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Travellers' Choice2023
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Situated in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, a short distance from the picturesque market town of Horncastle. The Durham Ox is a charming, welcoming country pub, with friendly staff. Our traditional Sunday lunch is always very popular as are our bar meals. A full restaurant menu is available in our restaurant, which is cooked to perfection by our chef and we always try to source our food as locally as we can. Booking is always advisable. Come and warm up next to our roaring log fire, have a pint or two in our 'RAF corner' or perhaps a bar meal in the 'cow shed', a glass of wine in our garden, or why not treat yourself to a fabulous meal in our delightful restaurant. Which ever you choose
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Table Service
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All reviews ox steak pie pudding mixed grill fish and chips pastry chicken prawn cocktail potatoes sunday lunch warm welcome cooked to perfection beer garden booked a table lovely meal home made
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the way back from Horncastle we came across this pub/restaurant. We are so glad we decided to call in. We were given a very warm welcome. The restaurant and toilets were clean and comfortable. The menu is very good and there were a few...things we wanted to try. My husband had the mixed grill and I had the cow pie. We were served quickly and the food was hot and well presented. We both said the homemade chips were amazing. The mixed grill was all very nicely cooked and s very generous portion. The cow pie was huge! It was packed with tasty, tender meat. The pastry was good too. There was a pot of tasty gravy that I could eat on its own. Perfect food and friendly service. Highly recommend eating there if you are out that way.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sarah for a wonderful review.....the gravy is divine isn't it. Both the mixed grill and the cow pie should only be attempted if you are really hungry, they are both certainly a good plate full. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just returned from a wonderful visit to The Durham Ox Pub and Restaurant. My wife discovered this wonderful place after searching on the internet for Vegan food places near to Louth. It was only 25 minutes drive to this lovely restaurant. On entering...the bar we were greeted warmly by the owner and shown to our table. We were booked for 6pm and the restaurant was very nice and welcoming. After ordering drinks we looked through the Vegan menu and ordered the Red Lentil and Cauliflower pie and the Teriyaki Burger. Both meals were delicious. I was jealous of the salted chunky chips on my wife’s plate. She did let me have one so I could taste how nice they were. After finishing our mains we had the choice of some wonderful Vegan desserts. We chose the Chocolate Orange sponge and the Banana, Walnut and Hazelnut Bread with Vanilla ice cream. We had a lovely experience at The Durham Ox and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely meal served by friendly staff.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We try really hard in providing as wide a selection as possible for everyone, no matter their dietary needs or preferences. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

Had a stopover in our motorhome Friday through to Sunday nice and peaceful stay the pitch was more than acceptable with electric hook up with a top up from the bar. As the price per night was so reasonable we booked in for an evening...meal which was fresh home cooked food. The food and drink was reasonably priced with good quality food. The hosts were friendly talkative and were made to feel very welcome as were the other guests. The bar area is dog friendly as is the site with 10 plots advertised on pitch up and a large field next to the site. The small town of Horncastle is a 20 min walk from the site with plenty of local shops. I would highly recommend this site suitable for motorhomes and caravansMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2024

Thank you James for such a lovely review. I'm pleased you all enjoyed your stay with us. Just to clarify we are a 5 pitch site not 10. Hope to see you again soon. Jacqui

Reviewed 20 January 2024

Booked in for Sunday lunch last week to treat my two elderly friends. Lots of choice on the meal and dessert menus. We left there full a d satisfied.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2024

Thank you for taking time to write such a lovely review, it really means a lot to us to know you have enjoyed your meal and time here with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Jacqui

Reviewed 15 January 2024

Booked for Sunday lunch as we like to try different places rather than cook on a Sunday. We have been here a few times before so we knew we could expect a nice meal and friendly welcome and we were not disappointed. I like the...fact that they do smaller size meals as I cannot eat a full size portion so having this saves wasting food. The food was well cooked and well presented - I had roast beef with the fiery horseradish sauce lol and my wife had the roast turkey), the only minor point was that the food could have been served slightly hotter. We did bring this to the attention of one of the servers when she cleared the table. Desert was great, cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. Plenty of parking here and a friendly welcome with great food in a lovely rural location, whats not to like.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2024

