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Crown & Crossed Swords

Front Street, Shotley Bridge DH8 0HU England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 21/05/05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/05/05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Shotley Bridge
The Crown and Crossed Swords is an historic inn in the heart of the village of Shotley Bridge in County Durham. The Hotel is re-modelling its' guest accommodation and plans to be able to offer en-suite rooms to guests from summer 2021. The bar, restaurant, newly refurbished function room, and newly refurbished beer garden will be re-opening from 17th May 2021. The Hotel was first named “The Crown and Crossed Swords” by the German settlers who came to the area in the 1680’s to forge blades and pursue sword-making, enticed by the rich supply of iron ore found across this area of North West Durham. Specialist sword-makers were the Ohlig family (later known as OLEY). The restaurant within the Hotel has been named OLEY’s by its’ current owners as a nod to the building and areas past. The sword-makers produced 37 kinds of blades, including rapiers, scimitars and cutlasses. Shotley swords were said to be so flexible that the tip could bend back to the hilt without snapping and would spring back to straightness. Previously named the Sword Inn, legend has it that Robert Oley was involved in a wager with several of his peers to make the best sword possible, and was duly declared the winner. He was awarded a crown, and the Sword Inn was renamed The Crown and Crossed Swords in his honour.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Car park
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
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Private bathrooms
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Leanne T wrote a review Mar 2021
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Anyone who loves Thai food needs to try the Crown and Crossed Swords homemade Thai green curry 😋😋 just had it tonight and it was delicious. Would highly recommend this dish - it isn’t often you find a place that knows how to make authentic Thai dishes but my god they do! Would definitely order this again and we can’t wait till they reopen so we can enjoy this with a bottle of wine 😊😋
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Anna Phillips, Marketing at Crown & Crossed Swords
Responded 05 May 2021
Many thanks for your lovely review, and for your continued support during lockdown, we are looking forward to re-opening from 17th May.
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Minx wrote a review Jan 2021
Consett, United Kingdom5 contributions11 helpful votes
The Crown & Crossed Swords Pub has a restaurant called OLEYS which was re-launched in the Summer 2020. We were regulars in there until lockdown closed them and I have missed going there. It's a shame that they were really getting up and running when covid struck. The bar downstairs is always a good atmosphere and a proper 'local' pub. They are still doing take-out food several evenings a week, including burgers which are home-made and fabulous, and Sunday lunches. The burgers especially are being raved about by everyone I know ! You will have to go onto FB though to see their takeaway menu. I'm very interested to see where the pub and restaurant goes once they can re-open, as it was really gaining a good reputation. I also heard that they have rooms which are going to be refurbished and re-launched in the near future.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: This review is based on the pub and restaurant rather than the guest accommodation
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Anna Phillips, Marketing at Crown & Crossed Swords
Responded 05 May 2021
Thanks for your valued support and review. We look forward to welcoming you back when we re-open from 17th May.
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Vikki C wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution
Decided to pop to the Crown for our teas and once again they didn't disappoint. The food is amazing, all the starters are fabulous and it is always hard to pick one as we always want one of each, same goes for their mains. I had one of their homemade beef burger which tasted perfect and my partner had the Rib eye steak that melted in his mouth. And the staff are always friendly and willing to help with anything. The whole night was out of this world, I couldn't ask for more.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Anna Phillips, Marketing at Crown & Crossed Swords
Responded 05 May 2021
Many thanks for you review of our food, we are glad you have had some great dining experiences with us, and we look forward to seeing you again when we re-open from 17th May.
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John N wrote a review Sep 2020
Corsham, United Kingdom641 contributions278 helpful votes
We called in here recently for drinks and were amazed by the bar refurbishment... Very impressive and a great upgrade from how the pub used to look. Looking forward to visiting again in the future. Nice job!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kenny H wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions3 helpful votes
We just popped in off the cuff and wasn’t expecting a good decent Sunday roast as they are hard to find! We were pleasantly surprised that the roast was very nice with proper meat and Yorkshire Pudding. The staff were great and more than welcoming. Priced reasonably also. We will be back.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
United KingdomEnglandCounty DurhamShotley Bridge
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crown & Crossed Swords
Which popular attractions are close to Crown & Crossed Swords?
Nearby attractions include Bedlam Paintball Durham (0.7 km) and Force 10 (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Crown & Crossed Swords?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Crown & Crossed Swords?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Crown & Crossed Swords?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Crown & Crossed Swords?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sale Pepe, Sweetharts Coffee Shop, Bakery & Bistro, and the manor inn.
Is Crown & Crossed Swords located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Shotley Bridge.
Are pets allowed at Crown & Crossed Swords?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Crown & Crossed Swords?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Derwentcote Steel Furnace (5.3 km).