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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%
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“steak” (48 reviews)
“salad” (17 reviews)
“cheesecake” (9 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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Another great meal at the cross keys. Such a friendly pub and after recently commenting that my favourite wine was New Zealand Sauvignon, they now even stock that. Very receptive to customers needs. Actually can’t think of anything negative about this pub. Lovely food, lovely...More

Thank Shelley W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our Grandson's 21st celebration meal involved 14 people including three children. We had pre-ordered the starters and the main meals and everybody got what they ordered and all piping hot. The service was friendly and efficient and the only complaint was that there was too...More

Thank Malcybabe
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Staff are all lovely, friendly and welcoming. The food was beautiful. There was a party of 20 of us for a leaving do. The staff did well to cater for us all as well as other customers. Will definitely come back

Thank chelldon
Reviewed 1 week ago

we have been looking for a new local, since our pub closed down in satley and we were delighted to come across the cross keys on Saturday. It was that good that we even went back to try their beautiful Sunday lunch, even came with...More

Thank shelley_ward
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No request too large in this wonderful establishment. Host greeted us with excitement, atmosphere calming and welcoming. Asked for 2 baps, got 4. Going the extra mile and a half. We missed out on Sunday dinner but a makeshift order of meats, Yorkshires, roasties and...More

Thank Steph T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch before we flew away on hols fantastic food ,lovely Yorkies and loads of meat .I had beef which was great and my husband had lamb which can sometimes be a bit tough but it was cooked to perfection .I can’t comment on...More

Thank Jayne M
Reviewed 4 July 2018

The owner and his staff can be very proud of what they have here. A traditional village pub serving great food with a smile. When so many places cannot be bothered, this spot makes you feel welcome the minute you walk in the door. The...More

Thank veryhappy8
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We have visited this lovely place several times since the new owners took over. The food is always delicious - well presented and generous portions. Well done chef! The owner Steve and his team seem to have got things just right. However, I am still...More

Thank sheba38
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

The Cross Keys pub is set at the top of a hill with views across the valley, with a few tanks in the way. It has lovely management & staff & fabulous food, but ,sadly, needs updating.

Thank 543gillianw
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Me and my family (5 all together) was surprised how cheap prices were. The food tasted lovely and they had a menu which all meals were £5, 8oz steak was on this. The steak me and my father got was done exactly how we wanted...More

Thank AlyxGregory
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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$6 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
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, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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