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The Crosse Keys (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Banks's - Central City Red Racer IPAExceptional1
Wadworth - Ishii Brewing Minagof Smoked PorterExcellent1
Small World Beers - Long Moor PaleExcellent1
Small World Beers - Thunderbridge StoutExcellent1
Adnams - Mateo & Bernabé Birra ArmadaExcellent1
Titanic - 7 C'sExcellent1
Maxim - Azacca PaleExcellent1
RCH - Steam SleighGood1
Rudgate - Green Hop MonsterGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - 10 Little AcornsGood1
Inveralmond - DarachaGood1
Caledonian - Baird Beer Rising Sun Pale Ale Good1
Great Newsome - Frothingham Best BitterGood1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPAGood1
Camerons - StrongarmGood1
White Horse - Tap (Tenth Anniversary Pale Ale) Good1
Roosters - YankeeGood1
Caledonian - Brouwerij 't IJ ISA India Session AleAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Abbaye Du Val-Dieu Abbaye BlondeAcceptable1
Cotleigh - RedfireAcceptable1
Theakston - Pink Grapefuit AleAcceptable1
Gemstone (brewed on Nelson plant) - Diamond IPAPoor1
Weltons - Snow Lay RoundaboutUndrinkable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Marston's - Old Empire IPANot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple GoldNot Tried0
Long Man - Golden TippleNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Brew Moon Real Antipodean AleNot Tried0
Marston's - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Liberation (was called Jersey) - American Brown AleNot Tried0
Batemans - Colonel's WhiskersNot Tried0
Banks's - Two Birds Golden AleNot Tried0
Marston's - Birrificio Lambrate LigeraNot Tried0
Coach House - Toffee BitterNot Tried0
Wadworth - 10 Barrel O.G. IPANot Tried0
Woodforde's - Phoenix IPANot Tried0
Batemans - Wicked Weed Freak of NatureNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Weltons - Hoppy ChristmasNot Tried0
Weltons - WencesleglessNot Tried0
Nelson - Nelsons BloodNot Tried0
Nelson - Powder MonkeyNot Tried0
Nelson - VengeanceNot Tried0
Weltons - St Agnes PorterNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Brains - SANot Tried0
Wickwar - Xmas CrackerNot Tried0
Mordue - Headmaster's Xmas SermonNot Tried0
Weltons - Persian PrincessNot Tried0
Small World Beers - Barncliffe PaleNot Tried0
Wadworth - Full Sail WassailNot Tried0
Marston's - Cinder's DoppelgangerNot Tried0
Small World Beers - Twin FallsNot Tried0
Small World Beers - Spike's GoldNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark IslandNot Tried0
Summerskills - Indiana's BonesNot Tried0
Brewster's - DecadenceNot Tried0
Nelson - Black JackNot Tried0
Upham - StakesNot Tried0
Bath Ales - BarnseyNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Old ManorNot Tried0
Adnams - ExtraNot Tried0
Adnams - Sixpoint Bengali (previously Bengali Tiger)Not Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Drayman's RewardNot Tried0
Strathaven - Festival AleNot Tried0
Purity - M.O.Not Tried0
Marston's - Green Hop Pale AleNot Tried0
Evan Evans - CennenNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Two Birds Sunset AleNot Tried0
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Alt BierNot Tried0
Mordue - AdmiralNot Tried0
Batemans - XXXBNot Tried0
Mauldons - Bah HumbugNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Red Nose ReinbeerNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - GoodwillNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Old GrowlerNot Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)Not Tried0
Weltons - Santa's Gone GingerNot Tried0
Bath Ales - FestivityNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Moorhouse's - Winter LoomsNot Tried0
Elgood's - HickathriftNot Tried0
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley GoldNot Tried0
Inveralmond - ThrappledouserNot Tried0
White Horse - Wayland SmithyNot Tried0
Salopian - Golden ThreadNot Tried0
Phoenix - NavvyNot Tried0
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)Not Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - DragonheadNot Tried0
Titanic - StoutNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey RoyalNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Grand SlamNot Tried0
Elland - Nettle ThrasherNot Tried0
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Scrum DownNot Tried0
Banks's - Driftwood Pale AleNot Tried0
Coach House - Posthorn PremiumNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Green Jack - Mahseer IPANot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Late RedNot Tried0
Adnams - Tally-HoNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Lancaster - Chestnut RedNot Tried0
Caledonian - Trojan HorseNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Weaver's ShuttleNot Tried0
Wickwar - SundownerNot Tried0
Roosters - Pistol RiverNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Chocca MoccaNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - St Eriks Midnight SunNot Tried0
Adnams - Young Henrys NewtownerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Crosse Keys, City, Central London

