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6.0 /6 Wonderful 2 Reviews

Cross Keys Inn

Esh European, British £££ +100
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About Cross Keys Inn

The country pub is an institution in the North of England, and they dot the rural landscape all over Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumberland and the North East. In Esh, on the outskirts of Durham, they have one of the best examples of the genre around in the form of the Cross Keys Inn on Front Street in the centre of the village. They’re situated on a ridge overlooking the River Browney and the Lanchester Valley, and the menu is similarly influenced by the surrounds. A particular favourite is the classic fish and chips, with fish from Whitby, fried in a local real ale batter. British cuisine is central, but there are plenty of international dishes too, such as chicken or steak fajitas, Japanese udon noodles, Thai red or green curries and Cajun potato skins. Head on to The Cross Keys Inn on a Sunday for the traditional roast lunch as well – just remember to book a table, though, as they do get crowded on occasion.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
Cross Keys Inn, Front street, DH79QR Esh


2 Reviews

6.0 /6 Wonderful 2 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Noise: mute
Waiting Time: average
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Dave O.
1 review so far 6
06.10.2016 18:14

Returned after a while away to the Cross Keys for Sunday Lunch. We sold it to the kids that the Sunday Lunch was the biggest we'd ever had, with mixed meats making it suitable for climbing rather than eating. When the food came, it wasn't how we remembered it, however the quality was good and we realised the prior version was just an excuse for gluttony. Nice meats and lovely veg made it a pleasure, in a friendly atmosphere that clearly appeals to a wide age-range. Sunday lunch is alive and well at The Cross Keys.

Vicky K.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 19:34

Best homestyle Sunday dinner with a variety of tender, delicious meats. However also offers vegetarian options and other choices for those not wanting traditional Sunday lunch. No massive food chain tagged to this pub. Warm, friendly, traditional pub.