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Cross Keys Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
+44 191 373 1279
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (49 reviews)
“homemade chips” (12 reviews)
“salad” (17 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
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1 - 10 of 323 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Their website needs updating with new times of opening. We arrived at 2pm and it was closed. There was a makeshift sign on the door saying they would be open at 4pm. We went elsewhere and glad we did. We called back here on the...More

Thank Jill H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As this is our local we decided to book a table for my Mams birthday. When we arrived, both restaurant and bar were extremely busy. However our table was ready, right next to the fire... perfect. Jonny, Steve, Karen and the team were all fantastic...More

Thank Sean P
Reviewed 5 April 2018

My wife and i went to the Cross Keys to have a day out with our friends who live nearby. We had been previously and had good days out, but what a transition, new owners Steve and Karen have turned the Cross Keys into a...More

Thank Brian Edward H
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

It was my first visit here and will not be my last. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming and friendly. Food was excellent and the atmosphere is nice and cosy.

Thank Emma R
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Came in with my little girl, my sis in law and my nephew. We opted for fish and chips, they were beautiful. The staff are very friendly food came out very quickly. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Crystal20man
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Called in as have heard good things about this place. Was very quiet and were greeted by a very cheery chap who went through food options with us. Our 4 year old chose a freshly cooked pizza which was delicious. The portions were of ample...More

Thank geordielass96
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

After reading really good reviews we opted to give this place a try, Parking was available. Restaurant it's self was very quiet only us and one other table in, We were quickly greeted by a gent. Got drinks, ordered food one cod and chips and...More

Thank 134gemmah
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Had an excellent meal here tonight. The new owners are doing everything right. The pub looks brighter, more welcoming, the owners are staff are very welcoming too and the food is very good. Well done to all and thank you.

Thank jrja2018
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is the first time I have been back to the Cross Keys in a very long time and after the meal we have just had we will be back very, very soon. The last time we had a meal in here was approx 3...More

Thank Micky9nufc
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Had a fantastic meal with friends here. The service was excellent, very attentive nothing too much trouble. We all had mussels to start and steak for main. The quality was spot on and we each had our steaks cooked just to our liking - perfection!...More

Thank tblue2018
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Questions & Answers
John D
3 March 2018|
Response from Kirsty B | Reviewed this property |
yeah in the restaurant side. its not very big so can see out the window on several tables its very picturesque
2 September 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
No we are 3 miles away from the centre
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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