Found within the small village of Esh just a few miles from the city of Durham, the Cross Keys Inn is a lovely place to head to for a bite to eat. Dating back to the 14th century, this warm and welcoming establishment has recently been taken over by new management and has been transformed into a popular place to dine by Paul and Marie Young. Having injected a whole new lease of life into the Cross Keys Inn, this dynamic duo has created a delightful village pub atmosphere once more.
The menu has been given a complete makeover too and is now a delectable collection of dishes which take inspiration from all over the globe. Tuck into delicious plates of finger licking Jack Daniels glazed pork ribs or sample the amazing hot home smoked salmon fillet cooked in a maple whiskey glaze and served with chorizo, potatoes and winter vegetables. The seafood jambalaya is fast becoming a classic. The bar area also serves up a variety of traditional plates which include a pretty impressive beer battered fish and chips.
The Cross Keys Inn is separated into a bar and restaurant and food is available in both. Beautiful period features such as the stone walls and timber beams are a reminder of the pub’s age and also help to create a cosy setting. Outside, the views over the valley and surrounding countryside are simply beautiful.
Offering ample parking, the Cross Keys is a great little place to stop by for a bite to eat and a drink and its handy location just a few miles from Durham makes it the perfect place from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Please note: the tastecard discount is not available on Thursdays, Bank Holidays or Celebration Days. These include, but are not limited to Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday, Father’s Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.