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Durham Ox

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Durham Street | Durham Street, Ilkeston DE7 8FQ, England
+44 115 854 7107
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Ilkeston, England, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Durham Ox dozens of times over the years and introduced family and many friends during this time. We have had many good meals and the odd one or two which were slightly disappointing. On the whole service had been good, however, we had been noticing if you mentioned something wasn't right with your meal it was met with... More 

Thank Kevin D
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We went for a birthday celebration meal with 5 of us. All of the meals were very good, with the only exception being my steak which tasted a bit strange & bland. Every other element of all the meals was of top quality (including starters and sweets).

Thank Jim M
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

My first visit 20/10/16 and as soon as I stepped in the door I felt welcome. The furnishings create a wonderful atmosphere and it's like an English pub should be. The young waiter gave us a warm welcome and showed us to our table. The manager is very welcoming too and explained the offers of the evening and took our... More 

Thank RulesGirl
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly the food at this place is great. However having been several times now, the one area which let's it down is the service. The staff are all very pleasant but it's the little things which don't make this a 4/5 rated place to eat. The other evening when we went I ordered the baked camembert. This has been on... More 

Thank Oliver F
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. All 8 meals were faultless, environment so comfortable we spent 5 hours eating and drinking. Thank you so much.

Thank Ian C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Gave the Durham Ox a bit of a negative review a while back when we considered standards were slipping...so great to be able to report that we went back recently and had a delicious meal with great service. Have to say that the young waiter and young waitress (both wear glasses - sorry guys don't know your names) are fabulous... More 

Thank JohnnyUttah
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Friendly service. Pleasant surroundings. Fabulous food. Didn't need steak knife, meat very tender. Chunky chips to die for!

Thank DerbysDoglet
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Had the most amazing meal there Sunday carvery and a beef bourguignon, started bruschetto and caramelised onion was fantastic, staff were friendly and helpful, food was hot and tasty service fantastic.. Tried to book in for five of us at Christmas dinner but they are fully booked already , I'm so angry I didnt get there first.

Thank Tracey M
Rotherham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

To begin my review, I don't tend to make an habit of doing write-ups, but feel this place deserves my time, This was our first visit to the Durham Ox and it looked warm and inviting from the outside. Myself, my girlfriend and daughter of twelve were greeted with huge smiles on entering, I personally thought all the staff genuinely... More 

Thank r0g77
Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Wow totally unexpected from the outside. Inside pleasant surroundings staff really lovely and friendly but the food - absolutely delicious ( and I rate myself a good cook and I couldn't do any better) good size portions all home cooked not out of a packet and well presented. Well well worth a visit and not terribly expensive either. The manager... More 

Thank bernice k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$30
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Durham Street | Durham Street, Ilkeston DE7 8FQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ilkeston
  • Phone Number: +44 115 854 7107
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?