Rescue The Fox and Hounds at Great Wolford

An glorious and ancient country pub under threat
Fox and Hounds Pub Sign

The Fox and Hounds Inn dates back to around 1540 and has seen many landlords come and go over the past four and a half centuries. Here are the landlords from the past 30 years.

Umm…. no. Until very recently the Fox and Hounds was very successful. Accommodation was often booked months in advance and so were tables for meals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pub was packed out with locals and visitors enjoying the great atmosphere.

Here are some reviews dating back to before the current owners bought the pub.

“Superb” – 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 20 June 2014 Stunning old pub, restaurant with lovely rooms in this typical Cotswolds village – great outside areas, stunning food (one of the best steaks I have ever tasted) and really warm attentive family team. A template for how to run an excellent pub restaurant. Room was very comfortable. Excellent value too.

So the Fox and Hounds isn’t financially viable?

Umm…. no. Until very recently the Fox and Hounds was very successful. Accommodation was often booked months in advance and so were tables for meals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pub was packed out with locals and visitors enjoying the great atmosphere.

Here are some reviews dating back to before the current owners bought the pub.

“Superb” – 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 20 June 2014 Stunning old pub, restaurant with lovely rooms in this typical Cotswolds village – great outside areas, stunning food (one of the best steaks I have ever tasted) and really warm attentive family team. A template for how to run an excellent pub restaurant. Room was very comfortable. Excellent value too.

“Excellent food” – 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile Stopped here on our way to broadway for a weekend away. It’s a little gem. The menu seemed a bit kooky with Thai influences galore, but he food was gorgeous. We had a beef salad, deep fried halloumi and a pasta dish and all were tasty, well cooked and well presented.

“beyond expectations” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 30 July 2013 quite off the beaten track and not somewhere you would expect to be served what you are but…..brilliant food, could not recommend enough. had a mutton salad (something rarely seen) and it was exceptional. Not massive in portion however excellently priced. no complaints

“You must visit this pub!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 April 2013 Have just had lunch today in the Fox and Hounds in Great Wolford. It seemed a bit quiet when we arrived but it is a welcoming lovely old English pub. Had a really super lunch, enjoyed every morsel and fine coffee at the end. Obviously, the food was home cooked and fresh – superb curry and my son had succulent sirloin steak with home cooked chips. We will definitely make the trip from Birmingham again and recommend highly to friends. All the other glowing comments on Tripadvisor about this pub are accurate – so glad we picked this pub.

“Step back in time at the Fox and Hounds.” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 February 2013 This is a dream venue with a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Staff and locals alike were genial and genuine in their welcome. Our room was the one with the dormer windows you see at front on arrival. A large comfortable bed and separate bathroom with a huge bath provided all we wanted, including views over the fields. In the evenings we dined in as the resident chef’s meals couldn’t have been better. Breakfasts cover all the options. Set in beautiful countryside; take time to have a walk around the village and across the fields using the rambling paths. A great base for local attractions, especially Charleston House, a must see, original Jacobean residence. A great country hotel providing a stay we will remember fondly.

“nothing is too much trouble and food is sublime” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 14 December 2012 Gill, Sioned and Jamie went out of their way to look after us and help us. The rooms are lovely, warm and comfortable and the food alone is enough to recommend the inn, Jamie is a very gifted chef. We have family connections to the Fox and Hounds and it is like staying with relatives but we would imagine that all guests would be treated with the same care and attention.

“Great Weekend Break” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 November 2012 We have just returned from a 2 night stay at this very attractive inn and had a fabulous time. The family that ran the inn were extremely friendly and helpful, the room was very comfortable and on top of that the locall sourced food was excellently cooked and presented. I had partridge one evening and venison on the second and both were superb. The inn is well located for all the attractions in the Cotswolds and is situated in the pretty village of Great Wolford. We will be back and will be recommending to our friends.

“Cotswold break 2012” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 26 February 2012 On the boundaries of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire in the village of Great Wolford close to the market town of Moreton in Marsh is the Fox & Hounds Inn a wonderful old family run village pub supplying good beer and excellent food with friendly service. For Saturday lunch we both chose Beef casserole with horseradish mash, my wife followed with Rhubarb Crumble and I had yoghourt panacotta and almonds.

“Very enjoyable” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 October 2014 Had a lovely meal with my family, the ambiance and the warm friendly atmosphere makes it a very nice place to spend an evening. It is dog friendly which is fine if you like dogs. Looking forward to my next visit.

