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The Fox and Hounds, Toys Hill - pub details

Fox and Hounds

Address: Toys Hill, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1QG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10585) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Edenbridge (3.4 miles), Edenbridge Town (3.8 miles), Sevenoaks (4.4 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Cock, Ide Hill (1.1 miles), Royal Oak, Crockham Hill (1.8 miles), Woodman, Ide Hill (2.0 miles), Four Elms Inn, Four Elms (2.0 miles)

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This pub is under new ownership and I visited on Sunday and was very impressed! I've known the Fox and Hounds since Ron and Hazel's days and did a few stints the other side of the bar in my youth. The new landlord seems to be doing a great job on the food and service, our 3 course Sunday lunch was excellent and the service was really friendly.

The pub had a good buzzy atmosphere with quite an array of dogs and a few children, everyone seemed to be having a great time and it managed to avoid being chaotic.

Definitely worth another try if you've been put off over the last few years, we had a great time and will definitely be going back.
wobblybee - 17 Nov 2015 11:11
As others have said, much more restaurant than pub. Very nice pint of Speckled hen on, couple of other bitters too which I didn't try. Food quite pricey but pretty good but no sarnies available on a Sunday. Lots of reserved tables at 1:30pm on a Sunday afternoon and way too many screaming brats for my liking. Big garden for nice weather.
alan_From_SAWW - 25 Aug 2013 17:50
'nstringer' is below of course, and not above...
beer_dreamer - 14 Nov 2012 20:22
We visited today and overall had a pleasant experience. The food is indeed overpriced but Shirley Hickmott, the landlady, was all too willing to trust us over payment (ie. not take a credit card behind the bar). The soup of the day (leek & potato) was hot and tasty with fresh coriander as a dressing. The beer fresh and with no complaints. Dogs are welcome. Wood burner kept topped up.

I can't agree with 'nstringer' above. Buggies would prove to be a hazard. You can carry your children from the pub car park or, in fact, from the more extensive Toys Hill car park 10 minutes walk away.

I feel there is a particular local issue here, and not being one, I had a happy interlude on a sunny late autumn day.
beer_dreamer - 14 Nov 2012 20:18
I've visited this pub about 7 times since the start of last year for planning a couple of country walks. Your experience and enjoyment will vary depending on whether you are a food customer and whether it's nice enough to sit outside.

When you can sit in the garden which has 20-30 tables, drinkers and eaters all seem well catered for and I found the waiting staff attentive too.

When it's too cold or wet for the garden, the inside is a dining room area (the right hand side, as you enter) and the bar area has about another 8 tables. As the dining room gets busy with Sunday lunch guests and even the bar tables are scattered with "reserved for diners"/"reserved at 2pm" etc signs, this is when it becomes clear that they actually don't like drinkers. You are not allowed to drink in the dining area under any circumstances, even after food service has finished. On my 2nd to last visit on a Sunday in September there was 1 non-dining table in the entire pub (which 10 of us crowded around) and the latest time even that was reserved for use later on - there are a few bar stools which I presume are the only safe haven from food reservations.

Sunday lunch is a big deal of this sort of place of course, and the landlady was polite in explaining that they really consider themselves a restaurant as this is what pays, but even amongst pubs I've been to like that, it's unusual for drinkers to struggle to find a single seat when there is probably room for 60-80 people to sit inside and eat.

The food is very nice - starters are 5-8ish and mains 12-18 apart from the Ploughman's which was about 9. Desserts 5.

Go on a nice sunny day and enjoy the garden, or go there because you want pub food. Drinkers are bound to get a warmer welcome almost anywhere else. As a walker with a group who don't all want to eat, it just about served our needs (and we didn't mind sitting outside under a heater for a bit with no tables inside) but if I were doing something like that again I would certainly try one of the pubs in Ide Hill instead.
Whale_Jnr - 21 Oct 2012 21:42

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