Brodies London Fields, Brodies Bethnal Green, and Guest Ales,
The Cross Keys is an unassuming little pub in a comparatively quiet back-street in Covent Garden. For a small pub its facade is striking - carved cherubs hold the crossed keys of Saint Peter, keeper of the gates to Heaven. Dark, cosy and comfortable inside, the long, narrow bar runs the pub's length. Virtually every inch of wall space is covered with theatrical, film or music related paintings, photographs, etchings and posters. The collection is certainly eclectic, Victoriana to the Beatles. From the ceiling hangs anything copper or brass; pots, kettles, scuttles, musical instruments and a diving helmet.
The atmosphere is relaxed, informal and a little theatrical, which is not so surprising given the pub's proximity to the many theatres in the area. Beers from Brodie's a welcome change from the usual and the wine list is decent. On warm evenings drinkers spill out onto the pavement, the lucky few nab one of the handful of seats. This architecturally unusual pub was built in the mid nineteenth century and is grade II listed. The Cross Keys -
Had a cracking pint of Brodies London Fields. Light and hoppy. Nice pub, lots of character.
The Cross KeysArnie55,
Great interior with every inch of the walls and ceiling covered in pictures and assorted objects.Good selection of ales available but the staff certainly didnt know how to look after them. When the barrell ran out, it was changed but the glass of dregs were merely topped up and presented to the customer.