“Excellent Food In A Relaxing Setting” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 31 August 2014 We chose Great Wolford as a meeting place for a family lunch – we travelled from Bristol. We felt very welcomed and the staff were very friendly and helpful.The food was excellent – great choice and local food – I had roast beef – and I have to say that it is possibly the best Roast that I have had in a ‘pub’. The prices were very reasonable and there was a lot of choice. They also had a good selection of local ale, which pleased by husband! Definitely worth a visit!

“Get there Early…” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 August 2014 ….and catch the music of the two heavy bolts being drawn at the stout front door….eat your heart out Fort Knox! We did get there early, on August Bank Holiday Sunday, but with no reservation! Upon enquiry, we were assured “chef can take you” and thus began an enchanting experience. We were received most welcomingly by owners and staff, and quickly introduced to Hogan’s cider, a meeting that will live long in the memory! The ambience in the pub/dining room was relaxing and inspired much chatter as we espied little delights that provided a sense of joy and well-being. Three of us shared a delicious starter of fennel salami, potatoes and melted cheese served in its own little cast iron skillet. Then came the main course – Tamworth sausages, roast chicken dinner and pork hash with a poached egg on top. All were made with honest, high quality ingredients and prepared with flair. Accompaniments were both traditional and interesting, a true symphony of flavours to complement the various meats. We felt as though time had stood still, and the flavoursome wholesome food of our grandparents was on the table once more. We’re 150 miles away from this haven but, like Douglas MacArthur, we shall return for the food at the Fox and Hounds, coupled with Hogan’s cider is a marriage made in….Great Wolford!

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 31 July 2014 We visit the Fox and Hounds for lunch about once every six weeks and every time there are new and delicious dishes. I don’t know how Jamie the chef thinks of so many. He combines quality ingredients with imagination and talent. We usually have starters and dessert. The size of the starters is just right, leaving us satisfied but with room for one of his excellent and creative desserts. Moreover, bread comes free and unordered – a splendid tradition rarely found nowadays. The setting is unspoilt, with huge open fireplace, flagstone floors and hop-hung beams. Locals with dogs gather to chat round the bar. There are rarely many customers for mid-week lunch, as it is somewhat off the beaten track; I would urge anyone driving in the Cotswolds to make a detour to this delightful pub which combines traditional setting, friendly and efficient service, intelligently creative food and prices which, though not cheap, are excellent value for the quality.

“Little gem” 4 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile I used to go to The Fox reasonably often in the 1990s and always liked it; good beer, friendly landlord and imaginative delicious food. On a recent visit with family I was still as enamoured as before. It was a hot day so we sat inside – in the cool! The woman behind the bar was polite but, as she told me, a little hard of hearing which made ordering a bit tricky. I believe the pub changed hands around 1996 but is every bit as good as I remember before that date. My reason for not giving 5 stars is that my Thai red pork curry was overly greasy and a little disappointing. Everyone else’s food was excellent (some of it I was offered to taste). We’ll definitely be back!

“Lovely country pub” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 14 July 2014 The Fox and Hounds is a typical country pub offering a varied selection of meals. Friendly staff and a good selection of ales.

“Stunning food in this gorgeous Cotswolds pub” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 20 June 2014 This is a template of what excellent looks like, small but interesting menu, locally sourced and expertly cooked food (I had Herefordshire Sirloin steak which was probably the best steak I have ever eaten) great selection of drinks, stunning location – very old pub in a typical Cotswolds location – well worth digging out! Lovely areas to sit outside and eat on a summer evening. Quite superb. The service was outstanding – very warm and friendly. Great value too.

“A firm favourite” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 May 2014 Went again to the Fox on Saturday night, and took friends who hadn’t been before. The menu is always fantastic, it is so hard to choose. Sionned always makes us welcome, and Bramble our Springer is made to feel welcome also, as he gets a biscuit, or two. We all had something different, and the quality, as always, was top notch. Our friends were very impressed, as they were expecting ” pub food”, and what you get is anything but, though served in a beautiful little Cotswolds pub. The beer as well is always superb, something different, tht you don’t see elsewhere. Mark is a well known beer monster, and he was more than impressed by the beers on offer. Thanks again to the team at the Fox, and we look forward to our next visit.

“Outstanding Pub. Great Food” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 January 2014 We recently relocated to Moreton in Marsh and have been fortunate enough to find The Fox and Hounds and adopt it as our new “local” We have been made to feel tremendously welcome and introduced to many new people who I hope will become firm friends in the years to come. The family team of Gill, Sionned and Jamie run a good old fashioned country pub with excellent food, all served up in a friendly atmosphere – what more could you ask? The bar is often visited by many dogs – all friendly and even the occasional rabbit, which came as a surprise on our first visit! I would particularly recommend the Guinness and the Hooky, as well as a very sensibly priced Chenin Blanc. We have already eaten in the bar many times, including a very special meal on New year’s Eve. The steak is always good and my wife would recommend the partridge. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the fabulous desserts too. The variety and quality of the food reflects very well on Jamie and everyone we have taken to the pub for food has been very impressed.There is even hope for my liver as the pub closes after lunch on Sunday until Tuesday so drink free days will keep the doctor happy. Easy to find – about 1.5 miles off the A44 – try it – you will not regret it.

