The Fox and Hounds Country Inn was built in the style of an old, white-walled British pub, and the inside is kitted out with carpet, lots of wood panelling, and authentic British memorabilia. It is set up as an Irish pub to the right, and an English pub to the left. Anyone who has ever been inside a British pub will transported back to old memories. Especially if you've been to the Sussex Arms in Tunbridge Wells, as that's the original home of a lot of the internal fittings.
However, it is not really a pub at all, it is a licensed restaurant. It's been a while since we last visited, but to sit inside for Sunday lunch, you had to book in advance. As we were usually not that well organised, we had to eat in the beer garden. This area was not well shaded so the heat was a bit uncomfortable in summer. The first time we went there I had the beef and Guinness pie, I enjoyed it so much, I had the same thing on our second visit.
Now the original owners of the business have moved on, and the restaurant is under new ownership. They have recently built a new alfresco dining area for an extra 50 people, right where the old beer garden used to be: what a good idea.
If reminiscing over memorabilia is not your thing, and foods like curry, bangers and mash, Cornish pastie, or sherry trifle don't excite you, then maybe you can be tempted with a tipple? The ale, beer or cider you used to enjoy could be on their menu. I'm not a fan of draught Guinness, I only like it in pies, and I'm not even sure what Speckled Hen is, but I'm sure someone out there will be very happy to know they don't have to hurtle through the sky, cooped up in a metal tube for 24 hours to have some with their meal.
If a sing-a-long is what you want, every month on a Monday there is also live entertainment for the over 50s. I'm not there yet, give me five years or so, and then I might give it a go. Maybe.
For more information on The Fox and Hounds Country Inn, visit their website where you will find the opening hours, dinner and lunch menus. Currently Stuart and Vicki are doing a traditional, three course Christmas dinner in July for $45.00, because some people can't get used to cold cuts and king prawns with salad for Christmas, in the middle of summer - and by some people, I mean me.
This article was written in 2011, the price of the three course Christmas meal in 2012 is $55.00, (July 7 and 21). There is a two course Christmas meal available for $30.00 every Sunday and Monday in July, check their website for details.