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The Cross Keys (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
XT Brewing - Thame Brewery HoppinessExceptional1
Vale - Black Swan MildExcellent1
West Berkshire - Swift Pale AleExcellent1
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing ZebraExcellent1
Henley Brewing Company - Temple IslandGood1
Pheasantry - DA (Dark Ale)Good1
Rebel - Surfbum IPAGood1
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow AmberGood1
Cottage - PegasusAcceptable1
Cottage - Air SupremacyNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Ringwood - RazorbackNot Tried0
Slater's - Queen BeeNot Tried0
Vale - GravitasNot Tried0
Vale - VPANot Tried0
Yorkshire Heart - Blackheart StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cross Keys, Thame, Oxfordshire

Visits Details

11 Sep 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Nick Willis was not wrong with his assessment of this place; it really is a cracking pub. My first visit and I ended up wishing I had more time to stay here.
XT Brewing - Thame Brewery Hoppiness3.80ExceptionalBrewed at XT to the publican’s recipe, whilst the Thame Brewery is currently dormant. A superb, hoppy yet balanced Pale Ale. Exceptional and I did not try anything else.
Slater's - Queen Bee4.20Not Tried
Vale - Gravitas4.80Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow Amber3.80Not Tried
Yorkshire Heart - Blackheart Stout4.80Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not TriedBadged as Ringwood Best Bitter.
Cottage - Air Supremacy3.70Not Tried
11 Oct 2014 (Nick Willis)
A friend dropped me off here as he had some business to attend to nearby. I made good use of the time! This is a cracking pub.
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90ExcellentA cracking mild.
West Berkshire - Swift Pale Ale3.80Excellent
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Zebra4.60ExcellentMaybe a bit too much caramel, very good though.
XT Brewing - No. 4 Mellow Amber3.80Good
Henley Brewing Company - Temple Island4.50Good
Pheasantry - DA (Dark Ale)4.20GoodDecent nutty dark ale.
Rebel - Surfbum IPA3.50GoodBadged as an IPA but just a decent fruity low ABV pale.
Cottage - Pegasus4.70AcceptableDull
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)4.50Not TriedRan out
Vale - VPA4.20Not Tried

About The Cross Keys

The pub sign. The Cross Keys, Thame, Oxfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JS.

In East Street, transformed from a failing keg only dive, this fantastic pub serves plentiful ales to a discerning drinker. Usually busy, the bar will see at least two beers change every day over the weekend, and more during the week. Keep a close eye on Twitter for unusual beers, but be warned, they will go quickly! With cribbage, and other bar games available, you can easily wend an afternoon and evening away. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016 and 2017. Local CAMRA branch Cider Pub of the Year 2016 and 2017.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 16 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: OX9 3JS