“Cozy and traditional with very good food” Reviewed 27 December 2013 I took my better half to the Fox and Hounds for her birthday in late November. I’ve typically got mixed feelings about the Cotswolds; despite living in one of the most expensive boroughs in London (Richmond), there are times when parts of the area feel just a bit too “OK YA” and posh caps in red corduroys for me. Close your eyes in some Cotswold pubs, listen to the voices, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in an upmarket Chelsea watering hole. It was a big relief to discover that this was anything but one of those places. This is a pretty village blessed with a wholly unpretentious and genuinely friendly pub that has ‘traditional and charming’ down to a tee. Our room for the night was a very good size and really reasonable money. Food was excellent – a big thanks to the chef for switching the menu from de-facto veggie option, risotto, and producing a truly excellent Thai veggie curry for the birthday girl. My steak and chips was also very good (and I’ve eaten a lot of that stuff!). The evening only got better when we noticed Hartley. Who? Hartley – a very handsome Rex rabbit owned by a friendly local. He (Hartley that is) spent the entire evening sitting on the bar eating peanuts in such a relaxed manner that anyone would think a rabbit sitting nonchalantly on the bar of a busy pub is the most normal thing in the world. Apparently, he’s a regular. Given that our menagerie includes five rescue rabbits, you can imagine how chuffed we were. Overall, the whole evening was one of those cosy, log fire, low lighting, good food and a great atmosphere nights when everything feels just right and, with a few drinks blurring out the usual boring considerations (e.g. how would we get to work?), you find yourself wondering if you really ought to up-sticks and move there tomorrow. We left the next day, after a very good breakfast, with nothing but good things to say about the Fox and Hounds, its staff, the locals and, of course, Hartley.

“One of the Best Meals in 2013 Set in a Typical Old English Tavern” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 December 2013  Had eaten a small taster meal earlier in year that was exceptionally good. Decided to visit again I spend a lot of my time travelling and my home in S/France so I do appreciate great food cooked by great Chefs. This Pub has both (Also a really friendly & welcoming team) The meal was truly fantastic and the best duck I have had this year. It was complimented by superb mash potatoes with bacon & spring onions and 2 veg that tasted incredibly. What a great Chef and what great local produce. I always find it difficult to recommend a restaurant but this is one not to miss.

“Old Country pub at its very best” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 December 2013 Last night we had a delicious evening meal in this delightful old pub, the atmosphere is perfect, busy and bubbling with friendly people – it doesnt get any better. Excellent menu with choices for everyone. Lamb tangine was better than in Morocco, lemon sole was to die for – an enormous fish cooked in lemon butter and the menfolk had partridge which was the best they had ever had – can thoroughly recommend the puds too – service was first class attentive and thoughtful – we will definately be back here again, just sad we hadnt been before !!

“Fantastic country pub with superb food” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 19 August 2013 Went there yesterday as halfway between us and parents-in law. Charming village pub. Landlady was so welcoming (tapas on bar to greet everyone). Her partner is the chef. Had the best roast pork I have ever tasted and that is saying something! Divine puddings. Bar full of local characters to liven up the atmosphere. Landlady said if we wanted a particular roast to call a few days before next visit and they would arrange it. All meat sourced locally and fresh homegrown vegetables. We will be back!

Great Food, Classic English Pub Reviewed 4 August 2013 Had Sunday lunch at the Fox and Hounds and enjoyed it more than the Tripadvisor reviews had prepared us for! The eclectic menu allowed our group to choose from chilli with homemade tortilla chips, sea trout, peppered venison and rare roast sirloin of beef: no one was complaining! My venison medallions were in an aubergine, pine nuts and honey reduction, and the two were delicious together. Desserts featured a wicked chocolate pudding with marmalade ice cream, Eton Mess and a great homemade Bakewell Tart. Service was good, friendly but unhurried. Overall, the meal set a standard for other pubs to try to reach.

“Great chef” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 August 2013 This was our fourth visit today and it lived up to our expectations as usual.First time here some months ago had the mutton curry, best curry I have ever had bar none. This time I had the Thai green curry with jasmine rice, again superb. My wife’s grilled sardines were so good too. Enjoyed a perfect pint of Hook Norton bitter. We will be back very soon.






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