Welcome to The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys is a blend of old and new, a beautiful 650-year-old Grade II listed building that’s one of the most important pieces of historical architecture in Saffron Walden.
In case of emergency please call: 01799 522207

Restaurant Opening Times

Please note the below timings are subject to change. 

We are open from

7am-11pm – Monday to Friday

8am-11pm – Saturday

8am-9pm- Sunday

Food Service Times


7am-11am – Monday to Friday

8am-11am – Saturday & Sunday


12pm – 9pm  – Monday to Friday

12pm-9pm – Saturday

12pm-6pm – Sunday

If you intend to go out please don’t forget your room key, the code for the night entrance is on your key ring


Unfortunately we don’t have any onsite parking 

There is a local car park a short walk away. Swan Meadow is £3.50 all day and free overnight 

Parking is chargeable from 8am in the morning 

In case of emergency

If you see a fire please call 999 immediately 

Please see the fire notice on the back of your bedroom door, so in case of emergency you will be aware of our nearest fire exits 

Our Fire Assembly point is located outside the front of the building in the archway opposite 

We have a strict no smoking policy. Anybody caught smoking in the rooms will face a fine of £100. If you wish to smoke during your stay with us please do so outside 

If you should have an accident whilst staying with use please report to a member of staff so an incident report can be completed 

We reserve the right to charge for any missing items or damages occured to the rooms 

In your room

A hairdryer is in the dressing table draw or wardrobe. 

An ironing board and iron can be placed in your room upon request. Please don’t place the hot iron on the carpet or anywhere else flammable – it can be returned straight onto its holder

Nespresso Coffee Machine: 

  1. Fill the water tank with water. The water tank can be carried by its cover 
  2. Switch the machine on. – Blinking light: heating up (approx 25 seconds) – Steady light: ready 
  3. Lift the lever completely and insert coffee capsule 
  4. Close lever and place a cup under the coffee outlet 
  5. During heat up, you can press the coffee button when it’s still blinking. The coffee will then automatically flow when the machine is ready. 
  6. For larger cups, fold the cup support into the upright position. It will automatically fall down again when removing the cup to prevent any drips falling on the surface. 
  7. Press the espresso (40msl) or lungo (110mls) button. Preparation will stop automatically. To stop the coffee flow or top up the coffee, press again 
  8. Take the cup. Lift and close the lever to eject the capsule into the used capsule container 
  9. To save energy, switch the machine off when not in use. The machine will stop automatically after 9 mins when not in use 

In the local area

Audley End – Built by the first Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer to James I, this Jacobean-style house is one of the most magnificent of its type in England.

Bridge End Gardens – Beautifully manicured gardens to take a walk around. 

Saffron Walden Market – On Tuesday & Saturdays. Traders with deliciours food, home made items, clothes & much more