Photo of Cross Keys

grid reference TM 465 566

opened 15th century

owner Adnams

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opening hours:

  • 11-11 (12 Fri + sat); 12-10.30 (Sun)
(Times last updated 24/12/2008)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Explorer & Broadside

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Aldeburgh is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 30/10/2017

Aldeburgh Cross Keys

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

Crabbe St, IP15 5BP

01728 452637

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An ancient pub set back from the seafront,

A small bar area opens out to a variety of seating areas. Seafood a speciality (1300-1500, 1900-2100). No meals at Christmas.

The pub has close ties with the nearby lifeboat. Accommodation is available (3 rooms).

This is one of the oldest buildings in the town. There is some dispute about its age: A Survey of Suffolk Parish History says it was built in 1769, other authorities date it to the 15th century (maybe an earlier inn on this site?)

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper & book information from Bob Mitchell)


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".