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The Durham Ox

4.4
151 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Worth the Drive (37)
  • Special Occasions (34)
  • Cosy (30)
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 151 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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Fmod18 
5.0  Dined 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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CaitlinM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on 13 February 2018

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

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paulw (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Cumbria)
5.0  Dined on 7 February 2018

Excellent food, friendly service will definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined 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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skypie (Kent)
5.0  Dined on 3 February 2018

Friendly, efficient service - well paced for a relaxing evening. Superb food - interesting menu, excellent local ingredients, very well cooked and attractively presented. This is a great pub which we will hopefully be able to stay at again when we next come to the area. Shame we live 200 miles away! Thank you for a lovely time.

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Tobias (London)
4.0  Dined on 29 January 2018

Welcome excellent. A really friendly relaxed atmosphere. Only disappointment - NO Sticky Ribs which I consider the signature dish. One serving of Belly Pork.

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OpenTable Diner (Newcastle)
5.0  Dined on 28 January 2018

Delicious salt and pepper squidcand the best pork chop I have eaten for very many years

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 28 January 2018

Both the food and service were excellent. It was a family Sunday lunch and was just perfect!

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Joanne (London)
4.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Lovely traditional pub with tasty food and cosy rooms for the night.

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DanielleCairney (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 12 January 2018

Excellant food and great service! Only a 20 min drive from where we live as well.

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74max1 (Yorkshire)
3.0  Dined on 1 January 2018

It was a special occasion while my parents were here however it was rather poor

table book with high chair but not ready
Penne pasta for little one ordered as confirmed by waiter however happen to be spaghetti when food arrived not ideal for kids to eat!

Ham hock terrine smell fish

Duck with orange over cooked and super dry not nice to eat. Dauphinoise potatoes very dry and lack of cream. Main course never been double check by any waiter until we finish.

Sea bass was again very dry

Overall we were looking forward to that meal but felt super disappointed considering the price.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on 24 December 2017

Love this place. Food is top notch Unfortunately spoilt by noisy teenagers at another family lunch table. Excellent waiting staff. One minus is the very matter of fact front of house/ manager. An older gentleman who really needs to lighten up and smile a little. We felt he was rather too formal which came across as abrupt and unfriendly. Which along with the noisy family unfortunately spoilt the whole ambience for us.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 23 December 2017

Really good as ever. Lovely food , great service and excellent value. Will return next year.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 23 December 2017

The pub/restaurant is still one of the best around York, the drive to it is beautiful and the reception is always welcoming.
I took my mum for a Christmas lunch and was not disappointed. My husband had never been either and we all enjoyed the food and ambience. The 2/3 course lunch is good value for high quality food and would like to go for an evening and perhaps stay in a cottage next time.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 21 December 2017

We ate here as an adult family group of four, as a birthday/ Christmas celebration. The ambience was warm, cosy and welcoming. Service was friendly and efficient and the food was imaginative and beautifully presented, with options to suit all our tastes and dietary needs (vegetarian and G/F included) Of special note was the hake served with samphire! If it had not been for the fact that the beans and sprouts were undercooked (and we ARE diners who like our veg ‘al dente’) we would have given the food 5 stars. Would definitely dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 16 December 2017

Varied menu. Lovely food. Nice choice of wines. Great countryside setting. Rooms and cottage available. Our cottage was beautiful.

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JoJo (London)
5.0  Dined on 15 December 2017

Really good pre Xmas meal for 5 friends. Very good service with witty banter from waitress and maitre d. Great night and very reasonable.

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Jazz (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 29 November 2017

Great atmosphere, food well presented. Veg a little too crisp.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
3.0  Dined on 26 November 2017

The Durham Ox is in a lovely setting and a beautiful old country pub. The staff were very attentive, if I'm honest a bit too attentive and throughout our meal we did feel rushed, as soon as we had finished and placed our cutlery down our plates had been removed. The food was warm but it could have been hotter! Also on the way to the bathroom when I said it was my partners birthday could they put a candle in our pudding when I came back she was sat there on her own with the cake and candle so this lost that special moment!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 19 November 2017

We really enjoyed Sunday lunch. The food was delicious and the ambience very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 5 November 2017

Excellent venue. Avoid early Sunday lunch if allergic to toddlers!

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 2 November 2017

Lovely food and a very friendly place to eat, great service and good value quality food.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 1 November 2017

Starter very poor both me and my partner were not happy with the queen scallops not very good value at £9 each

Both main courses were delicious and well worth the money

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 29 October 2017

Excellent Sunday lunch - extremely well presented food with plentiful portions. Starters were extremely good - unfortunately we didn't have room for a sweet! Would definitely recommend.

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Peaches 
4.0  Dined on 20 October 2017

We took some friends to the Durham Ox who were visiting from Dorset. It was a traditional pub which has been extended with extra dining areas and lovely cottage bedrooms.

The food is reliably good, the service really friendly and the wine list reasonably priced. Our friends were amazed that we had such a good pub so nearby in North Yorkshire. We had a great evening.

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FranB (London)
5.0  Dined on 20 October 2017

Great food, absolutely loved the chateaubriand, although it was a little expensive.

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
5.0  Dined on 18 October 2017

An excellent restaurant conveniently situated between Leeds and Scarborough to meet friends for a relaxing long and delicious lunch

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Warner (London)
2.0  Dined on 15 October 2017

We felt rushed through our meal not very relaxing after a hard days work I had my last mouth full of food and a my plate was taken away drinks a little expensive

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OpenTable Diner (Yorkshire)
4.0  Dined on 14 October 2017

Went to Durham Ox for an evening meal at 2030 hours on a Saturday night. The pub was busy with a party celebration and full of York race day goes too so the atmosphere was noisy and stuffy. I gave up talking to my partner who was Sat opposite me as she couldn't hear me. The service was very good despite the busy nature of the pub. The food was excellent in presentation but we both found the flavours quite bland. Price wise it was a touch expensive.
For me, I don't think I'd visit again as it just wasn't my sort of place.

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