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The Cross Keys Hotel

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The Cross Keys Hotel,
1 Park Road,

Tel: 015395 62115
Fax: 015395 62446

Prop: Ian Mills


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The Cross Keys is a family run Hotel, which has undergone a major refurbishment and modernisation programme.

The Hotel is surrounded by a wealth of history, areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Leighton Moss, and a wide range of visitor attractions.

If you would like to see the Lakes in the comfort of a guided tour we can provide this for you in association with ' Country Cars ', Milnthorpe's local taxi service. Running a six-seater MPV, they can escort you on a set tour of the wonderful Lake District or you can choose your own route around the areas you particularly wish to see.

Within walking distance there is Milnthorpe's new Millenium Square , the estate of Dallam Towers , the Kent estuary with its wealth of wildlife, to name but a few atractions.

Milnthorpe has a long history - its busy Friday street market in the Square dates from 1334. The village's heyday was from the middle of the eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth centuries when many of the buildings in the centre of the village (now a conservation area) were completed including the present Cross Keys Hotel. When the turnpike road between Kendal and Lancaster was constructed through the village nearly two hundred years ago Milnthorpe became an important staging post and the Cross Keys gained a fine reputation as a coaching inn with stabling for 36 horses (and receiving guests of no lesser importance than a Tsar of Russia and a Queen from Austria) and a comfortable place to stay - a reputation which still continues today.

Milnthorpe has surroundings of peaceful tranquility. The River Bela winds lazily through parkland to the Kent Estuary at Sandside, where the dramatic expanse of Morecambe Bay has a backdrop of brooding Lakeland Fells. At Arnside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are many walks through wooded hills and along the rocky shore to enjoy.


A family run hotel, the Cross Keys has recently undergone a major refurbishmet and now Ian and Sandra look forward to welcoming you to their historic and beautifully restored coaching inn.

The eight superbly appointed bedrooms are all en-suite and some have sitting areas. The public rooms are equally lavishly decorated with the limed oak panelled bar one of the most attractive around.

Overnight guests can start the day with a proper English breakfast and all the trimmings - or partake in a lighter Continental-style alternative before setting out to enjoy the beauties of the surrounding countryside.

From the grandeur of the Lake District mountains , to the calm serenity of the Lune Valley , or the quaintly charming and award winning, Cartmel Peninsula across the sweeping sands of Morecambe Bay - all is ready to savour.

The Bar

The Cross Keys is a Robinsons house with Real Ales on draught such as Hartleys XB , Robinsons Unicorn Best Bitter . Ask for this week's guest beer.

The hotel is the holder of several Hartleys Best Kept Cellar awards.

The Cross Keys bar is open daily from 12.00am, and when you arrive back tired but happy after exploring the unspoilt corners of this beautiful part of the country, you can retire to the welcoming lights of the limed oak panelled bar and enjoy a quiet drink or two.


At The Cross Keys the resident chef, keeps an eye on the kitchens.

An interesting traditional bar menu with such tasty old fashioned favourites as their own steak and ale pie, minted lamb henrie, currys, snacks, salads, roast gammon and quality, locally reared, English beef.

Most of the meat on the menu is from local butchers in Silverdale and Arnside.

Of course vegetarians are not forgotten - there is always a varied selection available plus a tasty menu of light bites, salads and starters.

Puddings are a Cross Keys speciality with the sort Grandma used to make including treacle sponge and custard and the local favourite - sticky toffee.


Situated in The Cross Keys Hotel is our Haverbrack Suite. The suite comprises two rooms, a private bar with fully equipped bar and comfortable seating. Leading from the lounge bar is the main dance room, with its large wooden dance floor and raised balconies and separate toilets.

Whether you're holding a committee meeting, a christening or wedding, or would just like to have a family gathering, The Cross Keys, Haverbrack Suite can cater for all your needs.

The Haverbrack Suite can cater for set meals for 60 people and buffets for 120 people. Along with a dedicated staff and comfortable surroundings we can provide you with a memorable event.

Opening Hours (Meals)

From 10.00am for coffee or tea

12 to 2.00pm for lunch

5.30 to 8.00pm for evening meals

The bar is open all day from 12 noon till late, 10 till late on Fridays.

The Cross Keys has a license for the Bar & Function Room.

Functions are between 9:00am & 1:00am.

For Sky TV please look at the bar.


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