Cross Keys, Eastgate, Weardale, Co Durham DL13 2HW

Run by: Gaynor and Brian Irwin

Friendly country inn with lots of character the cross keys dates back to 1617 and is a real gem of a traditional co Durham pub. The rooms have recently been refurbished  to a comfortable and high standard and all have en-suite, central heating, flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities. Enjoy a drink in the bar by the open fire, or have a meal in the dining room. The Cross Keys enjoys catering for cyclists. Dogs welcome, but not allowed in the bedrooms.

Rooms: 4T/D (zip-link into K-size doubles). 1F with 4S, 1F with 2S and 1D ( can configure as 4S). Up to 16 adults catered for in single beds. B&B: £32.50 to £60 (single occ). Family rooms £110. Lunch and eve meals: yes - from £7.50 to £15.95 (12oz sirloin). Gluten free menu also available. Pk lunch: by arrangement. Secure lock up. Drying facilities.

Tel: 01388 517234
Mob: 07881 553454

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There are 17 reviews
Review by P Chetwynd
2010-06-09 09:40:10
Warm welcome, great room, very comfy and clean, good wholesome food, we enjoyed our short stay very much and recommend a stay here to anyone on the C2C.
Review by Kay FAulkner
2010-06-28 21:10:51
They were fantastic! I even got to have a bath in one of the rooms that was free. One of our guys also requested rice pudding for breakfast- it did help with the hill out of Eastgate! All in all a great B&B.
Review by michelle armstrong
2010-07-05 16:47:28
I'd definately recommend staying here, there was 16 in our group and we were all well looked after. Very friendly welcoming people, the rooms all just refurbished, Lovely comfy beds, quiet rooms, lots of hot water,(we had the bath too!) lovely meal at night (and lots of it!) and breakfast was really good too.couldn't wish for more.
Review by michelle armstrong
2010-07-05 16:51:03
Very friendly people, all the rooms were lovely, newly refurbished, super comfy beds. food at night was lovely and lots of it! Breakfast was great too. there was 16 of us and we were all well looked after, I'd definately recommend staying here.
Review by Andy Hamilton
2010-08-31 15:10:48
I can only echo what others have said. The welcome was great, the accommodation is excellent and the food etc is great as well. Would definitely recommend as a stop off point on the C2C. The breakfast will give you the energy you need for the climb out of Stanhope the next morning!!
Review by Paul Black
2010-09-06 18:56:19
What a cracking place to stay! Rooms are newly refurbished with showers to die for after a hard day in the saddle! The food is second to none and the portions are massive but the prices are sensible. We were well looked after by the owners and staff - who even got a barrel of local real ale in for us to enjoy! Don't book anywhere else but here!
Review by Andy amd Harvey
2010-11-05 21:13:40
Stayed at the pub last weekend 30th October-we were with 12 off road motobikers. Fantastic welcome and cracking service from all the staff. Rooms are really clean and tidy and the the food was excellent. Fantastic value for money and Gerry and Elaine deserve all the custom they can get.They clearly work hard and their focus is customer satisfaction.
Review by Newcastle City Riders
2011-07-05 20:17:12
Newcastle City Riders 15th Annual Charity Cycle Ride were fortunate enough to have enjoyed the comfort and hospitality afforded bt Elaine and Gerry at the Cross Keys last weekend. Evening meal and breakfast were great. Rooms, showers, bath, etc exceeded the expectation for a bike ride stopover. We would unanimously recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of luxury en route.
Review by dave cowen
2011-07-06 14:25:12
Last weekend Cross Keys accommodated our party of 13 with ease in great comfort and with outstanding hospitality from Elaine & Gerry and the locals.Evening meals breakfast were great,rooms, beds,showers,bath all exceeded expectations for a cycling trip stopover.I would certainly recommend it to anyone for C2C or other bike ride accommodation or if your just looking to get out into the countryside to be pampered a little!
Review by Macjowse
2011-07-06 21:38:35
Gerry and Elaine provide the very best in welcome, help and hospitality. On a second stay at the Cross Keys, this time with Newcastle City Riders (N.C.R.)on our annual charity cycle ride we took over the whole pub! Even had a guitar concert by one of our riders which the locals enjoyed. The rooms are still 'as new' the beds, linnen and towels fresh and clean. The Real Ale was ACE. The wholesome home-made soup, which arrived at the appointed time was followed by fresh fare and Elaine's F.E.B. set us all up for the day - it even included Black Pudding. Gerry provided local knowledge on how to avoid the busy main road when departing. We'll definately be back and I have no hesitation in recommending a stay at the Cross Keys. Macjowse on behalf of N.C.R.
Review by Trevo Lane
2012-05-29 09:55:25
What a great place to stay and if you are doing the C2C you must book a night here. Gerry the Landlord went beyond the call of duty to help me when I encountered mechanical problems with the bike, his offer to help was first class and very much appreciated. The food prepared by Elaine and her team was excellent and of a high quality. The rooms were newly refurbished and the showers were the best I have come accross.
Review by Jo
2012-09-16 19:12:47
Stayed at the Eastgate on the final night of our C2C bike ride in Sept 2012. Gerry and Elaine could not have been more welcoming. Out bikes were stored in a locked shed round the back and then we were shown to our room. As a smoker (whoops, should I be admitting that:) I had presumed that being the only pub in the area they would sell cigarettes but they didn't. This was not a problem though as Gerry was actually out when I asked about being able to buy some therefore they just rang him up and asked him to buy me some whilst he was out and they were delivered to my room! The evening meal was great and breakfast and our pack-up was all you could ask for. The only small issues we had were a) the size of the beds as the friend I was riding with is over 6ft tall and therefore found the bed a little too small and the duvet didn't cover his feet & b) we were hoping for an early start but could not have breakfast until 8am. Oh well, other than that, we were more than happy with our stay and would be happy to recommend this place to anyone doing the C2C
Review by David B
2013-05-30 11:28:42
Arrived at the Cross Keys after a long day over the hills, which started in Great Salkeld. Such a relief to arrive as it was Wet/Windy and V.cold what a difference from the sunburn the previous day! Received a warm welcome and got the bikes locked up in the secure storage. Our room was clean and warm and the shower was great. Evening meal was lovely. Same again at breakfast. Ordered packed lunches which were big enough to keep us going through the day and on the train back to Whitehaven. Would definitely recommend.
Review by Don Baldwin
2013-06-13 17:44:44
Highly recommended for anyone especially if your doing the C2C. Warm friendly welcome, great food, clean rooms, lock up for bikes. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended. Ps. beware the Chilli Vodka!
Review by Don Baldwin
2013-06-22 11:07:45
Very warm welcome by Gerry & Elaine. Rooms recently refurbished so lovely & clean. Food excellent, good craic with locals & staff. Highly recommended for C2C or just for a break. Beware the chilli vodka!
Review by Jane Edison
2013-06-26 11:29:28
I loved staying here. Elaine and Gerry were so welcoming and it was lovely to sit in the pub after 4 to 5 hours of cycling. Our rooms were clean and looked like they had been recently refurbished. The food was great. My Aunt asked which meals were made on site and all of them were home made. We had between us a minced meat pie, a corned beef pie, a chilli con carne, a chicken curry and scampi. All heaarty meals and delicious. They had run out of lamb which was a real shame as I am sure that would have been delicious as well.
Review by Chris Whalen
2014-06-05 21:21:18
Our party of 9 stayed here this june, would definitely stay again, the food was excellent and the rooms were very nice, Jerry is good banter, and everyone was friendly,
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