The Fox Inn

4.5
458 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Local chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix opened The Fox Inn in December 2020. Nestled in the Dorset countryside, just four miles from Beaminster, the pub is open 6 days a week.

Enjoy food and drink sourced from the South West in the warm and welcoming surroundings of our 17th Century Grade II listed pub. Settle in by the open fire with bar snacks and a real ale or dine on locally sourced food and drink in the Garden Room with a wine list that champions British winemakers.

Take in the views of fields and rolling hills from the outdoor seating area from our covered and uncovered outdoor seating.

Mark's Kitchen Library offers a unique private dining experience for 10 guests. Choose from Mark Hix's sharing style feasts using the best of local produce.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 458 People Are Saying
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RoseR
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Our table was booked for 2:15 but we did not receive our meal until 3pm.
We noted that the price for for our Sunday roast had risen by £2 even though we had booked the table less than 24 hours previously.
The beef was delicious but the parsnips were undercooked and almost inedible.
All in all, Avery expensive Sunday lunch!

PB
PeterB
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service, quaint pub with amazing apple pie!

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CLIVEC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Excellent sunday roast lunch with large home made Yorkshire Pudding and free extra YP and veg if wanted. Good veg selection too and all served on hot plates.

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HeidiM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t fault Sunday lunch at The Fox Inn - nor do we want to! Friendly welcome, efficient service, solid wine list, and the roast… well, you have to try it for yourself. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The sirloin was of the highest quality and it really was like cutting through butter. We live in London and so sadly cannot call this our local, but we vowed to come back and stay the night so that next time we can stagger upstairs for a nap afterwards.

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RW222
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lots of country atmosphere and will book again however prices on website were up to £3.00 cheaper per dish than prices on the day so don’t fully trust the website

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Deirdre
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We both very much enjoyed our dinner last night and were particularly impressed by the excellent service. On the pheasant Holstein, the breasts could have been bashed out flatter and the breadcrumbs could have been crispier and the curry would have been made perfect by a little bowl of chutney. Otherwise perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A small table crammed into a very small area by the door which was cold and uncomfortable. Ambience was ok, the waitress was good, the food did not live up to our expectations and that was very disappointing.

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RitaC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Varied and interesting menu. Lovely food and welcoming and efficient staff.

AH
AdamH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent enjoyable meal. We’ll above the average level of pub food. We enjoyed efficient friendly service. With very high quality food. In a very comfortable atmosphere of a traditional pub. And will return again.

MS
MikeS
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Superb food and delightful service, although coffee service was slow & coffee was cool when it arrived - and immediately replaced when we mentioned it: full marks for that. Conservatory was cold - on a v cold day. But excellence of all the food courses outweighed that. The Brill was perfect, the steak beyond perfect, the first course (Mark's 3) and puds unusual and pleasing. Not pretentious, good sized portions, chairs comfortable. Not expensive for this standard, although not cheap either. This is a real pub combined with a non-pub style menu of dishes designed, cooked and presented with flair.

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AnnB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes are delicious, well thought out using local produce. Helping size just right.
Waiting staff friendly and well informed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joyful fun filled delicious experience in such stunning surroundings and delightful staff who are so accommodating and treat all like family…
Service/food etc cannot fault.. XXXXXXBRILLIANT

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anonymous
Isle of Wight
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not visited previously and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to return with our friends soon.

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iain
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. Fun and friendly. Great food again. Thank you all. Will be back again soon

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Manx
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Wonderful food. Log fires in Dining rooms. Best roast lunch anywhere.

SG
SaraG
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely evening, Wednesday Curry Meal. A different way of having a curry, delicious. My only problem was cold legs/draft every time the front door was opened.
Lovely cheerful staff.

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vipDAYTime
Hertfordshire
83 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fantastic village pub catering for locals and visitors alike. Brilliant staff who care about their roles. Excellent accommodation too. Food and wine met with expectations. Lovely location too.

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SarahC
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food.

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vaguely
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ate at 6 pm yesterday.The place was not busy but we found the service very slow.
Several items on the menu were not available

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MandyLou
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambience - friendly staff - a little forgetful at times but it was New Years Day. Delicious food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really good personal service from the front of house team!

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cathyl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. A bit more than we would usually spend but food was delicious and well worth it. 3 of us shared 2 starters, had a main and desert each plus a bottle of wine. Came to approx £40 per head. We all enjoyed our choices and agreed we couldn't have cooked any of it our selves to anywhere near the same standard. (I hate it when I feel I could do better myself).
Relaxed friendly atmosphere. Attentive and cheerful waiting staff.
Lovely way to spend New Year's Eve.

