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Free house in the beautiful Howardian Hills

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

They don’t do things by halves here. Not only is this 300-year-old, hilltop pub-restaurant named after a 189-stone ox that was exhibited all over the country, but it also features a steel and cast-iron, charcoal-fired oven nicknamed Big Bertha, weighing in at over a ton. The ox was born in 1796 and, as the pub sign shows, he was a hefty beast; his first owner was the Rt Hon Lord Somerville, a print of whom hangs in the bottom bar. Before entering the pub you somehow just know that inside you’ll find flagstone floors, exposed beams, oak panelling and winter fires – and indeed you do. Also, this being Yorkshire, that the real ales will come from nowhere else, thus Timothy Taylor Boltmaker from Keighley, and Treboom from York. Sandwiches and pub classics like game pie, and ‘Ox’ burger meet the need for something quick and easy, or if time is less of an issue you might want to work through the menu. There are noteworthy Yorkshire cheeses on the cheeseboard. Children have their own menu.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11.30 (Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–3
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30–9.30, Sunday 5.30–8.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Main course from10
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A19 through Easingwold to Crayke. From market place left up hill, pub on right.

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