Address: 9 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0DR
Telephone: 020 7623 4824
One of the many Wetherspoon’s pubs in central London, the Crosse Keys is situated in Gracechurch Street opposite the entrance to Leadenhall market.
Many Wetherspoon’s pubs are located in buildings that used to be used for something else, and the Crosse Keys is no exception – being a cavernous old banking hall.
Some ‘Spoons pubs have a limited selection of real ales but the Crosse Keys always has a good selection – usually between 8 to 10, and they’re well-kept.
The bar itself is an island in the centre of the pub and it is necessary to do a full circuit of the bar to see the full selection of beers on offer. Although a small monitor listing all the beers available was a new feature on my last visit – a bit like a station waiting room, and it’s only visible from a small area. Somehow handpumps give a better impression.
The service is generally pretty good but the pub does fill up in the evenings and a good ‘bar presence’ can sometimes be required.
The food menu is the standard Wetherspoon’s selection and whenever I’ve eaten at the Crosse Keys the food has been ok – but you wouldn’t come to a ‘Spoons pub for cordon bleu cooking.
When empty, the pub can feel a little soul-less. But it’s a good place to try out some different beers, and to be awed by the vastness of the space. If it’s not booked out for a special event the commanding view from balcony is good too.
Last visited: March 2015
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