The Durham Ox

4.3
186 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
The Durham Ox is a family owned traditional village Inn offering friendly and efficient service; showcasing the best of local produce in our menu, as well as stocking an extensive range of wines and cask ales. An award winning traditional pub complete with flag stone floors, exposed beams, oak panelling and roaring fires in winter. As well as our extensive retaurant areas, The Durham Ox have several spaces for Private Dining to celebrate any occasion and can seat between 10-85 guests for a formal or informal dinner. For those wishing for over-night accommodation there are five converted farm cottages that provide a peaceful and charming place to stay. the converted Studio Suite located above the pub and a self catered cottage in the village, Ivy Cottage that sleeps up to 6 people.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday: 12pm - 3pm; 5:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
01347 821506
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Matthew Meek
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Private Party Facilities
At the Durham Ox we have several different spaces for private events... A delightful first floor Private Dining Suite above the Inn with its own dining room and sitting room with an open fire, which can be reserved exclusively for any occasion. Our Private Dining Suite seats up to 16 for a formal sit-down meal. We also have the Ox Barn and Tasting Room available from 30 to 85 guests for Weddings, dinners, cocktails, canapés, bespoke menus, hot and cold buffets, and much much more ...please contact the Inn directly if you have an enquiry and would like further information.
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Private Party Contact
Chloe Burns: 01347 821506
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Catering
We embrace the principle of good food in relaxed surroundings, we have always used the freshest and best of ingredients and buy locally wherever possible. Our A La Carte Menu celebrates a fabulous array of locally sourced meats, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood. As the seasons change so do our menus, to reflect the wealth of local produce for which this area is renowned.

We also offer the following...
BLACKBOARD SPECIALS, SUNDAY LUNCH MENU, CHILDREN'S MENU, SET COURSE LUNCH, SANDWICHES, BEFORE SEVEN MENU, GLUTEN FREE MENU, VEGETARIAN MENU.
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Area
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Parking Details
The Durham Ox has a large private car park to the rear of the Inn.
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Public Transit
We are situated in the historic village of Crayke, less than 30 minutes from York City Centre.
Nearest airports are Teeside or Leeds and we are 90 minutes from Manchester. The nearest railway stations are York or Thirsk.
There is a good Bus service from Easingwold to York.
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Entertainment
The Durham Ox runs a monthly event programme , from Gourmet Dinners, Theatre Productions, Ladies Shopping Evenings to good old fashioned entertainment. Our website has all the details under "Whats on at The Ox".
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Special Events & Promotions
The Durham Ox can cater for all occasions whether it be on site or outside catering. From weddings, christenings, birthdays, parties, family events or corporate meetings & seminars.

We can tailor our menus to suit any occasion and endeavour to create a unique package that satisfies your own personal desires, budgets and all dietary requirements.

If you have an enquiry for a function on or off site please contact the Durham Ox directly.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 186 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for Sunday roast on Father's Day 2018, myself and my partner and 2 children. Food was very good, service was good, apart from one waitress who spilt gravy from one of the plates she was carrying all over my daughter's coat and on the floor and had a face like thunder when pointed out. I ended up cleaning up after her. Apart from that, lovely venue and great food, would recommend.

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4.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Quiet evening - surroundings and service good as always. Had booked for a birthday, which was disappointingly not acknowledged. One of the starters, from the chalk board, was not available?! Food: Starters were good (esp. pork belly in sticky chilli sauce). Mains were hit and miss some very good (Duck) with others not quite up to usual standard, chicken was dry, fish Goujons were thin on fish.
Still a favourite to visit, but not their best performance.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

One of my favourite places I’ve ever visited. Amazing staff, food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

A warm welcome was received and we were shown the perfect table in the window with the sun shining through plenty of room to manoeuvre not shoved in a corner on the tiniest table just because there was two of us.
A comfortable atmosphere.
Not a bad choice of meals maybe a couple more wouldn’t go amiss but what we ordered was delicious enjoyed every mouthful from start to finish.
Even tho the pub was very busy the service was spot on quick and professional staff looked very presentable.
I can honestly say we had a great evening well wort the hours drive and will be returning

