The Fox and Hounds Llancarfan

4.5
30 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
A COUNTRY INN AND GASTROPUB WITH BAR, RESTAURANT, ROOMS AND A COVERED OUTSIDE TERRACE OVERLOOKING ST CADOC'S CHURCH IN THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF LLANCARFAN
Jim and Rhiannon Dobson look forward to welcoming you to The Fox and Hounds - a destination pub in the secluded village of Llancarfan on the banks of a little brook. We have a large terraced area which is perfect to enjoy a chilled glass of wine or beer on a summer's evening. In the winter, relax in a comfortable chair in our newly refurbished bar next to the roaring log burner.

We are open every day for dinner, bed and breakfast. Lunches are available from Wednesday to Sunday. We are closed for lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays, opening again at 6pm those days.

Dogs are more than welcome at The Fox and Hounds and they can join you at your table should you wish. There is even a jar of doggie treats for them on the bar!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Pub
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Hours of Operation
Open for morning coffee from 10am daily (except on Monday & Tuesday)

Lunch

12-2.30pm Wednesday to Sunday (3pm on Sundays)

Dinner

6.00pm-9pm every day (8.30pm on Sundays)
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Phone number
01446 781287
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 30 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went as a group of seven for Sunday lunch. Chose the lamb option. I thought the lamb was as good as I’ve ever tasted, cooked relatively rare, it was quite excellent. Very good attentive service. An all round top notch experience!

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DH
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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. Quick and attentive ser i e. Good food and beer and a reasonable price in a lovely village.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fox and Hounds is a picturesque restaurant inside a classic ‘out in the country’ inn .. and a gem, just 15 minutes from Cardiff! Great food, friendly and knowledgable staff, great ambiance .. and did I mention the food!?!!

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IB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely stay nice and homely . Nice relaxed atmosphere the most amazing curried parsnip soup to start.

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KL
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Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not been for a while, and very impressed with the new layout, very friendly helpful staff, lovely food and wine......highly recommend

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HH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely country pub in a gorgeous village setting with a stream running by and a church next door.
Food and service was excellent. Will definitely return.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An off the beaten track location, but don't let that put you off. The food was excellent and the service was good to. The only thing would be the very small car park which when we arrived at 7.15 was already full to overflowing. Next time we plan on staying the night.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time we have stayed at the Fox and Hound, the first occasion with our dog and latterly without. The rooms are lovely with excellent tea/coffee facilities and biscuits for that peckish afternoon feeling.

On both occasions the evening meal has been very good, particularly the fresh fish option on the menu, and also the steaks. I had visited to eat several times prior to staying as I have business in the local area and every time have had a thoroughly enjoyable meal, although nothing has yet surpassed the fantastic banana souffle I had on my first visit. The breakfasts too are first class.

Service is prompt and friendly; a very good wine selection is on offer, as well as good local beers.

Dog friendly tables are available, which for us always gets the final seal of approval, and I very much appreciate the facility to book a table online.

Avery enjoyable meal or stay is guaranteed and I heartily recommend you try it.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit & it just gets better. Very helpful in satisfying a vegan & dog

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JM
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We are both vegetarians so we could only choose from a limited menu. The food in terms of taste was excellent but the quantity was tiny. We noticed that the carnivores were getting much larger portions so this is probably an excellent restaurant for most people. We won't go again.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was spot on. Waiters were very attentive, but not overbearing, which was great.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lunchtime Aug 1st with my husband inside looked clean and fresh but as it was a nice day we sat outside . The outside area leaves a lot to be desired table dirty (waitress didn't wipe it ) it needed a good clean from the lighting to the floor .It was a shame as it could be a nice outside space.Food was ok not the best my starter was good (asparagus) main chicken burger was overdone .Myhusbanss choice of fish was probably a better option

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R
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a number of times now and the food is excellent, the beer is good. It has a great beer garden and the interior of the pub is very welcoming.

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B
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great staff, pleasant surroundings, great food, beers and wines.
Worthwhile to drive the extra mile

Convenient located, close to Cardiff Airport

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was some 36 years since I last ate at the F & H and I know that there have been major upheavals in the pub and the village since. However, it was absolutely delightful to find out that it was still as good as it was before.
Well worth the effort to get out into the Vale - a beautiful part of the world that is all too often taken for granted.

