The Fox & Goose | Pub in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Fox & Goose - Pub in Essex

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Ongar Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3SN, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Danielle Kirkham
+44 (0)1245 248245(landline)

A very large, very well-run dining pub for families, tourists and business folk, with a café attached so you need never go hungry!

Next to a garden centre on the A414 (you can’t miss it) is a warm, buzzing, much-loved pub. Enter a large open-plan space with a stone-slate floor, a wall of racked wines, a clutch of club chairs, a bar painted dove-grey. Delightful staff serve pints of Woodforde’s Wherry, wines by the glass, and a sparkling selection of whiskies, rums, vodkas and gins. If you stop for a bite, you’ll eat stylishly and well. Try Lambton & Jackson smoked salmon celeriac remoulade to start, then slow roasted belly of pork with mashed potato, Symonds cider jus and crispy crackling; the menu changes each day. A ‘bakehouse’ is attached (meet for lovely bagels, cakes, scones, tea or fizz), a wall of glass opens to a wicker-chaired terrace with sprawling views across the Essex countryside, and in winter the wood-burner glows.

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.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

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Starters from £3.25. Lunch from £8.50. Dinner from £9.50.


Open all day.


Ongar Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3SN, Essex


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