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2.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Having loved to the local area some six months ago and seeing lots of good reviews we thought it was long over due to visit..... a casual Friday evening and me and my sister thought why not this week? Booked with great ease using opentable, promise of good things to eat from reviews and from Instagram photos to make you drool. We arrived 6.40pm and were greeted with a warm welcome from the waiter who showed us to our seats and got us our drinks. Soft drink for my sister whilst I settled on a Bombay Saphire (house gin) and a fevertree tonic. The restaurant had a sunny bistro feel in the restaurant with a glorious welcoming cosy pub feel in the bar area.
The food was quick to arrive once decisions had been made. Queenie Scallops for myself in a cheese sauce served in the shell with plenty of crispy edges, I would say although tasty these lacked that wow factor. My sister said the same about her choice of squid which was beautifully presented but lacked umph.... that little something that makes your mouth water and sing and makes you revisit the experience as a flashback a day or so later when you smell, something which takes you right back to that moment.

Following starters, I had fish and chips with mushy peas..... The fish was fresh but suffered from a little too much moisture and perhaps a slightly cooler oil temperature which lead a overall texture which was crispy yet yielded a lot of oil. On the opposite end of the spectrum were the chips which were very dry. Overall a little disappointing.

My sister opted for chicken Millanaise which looked and was my all accounts very tasty served with skin on fries and a lovely dressed salad. The chicken was plentiful and crisp and bathed in a butter and caper sauce.

We were too full for deserts but these looked delicious on the neighbouring tables, overall Im not sure the £65 bill was for something outstanding... a little above average but when we have so many other options around I’m not sure I will rush back.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

A meal out with a friend from across the Pennines who asked us to book somewhere for him to treat us! His view ‘you picked a great place’ probably says what you want to know. Service was good, food excellent, slightly noisy but it was Saturday night on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

This is not fine dining but pub food of a very high standard with equally good service.

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2.0Dined on 23 May 2018

My wife and I were recommended this restaurant (Well Pub) for our Anniversary meal. The Bar Manager came over and noted 'Pescatarian eh?' whilst winking at my wife. He took our drink order and though my wife wanted just a diet coke , he seemingly offered us instead a glass of Prosecco top celebrate our anniversary. We were charged £15+ for the privilege. The food was so-so and we were left not satisfied but over £100 lighter in the bank. The atmosphere too was lacking.
We will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Sunday lunch. Fantastic service and food though great l, did’nt exceed my expectations.

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

The ease with which this place gets so many things right makes you wonder why so many others don't, e.g. by spoiling an otherwise pamper-you ambience with sub-Beyoncé pop at an intrusive volume. Durham Ox gives you laid back jazz. Attentive but not fussy waiters: check. Complimentary basket of artisan bread: check. Sensible portion sizes:check. Menu offers intriguing variations on standard themes - I've had other fish platters, my wife often orders swordfish, but they weren't quite like today's meal. I've also paid a lot more for much less scrumptious food than this. Only caveat: vegetarians on the day of this visit would have been faced with Hobson's choice, just like in the bad old days when you got veggie lasagne or veggie lasagne. More options please.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

As usual, great food and ambience. Wonderful location.
As usual, a grumpy maitre d'hotel and slightly less than professional waiting staff.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Restaurant great - Owner didn't recognise the booking through this method!

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Fantastic food! The staff were so friendly and attentive. One of the best meals that we have ever had.

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4.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Went for Sunday lunch as a family with dog. Excellent service. Great food, beer and ambience. Dogs are made most welcome which is fantastic

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3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Very average Sunday lunch pub main course could have been hotter otherwise all ok

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3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

The staff were all very friendly and ameanable. My starter of mussels was delicious. Our mains came very quickly after our starters-it would have been nice to have a bit of a break. We both had the Sunday roast pork. The meal was big but unfortunately all very luke warm. The gravy didn’t have much flavour either and there was only a tiny bit of crackling which was chewy. The Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese were great though. Desserts were delicious. We asked to share a carafe of coffee and were only given the one but were charged twice for it. Very expensive meal (you can get a set three course Sunday lunch down the road in Stillington for considerably less and in our opinion the roast is that bit better there!)
We would return to give it another try as many of our family members love it there but on this occasion we weren’t bowled over.

