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The Cross Keys

(165 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 3.9
  • Value 3.8
  • Friendliness 4.4
  • Cleanliness 4.1
  • Facilities 3.9
  • Service 4.1
  • Location 4.5

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The Cross Keys Information


The building dates back some 850 years and is one of the most important buildings architecturally and commercially in the center of Saffron Walden. Restored and renovated in 2012, nine unique bedrooms have been added to the Cross keys award winning food and service. Each one of the bedrooms is different with its own unique character. Including 3 beautiful deluxe rooms added in 2015. We don’t believe in doing fussy and complicated things with these delicious ingredients, but instead would rather they were complimented, treated with love and brought to the table just as they should be. Eat with us and choose from classic dishes such as fish and chips or Pork Belly. For those who might want to be a little more adventurous, we are proud of our selection of often changing specials. Our Menu is wine matched by wine maker extraordinaire Chester Osborn. We celebrate his palate and viticulture skills by stocking a wide range of his delicious d’Arenberg wines and many more from around the world. The bedrooms provide all the luxuries of contemporary living. Crisp bed linen, hand-sprung mattresses, Hungarian feather-down duvets, deep free standing slipper baths or monsoon showers are as standard. All the comforts of today are here as well – you will find a flat screen television, Wifi, freeview and a personal iPod dock/iPhone charger in your room. In the morning relax and enjoy breakfast, anything from a 'Full English' to an 'Eggs Benedict' or simply toast and pastries. Our team want nothing more other than to make sure you have a splendid start to your day.


  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • Housekeeping - daily


  • Limited parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu
  • Highchairs


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Golf - driving range
  • Horse riding
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Walking
  • Wine tasting


  • Check in
    16:00 21:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


Our beautiful restaurant is set on one level, excluding the coffee shop and terrace which has a couple of steps to enter it from the restaurant. However it is accessible from the outside, so you won't miss the chance to dine al fresco or to enjoy a lovely cappuccino and one of our delicious cakes. There is a disabled toilet located downstairs, with handrails and an emergency alarm. Unfortunately our bedrooms are on the next floor, which is only accessible via stairs or via a spiral staircase.


  • Air from Stansted Airport CM24 1RW (13.4 miles)
    Head north-east on Undercroft Road, 1st exit at the roundabout, turn right towards Terminal Rd, 1st exit at the roundabout. Take Hall Road to Old Mead Road (5.1 mi), Take N Hall Road to B1383 (2.0 mi), follow B1383 and B1052 to King Street Saffron Walden,turn right onto King Street and destination will be on the left. Approximately a 26 minute drive.
  • Road from London via M11 (50.0 miles)
    From London, Bishops Stortford, Stansted Airport and the South, you can use the M11, accessible from the A406 North Circular or the M25 junction 27. Travel northbound towards Cambridge. Exit at junction 9 for the A11/Norwich/Newmarket, then take the first exit (junction 9a) towards Saffron Walden/A1301/B184. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the B184, then the first exit for the B184/Saffron Walden, and continue southbound following signs.
  • Road from Cambridge via M11 (18.0 miles)
    Travelling from Cambridge, exit the M11 at junction 10 and follow the signs to Saffron Walden (A505, A1301, B184). Approximately 35 minutes
  • Train from Audley End Train Station (2.2 miles)
    The nearest station to Saffron Walden is Audley End, which is located on the Cambridge - London Liverpool Street line. Abellio Greater Anglia runs regular fast trains which stop at Audley End. Central Trains connect Stansted Airport to Audley End, Cambridge, and Birmingham. Bus services 301 and 59 connect the station with the town (Monday to Saturday), and there are usually taxis waiting at the station. Approximately a 7 minute drive.

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