The Fox Inn

4.5
358 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 358 People Are Saying
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KimH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good Sunday lunch. Friendly staff. Reasonably priced.

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NonD
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lighting was a little dim to enable reading the menu. All else was great.

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Rambler
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A varied menu of quality dishes. Very friendly and efficient staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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GaryW
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service with very competent staff. We'll certainly be going back

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Fofo
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food great! Menu a bit limited for a veggie. Mix up with too many starters but all eaten so not a problem! Kind offer of water for the dog
Considering how few people in the restaurant service was a bit slow. And Freya assertively informative! Unfortunate spraying of nearby tables with anti bac and cleaning while we were eating - no other diners were in the room during the meal or when we left so could have waited?
Kind thought of some chocolate shards and Happy Birthday message for the birthday guest. Many thanks

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HenryA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a good evening at The Fox. Felix, Jay and co. were just delightful, the drinks, dinner and wine excellent and a treat to meet Mark Hix! Thank you.

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StevenL
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food with wonderful attentive service!

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Andyn
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate food supported by excellent team

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JoanneR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening. The waitress Freya was very good, and so were all the staff.
We all enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
16 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freya was our server, who was brilliant. Sold me a cocktail and I’m not even a drinker!
Food absolutely delicious, ALL staff were friendly, well trained, helpful and obvious that they enjoyed working at The Fox. Delightful, we will be back asap !

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Suzannah
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A thoroughly lovely experience from start to finish. The Fox is situated in an idyllic setting and has been thoughtfully renovated to feel relaxed and welcoming. First a very warm and friendly welcome and the decision to sit outside instead of in, on a beautiful day was cheerfully accommodated. The Menu was varied and the food was super fresh and cooked to perfection. We particularly enjoyed the crispy oysters and the Poole Bay cockles. The service, though informal, was excellent and all staff seemed to take genuine pride in the place. We will definitely be visiting again!

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ColinG
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just excellent
Everything was perfect the service the food.
Good value not had a dining experience like that for a long time

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MrsC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great experience at the Fox Inn and would recommend it for regulars and visitors to the area. Really strong team working there who are keen to help with food and drink selection. The back of house team are clearly very competent and produce very tasty and generous dishes. My only advice would be to improve the lighting in the garden room; doesn't need much but it does help to be able to read the menu!

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Rocko
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very warm welcome. A quiet time to eat which meant we were able to catch up with friends and all the meals were pleasant to the eye. 12/5% service charge is a bit high, should be 10%. A dirty plate on the table, some nibbles were spilt on the table and left and wine was spilt down a glass and stained the table! Contractors were working outside, but continually walked through the restaurant area? Needs a bit more polish.

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Macchris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch from a varied and imaginative menu, perfectly cooked and presented. Excellent service- thank you Freya!- and a welcoming ambiance. Already looking forward to the return visit!!!

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MartinL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is a lovely old Inn and we'd heard so much about Mark Hix. We were really looking forward to our Lunch.

We had booked for the evening, but cancelled this booking and booked for lunch. We thought driving through Dorset lanes in the dark might be a little dicey.

Young servers attended to us, who did not have a good knowledge of the menu and struggled when asked questions. Servers need to be trained. I suspect this again is a case of cheap wages in hospitality, which is not acceptable for any restaurant. We did feel sorry for these servers.

Now for the food. The Monkfish was tough. How can that be, but it was. My Wife's Brill was pink, not good and her scallops were rather like leather.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this! We were charged a £1 each for the jug of tap water. Really! If Mark Hix is this desperate, then I'm at a loos.

Finally, Although we had cancelled the evening booking online and asked our server to confirm, I received an email from Opentable chastising us for NOT cancelling. I've explained to Opentable it was cancelled. This again does not bode well for the Fox Inn.

I doubt we will visit a Mark Hix establishment again. You live and learn.

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RobP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent lunch in the garden room. We will be back

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CarrieR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday Roast and fish option. The ‘Trio’ starter delicious along with the sour dough bread.
Nice option to have a carafe if you don’t want a whole bottle, good selection of wine too.
The staff were excellent - knowledgeable, courteous & efficient.
Definitely recommend a visit

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JulieC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely amazing experience. The staff were attentative and we enjoyed meeting Mark.
The food and cocktails were first class. An all round fantastic Sunday lunch experience.

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chaletjack
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic roast beef - pricey but great. Service was attentive and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, well cooked food

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real gem especially on a day of monsoon rain!!!Cosy friendly and delicious food. The young staff really make the place, friendly knowledgeable and efficient and the locally sourced food is inventive and delicious We will be back!!

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MatthewT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and nice to see so many enthusiastic young people. Food was exquisite and only marked down on noise due to the heavy rain on the roof - which obviously was not the pubs issue !! We will be back

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IainM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant food with exceptional staff service.

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KatieM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic food.

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just good pub grub in pleasant surroundings provided by true professionals.

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RuthW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing night out. The pub is warm and welcoming. The staff extremely friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. Choice of food and wine top class. And the meal itself! Unbelievable. My husband said the steak was the best hes ever eaten. Thank you all for a wonderful experience.

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GrahamH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and wonderful food. Really enjoyed our anniversary lunch

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SugarSnap1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious huge steak for two. Delicious salmon. Informed, polite and charming young man advising on source of food and on wines. The team here have made a real success of this village pub, beautifully situated in depths of west Dorset. Only downside for me is it’s now more difficult to get a table but such a wonderful place to meet friends or celebrate. Menu varies in price so you can have a reasonably priced meal or spend more.

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Paul
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely rural setting - great food not overpriced. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch

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LauraM
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing Sunday Lunch we have ever had. Whole experience was 5* & can’t recommend highly enough. The staff were so friendly & efficient & completed the whole experience. Thank you all.

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JanisI
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our whole experience was just as we hoped for. Having followed Mark's journey during the last 18 months it was brilliant to eat his wonderful food in such a fabulous setting.

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Molly
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A terrific atmospheric pub restaurant, totally delightful and great young and informed, enthusiastic staff. Food was rather overpriced especially the starters and would have liked less red meat on menu but overall lovely flavours and greatly enjoyed.

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CatherineCox
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food ...Red Mullet was beautifully cooked the vegetables were perfect The quality of food was excellent We would love to come back to this beautiful pub .The staffs passion for The Fox and the food was lovely to experience.

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RogerM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Lunch as good as expected, and very friendly service.
We were just a bit disappointed that we we ushered into a rather gloomy front room when I later discovered a light and airy conservatory at the rear with people dining.
Much more what we look for these days.

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BillS
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely venue, excellent food and service. If I was being picky I'd say take it a little easy on the chocolate items for dessert.
4 out of the 5 items were chocolate based, but otherwise the Red Mullet in particular was delicious.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed out lunch at The Fox Inn, the food was very good as was the service. We did have some difficulty in finding the Inn.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and friendly service.

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JimW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food and excellent friendly service. Lighting a little too dim’

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DaphneP
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Sunday lunch in the very attractive Garden Restaurant. It was full, but the staff coped very well and didn't rush us. We all had the fish, which was delicious and the service was friendly and polite. We definitely recommend The Fox for good food and great atmosphere.

FAQs

The Fox Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.