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1.0Dined on 20 April 2018

The problem here is too many customers which results in poor service, hurried hospitality and an attitude that the customer doesn't matter. Despite letting the restaurant know that it was our anniversary, this was never acknowledged in any shape or form. We were seated at the back of the restaurant - like an annex- and had less than a total of 3 minutes of attention (combined time from the staff) The food was very average and when it arrived after 44 minutes, more in keeping with day-to-day pub food. When we came to pay the bill we mentioned our dissatisfaction only to be 'blanked.' A final sign that nobody cared. Our mistake was leaving a tip.
If you wish to spend £50ph on a special occasion then do not waste your money here.

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Been here many times before and never had a bad experience!

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3.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Lovely pub, but fish pie very bland, and hardly any fish.

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5.0Dined on 16 April 2018

Excellent food , perfect service made to feel welcome, lovely lunch experience

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Lovely Sunday lunch in a cosy dining room. Would certainly go again and perhaps stay over. Beautiful daffodils on bank opposite.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Really enjoyed our Sunday dinner which would get 5/5 but soup was a little watery. Was seated in the newer extension even though tables in quirkier, nicer main rooms were free. Not the same atmosphere in the new part unfortunately. Will return.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Ox, as usual, we love the atmosphere there and the food is always very good. We prefer to be in the Middle Bar where there are fewer tables and it feels more intimate. The staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming and provide a very good service. Just little bit slower than usual on Saturday evening but they were very busy and it certainly wasn’t enough for us to make comment. Will be back before too long!

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

As usual, excellent food complemented by great service. What more can one ask for. The steak we had was beautifully tender, perfectly cooked!

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Always excellent, never disappoints, enjoyed by aal of us good choice and really good value. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

The Pub is set in a perfect location in a beautiful village, the food is consistently excellent along with the service and attention to detail

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Had Sunday lunch. I had the beef and my other half had the pork. Both were amazing and our starters were also very good.

Service is first class, the atmosphere is great and the staff are hugely attentive. A great range of drinks and wines with the Ox specialising in rare brandy (something to try another time). Would recommend going out of your way for Sunday lunch here and although it’s been a while, it’s also worth a visit for dinner.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Well organised reception of our multi-national group, helpful accommodating staff serving good quality proper Sunday Lunch to show what an English Pub is all about.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Excellent service in nice atmosphere
Evening light made it impossible to read the specials words hung from the ceiling
We will be back!

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4.0Dined on 15 March 2018

On the whole, a very nice restaurant. However, it was a little disappointing that I ordered the mussel starter and I was served 2 completely closed mussels. When this was pointed out to the waitress, she just came back and said the chef had apologised, and that was it! This is the second time we have visited and everything else has been really top notch

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Delicious food, friendly and great atmosphere. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Booked for a Mother's Day lunch from friends recommendations. Sadly it did not live up to expectations! The food was of poor quality in particulater the roast potatoes which were more Aunt Bessie than high end bistro. The service was indifferent at times and the delivery of the complementary pot plant was practically thrown at me without any due regard.
Will not return in a hurry!

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5.0Dined on 8 March 2018

Delicious meal as always. A favourite place to go with friends and as a couple.

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Quaint, cosy, quintessential British pub with a good selection of food and wines on the menu. My family enjoyed a leisurely Sunday lunch here last weekend. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was perfectly cooked and tasty. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Birthday celebration lunch with my son and grand daughter, the ambiance was good and our food was beautifully presented and superb. GillM

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Wonderful meal in beautiful old pub..Only downside was the young waitress who seemed very disinterested and even managed to throw the crumbs from my plate into my lap.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Flawless!!!!! This was some of the best food I have had in a long time

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Very welcoming resraurant with kindly attentive staff and extremely pleasant atmosphere. The quality of food was very high and menu very interesting and varied. This restaurant is well worth seeking out, all in all a very good experience.

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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Excellent food, friendly service will definitely come back

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Cosy and warm on a good table for two. We were asked several times if we would like water but better than being ignored. The pork was excellent with crunchy crackling. Well worth a trip.

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