Visits Details

16 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
In here after work when still quite busy, but the crowds had melted away by 8:30.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Maxim - Azacca Pale4.30ExcellentPale gold. Very nice hop flavours from Azacca and Cascade.
Rudgate - Green Hop Monster4.00GoodGolden and with a creamy texture. Interesting hop flavours. Bitter finish.
Inveralmond - Daracha5.20GoodA dark beer which has drawn a lot of flavour from a period in wooden barrels.
Theakston - Pink Grapefuit Ale3.90AcceptablePale gold. Not unpleasant but oddly soapy with hints of boiled sweets as well as hops and fruit.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50Not Tried
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Lancaster - Chestnut Red4.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Trojan Horse5.50Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Weaver's Shuttle4.10Not Tried
Wickwar - Sundowner3.80Not Tried
Roosters - Pistol River4.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Chocca Mocca4.30Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - St Eriks Midnight Sun4.50Not Tried
Adnams - Young Henrys Newtowner4.80Not Tried
13 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Tolerably busy – I even found a free table. Some sort of card school going on, with many tables occupied by players.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Great Newsome - Frothingham Best Bitter4.30GoodA good quality, chestnut-coloured, traditional Best Bitter.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Coach House - Posthorn Premium5.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Green Jack - Mahseer IPA5.80Not Tried
11 Jan 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Nice to come in here and be served quickly at the bar and have a choice of tables at which to sit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caledonian - Baird Beer Rising Sun Pale Ale 5.50GoodA pretty decent, golden beer.
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Gold4.30Not Tried
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser4.30Not Tried
White Horse - Wayland Smithy4.40Not Tried
Salopian - Golden Thread5.00Not Tried
Phoenix - Navvy3.80Not Tried
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)4.80Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dragonhead4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Stout4.50Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey Royal4.50Not Tried
Ramsbury - Grand Slam4.40Not Tried
Elland - Nettle Thrasher4.40Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Scrum Down4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Driftwood Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
10 Dec 2015 (HSB)
16:25 Down to seven of us and my last stop of the day. Yet another first for me. Magnificent building, but the crowd.
BeerABVScoreNotes
RCH - Steam Sleigh3.80Good
Weltons - Snow Lay Roundabout4.20UndrinkableAll seven of us had this. Vile, all you could taste was phenol. Changed without question.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Batemans - XXXB4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Mauldons - Bah Humbug4.90Not Tried
Weltons - Hoppy Christmas3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Wenceslegless4.60Not Tried
Cotleigh - Red Nose Reinbeer4.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Goodwill4.80Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Old Growler5.00Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)3.80Not Tried
Weltons - Santa's Gone Ginger5.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - Festivity5.00Not Tried
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)3.80Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Winter Looms4.20Not Tried
Elgood's - Hickathrift4.30Not Tried
Weltons - Feast of Stephen3.80Not Tried
27 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A bit of an error coming in here at 6:30, the absolute peak of the after-work crush, and it took an age to be served. But it soon quietened down a little.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Central City Red Racer IPA6.50ExceptionalFabulous US-style IPA. I’d been searching for this one and it fully lived up to, exceeded even, expectations.
Titanic - 7 C's5.00ExcellentAmber in colour. An excellent, if perhaps slightly unsubtle beer that is full of ‘C’ hops.
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - 10 Little Acorns4.40GoodAn amber-coloured beer described as being a Mild. Toffee and biscuit flavours. Pleasant.
Cotleigh - Redfire4.80AcceptableA bit too ‘Red’ for me.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Harviestoun - Old Manor4.60Not Tried
Adnams - Extra4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Sixpoint Bengali (previously Bengali Tiger)6.40Not TriedThis one quickly ran out.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Drayman's Reward4.10Not Tried
Strathaven - Festival Ale4.50Not Tried
Purity - M.O.4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Green Hop Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Evan Evans - Cennen4.60Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Two Birds Sunset Ale4.60Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Alt Bier4.80Not Tried
Mordue - Admiral4.80Not Tried
