Fox & Barrel
Fox & Barrel
Contemporary country dining pub brightened up by a recent refit
- Separate restaurant
- Sandwiches sold
Dogs allowed in the restaurant
Bar food times: 12-9 (9.30 Fri, Sat)
Typical main dish: poached chicken breast, home-made black pudding and bubble and squeak
Typical main dish price: £15.75
Average two course evening meal price: £22.50
- Speciality beers
- Cask ales (4)
Price of cheapest bitter: ££3.80
Name of cheapest bitter: Weetwood Eastgate
- Children allowed in the bar
- Children allowed in the restaurant
- Dogs allowed in the bar
- Dogs allowed in the restaurant
Pub pets: Gigi, french bulldog
The good pub guide review
Built in the 1700s, this historic white-walled pub (supposedly named after a fox found hiding in a barrel in the cellar) has been given a classy update to bring more light into its capacious interior and to create a more atmospheric dining experience. The kitchen has had a refit too, allowing it to offer some sophisticated and complex dishes on its well thought-of menu. Both bar and dining room are broad, serene and spacious, with handsome grey panelling, bookcases and nicely designed seating, including refectory tables with modern candle stands in the dining room and some antique leather armchairs in the bar, all the better to enjoy the fire in the brick hearth. Four well kept beers are available on handpump from the likes of Weetwood and Storm, and there are over 40 gins, plus cocktails and a well conceived wine list featuring champagne and prosecco by the glass. Staff are smart and attentive. Outside, the front terrace has plenty of well presented tables and chairs under parasols and, at the back, there are picnic-sets on grass and some nice old fruit trees.
The good pub guide food review
Modern British food from a daily changing menu of local produce might include grown-up sandwiches, oysters, grilled padrón peppers, tandoori black bream, oxtail risotto, steamed Thai cod, twice-baked cheese soufflé, roast lamb rump with lamb hotpot, golden beetroot and wild garlic, salt-baked root vegetables, grills and puddings such as mango soufflé and apricot and whisky bread and butter pudding.
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