Walled garden is the Key to success at village pub

A village pub near Peterborough has added a 100-seat walled garden to the list of attractions for customers.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 5:48 am
Cross Keys beer garden at King's Cliffe EMN-210427-225138009

The Cross Keys, a charming 18th century country pub in King’s Cliffe, has quite a reputation for its beers and home cooked food– which has gone down a storm in neighbouring villages as a takeaway during lockdown.

It has also opened six bed and breakfast rooms.

But when restrictions allowed outdoor service last month, the under-used car park became the walled garden complete with marquee providing cover for around 50 people.

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Cross Keys beer garden at King's Cliffe EMN-210427-225202009

“Because of the location, the place has always been popular with walkers, cyclists and tourists to the area,” said Nigel Cook, who manages Peterborough’s Burghley Club for Mick Stewart, who owns both venues.

“There was a small patio area – only about two tables – so it was decided to create a bigger outside space. The walled garden that was the car park can now seat 100 people, and the marquee we have installed provides cover for about half that number.

“It has been going great- even this week when the weather has been bad we have had people still coming in. And when things change in May, the outside area will remain a permanent feature, plus we will have room for 60 or 70 customers indoors.”

Cross Keys beer garden at King's Cliffe EMN-210427-225213009
Cross Keys beer garden at King's Cliffe EMN-210427-225226009
Cross Keys beer garden at King's Cliffe EMN-210427-225302009