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Fancott Arms, Fancott

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user reviews of the Fancott Arms, Fancott

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An attractive looking country pub with plenty of colourful hanging baskets and flower troughs outside, it consists of a bar area at the front and a restaurant at the rear along with a patio area, good sized beer garden complete with children’s play area and even a miniature railway running around the garden.

The bar area at the front of the pub appears as though it may have recently been refurbished, but still retains plenty of character with a low, beamed ceiling and quarry tiles on the floor. A large stone built fire-place was at one end complete with a wood burning stove and a pile of logs ready for the colder weather whilst the seating was a mixture of high stools at the bar and high tables and chairs in the large bay windows. To the left is a small snug area with a carpeted floor and low chocolate brown leather sofas with plenty of cushions around the perimeter. The other seating here was small pouffes which were a clear case of style over substance and were quite uncomfortable, especially if you were going to be eating. Another, smaller fire-place and wood burning stove was in here.

To the right was a parlour style room complete with a dresser full of condiments, although most of the punters in here appeared to be eating. Service was ok, if a little slow and distracted at times – plates were not cleared from the tables and I overheard someone else asking for their table to be wiped down as it was all sticky. To be fair though, the restaurant at the rear was full to capacity even on a recent Tuesday evening visit, so they were no doubt concentrating on that.

The food menu offered a decent selection of dishes, and was divided in to sections such as Baguettes & Melts, Salads, Bar Snacks and “Stove”. The latter category contained a number of options in the “pub grub” genre such as Cod & Chips, Steak & Kidney Pie, Burger, Chilli, etc., and these were mostly priced somewhere in the £10 - £12 range. My Smoked Salmon & Champ Fishcakes with a creamy wholegrain mustard and dill sauce was a pleasant enough dish and a very generous portion consisting of two large fishcakes.

Beers on tap were Tribute and Doom bar whilst the solitary cider was Stowford Press, which makes a pleasant change from the usual dross around these parts. Overall I quite liked this pub, but the emphasis is very much on food, so if you’re after a more traditional drinking pub this may not be for you.
Blackthorn - 30 Apr 2014 07:47
Had A Midday lunch with two friends.
Found the pub Quite.
The service was very good as was the food, The waitress was curtious and Knowledgeable.
Beer was also very cold and tasty.
Will go again.
ramando - 25 May 2011 16:53
excellent range of food, lovely beer garden in the summer, bit of a ballache if youre over 6 foot though!! very much recommended.
hbee - 10 Mar 2008 22:39
Nice friendly country pub. The food we have had from this pub has always been very good and the real ale has been kept in good order.
multiplexor - 29 Sep 2007 23:13
In the summer this is a parents dream.It has a quarter mile miniature railway!It also has a good quality climbing frame thingy and a large football pitch to play footie in,complete with netted five a side goals.The food isnt bad either .The beer is a bit diaspointing ,Greene king IPA and speckled Hen but it is served well.It is also large enough to avoid kids if you dont like little people.This pub is quite unique.
Henners - 22 Sep 2006 17:59
Pretty pub, a lot of food served here massive beer garden with children's play area.
Carl1982 - 18 Oct 2005 17:13
Really pleasant pub, lovely large garden with its own kids railway. Food is inexpensive and good range offered. Staff friendly. Nice fireplace and lovely interior decoration.
anonymous - 13 Oct 2005 23:10
Amazing pub serving fantastic range of food at great prices, friendly staff, lovely interior with fireplace, garden is absolutely huge with patio heaters and a children's railway. Check out the website too - you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended and very close to J12 of the M1 so no excuse not to try it.
anonymous - 18 Sep 2005 00:34

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