Wadworth - Ishii Brewing Minagof Smoked Porter5.50Not Tried
22 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Intolerably busy in the early evening and I almost give up trying to get served, but persevere for one. Moments later my friend Jeff arrives but he decides not to even try. Many more beers were available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Ishii Brewing Minagof Smoked Porter5.50ExcellentBlack. Lots of roasted malt and peaty smoke. Worth the wait to get served.
12 Jan 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I am such a scatter-brain sometimes. Did I remember tonight to go to the Dispensary in Aldgate to help my friend Mick celebrate his birthday? No. And did I remember to go to Ye Olde Mitre to help wish Scotty and Kathy a happy retirement? No. I just randomly came in here on my own for a quiet one on the way home from work.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Mateo & Bernabé Birra Armada4.80ExcellentAmber-coloured and very nice.
White Horse - Tap (Tenth Anniversary Pale Ale) 4.60GoodA balanced Pale Ale. Tasted quite dry and a bit spicy – but this may just be the comparison with the odd beer that went before.
Gemstone (brewed on Nelson plant) - Diamond IPA5.00PoorAmber-coloured. Oddly sweet and then sour. Not right.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Summerskills - Indiana's Bones5.60Not Tried
Brewster's - Decadence4.40Not Tried
Nelson - Black Jack5.40Not Tried
Upham - Stakes4.80Not Tried
Bath Ales - Barnsey4.50Not Tried
05 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve seen this pub very busy before, but never quite so crowded as it was in the early evening tonight. By the time I left it was difficult to push through to the exit doors, and outside there was a long queue of people waiting to get in with staff operating a ‘one in one out’ policy. No doubt they were all here to try the Small World Brewery selection.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Small World Beers - Long Moor Pale3.90ExcellentPale, bitter and well-hopped.
Small World Beers - Thunderbridge Stout5.20ExcellentA rich, black Stout.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Brains - SA4.20Not Tried
Wickwar - Xmas Cracker4.20Not Tried
Mordue - Headmaster's Xmas Sermon5.20Not Tried
Weltons - Persian Princess6.00Not Tried
Small World Beers - Barncliffe Pale3.70Not Tried
Wadworth - Full Sail Wassail6.00Not Tried
Marston's - Cinder's Doppelganger4.00Not Tried
Small World Beers - Twin Falls5.20Not Tried
Small World Beers - Spike's Gold4.40Not Tried
13 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit through to the afternoon, a crowd of enjoyed a few pints each. Personally I was disappointed to see that although there was a large number of beers available, the number of brewers represented was fairly small.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Good
Camerons - Strongarm4.00GoodSweeter than I remember it.
Roosters - Yankee4.30Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Weltons - Hoppy Christmas3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Wenceslegless4.60Not Tried
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00Not Tried
Nelson - Powder Monkey4.40Not Tried
Nelson - Vengeance4.80Not Tried
Weltons - Snow Lay Roundabout4.20Not Tried
Weltons - St Agnes Porter5.50Not Tried
16 Oct 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Thursday night in the City in full swing. All a bit much for me and I cower in a corner for two swift halves.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caledonian - Brouwerij 't IJ ISA India Session Ale4.60AcceptableA somewhat ropey pint that did not present this beer in its best light.
Shepherd Neame - Abbaye Du Val-Dieu Abbaye Blonde6.00AcceptableI found this hazy golden beer disappointing. Lacking distinct flavours and not drinking to its strength. Not a patch on the Val-Dieu beers brewed in Belgium.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple Gold5.00Not Tried
Long Man - Golden Tipple5.00Not Tried
Hook Norton - Brew Moon Real Antipodean Ale4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Oyster Stout4.10Not Tried
Liberation (was called Jersey) - American Brown Ale4.20Not Tried
Batemans - Colonel's Whiskers4.30Not Tried
Banks's - Two Birds Golden Ale4.40Not Tried
Marston's - Birrificio Lambrate Ligera4.80Not Tried
Coach House - Toffee Bitter5.00Not Tried
Wadworth - 10 Barrel O.G. IPA5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Phoenix IPA5.50Not Tried
Batemans - Wicked Weed Freak of Nature7.50Not Tried

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About The Crosse Keys

The pub sign. The Crosse Keys, City, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent34
Good64
Acceptable62
Poor18

Website.

The pub is found in City, Central London, EC3V 0DR.

Big and busy JDW pub in the heart of the City in Gracechurch Street. Huge sports screen on one wall. Wonderful building with lots of high ceilings and marble. The lights in particular are worth noting. Oval bar towards the rear serves numerous handpumps (I saw 18) including guest beers not on the JDW usual guest list. This is definitely worth coming to if you are in the City during the week.

We have visited this pub 88 times, seen 391 different beers and tried 180 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC3V 0DR