It's known as the oldest pub in Chelsea (it's been there for 300 years since 1708 but had been empty for a while). But now the Cross Keys is getting a brush-up and a new chef and menu too from their new owners Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson of The DM Group (who also own Fulham favourite, The Sand's End).
Apparently the owners are looking for a country pub vibe from the newly restored interiors with a wood burning fire and exposed brick walls, all from the original pub of course. Otherwise expect lots of antiques, banquette seating and a big skylight (that last feature clearly not 300 years old, mind).
In charge of the menu is Head Chef Natasha Cooke who was previously sous chef at Medlar. On the menu, there will be:
- Warm cured sea trout with toasted quinoa, pickled fennel and crème fraiche (£8)
- Rabbit ravioli with carrot and cumin puree, broad beans, mustard and pea shoots (£9).
- Confit lamb belly with potato gratin, turnip puree, onion rings and salsa Verde (£18)
- Cornish mussels with ‘nduja, leeks and samphire (£16.50)
- Oxtail and Stout Pie (£16.50)
- Ale battered hake and chips (£15.50)
- Lemon tart with blackberry sorbet (£6.50)
- Homemade vanilla yoghurt with rhubarb and ginger compote (£6.50).
Alongside that, snack at the bar including Scotch Egg (£5), Sausage roll (£4.50) and Welsh rarebit (£4)
The Cross Keys opens on 5th March at 1 Lawrence Street London SW3 5NB. For more information, follow them on Twitter @CrossKeys_PH