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Cross Keys Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
+44 191 373 1279
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (46 reviews)
“onion rings” (16 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 14 October 2017

Bear with the lack of a car park, well worth being patient for. Sunday lunch is served by the family from a carvery, with either Roasted beef or pork, selection of fresh veg, Yorkshire pudding and the single best gravy for miles around. Good cask...More

1  Thank Roger061
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We were staying in the area to visit Beamish and saw that this restaurant was dog friendly. It was a quiet Tuesday night when we went to the Cross Keys so instead of eating in the bar with our 2 small dogs we were allowed...More

2  Thank zhangjiagang
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

It has been 2 years since we were here last and thankfully it is still a great venue. The hanging baskets are some of the most spectacular you will see, then when you get into the restaurant the view across the valley is stunning. The...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We wanted to celebrate my son's A level results with a special meal out and were not disappointed. We received a very warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble. After ordering our food, the chef came out to see how we would like our...More

Thank rovermum
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Off the cuff visit after a late drop in to Ushaw College and the old church (previously a seminary). We were accommodated quickly and given recommendations by the very friendly and efficient staff. Gluten free facilitated (thank you!). Food was delivered efficiently, was tasty and...More

Thank Jaaz1
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Very poor service ny staff who did not inform us of a long delay until after we had ordered food. Bad practise and we waited over an hour for the meal which was good=We will not visit again

4  Thank Roy Y
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Lovely meal with fresh ingredients ... succulent steaks, vine tomatoes, crispy salad and chips to die for. Will definitely be back.

1  Thank Elz1963
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

First time in the area. Chose to eat here as it said home cooked food when looking on website. Service was good. We were advised that a couple of parties were before us so not to expect food there and then. However, we ordered drinks...More

1  Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Came here after seeing it was rated so highly on TripAdvisor and were a little disappointed. The staff were friendly, the food was mixed. Good scampi and chips, but both the starters and mains were served with a handful of limp rocket. The seafood salad...More

2  Thank NewcastleFoodie123
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

A good traditional English pub with a highly recommended restaurant - didn't disappoint. I had a ribeye steak, cooked to perfection and good value for £'s too. Attentive staff, cheery and helpful staff. Chef even came out for a blether with us. If I'm in...More

Thank 752euanh
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Questions & Answers
3 September 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
No we are 3 miles away from the centre
30 June 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
We are open Tuesday through Sunday mike hope to see you soon
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 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, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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