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The Durham Ox - Pub in Yorkshire

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

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

An award-winning village pub. Find happy staff, delicious well-sourced food and a beer garden; great for walkers – bring the dog too

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Find this cosy pub at the picturesque top of the Grand Old Duke of York’s hill – it’s the heart of the village. There’s a lot of space to enjoy - sit outside in the beer garden, sample one of their locally brewed gins in the bar with a board-game or book the private dining room with its own pre-dinner sitting area and log burner. Food is excellent – classic British from fresh, local ingredient; try queenie scallops followed by cauliflower and cumin fritters with roasted monkfish. Rich sunken chocolate tart makes an irresistible pudding. Sunday roasts are inevitably popular. There’s plenty for vegans too. There are great walks straight from the door; the hour long Crayke estate Walk takes you across the Howardian Hills, through beautiful woodland, over the river Foss and past views of Crayke Castle – bring the dog too.

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 & Sasha Ibbotson:

Local points of interest from
Michael & Sasha 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

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"A lovely, cosy pub with a great selection of food and drinks choices for everyone. Friendly staff and loads of great events going on- a real hub of the community. Celebrate any occasion in the private dining area or simply pop in for a pint by the fire. Head out for walks straight from the door with lots more to explore in the area."

Zoe - Sawday's inspector , United Kingdom

May 2019
"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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Small dishes from £9 to £32. Bar meals from £9. Sunday lunch from £15. Opening times: Sun & Weds - 12pm-10.30pm. Thurs-Sat - 12pm-12am.


Monday & Tuesday.


Westway Crayke, York, YO61 4TE, Yorkshire


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