The Fox & Hounds, Crawley, Nr Winchester 21/25

The Fox & Hounds 21/25 F&H (5) 

Crawley
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 2PR

Tel: 01962 776006

Website: foxandhoundscrawley.co.uk

Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

gold LWL Gold Award – Awarded August 2012 – Cost ££££££

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We heard that The Fox & Hounds, a Freehouse, had very recently been taken over by new owners Alex & Sally Marie Wood so decided to lunch there on what turned out to be a lovely day. Crawley is a picturesque village with lots of thatched cottages and where even the large duck pond has a thatched hut in the middle of it! The Fox & Hounds its self is Tudor in style on the outside and with lots of different levels and dining areas inside. (We later learnt from Sally that plans for improvements are in the pipeline.)

Alex has an impressive pedigree as a chef, do read his history here.  Sally is the very friendly and welcoming front of house. We also think she’s a saint as not only do the couple have 5 children (aged 1 – 15) and a new business to look after they have just acquired a chocolate lab puppy; we were exhausted just thinking about it!

They were busy with a mixture of diners eating off both the A La Carte menu and the Bar Menu. We chose from the interesting A La Carte but some of the items we saw from the Bar Menu (including their handmade cheese burger) looked very appetising and very reasonably priced. (Samples of both menus on their website).

Our starters: Beetroot, goats cheese and red onion salad, Scallops, confit potato, pea cream and pancetta, Tomato tart, feta and basil, rocket salad with balsamic and Classic Caesar salad, pesto croute with chicken.

Our Mains: 12 hour pot roasted pork belly, peas and runner beans, creamed potato and tomato jus, Aged rib eye steak, tomato, field mushroom, triple cooked chips and watercress, Salmon fish cakes, lemon and coriander, new potatoes, cured fennel and wilted rocket and Baked hake with a prawn and tarragon crust, spring onion crushed potato, spinach and a lemon cream sauce.

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This is food of a very high quality; good sized portions, some unique presentation and with lovely flavours. We were particularly impressed with all our starters and with the 12 hour pot roasted pork belly.Sharing was the only way to sample the puds we were so full. We tried Eton mess and Gooseberry cobbler, vanilla ice cream, almond brittle. Again the presentation of each dish was unusual and they satisfied my sweet tooth!

We drank a Domaine Vic, Mas du Canal Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, France, 2011 which was delicious and at £15 a bottle reasonably priced. We finished with coffees.

Alex and Sally are keen for the pub to become the hub of the village and they seem to be succeeding; the pub is child friendly, in fact children are encouraged, they have a large garden with a play area for them and they are given drawing materials along with the menus. Dogs are welcome.

Their stables have been converted into 4 reasonably priced ensuite chalets rooms to let; prices and more details on their website.

They deserve your support and we recommend The Fox & Hounds! Cost: ££££££

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 5/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambience & décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

 

Total Yummy Factor

21/25

Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)