Cross Keys - Chatteris — the lounge bar

Hotel, Restaurant, Lounge Bar and Function Rooms in Chatteris

Here at Cross Keys, you can assured of a friendly and personal service from the Resident Proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Skeggs.

Cross Keys is in a pleasant Fenland Town, set between the two cathedral cities of Ely and Peterborough, surrounded by rich farmland which is known as the Covent Garden of England and Chatteris as the Gateway to the Fens.

This 16th century coaching inn is in the centre of town opposite the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul.

A concise history

Dick Turpin and Oliver Cromwell are reported to have passed through, Samuel Pepys and Oliver Reed have stayed at Cross Keys and Martin Kemp had lunch and sat in the Bar Lounge when making the TV. series of Growing Rich by Fay Weldon.

In earlier times Hereward the Wake would have used Chatteris as a hideout from the Normans in the 11th Century.

The Church, Cross Keys of St Peter & St Paul was consecrated in the year 980AD. The two Keys of St. Paul and St. Peter means if the first Key does not open the Pearly Gates of Heaven, you have a second chance … maybe!

Cross Keys was built in around 1540 in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and said to be the finest building of its time left in the area. It still holds many features of that era, including three open fireplaces, during the winter months one with a real log fire crackles to welcome the traveller.

Local pastimes, sports and historic houses are plentiful

For guests requiring a relaxed holiday there are very good course fishing and trout farms and quiet country walks with historic houses to view.

Those following more active pursuits can sail, canoe or windsurf at the Mepal Outdoor Centre, play golf at the two excellent courses at March or Ramsay. Newmarket and Brampton provide a good day at the races throughout the year, please ring for details of meetings.

Chatteris Airfield provide parachute jumping “two day courses” and microflight flying at weekends and during the week weather permitting.

There is marvellous bird watching at Welney and Purls Bridge all year round especially in Winter when the fens are flooded and the largest concentration of mute swans arrive from Siberia and the Baltic’s in England.

Relax in our warm, comfortable, superbly decorated and tastefully furnished lounge bar.

Hotel accommodation

Our hotel accommodation consists of only 12 bedrooms, 10 of which have private facilities. All rooms have been carefully decorated and furnished to a high standard with excellent fabrics and colours which provides us with individual rooms throughout the Hotel.

All of the bedrooms have been designed by Mrs Sandra Skeggs.

Food and drink

Our kitchens can provide you with restaurant meals seven days a week. A full range of bar meals are served in the lounge, and traditional Sunday Lunch at the weekends. All the food is made with the finest English meats and locally grown fresh vegetables. Fresh fish can be delivered daily from Grimsby and by taking advantage of this we have been recommended in several good food guides.

Function rooms for pleasure or business

We also cater for weddings, parties and every private and family function. Conferences with up to 40 delegates can be catered for, and we also do outside bars.

Ample Parking spaces available on the premises.