The Durham Ox

York, Yorkshire
+44 (0)1347 821506
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An award-winning pub with rooms. Find happy staff, delicious well-sourced food and comfy rooms; great for walkers – bring the dog too


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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. There’s plenty for vegans too.

Sleep in country-house style rooms in the old farmworkers’ cottages, wake up to a Bloody Mary and a buffet breakfast. 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.

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We think you'll love

  • Going along to one of their events - from a talk on interior design to a friendship lunch
  • The good food
  • The cosy interiors and traditional pub feel
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You should know

  • Rooms are by the car park
  • The outdoor space doesn't get the lovely view
  • The village itself is quiet


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-10pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
11am, please get in touch for late check out
Monday & Tuesday.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dogs welcome in the pub and in most of the bedrooms

Small dishes from £9 to £32. Bar meals from £9. Sunday lunch from £15.


Nightly price
from £185
Damage deposit
Singles £100 - £150. Extra bed/sofabed available £30 per person per night.
1 Studio for 2
From £220
1 Cottage for 4
From £200
4 Cottages for 2
From £185



There were 11 of of us for what turned out to be the BEST Sunday lunch at the Durham Ox. Food was fabulous, portions beyond generous and service impeccable. We all had different things - from amazing roast beef and grilled seabass to pots of steaming mussels and chips - all declared the food fantastic. We will definitely be back!

Emma, Farnham

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

We dropped in for a quick one-course lunch to meet a friend. The pub staff were friendly and welcoming, the atmosphere in the bar, where we ate, was cozy. My wife had the Spring Salad, I had a pasta dish. Both very well prepared and delicious. An enjoyable culinary experience in an unfussy Dining Pub.

Stephen, Martock, Somerset

What a special find. . . Stunning views from a very cosy Rose Cottage with warms fires, delicious food and wine! Best nights sleep in a long time and a lovely breakfast to depart on.... one night definitely not enough. We will be back with more time to enjoy your hospitality and surroundings! Thank you Sasha and Mike

Olivia, Hampshire

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

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The neighbourhood

The Durham Ox is in the middle of a quiet, community-minded village. Apart from more walks on the Moors (half an hour’s drive), there are lots of National Trust places to explore - Nunnington Hall has a tea room that uses produce from their organic, walled garden (20 minutes); head to Beningbrough Hall (25 minutes) for walks with the dog and art exhibitions. Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle are both under half an hour away – or head to York for the Treasurer’s House and Yorvic Centre. You can reach the coast in 45 minutes.

Local points of interest from Sasha Ibbotson

  • Byland Abbey - an English Heritage ruin only ten minutes from away. Drive through beautiful Coxwold, past Newburgh Priory with ornate topiary hedges & beautiful houses on either side of the road. The ruins are absolutely stunning, with the old inn opposite
  • 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 and an adventure playground. Also, farmshop and garden nursery.
  • 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
  • Georgian Market Town of Easingwold. This bustling local town has a weekly Friday market. Also Farmer's market...shops, tea rooms, antique shops.... The wonderful Sugar Mouse for buying penny sweets by weight....or country outfitters Charles Hobson.
  • National Trust properties are plentiful so if you're a member there are plenty of places to visit for free. Nunnington Hall, Beninborough Hall, Rievaulx Terrace, Treasurer's House York, Goddard's House York, Fountains Abbey & Studely Royal among others
  • White Horse - Sutton Bank - great walks, great views and gliders for those who feel a little bit more daredevil! You'll spot it from all different vantage points while you're driving around the area...but it's best seen up close...and there's a great walk.


Sasha Ibbotson

Sasha and Mike have run The Durham Ox together for over 10 years and it’s been in Mike’s family for even longer. Sasha is from Somerset; Mike from Yorkshire - they’ve both always worked in hospitality and are very passionate about what they do and working to bring the local community together.