The Durham Ox | Sawday's

It looks like you are using a web browser that we no longer support. Please update to a modern browser to improve your general internet experience on our site as well as others.

We're sorry, earlier versions of Internet Explorer have become too unsafe to use, and we can not allow them access to the secure part of our website. We highly recommend switching to a much more secure & modern browser such as the latest versions of any of the following, Opera, Safari (Apple users),  FirefoxChrome, Internet Explorer (11 or above).


The Durham Ox - Pub in Yorkshire

Last cache: 09:01:00, Wednesday 21 February 2024

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

Read guest comments

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

Guest feedback
View More (1 of 7)
"A wonderful cosy pub with friendly staff and tempting menu. I sat in the restaurant area by the large windows which was perfect for our group. A very enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. I tried a new addition to their menu, a Buddha bowl with prawns and salmon. It was delicious and beautifully presented. A latte and homemade chocolates to finish, a lovely treat. I would definitely recommend the Durham Ox. I have been coming here for years and it never fails. I am looking forward to returning soon to try out their new accommodation with hot tubs and spectacular views of Yorkshire."

Jane - York, United Kingdom

September 2023
"The Durham Ox is just a place we always find ourselves returning to. Whether they be for a date night or a night with the girls it always feels special yet laid back and relaxed. The staff have a way of being hugely attentive whilst also leaving you to enjoy your time there. As for the food I cannot think of anywhere I would rather eat than The Ox delicious local and always presented beautifully. The rooms are so thoughtfully decorated to such a standard it’s a very easy place to recommend ! "

Victoria - Thirsk , United Kingdom

September 2023
"Fabulous. Stayed stayed 1 night in Aug. A great location and a lovely setting, and from the moment you drive in, everything about the place feels like it's done properly! Our room was lovely, with stylish furnishings and an excellent, modern bathroom and some really nice touches. We ate there at an event that evening and the food was superb, especially given they were catering to a large number. Breakfast the next morning was definitely one of the best we have had for some time. Food cooked to order, proper freshly squeezed juices and a good selection of bread and croissants. Outstanding!"

Jim - Harpenden, United Kingdom

August 2023
"We have been frequenting at The Durham Ox for years now. As a teen I would visit with my parents and now I am returning with my own family and children. It has everything to offer, cosy corners for those winter nights, gorgeously furnished bedrooms, fab beer garden when the sun is shining and amazing private dining facilities for small and large groups, to celebrate any occasion. The standard of food is incredibly high, with the Queenie Scallops and Ox sharing platters being our absolute favourites. However, most importantly you are always welcomed with a smile and made to feel at home."

Chloe - Malton , United Kingdom

August 2023
"We visited The Durham Ox as a family for a special treat and it was fantastic. We were so well looked after by the staff and we had a lovely table. The food was delicious as well as the drinks. We had such a happy time and the atmosphere was so relaxing and fun. We will add this to our favourite pubs in Yorkshire list for sure! "

Lucy - York, United Kingdom

August 2023
"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

Have you visited The Durham Ox?

Tell us your thoughts.


Special Offer: January and February Offers - This January & February take advantage of some great offers for Bed & Breakfast and Mid week & Sunday Supper Club from £99 per couple for B&B or EAT FOR FREE from £225 for our amazing Supper Club.


Small dishes from £9 to £32. Bar meals from £9. Sunday lunch from £19. Opening times: Mon-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm. Sun - 12pm-3.45pm, 5.30pm - 8.30pm.


Mon-Sat 12pm-11:30pm. Sun - 12pm-10.30pm.


Westway Crayke, York, YO61 4TE, Yorkshire


The Durham Ox is also a Special Place to Stay

  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Studio for 2
  • and more...

Price: from £185

Other places to stay from this owner

Places to Stay Nearby