The Yorkshire Pub That Made It To The Top Of The Good Pub Guide 2021

Brightening up a rough 2020 for a number of pubs across the nation, The Good Pub Guide 2021 has officially been released – and a Yorkshire pub has been lucky enough to grace its top 10.

Credit: The Durham Ox in Crayke

Created in celebration of British boozers, the Durham Ox In Crayke has been officially recognised in the guide for being an all-round brilliant pub – and it’s not the first time its received such a high recognition, either. The family-run pub, which was voted Yorkshire’s Pub of the Year 2019/20, has been much loved for over 20 years already thanks to its cosy country vibes and easy access to nearby York.

Credit: The Durham Ox in Crayke

The accolade in the Good Pub Guide 2021 said: “Set within a lovely little village, this friendly 17th-c coaching inn is a good all-rounder, popular with both locals and visitors. The old-fashioned lounge bar has antique tables, seats and settles on flagstones and pictures and photographs on dark red walls.

“Drinks include Black Sheep Bitter, Timothy Taylors Boltmaker, York Guzzler and a guest on handpump, 20 wines by the glass, a dozen malt whiskies and interesting spirits including a locally made gin named for the pub.”

Credit: The Durham Ox in Crayke

The Durham Ox In Crayke came in at a respectable 10th position in the guide, and was the only Yorkshire pub to feature in the top 10.

Here’s the top 10 in full:

  1. Olive Branch, Clipsham, Leicestershire
  2. Cock, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire
  3. Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall
  4. Bell at Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex
  5. King’s Head in Bledington, Gloucestershire
  6. Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire
  7. Rose & Crown in Snettisham, Norfolk
  8. Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, Northumbria
  9. Woods in Dulverton, Somerset
  10. Durham Ox in Crayke, North Yorkshire

Elsewhere in the Good Pub Guide 2021, the Blue Lion in East Witton (North Yorkshire) was recognised in the guide’s ‘Top Ten Inns’, as well as Maltings in York which was recognised in ‘Top Ten Beer Pubs’. Pack Horse in Widdop (West Yorkshire) also made the list under ‘Top Ten Whisky Pubs’.

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