16th September 2016


I’ve not until now had any posts here concerning Royal Wootton Basssett. Chiefly because, when I started this blog, I set a parameter of things, people and places within the remit of Swindon Borough Council. Otherwise I could be writing about Chippenham and Cricklade and it would just get too silly!

But on t’other hand RWB is mighty close to Swindon so perhaps an exception can be made eh? So this press release about the Cross Keys Inn is as good a place to start as any.

Reputed to be the oldest public house in Royal Wootton Bassett the Cross Keys was built in 1742.

crossed keys on boards

Following a recent revamp the pub is welcoming customers once more:



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New food offering as revamped Cross Keys welcomes back customers

Royal Wootton Bassett’s historic Cross Keys pub is welcoming back customers following a revamp that has seen it get a fresh new look and an improved food offering.

The refurbishment of the 273-year-old High Street pub means it now has a modern kitchen in which to prepare a host of new dishes on a menu aimed at all tastes.

It features freshly-baked pizzas cooked in a newly-installed pizza oven, and a selection of burgers. There is also a range of classic British dishes, bar snacks, local real ales, and cocktails.

The Cross Keys also boasts two bar areas, restaurant, function room for 60 people, and a large beer garden, which has covered seating, rattan sofas and chairs complete with cushions, and outdoor heaters, making it an all-year-round option for drinkers and diners.

Twelve new jobs for local people have been created, and four existing employees retained, following the £110,000 refurbishment.

New Cross Keys manager Steve Hunt, who is an experienced pub industry operator, said: “I’m very excited to have an opportunity to take this iconic local pub to the next level.

“It’s a real landmark building, right in the centre of town, and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike, and me and the team want to make it the place that people choose when they want a drink, good food, top quality service, and a friendly welcome.”

At the official reopening, local charity Prospect Hospice, which cares for and supports supports patients, their carers and families across north Wiltshire, was presented with a cheque for £250.

The Grade II-listed building, which dates from 1742, was rebuilt after being severely damaged by fire in July 2013.

cross keys inn sign

For further information, please contact:

Alastair Gray                Tel: 0121 262 3904     Mob: 07967 320 050   Email: alastair@fsc.uk.com

Steve Dann                  Tel: 0121 262 3900     Mob: 07973 886 084   Email: steve@fsc.uk.com

Geoff Campion                         Tel: 020 3567 5804     Mob: 07957251475     Email: geoff@fsc.uk.co

Royal Wootton Bassett

‘Royal Wootton Bassett in the north of Wiltshire was a Saxon holding in 681 ‘Wodeton’, eventually passing to Lord of the Manor Alan Bassett in 1200 who was granted the right to hold weekly markets by Henry III.

The Town Mayor in 1408 was John Wollmonger at the height of the successful wool trade and hiring fairs and cattle markets continued to be held until 1939.

Katherine Parr one of Henry VIII’s wives family home was Vastern Manor.

This Wiltshire town offers a weekly market, monthly farmers market, an abundance of places to eat and drink and an interesting variety of shops.’

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