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The Cross Keys (Brodie's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brodie's - IPAExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Brew 882 Seattle PorterExcellent1
Brodie's - Bethnal Green BitterExcellent1
Brodie's - CitraExcellent2
Brodie's - Shoreditch SunshineExcellent1
Brodie's - Old Street PaleExcellent2
Brodie's - Piccadilly Pale AleExcellent1
Brodie's - KiwiExcellent1
Brodie's - Shoreditch SunshineGood1
Magic Rock - CuriousAcceptable1
Brodie's - Shoreditch SummerAcceptable1
Greene King - London GloryNot Tried0
Greene King - Low & BeholdNot Tried0
Brodie's - AmarillaNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Brodie's - Redemption Pale AleNot Tried0
Brodie's - MildNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Brodie's - London Fields Pale AleNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Brodie's - Smoked Amber AleNot Tried0
Purity - Mad GooseNot Tried0
Brodie's - Jamaica Stout (was 5%)Not Tried0
Vale - Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cross Keys, Covent Garden, Central London

Visits Details

09 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A good lunchtime trade here. Evidence on the bar of the apparent demise of Brodie's Brewery.
Windsor & Eton - Brew 882 Seattle Porter4.80ExcellentA great, fruity Porter in fine condition.
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Greene King - London Glory4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Low & Behold2.80Not Tried
23 Jan 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit after a trip to Stanford's map shop.
Brodie's - Shoreditch Sunshine3.90Good
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Vale - Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Piccadilly Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
04 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A good early evening trade in this likeable pub. I struck lucky, walking in just as a table was being vacated.
Brodie's - Piccadilly Pale Ale3.80ExcellentVery lovely, pale hop-bomb.
Purity - Mad Goose4.20Not Tried
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Jamaica Stout (was 5%)5.40Not TriedSorely tempted by this one, but needed to move on.
07 May 2015 (HSB)
16:30 Another pub not on the plan but one of our party wanted to drink Brodie's beer. A new pub for me. I was very impressed with the glazed panelled bar back. Fairly quiet, apart from a group of four chaps having a session on G&Ts.
Brodie's - Old Street Pale5.00Good
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Kiwi3.80Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Brodie's - Smoked Amber Ale4.30Not Tried
10 Apr 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A very pleasant evening and most custom is outside on the pavement.
Brodie's - Old Street Pale5.00ExcellentVery pale in colour. Strong citrus smell is followed by an equally strong citrus taste. Extreme and excellent.
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - London Fields Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried
16 Sep 2014 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon visit whilst on my way to the nearby Stanford's map shop. Prices were considerably cheaper than I expected for this area.
Brodie's - IPA4.00Excellent
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Excellent
Brodie's - Shoreditch Sunshine3.80ExcellentPale hoppy beer
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
06 Aug 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I only really came in here because of the gross over-crowding at the new Craft Beer Co. place nearby – where I just could not get to the bar. Always nice in here and I was happy with the Plan B
Brodie's - Citra3.10ExcellentThe full grapefruit Citra hop hit.
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried
Brodie's - Old Street Pale5.00Not Tried
30 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. Comfortable and welcoming pub. When I ordered a pint of Kiwi, the barman was good enough to ask whether it was a random choice or whether I knew the beer. Apparently some people don’t like it.
Brodie's - Kiwi3.80ExcellentSharp, pale, grepefruity beer. Wonderful stuff.
Brodie's - Mild3.60Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
09 Jun 2014 (Archie14)
Busy evening session with a Massons "meeting" upstairs.
Brodie's - Shoreditch Summer3.90AcceptableOldish golden ale with a strange cheese finnish!!!
Brodie's - Amarilla4.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Brodie's - Redemption Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
28 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Moderately busy, with most customers standing outside. Beer not on great form tonight.
Brodie's - Citra3.10GoodA bit hazy and approaching barrel end I think. A very grapefruity, pale pint.
Magic Rock - Curious3.90AcceptableHard to identify as the beer I have so enjoyed in the past. Sweet and a bit cloying.
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About The Cross Keys

The pub sign. The Cross Keys, Covent Garden, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Covent Garden, Central London, WC2H 9EB.

Located in Endell Street. Festooned with foliage and flowers on the outside. Inside is a traditional pub interior with low level red tinged lighting giving a cosy pub feel. Lots of bric a brac on the walls and ceiling. Leased by the Brodie family who for a while had a brewery in Leyton, later relocating to South Wales.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2H 9EB