A Warm Welcome Awaits …

Located on the outskirts of County Durham’s largest forest, lies Hamsterley Village and at the heart of this picturesque little place, is the Cross Keys Pub.

Proudly run by landlady Sue Kerry with her partner Robert and their team, The Cross Keys offer’s fresh homecooked pub food to order, along with a selection of real ales, draught beers, wines and spirits.


Fantastic Fayre

The Cross Key’s kitchen is expertly run by talented Chefs, Martyn Hull & Serge Syatkins.

Utilising fresh local produce, their flair is reflected in the presentation of everything from standard pub classics and perfectly cooked steaks to vibrant green salads.

The Cross Keys offers a wide choice of Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options.

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We're proud of our Food

Here’s a small selection of whats on offer from our extensive menu. We also have a specials board which changes depending on availability.

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Extensive Family Friendly Garden

The Cross Keys has a beautiful and well maintained Garden. Complete with a purpose build Gazebo housing enclosed fire pits, there are several well spaced picnic benches for you to enjoy our fab British weather!

What Our Customers Think

We stayed in Hamsterley for a week on holiday so we ended up having 5 meals here. Spoilt for choice on the menu and all homemade. Would definitely recommend. Staff were very friendly and welcoming.

Emmaline Brechin5 Star Google Review

overall everything was top notch, the pub, the drinks, the staff the food and even the bill was a pleasant surprise (tight yorkshireman).

Paul J5 Star Tripadvisor Review

Brilliant food, helpful people, great beer.
Very accommodating to our family and dog. Highly recommend.

Brad Nunn5 Star Google Review

The outdoor eating space was lovely, the staff very friendly and the roast dinner and the scampi yum! So nice, we visited twice in our one week visiting County Durham.

Julie 2175 Star Tripadvisor Review

First visit of many no doubt, good pint of Black Sheep very friendly staff and tasty food. I had garlic chicken wrapped in parma ham on a bed of roasted vegetables absolutely delicious.

John Maddison5 Star Google Review

Especially at the present time, it is difficult to find pubs providing good quality food. No such problem here great well presented tasty food in a safe well thought out environment.

Steve G5 Star Tripadvisor Review

Excellent pub. Really nice friendly atmosphere. Really helpful and the food was amazing! Had a 8oz rump steak medium rare, beautifully cooked. They even moved our table to be able to watch the Euros. Totally recommend this place.

Tomi Yau5 Star Google Review

Service was friendly and efficient, drinks cold and plentiful. We sat in the gorgeous beer garden but had a peak of the newly refurbished restaurant before we left.

Val M5 Star Tripadvisor Review

Opening Hours

Mondays – 1:00pm until 7:00pm
Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00am until 11:00pm
Sundays – 12 noon until 10:00pm

Lunch Service

Tuesday to Friday – 12:00 Noon until 3:00pm
Saturday – 12:00 Noon until 5:00pm
Sunday Lunch – 12:00 Noon until 4:00pm

Evening Meals

Tuesday to Saturday – 5:00pm until 9:00pm

(last orders for food is 15 mins prior to end of service)

Contact Details

The Cross Keys Pub & Restaurant
Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland
DL13 3PX

Tel: 01388 488457