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MarkS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A warm welcome on arrival and then taken through the lovely welcoming and absolutely buzzing bar area to our table. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was exquisite, but then I didn’t expect anything less given the owners pedigree. My partner ordered a trio starter that included Korean Beef, mackerel and beetroot amongst other ingredients that escape my memory. I had a Game Broth. It was very tasty but unfortunately it was a little dark around our table so I could not see the contents of the broth. Nonetheless it was lovely. Mains were, Sea Bass for my partner and steak for me. Again both were fantastic but I must mention that I was expecting chips with my steak. It did come with a form of chips which were cleverly layered strips of potato that were deep fried. Very interesting. The whole experience was great and when Chef, Mark Hix sauntered over for a chat it just made the evening more special. The fact that it appears that all ingredients are sourced from local producers makes it even better, apart from some wines, obviously.
We will be back again soon.

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Robm
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food,
Amazing staff,
Amazing place,
Amazing New Years Eve.

JB
JanetB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place! Cute decor (especially loved the hanging hats with old-fashioned bottles), knowledgeable staff and simply superb food. Can't wait to find another excuse to visit.

MM
MichaelM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

An evening out with my wife on her birthday. Very welcoming pub with professional staff who looked after us admirably. Food was definitely above average for the area and was served attractively at the correct temperature. Will return!

DM
DianeM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Yeh, this place is nice, a really cozy old pub. The food is great, I really enjoyed my meal. However the style of service is a mistake, nothing was recorded when we ordered our meal. Multiple things where forgotten and as we were not asked if our meal was ok, we did not have a chance to ask for the missed items. My partner ordered sausages and asked for mustard which was forgotten, he also ordered ice cream with his desert and it was served with custard. Shame everything else was quite nice but disappointed about the style of service. When we visited it was not very busy. I think this way of ordering is going to be a real mistake at busy times.

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Ezzy
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Very overpriced for mediocre food. Clearly Mark has taken his eye off the ball! It is a pub serving food and as such you should go expecting that. It is not fine dining or anything special. Even though they charge as if it is! If you are visiting in winter go dressed warm as the eating area is in a lean to on the back of the building and so very sort/draughty. Shame as tempting us out of our warm Comfy home in the depths of winter we expected to be warm, sat on comfy seating and be served professionally and with great local food. Sadly this didn’t happen. It is a very dog friendly pub and as such expect owners dogs loose around the eating area. Expect to pay for mediocre food at London rates and still expect to pay the full price for it, have items missing but still pay for it, be laughed at by your server and then still take your service charge for such service! We are local & look to try local restaurants to recommend to our lovely guests sadly this one didn’t hide it. We are currently in the middle of a 20 day restaurant tour and so far have been amazed and wowed by sone truly great local food & service. We’d advise to avoid and try other great places as there’s so many that are better: seaside boarding house, Ollerod, station kitchen, fleur de Lys, Halbury cottage to name but a few we’ve been to this past two weeks! Simply put poor service, mediocre food, overpriced - read the reviews - wish we had! £150 wasted … enough said

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Mistertonmassive
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Curry night dishes showed lack or even fear of spices. Portions very small and the rice was the cheapest possible, not Basmati.
Service was slow and the very loud 70’s disco music was totally inappropriate for the setting and the wished-for relaxed evening meal.
One of the 2 ladies toilets had a broken seat hanging off and both had significant levels of dust and detritus on the top of the wood panelling.
They have clearly not been cleaned properly for some time.
Very disappointing.

OT
OllieT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great selection of local drinks and seasonal food.
Staff were attentive and welcoming.
Still strikes a nice balance between countryside pub and quality restaurant.

AW
AmandaW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch!!! Will defiantly come back, the Wednesday curry night sounds amazing Thank you

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BrandonScadds
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service from the team and food and drinks for the festive period

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere.

AB
AndrewB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Traditional English pub.
Rural location, easy parking, dog friendly, cosy open fires, great range of beers and wines. Free House.
Hospitable, friendly staff offering oustanding service
Interesting menu by celebrity chef Mark Hix. My wife thought her pudding was the best desert she had eaten in 2021.The vanilla infused custard is simply to die for👌

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see Spiros again and Joey too.
And I could live off the marrow for ever!

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glennc
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and excellent food would certainly recommend the Fox

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Starter (Anchovies) and dessert (Choc mousse) were both absolutely delish! But I chose the steak for main and considering the price, was really very underwhelmed… no dressing on the leaves, no sauce options, chips were nice but overly salted and the steak itself was fine but nothing special at all… I think either I chose poorly or the kitchen were having a bad steak day. Others at the table had the curry (which looked and smelt delicious) and pork chop (ditto). I had serious food envy!!

Service was great all evening - good staff!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and great ambiance! Lovely country gastro pub! Will definitely go again.

AB
AdamB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at the Fox, the staff were excellent - friendly, professional and welcoming. High end dining with atmosphere of a country pub. I had the mutton curry (much nicer than that sounds) and the wonderful apple and gooseberry crumble. Look forward to returning.

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Beverley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Some interesting choices on the menu - difficult to choose so we'll have to come back and try the rest! Well presented, lovely flavours and very helpful staff.

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The Fox Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

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