The Cross Keys, Harpenden offers a warm welcome to all customers, regular and not so regular. It is a wonderful old and traditional English public house.
The main bar of the pub features a warming fire, a flagstone floor, a very unusual pewter-topped bar, and pewter tankards belonging to regular customers, past and present, hang from the ceiling, as used to be the tradition in many English pubs. The main bar dates from the 16th Century and the smaller bar was added in the 17th Century.
The Cross Keys prides itself on offering well-kept real ales and a selection of high-quality wines. Keenly-priced and home-cooked traditional "pub grub" is available at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday.
The Cross Keys provides a quiet haven from modern-day busy and noisy life. There is no background music, no television, no gaming machines, and the use of mobile phones inside the pub is discouraged. The pub is fortunate in having a pretty, secluded garden to the rear of the pub and two covered seating areas for smokers. Well-behaved dogs, with their owners, are welcomed.