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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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Bar, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Went back to the Cross Keys for Sunday lunch just after our last visit and my God I'm pleased we did, it was probably the best I've ever had, beautifully cooked and presented. The amount of veg was just right served with a mountain of...More

1  Thank Fred B
Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

This pub is a nice country pub offering lovely food and a offers a good menu and specials board with a lot of choices. The food came very quickly and the service given by the owners was great and very friendly. Would definately recommend this...More

Thank Stephj9
Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

first time we have been back to this pub for a long time, and I'm pleased to say that we were not disappointed, the new owners (new to us ) and staff are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble, the food is excellent...More

Thank Steve_7763
Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Parsnip soup was excellent, just what was needed today, perfect hangover cure! Thanks Paul for the recommendation.

Thank angedaveh
Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

One of the worst meals I have ever had. I was served three different vegetables stuffed with either pasta or rice. All had the same horrible tomato sauce. Not even pleasant. It was the only vegetarian option there was. The same sauce came with my...More

5  Thank helsbels111
Marie Y, Owner at Cross Keys Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2014

I am deeply puzzled by this review for several reasons. Firstly we don't and have never sold potato wedges,perhaps you are confusing them with our chunky chips maybe? We now sell homemade French fries alongside the old fashioned style chips as a lot of people...More

Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend visited here on Monday the 27th I used to go to the cross keys every sunday for my Sunday lunch but haven't been since its had new owners I was pleasantly suprised!! I had the chicken sizzler and my boy friend...More

Thank LtoA66
Reviewed 2 February 2014

Myself and friends have been visiting this charming Inn for over a year now and have never been disappointed. I have awarded an "excellent" rating and hope to be able to continue to do so.

Thank myra_mac
Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

I have been a few times and food was lovely but this time the Sunday lunch was average. Desserts were nice too but the extra strawberry sauce on the jam roly poly made it over sweet for me. To their credit they took this on...More

Thank Columbo76
Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

This pub is local to me and I have been going there for years, the new owners are doing a really good job the food is to notch and the special deals are really good value for money, what also sells it to me is...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 19 January 2014

we had fish chowder and smoked salmon terrine for starters. We both had chicken and chorizo lasagne for main course. Desserts were plum tarte tartin. The starters were lovely. The main was very dry, although the flavours were very good. The dessert was to die...More

Thank Fred B
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, View
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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