The 17th century Cross Keys public house in Upwood village in Cambridgeshire.
Steve May and all the staff, would like to welcome you to visit and enjoy a drink and some food within a warm and friendly local atmosphere. In a time when many villages are losing their traditional village pubs it is hoped that we can rebuild a heart for Upwood by providing a venue for that relaxing drink or special event.
Our menus offer a wide selection and variety of food and as we are now a FREE house we offer a good variety of real ales that will rotate on a regular basis. An extensive wine list is also available. A lounge and public bar with open fires, as well as a restaurant area, together with our new outside decking, and a child friendly large beer garden with adventure play area help to make your visit more enjoyable.
We are happy to cater for all types of special events and functions, please contact us for information. For weddings and larger functions we are planning to have a marquee available very soon.
We have already had some very positive feedback… and would love to hear what you think.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Why is it called the Cross Keys?
These pubs would at some stage have had strong religious links. The Cross Keys are in fact a symbol of Peter, one of the disciples who was the first leader of Jesus’s followers after his death. Peter was crucified upside down because he didn’t want to emulate his Lord’s way of dying and in subsequent images in paintings and sculptures, Peter is seen holding keys – as heaven’s guardian he was able to unlock its gates.
The sign of St Peter, the gatekeeper of Heaven. Often found near a church dedicated to St Peter. When people walked to the Sunday service they often stayed afterwards, at a house near the church, to drink beer and to watch or participate in sporting events. These venues became known as “public houses” and would use the sign of the saint to which the church was dedicated – the Cross Keys for St Peter, an Eagle for St John, a Lion for St Mark. The sporting events might include the racing or fighting of dogs, bulls, cocks or pheasants, or the hunting of foxes, with or without hounds – thus giving rise to further pub signs.