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Cross Keys Inn

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Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
+44 191 373 1279
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon 16:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Durham, Uk
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been before but gets even better. The food quality is excellent, if you want home cooked food without cutting corners then this is the place to come. It may take time but as all food is fresh and cooked to order I personally would rather wait for the extra time and enjoy fresh food. There are no microwave technicians working... More 

Thank Rachel1903
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great real ale pub with restaurant and bar snacks. Fantastic view over Langley Park, see for mile to Burnhope. Very Cosy pub

Thank Phil H
Durham, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Visited just by chance we not booked a table. Ordered drinks and food Just had the burger and chips. Great burger I will try this place for a "propper meal" in the future Attentive staff

Thank 167Dave8
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Went here on Saturday as it was recommended to us for dinner. The table was booked earlier in the day for 7.30. We arrived at 7.25. And we're shown to our seat. We were asked what we would like to drink but no menus given. Drinks arrived but still mo menu. We waited and eventually had to ask for a... More 

4 Thank isobelkirk
Paul Y, Owner at Cross Keys Inn, responded to this review

I anticipated this and hence did my homework. Unbeknown to you Cctv is displayed throughout and I have studied the cameras to see exactly what happened as whilst I was present I wanted to be sure of my facts . Firstly you arrived at 7.35 pm for a 730 booking unless Scotland operates under other time zones . Secondly you... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We visited in a group of 4 for a birthday meal for my Mam, we all ordered different meals and we all loved them! I got the curry and asked for it to be extra spicy which they did no problem. Lovely staff who gave the birthday Girl a cocktail on the house. Very nice little place. recommend

Thank courtneymarisa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Bought the steak burger and wine deal from GroupOn. We ordered garlic mushrooms and king prawns to start both were absolutely beautiful!!! The mains then came and we're huge portions, a massive burger with home made chips! Would absolutely recommend this pub to anyone and will without a doubt be returning here!

1 Thank Claire G
Durham, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

the cross keys in is a very nice pub, with very attentive and friendly staff. The food was excellent, although the service could have been quicker, as we waited about 40 mins for our food but it was totally worth it. (The dog that is in the bar is so cute).

Thank Chris W
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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130 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Staying at the honest lawyer hotel not far away and the food being over priced at the hotel we looked for a local pub with good food and found a real gem with the cross keys inn. We phoned and booked not knowing what to expect but the portions were large and I'm so glad I didn't order a starter... More 

Thank Helen M
Rugby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We booked a table after looking at other reviews,they were right. Great food,good beer,good service,family of 5 aged 9 to 82, we all said best meal out for a long time, reasonably priced as well. Make sure you leave room for one of their homemade puds

Thank sjsjmurphy
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My partner and I visited using a steak groupon deal. The manager/owner was friendly and even though it was early there was quite a few people already eating. We did have to wait sometime for our food to arrive and did notice that other people did enquire about there order also. The food was presented nicely and the steak although... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 373 1279
The cross keys provides friendly service and a range of food for everyone. While we provide traditional homemade British classics we also have a specials board which covers cuisine from around the world. Our desserts are eclectic and traditional

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?