The Cross Keys in Great Missenden
PUBLISHED: 12:03 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 07 November 2017
There's much to enjoy in and around Great Missenden and The Cross Keys will help make your visit memorable
When Stuart and Margaret Thurston took over The Cross Keys in Great Missenden High Street, Buckinghamshire, three and a half years ago he had just one mission: “I wanted it to be somewhere I would like to go and meet up with friends and family.”
“There was a lot to do,” he admits. “It wasn’t a very ‘lady friendly’ place and needed better cloakrooms and a complete overhaul to get it where we wanted.” Today all that, and much more has been achieved and it’s a spectacular result for Stuart, who had previously been MD of a Japanese electronics company, Margaret, a former headmistress, and their team.
This is a place where at certain times of day you’ll now find the ‘yummy mummy’ set chatting merrily (often over the truly amazing cakes Margaret makes that tempt you back again and again). At other times local business people will pop in for a delicious, good value lunch and pensioners like that a short walk from the car park takes them to pristine and comfortable surroundings where they can enjoy clearly homemade dishes. And then there are the families.
If ever a pub was suited to hitting the spot with as many as four generations, this is it.
Being close to the Roald Dahl Museum makes it an ideal choice used to helping both parents and grandparents introduce youngsters to the delights of dining out. There’s a children’s menu so the little ones can find their favourites, and if it has to be pizza The Cross Keys has its own pizza maker on site. For the rest of us diners there’s an excellent choice, whether that’s lunch or a more expansive dinner with a good wine choice. The emphasis is on local produce where ever possible.
Let’s not forget the dog walkers, another group who receive a warm welcome with their well-behaved pets. As Stuart says: “It’s reached the stage where we have some patrons whose dogs actually drag them in here during the walk for a doggy biscuit.” Well, any excuse, and we like this one.
The Thurstons have spent most of their lives in this part of Buckinghamshire and enjoy being part of, and supporting, the village community. For instance, there’s the Blue Door Cinema in the village hall, where children’s films are shown as well as the latest blockbusters, meaning people can watch a film there and pop into their local for drinks and nibbles. They’ve also taken on a local youngster in the kitchen, doing an apprenticeship that could lead to him becoming a qualified chef.
40 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0AU; crosskeysgreatmissenden.co.uk