16th-c pub with seats outside near the beach, chatty atmosphere, friendly licensee and local beers; nice bedrooms
The good pub guide review
There are few better viewpoints of Aldeburgh's fine pebbled beach than the terrace of the Cross Keys, but it more than earns its place in our selection on its own merits too. Dating from 1540, it's very much a traditional pub, with a cheerful, bustling atmosphere in its low-ceilinged, interconnecting bars and a warm welcome from the attentive staff, as well as pubby furniture and roaring log fires in two inglenook fireplaces. Adnams Broadside, Ghost Ship, Southwold and a seasonal guest on handpump, along with a good choice of wines by the glass; background music. Three newly refurbished bedrooms offer rustic charm and modern facilities at a good price.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty, seasonal food includes sandwiches, home-made mackerel pâté, cod, prawn and chilli fishcakes with lemon mayonnaise, chilli con carne with local pulled beef brisket, warm salad of quinoa, roasted butternut squash, aubergine and spinach, good pies, various burgers, and desserts such as dark chocolate and date brownie with pistachio crumb and salted caramel ice- cream, and glazed lemon tart.