Henley Cross Keys
Henley Cross Keys
Real Ale is sold here.
Main Road, IP6 0QP
grid reference TM 153 523
A prominent 3 bar village pub which sought to provide a wide range of facilities for the local community.
Although the building only dates from 1916, a pub has stood on this site much longer; the original building was burned down.
After many years closed, and several attempts to get a change of use, it has finally been sold to someone who wants to run it as a pub; a new license has been granted and renovation work is well underway, so we anticipate reopening in the near future.
Nearest railway station
The original pub can be seen on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
The two bars include a lounge with comfortable armchairs and eating area overlooking the beer garden. Children allowed if dining.
Beers: Tetley Bitter, Imperial; Tolly Bitter.CAMRA's 1997 Suffolk Real Ale Guide
At the Ipswich and Suffolk Licensed Victuallers' Trade Protection Society meeting of Jan 1875, held at the Victoria Inn, Berners Street, Mr J H Parker, of the Cross keys, Henley, was accepted as a new member.Ipswich Journal, Jan 1875**
John Ward a sawyer from Barham was found guilty of being riotous at the Cross Keys, at Henley, and refusing to quit when asked to do so by the landlord, Mr John H Parker, Ward was fined £1 including costs…
The sign of the cross keys is usually a reference to St Peter - an early christian follower and told by Jesus that "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven".
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)