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The Fox Inn, Farthinghoe - pub details

Fox Inn

Address: Baker Street, Farthinghoe, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 5PH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39722) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Kings Sutton (3.5 miles), Banbury (4.8 miles)

Brewery: Charles Wells

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other pubs nearby:

Marston Inn, Marston St Lawrence (1.8 miles), Inn, Greatworth (2.0 miles)

user reviews of the Fox Inn, Farthinghoe

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An old, attractive pub just off the main road through the village, this cannot get much in the way of passing trade but it seemed busy enough on a recent Tuesday evening visit, perhaps helped by the curry night and the war weather. It’s clearly had a makeover at some point, but seems to have nonetheless managed to retain much of it’s charm and character. There is a small but pleasant garden and patio at the rear.

It’s essentially a U-shaped pub divided in to three or four rooms clustered around a central bar. Whilst the décor is similar throughout, they each had their own identity, and all were quite pleasant. The first room when coming in from the rear garden has a bit of a farmhouse kitchen feel to it with chunky pine furniture, and this leads through to an area that is perhaps more geared up for dining with wood boards on the floor, some rustic exposed stone wall and khaki green paintwork elsewhere.

The next bar is perhaps marginally larger and is presumably more aimed at the drinkers, although there is of course no reason why you couldn’t eat here, as I did. There are some attractive mottled tiles on the floor, as well as some green carpet nearer the rear. There is a large brick built fire-place at one end, and this looks as though it is used to burn logs in the colder weather. Walls were a mixture of exposed stone and a combination of wood panelling and plasterwork. The bar counter looked to be solidly made from planks of wood too. Seating was a mixture of tables and chairs and a few leather armchairs, many of them clustered around the fire-place. There were a few board games on a shelf, as well as an old clock and a few black and white photos of the local area. A small TV was on the wall opposite the bar which perhaps looked slightly out of place, but fortunately this was not in use.

The menu managed to strike a good balance between traditional pub grub and the urge to go more upmarket. Most of the mains were around the £10 - £15 mark, so a cut above your usual pub prices, but not excessively so. Options included the usual suspects such as Ham Egg & Chips, Fish & Chips, Burger, etc., as well a few more adventurous dishes such as Duck stir fry with caramelised plums and a Trio of Pork. Since it was Tuesday, I took advantage of their curry night which consisted of a curry and pint for £8. The landlady described it as medium hot, creamy and very tasty. It turned out to be a decent dish, with a generous quantity of tender chicken, rice and poppadoms. I couldn’t really describe it as creamy or tasty though – don’t get me wrong, it was a decent quality dish and I’d no complaints, but it wasn’t the flavoursome option that I had anticipated.

Beer choices appeared to be just Young’s Bitter and the local Pit Stop from Silverstone, although a third pump was not in use so there may be another on occasions. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. All in all I really liked this pub, with it’s sympathetic refurbishment, decent menu and friendly staff.
Blackthorn - 5 Jun 2013 08:12
Friendly staff at this recently refurbished pub. Three beers on tap from the Wells/Youngs range - Bombadier, Courage Directors and Youngs Bitter all in good condition - also noted Erdinger Weissbier on tap. Food was excellent on both evenings that we stayed here. Would happily visit here again.
brianagain - 19 Jul 2011 21:45
Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it's off to Farthinghoe we go........... So with the panto season in full swing I found myself singing as I set off into the night my friends to continue my quest. This time to the far side of Banbury ( some say the dark side ) close to Brackley.
This time I took some company with me, and no before you ask there were not seven of us, just my friend John or as he is better known to his wife.... Grumpy and myself, Doc, because that is what I am.

After a few recent disapointments ( understatment )I was hopefull I might be in luck having heard some good things locally re this place.
Grumpy and I eventualy arrived, having somehow managed to have lost our way. We found a nice looking old stone buliding that is a Charlie Wells House. At 7.00pm we were the only ones in the place except for the chap at the bar nursing a cold and a pint....... Sneezy is that really you?? Having No fire lit on a freezing cold night would not help Sneezy or the atmosphere of which the place was void.
Had an OK ish pint of Bombadier. Not sure why it tasted strange, prehaps Dopey had cleaned the beer lines this week?
The menu is made up of standard pub fayre, nothing special at all, just OK. Infact, yes you have guessed it, it nearly sent me to....... Sleepy!!
I Had the liver which was completley over cooked, a shame for something so simple.
A few more farming type locals turned up which did lift the atmosphere some.
We chatted to the bar man Tom I think? who really was very Happy and anything but....Bashful, before venturing back on the icy roads, singing a new version of our favourite little ditty.........
Hiegh Ho, Heigh Ho, to Farthinghoe we won't go ( again )
And the quest goes on my friends.

james67 - 14 Dec 2010 09:30
Quite superb, food is excellent as is the beer. Good for lunchtimes or for supper and they will cater for special occasions too. It's not my local, I live 120 miles away, but have visited often while calling on friends locally. I believe they do Bed & Breakfast too though have no details.
Deeps - 9 Jun 2010 09:18

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