Thank you for a lovely review, I'm pleased you enjoyed your meal and time with us. I have mentioned to chef regarding your comment on the food needing to be slightly hotter. He has asked that we (the serving staff) clarify on the order, when...More

Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Fabulous Xmas at the ox once again , bar full and lovely atmosphere, dinner was fab turkey with all the trimmings , a lovely touch of a tinsel filled hat full of lux chocolate ! Thank you Jacqui and Kerry for such a special day...xMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

Thank you for your review, I'm really pleased you and your party enjoyed spending Christmas Day with us, it was a pleasure to serve you. Have a fabulous New Year. Jacqui

Reviewed 28 December 2023

Amazing family meal with hearty and tasty food! Service was exceptional and such a warm and cosy atmosphere!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

Thank you for your review. I'm please you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you soon. Jacqui

Reviewed 28 December 2023

This place is great for family, friends or just a meal out, staff is lovely and polite, and the food is outstanding, everything was just delicious, will recommend to all friends and family. Definitely visit again

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

Thank you for such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again. Jacqui

Reviewed 26 December 2023

Christmas lunch. Very disappointed. We had 2. 00pm sitting. Most diners had already eaten so therefore the resurant lacked atmosphere. We were rushed throughout. The food was not of the standard we expected for the price we paid. Not the best experience we were expecting....We enjoyed each other's company and didn't have to do the washing up. Which was the positive attitude we went home with.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

Thank you for your review. I have also received a letter from your brother going into much more detail about your grievances, a full 3 page report in fact of things ranging from the decor not being Chrissmassey enough, to my clothing not being dressy...More

Reviewed 21 September 2023 via mobile

Visited with friends Lovely traditional pub with a beer garden and parking. Short walk from Horncastle so easy to walk from town there is a path so safe to walk once it’s dark. Waitress that served us was very friendly and helpful. Good selection of...pub grub. Drinks were reasonable priced too. The restaurant was not busy with only one other table so was surprised when forced to order when one of the parties guest had not arrived. Enjoyed the outside seating area lights could do with staying on a little later than 9:30pm wasn’t a problem as we sat with phone lights on, to be fair waitress welcomed us to sit in to finish our drinks. Would be nice to have heaters so can make the most of cooler evenings.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2023

Thank you for your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed your meal and time spent with us. With regards to the outside seating area, we are mindful that we are surrounded by residential properties with both the elderly and children nearby, so during darker hours we...More

Reviewed 20 September 2023

Excellent choice of delicious food and excellent service made our visit most enjoyable. Pleasant atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. The cow pie was exceptional!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2023

Thank you so much for a lovely review. Hope to see you again soon. Jacqui

Reviewed 14 September 2023 via mobile

This was our first visit for my husband's birthday. We are so pleased as soon as you walk straight away. You are greeted by a smile and a warm welcome. The starters were lovely. The main course was amazing. I had the steak, and it...was cooked just the way I liked it. The sweet also was amazing. The flake cheese cake was very yummy. We would strongly recommend the price was very good to complements to the cheif and thanks to the waitressesMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2023

Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Jacqui

Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

I was treated to afternoon tea today by some friends. It was absolutely delicious! Very well thought out and nicely decorated with a seaside theme. Everything was spot on. We all had a fantastic afternoon. Looking forward to the next afternoon tea experience!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2023

Thank you for such a great review. We thoroughly enjoy hosting our something different afternoon teas and can't wait for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party one in October. Hopefully see you there!! Jacqui

Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

Fantastic selection for gluten free and other dietary needs. The food is plentiful and well presented and the pricing is fair.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2023

Thank you for your review. We try really hard when planning our menus to include Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan options. These are not exhaustive and if anyone has any other dietary needs or requests, we are happy to cater for those as well....More

Reviewed 6 August 2023 via mobile

Overall the meal was good. The prawn cocktail starter was OK but didn’t’t need the side salad with it,nor did the spiced cauliflower. The mains courses of roast beef and the roast pork were good and there was a good selection of veg to accompany...them. The only pic I remember3d to take was of the chocolate brownie which was amazing. Value for money was good.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jacqui Whitfield, Owner at The Durham Ox Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2023

Thank you for your review, I'm really pleased you enjoyed your meal with us. I will pass on your comments to the chef regarding the salad served with the prawn cocktail and spiced cauliflower florets. Jacqui

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The Durham Ox Pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5