The Durham Ox in Crayke, is 300 years old and has been owned by the family of the Ibbotsons since 1999.
The traditional pub is complete with flagstone floors, exposed beams, oak panelling and roaring fires for the winter. It is in the centre of the village of Crayke, a charming, picturesque hill-top village to the north of York, two miles north-east of the market town of Easingwold, in North Yorkshire. The village boasts not just the pub but a castle and a church.
The a la Carte menu celebrates a fabulous array of locally sourced meats, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood. As the seasons change so do the menus to reflect the wealth of local produce for which this area is renowned. The pub also offers private dining upstairs in the main pub as well as in its Ox Barn that seats up to 80 for larger events.
There are five beautiful bedrooms in converted stone farm buildings that provide a peaceful and charming place to stay. There is a converted Studio Suite located above the pub, a Pool Villa with spa pool for either two or four guests and Ivy Cottage, a three-bedroom self-catering cottage within walking distance in the village.
The pub has been a winner of many awards over the years including The Publican Awards and was even AA Pub of The Year for England 2007-2008.