The Ancrum Cross Keys
- Telephone 01835 830 242
- Bar open Mon–Thu 5-11pm; Fri 5pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–11pm.
- Food served Wed–Fri 5.30–9pm; Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–9pm; Sun noon–3pm.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.ancrumcrosskeys.com
Traditional Borders village pub and beer garden.
With a Front Bar ‘basically untouched since its last minor refurb in 1906’, a Side Bar (newer, but still not too smart to mind if you bring along your faithful hound), a log fire, a restaurant, beer garden and a own micobrewery just a mile away at Lanton Mill, the Ancrum Cross Keys ticks a lot of Good Pub boxes. Picturesquely perched on the banks of the Ale Water and with views across the village green, the pub's restaurant does a concise menu of half a dozen or so starters and mains, plus sharing platters of baked camembert, chicken goujons or seafood. Borders rabbit comes topped with puff pastry with mushrooms and bacon, there are ribeye steaks with the usual sauces, roast ribs and a kids’ menu.