The Cross Keys is an attractive stone-built country farmhouse pub on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in the heart of Captain Cook country. Boasting breathtaking views of iconic Roseberry Topping, this welcoming 19th century inn is a delightful location for a delicious pub lunch.
Try our new country walk to explore the beautiful countryside around our pub. Perfect if you want to build up an appetite or walk off that hearty lunch.
With its distinctive red-tiled roof on walls of Yorkshire stone, complete with window boxes and hanging baskets, The Cross Keys is a charming farmhouse cottage pub restaurant with a tranquil country beer garden on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
Dating back to the early 1800’s, the interior is snug and cosy, thanks to its heritage as a set of farm cottages, from which the farmer’s daughters are reputed to have once served fresh lemonade to passing travellers on their way to the coast. Set on a rural country road in sight of the stunning Roseberry Topping, once named one of the world’s most romantic spots to propose, The Cross Keys is a magnificent location for a relaxing pub lunch with friends and family. The nearby Cleveland Way National Trail, a 110 mile horseshoe-shaped walking route through heather moorlands and dramatic coastal scenery, is easily accessible as it skirts the foot of Roseberry Topping to join the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Just 12 miles from The Cross Keys, Saltburn is a picturesque little Victorian seaside resort with a quaint water-powered funicular railway, the Saltburn Cliff Lift.Read more...
Nearer still is the ancient North Yorkshire market town of Guisborough, and the ruins of the 12th century Gisborough Priory, regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of early Gothic architecture in England. Sketched by JMW Turner during a visit in 1801, the ruins are open to the public and cared for by English Heritage. The Priory is just three miles from The Cross Keys.
Visitors may also be interested to know that the nearby village of Great Ayton, less than 5 miles away, is where British seafaring explorer, Captain James Cook, spent his childhood, and his former village school is now a museum dedicated to his memory. Cook rose to the ranks of Captain in the Royal Navy and, during his career, sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe, mapping lands from New Zealand to Hawaii, surveying and recording islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time.
With a rare combination of seamanship, surveying and cartographic skills, combined with great courage and the ability to lead men in difficult conditions, Cook is celebrated for his legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge, but he first gained his passion for the sea whilst working as a grocer’s apprentice in nearby Staithes, a picturesque fishing village beloved by Victorian artists.
No visit to The Cross Keys would be complete without taking in the most famous landmark in the Tees Valley area - Roseberry Topping. This iconic hill with spectacular views has a distinctive shape caused by a combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912. With its half-cone summit and jagged cliff, some say it reminds them of the Matterhorn but, carpeted in bluebells in early Spring, it’s easy to understand why the World Travel Awards put it in the Top 10 most romantic spots on earth to pop the question.
Located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, a treasure trove of ancient woodlands, nature reserves and vast stretches of purple heather moorland, The Cross Keys is the ideal base from which to plan a day’s walking, cycling or simply exploring the bustling market towns and pictureque villages of North Yorkshire.
With so much to see and do within easy reach of this picturesque farm cottage pub restaurant, from a trip to the coast at Saltburn or Staithes to a country walk on the moors or a visit to historic Gisborough Priory, you’ll definitely be ready for some delicious pub food, cask ales and fine wines at The Cross Keys. Unwind with friends and family, and enjoy a sumptuous Sunday roast or a seasonal special in this 19th century country inn.Show less...