The Durham Ox

The Durham Ox is a Family owned local restaurant with rooms in the heart of Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Nestled between Nottingham and Derby our award winning chef creates something a little bit special – fresh exciting food with a healthy mix of wonderfully talented people that are passionate about what they do.

We pride ourselves on offering top quality food in a relaxed and warm environment where customers become friends – come in your trainers or your killer heels whatever makes you comfortable. We are also a dog friendly restaurant so feel free to bring any well behaved pooches!

Our Food

Our varied and seasonally changing menu is a testament of our commitment to serve only the best quality meals for our guests. Our award winning chef Jason Littlewood and team create exceptional dishes using fresh local produce whenever possible (you may also catch him having a well deserved pint and a gossip after service).

Time dedication and passion goes into every aspect – we love what we do – and it shows!

"Absolutely amazing food, drink and atmosphere. The staff make you feel so welcome. Best place around to eat!"
October 2023


A warm welcome awaits you checking into our charming (room only) guest house. Our rooms are all double en-suite rooms located on the second floor above our bar & restaurant. Comfortable and cosy rooms with quaint decor. Please note that breakfast isn’t something that we currently offer. However, we are fortunate to recommend fabulous breakfast venues right on our doorstep.
The Durham Ox Bar & Restaurant is open Thursday – Sunday. We pride ourselves on top quality food in a relaxed warm environment. We retain a great local reputation creating a very busy/popular dining destination – dinner bookings are essential.
Our room only rates: Monday – Wednesday £70 per night / Thursday – Sunday £75 per night.

Our Team

Our work family is quite unique! A group of people with a real passion for what we do and wanting the absolute best for our customers.   Our main focus is to make sure that everyone gets the best service possible. Our reviews speak for themselves!

Request a Table

Please note that requesting a table does not confirm your booking. We aim to respond to requests as quickly as possible.

Please note table bookings have a 2 hour table time allocation Thursday – Saturday and 90min on Sunday.

Durham Street, Ilkeston, Derby, DE7 8FQ

Accommodation & Reservations: 0115 854 7107