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Food

The Fat Fox

The Fat Fox Inn has gone from unknown or overlooked to a frequented and much loved favourite


Even my daughter, Poppy, usually a very fussy vegetarian was left wordless by her warm goats curd, puy lentil, hazelnut salad followed by butternut and Pecorino Gnocchi

For a pub that has so much to offer, I had to question why I hadn’t found myself in this buzzing establishment more recently. Having been recommended by a friend, my family and I visited for dinner and were pleasantly shocked by the transformation that greeted us upon entry. As a local I had long avoided the Fat Fox due to its reputation as a bit of a ‘student common’ room.

Changes have blown through the business thanks to; John, proprietor and a local, and Mark, head chef, recently from London, to great effect.

The pool room is transformed into an elegant dining space and the bar welcomes diners and drinkers alike with a warm, clean and open easiness that one seldom finds in small town establishments.

The aesthetic alterations were matched by the quality of the service, the excellence of the food and the friendliness of the atmosphere all of which impressed us. The menu was well planned and the food was simple at it was excellent. The landlord has taken advantage of his contacts to serve food that is, with the rare exception, uniquely locally sourced. This, as well as the pride and dedication that the kitchen team takes in their work, shines through in the finished article. Even my daughter, Poppy, usually a very fussy vegetarian was left wordless by her warm goats curd, puy lentil, hazelnut salad followed by butternut and Pecorino Gnocchi. I myself, a committed carnivore, fell in love with their homemade Scotch Eggs followed by venison tenderloin with dauphinoise potatoes and a port and game jus.

In the space of a handful of months the Fat Fox Inn has gone from unknown or overlooked to a frequented and much loved favourite. Long may the improvements continue, Watlington’s all the better for it.