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Visited yesterday on a crawl of Sherborne. Cheap prices ,though my mates complained about the quality of the Beer.
lowerbourneshot - 10 Jul 2016 20:47
The comments i have read are certainly true.
I found it incredibaly strange that right in the centre of this beautiful town with a quirky market outside it's front door that there was a pub like this.
I would have expected a much more upmarket place here.
We were lucky to get a quiet seat in the corner as the place was full of idiots.
Having said all that we did actually have a good time in here and the Carlsberg was only £2.60 a pint.

montie49 - 6 Apr 2014 13:53
Update: Under the capable management of the ever-smiling Adare, the pub has improved considerably -- the Old Empire is a good strong beer and the Ringwood Best is a solid regular. It's the friendliest pub in Sherborne and a great place to meet the locals in all their glorious eccentricity. The food is still ping and ding -- Marston's need to do something about this and about the loos which are antiquated and in need of an overhaul.
cerveza65 - 21 Sep 2013 10:55
Has had relief managers over past month. All professional, friendly and the bitter beers have both improved in quality. Cold San Miguel also very good if pricey. Carlsberg 2.20 a pint. Nice atmosphere, sunny location, handy for market. Haven't tried food recently but seems like pub is on the upturn. Hope so as it is my local!
cerveza65 - 30 Jun 2013 09:45
Basic town Boozer only had Guinness so can't comment on the beer good friendly service no food on a Saturday evening a pub i would use again
lowerbourneshot - 3 Feb 2013 21:31
Have now visited. Not as bad as it was before - no great improvement (and no redecoration either) but quite busy, and less threatening than it once was. I see they do food - so perhaps a second visit is needed.
beerpilgrim - 27 Feb 2011 21:06
Open again, and I have heard one or two good reports. If so, that will be a real turn-up for the books, as this pub has been a dive for many years.
beerpilgrim - 10 Oct 2010 23:10
Today,27 feb. 2010, is rumered to be the last day of this pub,closeing down and it has been sold to shereborne school for boys, i hope the story isnt true,the same story goes for the swan cheap street sherborne !,allthough it is not to close for a few weeks
mickymouse - 27 Feb 2010 17:34
Went to go in (I have known this pub for years) took one look at the dross gathered outside and thought better of it. Having read the reports below my instinct was correct. I think I'll be giving this place a wide berth. Sad because it use to be very good indeed.
wolvesfan - 23 Sep 2009 10:10
entertainment value 10/10 [there was no organised entertainment !] a tall skin head who was quite drunk, winy or vinny ? i think he said, he was harmless laugh after laugh with his noises and words he shouted i will be back and hope to see him,he isnt or wouldnt be everyones ideal company to say the least but for him it would have been a dive ! ! ! !
mickymouse - 22 Jun 2009 20:31
went to pub recently after visiting few months ago, the place has had a nice feel to it now new manager warm and welcoming the food was great and the a pint in the keys wasn't over priced but still a good pint. they seemed to have cleaned up from what state the pub was in a couple of months ago suggest this pub to anyone
Mmasters - 22 May 2009 15:01
Could not resist going in.......... and regretted it instantly. What a toilet. The whole pub is a complete disgrace. The location should mean that this is Sherborne's premier pub but instead is little more than a health hazard. Avoid, avoid, avoid at all costs avoid.
DickStilton - 26 Apr 2009 18:47
mmmmmm, new ownership, well, an effort has been made to get this pub up and running away from being a brewery owned pub. Prices are good, but they only had one real ale on - what a shame, not badly kept. Heres the crunch line - BARFLY'S, yeah, they are here in their droves. Not the place to drink, far better pubs in Sherborne. What a shame, the best situated pub in Sherborne and its surrounded by riff raff and job seeker types. I wont be back in a hurry.
dougsmith - 23 Sep 2008 16:19
Once upon a time this was a really good pub. Now, alas, avoid it like the plague. Fortunately, Sherborne is blessed with far better pubs.
BobOs - 12 Aug 2008 19:55
Grubby, tatty doss house of a pub, people drunk and asleep over the bar (at lunchtime). Walked in and straight back out again it was that bad.
chopin - 12 Jun 2008 19:58
Overpriced, a bit tatty and dirty. Not much more to say, really!
MrsSnooty - 30 Jul 2007 19:34
Close this place and where would the druggies and hoodies go?
Oggin - 15 Mar 2007 15:24
Stopped in Sherbourne to break a long cross country trip and of course had to pick this one. Typical.

It doesn't look too bad from the outside. Inside, if you can cut through the smoke, you find kid with baby in pushchair drinking vodka and coke in the short breaks between fags, plus lads skiving off community service. Place filth dirty, only visit the loos if you're used to Indian Railways. Despite all of this an acceptable pint of Ringwood. Given the location and layout this could easily be the best in town. Maybe it was, once.
nickdavies - 30 Jan 2007 12:47
Terrible to see how a once great pub can go downhill so far
When I first found the Keys back in the early 70's there was a most friendly landlord
"Go forth and Multiply" Gordon Crossley and his beautifullly talented wife Thea providing great food (how can one forget her calls to the kitchen for "sex":-Sausage Egg and chips) plus very pleasing characters in the bar. My most unforgettble being James Kennard from the nearby China Gallery (later managed by Aussie Thea)
But the last time I dared look in it was to be true a noisome kids place quite ruined. Shame
icepick141 - 11 Jan 2007 17:15
After reading Dick Stiltons comments on the pubs in Sherborne, I decided to pay them a visit myself. Dont often go pub crawling, but it was worth a try. Started off in the Britannia, then the Digby Tap and followed up in the half moon. After the Halfmoon, I visited the Cross Keys. Prices of beer and lagers - well more expensive by far compared to the Tap and the Britannia. Nice pub, but first impression of the loud music and walls plastered with T.V. screens indicates it is a youngsters hang-out. Polite bar staff and good decor. This is the type of pub one would certainly end up in a fight in on a Saturday night. Doug Smith, Sherborne
dougsmith - 6 May 2006 14:49
The food is appaling in this pub, incompetant bar staff and very unfriendly this has to be the worst pub in sherborne.
anonymous - 27 Apr 2006 18:11
Tried this pub as a last resort it lets children in yet they have no childrens menus or drinks. My partners meal came with a an unwanted extra a fried fly on his chips, The steak was meant to be 1/2 1b rump which turned out to be 5oz frying steak asked for salad but came with veg, and no extras like mushrooms, onion rings. It is definately a rowdy youngsters pub.
anonymous - 24 Apr 2006 13:54
Alright for a morning coffee or lunchtime drink with a bite to eat but unless rowdy youths hell bent on alcoholic oblivion is your thing steer clear of night times, especialy at the weekends and even then get out well before closing.
DickStilton - 11 Jan 2006 10:34

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