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The Durham Ox is the oldest inn in Ilkeston dating from 1780 with later Victorian editions. The property is steeped in history having once been used as the town gaol with secret passages taking the prisoners from the cells in the cellars up to the Church in the market place where they were tried for their crimes.A major scheme of renovation and restoration this year has returned the pub back to its origins and created a quiet relaxing haven in which to unwind and enjoy a drink or a home cooked meal....or both
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely first class…. the food was outstanding. My husband and I both had the Beef Bourguignon which was delicious…. didn’t want it to end! Deserts were gorgeous too. A lovely pub with a warm and welcoming ambiance. Staff all helpful and attentive. Will most definitely...be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The vegetables were crunchy and not cooked properly, the chicken was disgusting, made me feel sick, the gravy on top made it even worse. Only good thing about it was the mash which you get 🤏 this much of. Don’t go here, it sucks. Would...not reccomendMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Lauren Vickers, General Manager at The Durham Ox (Ilkeston), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are a little confused as why you would decide to leave a review 11 months after apparently visiting??? This review seems wildly out of the blue & untrue, conflict of interest maybe? Thankfully we have plenty of genuine customers...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an absolutely amazing time - the food was delicious- very tasty - plated ‘just so’ perfect - the surroundings was perfect not too busy - Evan on valentines !! The music was at a nice volume not too overpowering- the staff are a...brilliant team and can’t do enough for you !! We love it and whenever we can get a babysitter it’s our first choice !More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic Sunday roast, and great service too! The staff are very attentive, and the food is superb! We visited World Service on Friday night and was very disappointed with the food…our Durham Ox experience was better by miles!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing restaurant the food was delicious top quality master chef style! everything was amazing, I’ve been to Le rock in Sandi are and this restaurant is just as good, the food was the best I’ve had! the staff are the nicest bunch of girls ever...they made us feel at home, such a lovely atmosphere, the chefs have so much talent we can’t wait to go back we love it so muchMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited for a 40th Italian Tapas birthday evening and we were not disappointed. We were shown to a lovely little table in a secluded booth which was perfect for our group. The girls were very attentive and the service overall was spot on. The...food all came out all together and was absolutely delicious! Very reasonably priced too. We will return 🤩More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic night for my dads 80th Birthday! Great food and excellent service from the staff at The Durham Ox thank you for making it such a special night!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent meal for a family of 8. We were sat in a booth so all together. Great service and delicious food. 5 star. Had to prebook, leave a deposit and send pre orders so needed to be organised - all went very smoothly....Thoroughly recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

Went for Sunday dinner . Couldn't fault it! Food quality, service and helpfulness of staff, fabulous . Just needs a little attention to decor

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 January 2024 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable experience - seated by the fire. Broad range of food on the menu. 2nd time visiting & had the chicken butter curry, absolutely beautiful and really nicely presented. Apple crumble cheesecake for pudding was also lovely. 10/10 great service too

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

Fantastic food, the service was not so good however, unacceptably long wait (over an hour) for the main meals. The waitress was very apologetic and offered us drinks on the house. It's just a shame that a fantastic experience was turned into an OK experience.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Lauren Vickers, General Manager at The Durham Ox (Ilkeston), responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Hi Andrew, After personally looking after you Saturday night, your review really saddens me to read. We had you booked in at 8pm last weekend on a busy Saturday night. You had been served drinks, ordered your meals, enjoyed and eaten starters and the main...More

Reviewed 8 January 2024

We went during December, it didn't get off to a good start with our drinks order being wrong. Sadly, there was only the Christmas menu available. No choices for vegetarian celiac, but the staff were helpful and did me just vegetables and nut roast. Sadly...wasn't a substitute for the yorkshire pudding or stuffing, and vegetables were sparse. I do like my vegetables on the al dente side, but they were hard. There wasn't a child's vegetarian menu either, so he had the same as me - but again couldn't have the yorkie. Nice setting, very busy (and loud) - this could be due to the time of year. Staff friendly.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

We took family for their Christmas menu - and only two of us actually chose that off the menu. We all really enjoyed our meals: tasty, plentiful and for one of us, Coeliac safe. The fire was blazing and the twinkling Christmas decorations made the...pub warm and festive. The staff were as usual, friendly and accommodating. Recommend highly.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

I honestly don’t think we have ever had such nice food in our life’s!! We stayed over in the accommodation Saturday until Sunday we were very lucky to get a table for on the Saturday night and you do normally have to book that’s how...good the place is. Also it shows how Lauren and her team will do anything to help and accommodate you! We had prawn cocktail to start my husband had a mushroom and cheese sauce both amazing then we had ribeye steak both cooked amazing… Sunday we loved the steak that much we had it again amazing.. this place is so so special, Lauren, Rachel, Lois.. and the team thank you so very much for accommodating us and looking after us through out…. Sorry if I was abit annoying I don’t get out much especially with the kids… I drink gin like it’s going out of fashion .. thank you all so much Money well spent! It was worth every penny…. Everyone needs a Durham ox in there life’s!!! And everyone needs people like you lot! Always happy.. always talk to people regardless of the time of day or night.. so kind lovely people!! And you will help anyone who asks… people like you are never forgotten! The whole experience was just incredible.. my mum always used to say you get what you pay for… and you certainly do at the Durham ox the food and service is outstanding ❤️ Cannot wait to come again and thank you all merry Christmas!!!! Love Kelly and Chris!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

My wife and I booked for Sunday lunch. We had our dog with us. We were shown to a table and the waitress realised that it wasn’t suitable so showed us to another and brought a water bowl without being asked. The service was very...attentive throughout and the food and drink excellent. A very comfortable environment with first class staff. Extremely relaxing. We will definitely be back. Others have said that the place looks nothing from the outside. They’re right, but the inside is what matters. And on the inside, they’ve nailed it.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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The Durham Ox (Ilkeston) is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5