New look for Cross Keys pub

The Cross Keys Hotel's new licensee's Steve and Paula Gibbons, are to refurbish Darfields only pub .  Picture: Liz Mockler S0875LM
The Cross Keys Hotel's new licensee's Steve and Paula Gibbons, are to refurbish Darfields only pub . Picture: Liz Mockler S0875LM

her father was a Darfield publican - and now Paula Gibbons is back in the village, and pulling pints at her own pub!

Paula, 42, has joined hubby Steve in a complete re-launch of Punch Taverns’ Cross Keys Hotel on Church Street.

The pub, close to Darfield’s historic church, is very near Paula’s old family home - another reason why she was keen to come back.

This month the Cross Keys will close for a few weeks, but, promised Steve, it will be worth it, as the village will get a “pristine family pub with new and extensive home-made food menus”.

“It’s to be a complete overhaul....much more open-plan but still with a traditional feel”, he said. And it will be open for much longer hours.

The couple have run the Brush and Easel at Rotherham for two years, and will now devote their energy to the Cross Keys. “We’re confident we can make a real go of this”, said Steve. Paula’s dad Mick Nolan was a former landlord at the Longbow on Barnsley Road.