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The Old Fox, Bricket Wood - pub details

Old Fox

Address: School Lane, Bricket Wood, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3XU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21351) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Garston - Hertfordshire (0.6 miles), Bricket Wood (1.2 miles), Watford North (1.4 miles)

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Well - the pub was next to a wonderful area for walking dogs, and people do walk dogs and then they did go to the pub. The theme of "smelling of dogs" seems to have taken off, but I never noticed it and I'm not really bothered. I like pubs that accept dogs and would not go to one that didn't. OK - that's dealt with - if you didn't like dogs, you shouldn't have gone to a dog walking pub.

The essence of the place was that it was unaltered from time immemorial - this is how pubs were: bare boards, nooks, small rooms - it was great. I've been quite a few times in winter and there was a huge log fire burning - perfect!

The staff were always friendly enough to me and other customers. The restricted opening times did make a difference but I reckon the landlord had other things to do the rest of the week - why shouldn't he have opened when he wanted to?

The beers were always the same - Ridgeway and Toad - never had a bad pint, and it was cheap enough.

You will note that this review is in the past tense - The Old Fox closed about 9 months ago - rumour has it that it has structural problems, so whether it will ever open again as a pub nobody knows. I hope it does. I always felt that I was one of a select group who knew of this very traditional and isolated pub that had been trapped in a time warp and I appreciated it.
greybeard - 30 Jul 2017 01:36
Dont use this pub. Only opens three times a week if are lucky. Very rude owners and pub smells of dogs and toilets are a disgrace.
Live 250 yards away but would not go there. Also do no food other than crisps and nuts.
phillip02 - 14 Apr 2015 17:57
has been closed the last few times I passed. shame as they were dog friendly, and they were not rude. if you hate dogs why go to a country pub that welcomes them? I hope this isnt the end of the old fox. I went there as a kid first, and often stopped by with my dogs.
lucywillow - 22 Jan 2015 16:55
Can't comment about the beer (Ridgeway and Side Pocket on at £3.20 a pint) but there was definitely a funny smell about the pub when I finally managed to visit.

Lovely location if you can sit outside, and will have to pop back on a sunny day to try and ale or two when I'm not driving, but can't imagine spending an evening there in the height of winter.
duchyjim - 26 Aug 2013 22:12
You wouldn't think such a beautiful and secluded location existed within the M25, but the mile long approach from Bricket Wood to this pub along a country lane is lovely. Sadly, the positives end there. Whilst I did manage to get a grunt from the sullen landlord, he clearly lacks communication skills. Hopefully his regulars get a better service. The beer was in poor condition - I chose the Ridgeway Bitter from Tring. Maybe the other beer on - Side Pocket For a Toad was in better condition. The pub also smells of dogs. There were a few canines around on my Monday afternoon visit. But the smell was overpowering. Such a shame. Much more could be made of this glorious location.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Aug 2013 20:24

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