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Full Postal AddressCross Keys, 48 High Street, WALLINGFORD, OX10 0DB [Map]
Telephone Number01491 826377Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times12-15, 17-23 MO-TH; 12-23 FR-SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesBeer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar, Campsite At / Near Pub

Gareth,me,Alison,Tim(Tony),Tabitha,Fai,Bob,Ned and Bob's
hand in a rubber glove, all in the Cross Keys, Feb 2003

At last, I plug the computer in, switch it on and type up a review for the Cross Keys in Wallingford. Who knows where the time goes, but here it is. The Cross Keys is perched at the northern end of Wallingford High Street overlooking not just a couple of those annoying little mini-roundabouts, but overlooks the sizeable Kinecroft, a large area of parkland with its 9th Century earthworks built by King Alfred the Greatís men to keep out the Danes. The ĎKeysí has been a hostelry since the late 1700ís and you can still expect a warm welcome from Bob, Roni and their staff. Itís a lovely old pub with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and plenty of space to relax and a warm fire to keep you warm in the winter. Bob and Roni are well known locally and have deservedly won several awards from the brewery.

The Keys still very much retain the feel of a traditional pub with not just a single large cavernous room, but several small intimate rooms; a traditional public bar, a lounge to the right and a back room to the rear. Unlike many pubs in the area, the atmosphere is distinctly chatting with the familiar sound of tasty pints of Oxfordshire brewed Brakspear. Although no longer brewed in Henley, Refresh, have ensured that the Brakspear Bitter, Special and seasonal brews are once again brewed in Oxfordshire, these days at Witney. Food is simple but tasty with baguettes and Steak and Kidney pudding at lunchtime and a proper roast on Sundays.

Locals abound and the pub has several strong teams including a darts, crib and football team and during the warmer summer months Aunt Sally is played out the back and is usually followed with a few burgers off the barbecue. Folk sessions are also held regularly but youíll have to call the pub for more details.

It was in this pub that the Bunkfest was conceived, a festival with a somewhat unusual name, which combines music, with real ale, steam trains and entertainment for the whole family. Iíve been fortunate enough to have helped out at since the first festival in 2002, and each year the hard work of the organisers ensures that it grows and becomes more popular each year. The festival is held the weekend after the August Bank Holiday, if you can make it why not come along and say hiÖ The pub has its own website at http://www.crosskeysthepub.co.uk/.

Us up the road from the Cross Keys running the real ale bar
at the BunkFest - Wallingford's annual folk fest, August 2002

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Witney Inns, Pubs and Breweries Past and Present,
D Honey, 2007
There's certainly plenty to write about in this classic beer town of Britain

Pocket Pub Walks Thames Valley,
N Channer, 2007
This work is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Dorchester, Goring, Reading, Wargrave, Cookham, Little Marlow and Eton. It includes maps and photographs.

Pocket Pub Walks the Chilterns,
N Channer, 2006
A collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food, this title includes routes at Ivinghoe, Great Kemble, Watlington, Henley and Mapledurham, with maps and photographs.

AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: The Cotswolds,
AA Publishing, 2005
This guide includes 25 walks and 15 cycle rides with colour photographs throughout showing sites, views and pubs along the route. A full colour map accompanies each walk and cycle and there is practical information such as distance, minimum time and level of difficulty to make sure you make the most of your family day out.

Pub Walks for Motorists: Berkshire and Oxfordshire,
L Maple, 2005
Forty circular walks around these two historic counties, each based on a good local pub. Includes routes at Hungerford, Frilsham and Hurley in Berkshire; and Blewbury, Enstone and Cropredy in Oxfordshire.

Adventurous Pub Walks in Oxfordshire,
R Noyce, 2004
Twenty circular walks varying in length between 7-12 miles and based around good local pubs including routes near Dorchester, Wantage, Sonning, Banbury, Chipping Norton and Oxford.

Pub Strolls in Oxfordshire,
R Noyce, 2003
Thirty short circular walks based on good local pubs. Include routes at Cropredy, Swinbrook, Faringdon, Abingdon, Henley-on-Thames, Oxford, Thame and Bicester.

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A colourful guide to pubs covering the entire length of the Thames (180 miles).

The Hidden Inns of the South of England,
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Part of the Hidden Inns series, this book contains eight chapters covering the counties of the south of England. Comprehensive information for each pub is included.

An Encyclopaedia of Oxford Pubs, Inns and Taverns,
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Pub Walks from Country Stations Vol 2: Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire,
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Selection of pleasant walks near good pubs.

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The Ridgeway starts in Wiltshire, passes through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and ends in Hertfordshire. Each of these 20 walks takes in part of this ancient track.

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