22 High Street
Hampshire SO43 7BG
Tel:023 8028 2098
Gluten free: Just ask
Parking: Public car park
Loos: Above average, look out for splinters!
I recently enjoyed meeting 3 friends here for lunch. It was a nostalgic visit; way back in the fifties my father used to manage The Grand Hotel (now the recently closed New Forest Hotel) and my sister and I used to practically live at the riding stables behind the Fox & Hounds. Cant remember if the pub was there then but the big black gates at the front of the pub were the entrance to the stables. I think that what used to be the stable yard is now the al fresco area of the pub. I spent many a happy hour mucking out in there! We loved the horses and I can remember that as 2 very young kids we were able to go off riding on our own in the forest, can just imagine that happening these days!
Back to business…. the pub has recently been refurbished in a very pleasing but familiar style. Nooks and crannies, sludgy colours, mismatched chairs and memorabilia. We had a cosy little table by a window. Our server was charming; a very polite young lady but obviously a little inexperienced and even though it wasn’t busy there were long waits between courses so don’t know what was going on in the kitchen. We didn’t mind, we had lots to chat about so not in a hurry.
We were delighted to find they have a Winter Lunch Menu, 2 courses £10 and 3 courses for £13 so very good value for money, we do love a set menu!
Two chose the home made Soup of the Day, vegetable, served with croutons and masses of crusty farmhouse bread…. this was a meal in its self it was such a generous portion. I really enjoyed Rosary Goat’s Cheese with confit cherry tomatoes and beetroot salad. Fourth member of the party sensibly saved herself for pudding.
Our mains… we all chose the Chargrilled Owton’s Pork Sausages, delicious sausages, mashed potatoes (could have been creamier), braised red cabbage and red wine gravy. Our puds were a wee bit disappointing. The Pecan pie was a little dry and the Bread & Butter pudding… well it just wasn’t really Bread & Butter pud! Nice accompanying ice cream.
I will go again, I enjoyed the atmosphere, oh and they now have a Farmhouse Café where they serve lighter bites and sell local produce.
Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: Fox & Hounds
3/5 Quality of food
4/5 Variety of menu
3/5 Staff and service
4/5 Ambiance and décor
4/5 Value for money
18/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
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