Inn Pair: Yorkshire & County Durham

The Durham Ox & The Rose and Crown

Set in two idyllic villages with pretty window views and scenic walks from their doors, this pair of inns is a great choice for those wanting to relax and unwind. Stay at one or stay at both. This pair provides perfect bases for exploring the surrounding area. Driving time between the inns is 1 hour 14 minutes.

Pairing notes: Country, Great food, Dog friendly, Heritage, Active outdoors


Meet the inns

1. The Durham Ox, Crayke, North Yorkshire

This fabulous foodie pub set in an idyllic village, with views to York, draws the discerning for seasonal British cooking, exquisite wines, local beers, and country-chic rooms.

Sitting atop the hill of 'Grand Old Duke of York' fame in the heart of beautiful Crayke, The Durham Ox gorgeous unassuming 300-year-old inn affords stunning views across the Vale of York from the rear cottage bedrooms and the garden.

Within easy reach of the medieval city of York, Castle Howard and the North Yorkshire Moors, this civilised retreat is a favoured local dining destination and draws foodies from afar for top-notch pub food and very comfortable rooms.


2. The Rose and Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham

Striking old inn in the heart of rugged Teesdale, renowned for local produce and country-house style bedrooms.

The creeper covered, three-storey Rose and Crown holds a commanding position in the centre of the historic village of Romaldkirk, standing right by the village green and 12th-century church of St Romald. There's a rugged charm to the place, with its narrow passages, beams and stone walls, logs sparkling in the fireplace in the bar, and a touch of refinement in the lounges and oak-panelled restaurant.


Best things to do whilst you're there

1. The Durham Ox, North Yorkshire

There are plenty of beautiful cultural spots and houses to visit in the local area, including the majestic Hovingham Hall. Owned by the Worsley family for 450 years, the house you see today is an outstanding example of Palladian architecture. The interiors are delightful and fascinating, but it's only open to the public in June.

Still privately owned and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, Castle Howard is a splendid 18th-century house is set in 1,000 acres of fabulous landscape in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (pictured below). There are collections of paintings and furniture, as well as beautiful gardens to explore.

For those wanting to go further back in time, uncover Britain's Viking heritage at the Jorvik Viking Centre. A futuristic time capsule will transport you around this cutting-edge museum, showing you what living in Viking York was really like - right down to the sounds and smells. Built on the site of the Viking settlement unearthed by archaeologists between 1976 and 1981, the results of the excavations can be examined at close quarters with hi-tech audio and visual displays. A fabulous day out for the whole family.


2. The Rose and Crown, County Durham

Visit Barnard Castle, an English Heritage property steeped in history. Taking its name from its 12th century founder, the castle passed into the hands of Richard III. Set on a high rock above the River Tees, its fantastic views over the river and surrounding countryside are not to be missed.

History lovers will also enjoy nearby Bowes Castle, the impressive ruins of Henry II's 12th century keep. Situated on the site of a Roman fort, its a great stop for those heading for a day walking on the Pennines.

There are an abundance of wonderful walking routes straight from the door of The Rose and Crown. One of our favourites is the Teesdale walk (leaflets and map at reception). Another is the riverside walk from Middleton-in-Teesdale along Pennine Way to High Force Waterfall.


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