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The Durham Ox - Pub in Yorkshire

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Westway Crayke, York, YO61 4TE, Yorkshire
England, United Kingdom

Michael Ibbotson
+44 (0)1347 821506(landline)

Settles, fires, happy staff and delicious well-sourced meals at this country pub - great for those visiting York and the Moors

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An award-winning spot of dog-friendly peacefulness loved by walkers. At the picturesque top of the Grand Old Duke of York's hill is an L-shaped bar of flagstones and rose walls, carved panelling and big fires. Two more bars stand to either side, a wood-floored extension with exposed brickwork and a dapper wine-themed restaurant that draws all and sundry. Chalkboards above the stone fireplace and seasonal menus list the likes of game terrine with homemade chutney, prime Yorkshire rib-eye steak, frites with béarnaise sauce. Rich sunken chocolate tart makes an irresistible pudding. The Bar Bites menu and the Sunday roasts are inevitably popular. There's a coffee shop serving homemade truffles, and a garden with a marquee for frivolity. The long views across the valley are stunning; in summer, flowers burst from stone troughs. Peacefulness 20 minutes outside York.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from Michael Ibbotson:

Local points of interest from
Michael Ibbotson:

  • Historic York - so much to see and do for all ages. Yorvic, the Minster, the old City Walls, ghost walks, Medieval Banqueting Halls; The National Railway Museum (free of charge) Betty's team rooms; River boat tours. Lots of independent shops & galleries
  • The Durham Ox is on the first hill after the Vale of York...and so you can see the hilltop village for miles. The pub is in the centre of the village and looks up the hill to the Church. This is where The Grand Old Duke marched his men up and down!
  • History galore in this 300 year old pub in the picturesque village of Crayke & a great base to visit so many other historic properties with masses of National Trust and English Heritage Sites all around. Byland Abbey, Beningborough & Nunnington Halls etc.
  • Castle Howard - think 'Brideshead Revisited'...for those who are familiar with the television drama - otherwise notably an iconic country house complete with follies, fountains, lakes & an adventure playground. Also, farmshop and garden nursery. Beautiful
  • There's a wonderful circular walk, The Crayke Estate Walk, which is perfect pre or post lunch. There are also plenty of beautiful longer walks in the area as well as amazing cycle routes. So whether whether for a refreshing drink or food, do pop in.
  • The moors and coast are easily accessible...and how about a stop on the way in the lovely market town of Helmsley. Then drive on to Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes, Runswick, Scarborough....your choice....or stop in Pickering for the Moors Railway....
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"We spent three lovely days in the Green Room. Durham Ox is an emblem of hospitality at it's best. The staff is welcoming and warm, attentive to all your requests. The junior suite was perfect, with a coffee and tea corner, to relax and watch TV. Breakfast menu is sumptuous, with excellent variety. We had dinner twice (out of 3 days!) and it was a delight. "

Yehuda - jerusalem, Israel

August 2017

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Special Offer: Sunday Supper Club £175 Dinner, Bed & Breakfast - Stay Sunday nights in a Junior Cottage and pay £175 per couple for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and drinks. You have the full £175 as an allowance to spend on food and drink that night. Ts&Cs on website.


Lunch & dinner £8.95-£26.95. Bar meals from £6.95. Sunday lunch from £14.95.


Open all day.


Westway Crayke, York, YO61 4TE, Yorkshire


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