Cross Keys

Leicestershire - Burbage

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

Hinckley Road
Burbage
LE10 2AF

Tel: (01455) 612347

Email: enquiries@house-kitchen.co.uk

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Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Hinckley (Leics)

Station Distance: 1500m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Hinckley) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

An Inter-war refurbishment and an extension to an older building provide most of the interest here. To the left of the entrance is the central servery with quadrant three-light hatch, now minus its sliding sashes. Opposite is a splendid small snug area around a 1930s inglenook fireplace with fixed bench seating and fielded panelling. The area beyond the fireplace was formerly a separate snug but the partition with door was removed quite recently - it too has fixed seating and the odd bell push. Right of the entrance is a bare-boarded bar with lovely inter-war bench seating and a baffle by the door. The large Art Deco brick fireplaces and bar counter are also probably from the refit though only one of the bar back fittings (the one holding snacks) is not modern. A long central passage runs to the back of the building and the hatch and shelf for service suggest passageway drinking in the past. The rear lounge/dining room was totally revamped in the last decade.

Older building refurbished and extended inter-war. Still retains much from the inter-war refit in its 3/4 room and passageway layout. As you enter there is the remains of the off-sales window. To the left is the central servery with quadrant three-light hatch which until the 1970s retained its sliding sashes. Opposite is a splendid small snug area (Moaners corner?) around a 1930s inglenook fireplace with fixed bench seating, fielded panelling and the odd bell push. Note how the left hand side of the panel separating it from the front lobby is shorter and different in style than that on the right - the left side one was removed by a recent licensee but part recovered and re-instated. Beyond the fireplace is another small area with 1930s fixed seating and the odd bell push above it. Originally a separate small snug, recently the partition with door was destroyed by the same license. Note the figure '5' on the cellar door.

To the right of the entrance a door with the figure '2' on it leads to a bare boarded bar revamped in the inter-war period with lovely original fixed bench seating and a baffle by the door. This bar has two substantial Art Deco style upright brick fireplaces and was probably created as one room when the extension went on. The good bar counter could also date from the 1930s (or 1950s). There are four bar back fittings but only the one holding snacks dates from the 1930s the other being post-war/modern. A long central passage runs to the rear of building and has a hatch door for service and a shelf indicating passageway drinking in the past. The kitchen on the left of the passage was formerly the landlord's private living room and the rear lounge/ dining room on right was totally revamped in the 1970s and again in 2000s.

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