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j
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, excellent service by Amy and John, we had a fun night out with excellent seasonal food and wine.

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V
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Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Stayed here on holiday and the quality of the food was a wonderful surprise!

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B
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just returned to the area and remember the pub from my youth. Many changes but remains an excellent pub restaurant. Pleasant staff good food and lovely place. Worth a visit

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D
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely location and lovely ambience. From personal choice I would have preferred an additional fish option. Food was reasonably priced. I had the goats cheese tartlet which was delicious but should have been served with an additional side dish. Crab starter was lovely.

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AJ
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious him cooked bar food. All ingredients prepped and cooked on the premises which leads to quality! Not a huge menu but good variety!

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TB
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Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall average won’t be rushing back

Having read reviews in Cardiff life we thought it would be worth a little drive out

Service was ok, however food did not live up to our expectations and one of our friends did not eat their main meal, although the food was removed from the bill and she was offered to pick a new meal, it’s not the same eating your food way after your dining companions

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We drove to Llancarfan but had a little trouble finding the Fox & Hounds. Llancarfan is a fantastic and quaint village with an abundance of colour and even a ford for a river (stream). This added to the ambiance of the pub.

On arrival to the car park by the stream we were in high hopes that this idilic setting was just the beginnings of a good evening, the beer garden overlooked the stream and surrounding village, it was fantastic. We went in the front entrance that leads to the bar and was welcomed by the bartender. Again the decor was fantastic, a step into our distant past, what country pubs used to be like, a welcome change from the modern take on a country pub trying to look olde worlde by just hanging old black painted farm equipment and brass everywhere, this pub was the real deal. The bar area was where the Special Board was situated.

We were taken to our table and immediately we were given a bottle of ice cold water in an old fashioned bottle, fantastic. Our menus were brought and we were given plenty of time too browse the list. There were a few at the table options, bread, olives etc. The menu was well balanced. The quality of the food was good and had no complaints there. But the menu was aiming at probably fine dining but the presentation of the food was rustic. We ordered Beer Battered Cod, Triple Cooked Chips and Crushed Peas. Now the food was delicious, the chips were in my top 3 of chips but the menu description didn’t fit with rustic appearance of the food. I had Honey Mustard Ham with a Duck egg, pineapple chutney and Triple Cooked Chips and again the chutney was unusual but very good. I think high end rustic is what their menu should be not fine dining served rustically. The Steak we ordered was mouthwatering. The sorbet and iced cream were great amazing selection of sorbets.

The staff were attentive and very helpful but the survive felt slow. I’m all for not being rushed but there’s a fine line between relaxed and what felt like forgotten

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We booked a table for 8pm, arriving at 8 on the dot to be told they were fully booked and running late. We sat in the bar for at least half an hour until we were shown to our table and our starters were brought at 9pm.
There were empty tables in the restaurant which were not filled while we were there.
The food was really good if overpriced we felt. Fish of the day £18 is rather over the top in our opinion. The waitress we had was excellent and very friendly. When the bill arrived we were not even given a free drink for our wait which we felt was quite poor.
We probably would not travel the half hour it took us to get there again as there are restaurants much nearer which are cheaper with food of equal standard.

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CA
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great and will return again, food is good and the beer is fab.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with outstanding food - we’ll go back.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food & service as always, Wonderful place to relax.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and the whitebait was a really good choice of sharing starter. The haddock and chips - choice of skinny or triple cooked was the best we have had for a long time. Shared panacotta and sorbet was the perfect finish to a delightful evening.

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CA
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great restaurant, the menu is packed full of local ingredients and always delicious. The staff are so friendly and the owners are great and have a passion for customers.

So good and will definitely visit again!

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice meal, pub was well presented and friendly staff

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Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can not recommend enough- the pub/restaurant is stunning- the staff were really friendly, impeccable service. The food for a pub restaurant was just WOW- the soup of the day was sublime, the blade of beef was truly delicious - and the deserts were amazing - worth the drive and would thoroughly recommend.

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