locals and visitors to find on the corner of Lower Bridge Street & Duke Street, which is spoilt for real ale choice with Sam Smiths and the Spitting Feathers all close by.

The Cross Keys is a small single roomed Victorian gem, a charming tavern. The pub has a real quality feel within, twinkling stained glass windows, leather seats, oak floors and a Joule’s hallmark finish which we think you will love.

When the Cross Keys was restored we also created the perfect place for hire, ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’ designed to be your own private pub, a pub inside a pub. Perfect for that special party or family gathering but also an ideal meeting room for clubs, societies and business meetings.

With a slim raised beer terrace outside to the front, the Cross Keys is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint of Joule’s in the fresh air.

Always on Tap, Joule’s Pale Ale, Slumbering Monk, Pure Blonde and our English craft lager Green Monkey, alongside our rotating seasonal ale and cold craft beer. All brewed in Market Drayton with pure Shropshire mineral water.

Street parking is available and there is also the Grosvenor multi-storey car park only a 5-minute walk away.

Don’t miss: Their weekly quiz every Thursday as well as the famous Cross Key’s Sunday lunch available from 12noon ‘til gone.

Did you know The Cross Keys has been the home of Chester's Irish Trad Music for over 8 years? You can see them in the pub every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. 

Opening Hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 4 pm - 10 pm
  • Thursday 4 pm - 10 pm
  • Friday 1 pm - 10 pm
  • Saturday 1 pm - 10 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm - 7 pm

Food Service Hours:

  • Pies & gravy always available


  • COVID 19 Risk Assessed
  • Joules Beer
  • Real Fire
  • Beer Snacks
  • Guest Ales
  • Dining Area
  • Beer Garden
  • Meeting/Function Room
  • Regular Music/Entertainment
  • TV – Sports/News
  • Teams
  • Children Allowed
  • Open All Day
  • Town Centre Location