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Cross Keys Inn

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Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
+44 191 373 1279
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon 16:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic greeting and great service right from the start.the food was wonderfull four of us were eating.steak,gammon,fish and udon noodles with steak.all meals were fantastic and we will be back.thank you..

Thank milorat
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here the week before Valentine's Day the food is lovely an the atmosphere is lovely too we would definitely come here again The staff are all friendly an welcoming

Thank Collette S
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in for evening meal after being recommended by holiday let owners. Great home cooked food at very reasonable prices. Staff and locals really welcoming. Great that dogs are welcome in the bar area too (has the same menu as the restaurant) Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Jane H
Durham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Paul and team....! We booked all the pub for a private birthday on Saturday 4th March - 100 invited guests, Dawn till Dusk live music - excellent - well done Sol! with late disco 💃. Simple chicken curry, chilli and pizzas- great food Paul - it all went! We all had a fantastic time - created a great... More 

Thank trev c
Durham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

amazing meal all homemade lovely chips ,huge onion rings, salad and the wine was really nice and pleasant (could only have a glass as I was driving ),could nt fault it ,and the window seat as lovely views over the valley best bit of money I have spent for along time the steak as just perfect ,had bread and butter... More 

Thank bigbrian74
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Staff were all friendly, helpful and accommodating with our intolerance/ diet requests. Food and ale were excellent as well as the services.

Thank Nichaimee
Durham, Uk
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81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 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
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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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155 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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 

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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 

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?