Cross Keys, Woolstone

by Jo Kenny

Winter is coming! The trees are losing their green, the air is turning crisp and the nights are starting to draw in just a little bit earlier than I like. The coming cold weather means it’s back into Sunday roast season, oh how I’ve missed it! Whilst my parents are still clinging desperately to the last of the BBQ’s for 2013, I’ve turned my eye (and my stomach) back towards roast potatoes and gravy.

Cross Keys Milton Keynes pub

The Cross Keys is a little pub nestled away in one of Milton Keynes’ scenic hotspots, and on walking through the front door we soon realised just how little it was! Small & popular on a Sunday lunchtime is a recipe for disaster when you’ve visited on impulse. We were treated to their both adorable and hilarious unreserved table…

Mr Yum Dim Sum Cross Keys Milton Keynes

It doesn’t get more intimate than that! We were still chuckling in our cubby hole and rearranging our knees around the table when out came our starter of bread and dips, served on a slate board- hoorah!

Bread dip starter Cross Keys pub Milton Keynes

A decent spread for 4 quid. Still warm the tomato flecked bread was perfect for dipping.

Bread Cross Keys Milton Keynes

Tomato salsa Cross Keys pub Milton Keynes

Among the hummus and tzatziki this tomato salsa was my favourite.

So onto the main event! 3 choices of meat: turkey, pork or beef. I went for my good pal Mr Cow, who arrived blushing pink.

Sunday roast Cross Keys pub Milton Keynes

Roast dinner sides Cross Keys Milton Keynes

I loved the presentation of the sides, with a hearty serving of horseradish and a deliciously rustic ramekin full of cauliflower cheese.

Cauliflower cheese Cross Keys Milton Keynes roast dinner

Greens vegetables Cross Keys Milton Keynes roast dinner

The vegetables were fresh but a little too underdone. Mind you, I’d much rather them like that than turned to mush.

Sunday roast Milton Keynes Cross Keys pub

Not a bad plate of food for under a tenner eh? I was certainly impressed, Sunday roasts can be something of a test for a pub’s credibility and the presentation and quality of this meal proved to me that the Cross Keys have a competent kitchen.

PS – They’ve got a very famous, very secret rock legend performing for them on 28th September, if you’re interested in finding out who it is why not pop along?


Joy September 9, 2013 - 9:03 am

I do like Cross Keys – on Fathers Day, they did a supersize roast dinner for dads too, much to the delight of my husband, who had just become a dad 8 weeks prior.

For roast dinners though, the best I’ve ever had is at The White Hart in Grafton Regis, it was very tasty – I’d recommend! (I don’t work for them!)

Cross Keys September 18, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Hi Jo,

Thanks for the review! We really appreciate your thoughts and are particularly impressed by your photos – would you mind if we used them on our website?

Many thanks!

Jo September 24, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Hi there, no problem feel free to use them! Just please put a link back to the page 🙂

james November 23, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Hello – can I use one of the photos on my website also please?


Jo November 24, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Hi James, yes go ahead. Please link back to my site though 🙂


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