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Cross Keys Inn

) #17 of 250 Restaurants in Durham €€ - €€€ , 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” (45 reviews)
“custard” (14 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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1 - 10 of 299 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank NewcastleFoodie123
Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Great little place for some hearty food and a fantastic pint. Ask the landlord for a recommendation and you'll not be disappointed.

Thank Jonathan2bell
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Had a steak burger deal off groupon for £9 per person which was meant to include a starter. This didn't materialise. Burgers were overcooked and dry, no flair or real care in the cooking, no relish, sauce, gherkins etc which would have transformed them into...More

3  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We had no reservation, however we received a very warm welcome and made to feel right at home. Excellent food and excellent service. Will definitely return in the future.

Thank Andrea R
Reviewed 28 April 2017

We have been back here five times. Each visit has seen good service and excellent food. Last night the restaurant was fairly busy and there was only one member of staff (Carl) covering the restaurant and bar. On arrival (15 minutes early) he welcomed us...More

Thank philwalker55
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Disappointed in myself that we only live 5 minutes away and have never ate here before. Called in without booking on Sunday afternoon, its was pretty quiet and we received a warm welcome from what I would guess was the manager. My husband wanted beef...More

Thank lynn w
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Just had a fab family meal here and have to comment on the friendly, attentive customer service. From start to finish we had great service and were served delicious, fresh food. It's been years since we were last here but we'll definitely return regularly. Totally...More

1  Thank dawnm_jones
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Very enjoyable evening very friendly staff and customers! Fabulous meal , great selection of beers and our dog was allowed in the bar !

Thank Rosie T
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Questions & Answers
2 September 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
No we are 3 miles away from the centre
29 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
US$6 - US$26
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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