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The Fat Fox Inn - Pub in Oxfordshire

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13 Shirburn Street, Watlington, OX49 5BU, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

John Riddell
+44 (0)1491 613040(landline)

The whole place hums with bonhomie, and the food is so good you’ll want to stay. And you can - in peaceful bedrooms in the old barns

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A stone's throw from the big smoke yet wonderfully rural, the 17th-century building has been part pub, butchers, bakery and shop in its day but is now an inn to the core. The bronze buddha on the bar gazes serenely over pumps with Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold, the carpeted bar is cosy and simple, there's an open fire, sofas and an elegant separate dining room with oriental rugs. Consider smoked chicken and foi gras terrine, fig chutney and sourdough toast; fillet of pollock, chick pea, chorizo and sherry stew with saffron aioli; lemon financier and thyme ice cream – just some of the delights from chef Mark Gambles and quite simply divine. Staff and owner are delightful and the whole place hums along on this team's super-friendly and engaging manner.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Guest feedback
"Really Restful, Relaxing & Refreshing. We have just returned from a lovely night & weekend at the Fat Fox and are both looking forward to our next stay. Our host John (celebrating his first year since taking over) gave us a very warm & friendly welcome & a relaxed atmosphere. The accommodation had good sized bedrooms, with large new comfortable beds, clean & well maintained with televisions & wifi and also tea/coffee making facilities in room. There was a nice & varied menu with locally sourced food. The hot smoked salmon followed by the 28 day aged steak & chips was delicious followed by a hearty breakfast next morning – the Best food I have eaten in many years! The staff & service was polite, professional, efficient, very attentive & timely. The drinks were perhaps a little pricy but worth it & a decent selection of beers (Brakspear), wines & spirits. Overall great value considering quality & quantity Located in a scenic setting & a picturesque village. The pub has a large car park. We could not find fault with any aspect of the pub."
April 2011

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Lunch from £12. Bar meals from £5. Dinner from £27. Sunday lunch, 2-3 courses, £20-£25.


Open all day.


13 Shirburn Street, Watlington, OX49 5BU, Oxfordshire


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