street view of pub with red brick walls and seating area outside

Cross Keys

Refurbishment of a Listed Dorset pub
Location Sherborne, Dorset
Status Built
Use Hospitality
Client Private

Extensive refurbishment of a historic pub in Cheap Street, Sherborne. Bringing a tired and outdated building back to life, as an inviting bijou hotel with restaurant below.

Located in Cheap Street, right in the centre of the Sherborne Conservation Area, the Cross Keys is an important 3 storey, Grade II Listed building.

The front elevation facing the Marketplace, was originally all handmade local red brick. This was subsequently faced at ground floor in the early 20th century with fine Hamstone ashlar overcladding.

before aerial photo of pub and courtyard area

A complex site

The pub had become run down and badly outdated over many years. Our job was to sensitively up-date and simplify this complex building.

The roofscape was so complicated that we could not gain access to carry out the measured survey, which had to be done using a drone.





Expert pub interior refurbishment

We transformed an ordinary town centre pub into an attractive bar and restaurant at ground floor, with 4 up-market bedrooms above.

Removal of unsightly, inappropriate and intrusive alterations from its past, has returned the building to a more original form and appearance.

This refurbishment has transformed this rather dowdy building into a major town centre attraction.

A restyled interior

The interior has been completely updated. The new space is bright and welcoming.






before photo of courtyard with different roof linesBefore


Courtyard created

This historic building was a mishmash of different periods, styles of extensions and alterations mostly in Hamstone rubble. The scruffy rear yard contained ducts, extractors, stores and assorted bins. This was all cleared out and unnecessary outbuildings demolished. The yard was paved to create an attractive outdoor sitting and dining area.

Completion Date 2017