The Fox Inn
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
with chips and mushy peas
with Black Cow cauliflower cheese
Buttered Spring Vegetables
Good Sunday lunch. Friendly staff. Reasonably priced.
Lighting was a little dim to enable reading the menu. All else was great.
A varied menu of quality dishes. Very friendly and efficient staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Excellent food and service with very competent staff. We'll certainly be going back
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
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.
outstanding food with wonderful attentive service!
First rate food supported by excellent team
We enjoyed our evening. The waitress Freya was very good, and so were all the staff.
We all enjoyed our meal.
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 !
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!
Everything was perfect the service the food.
Good value not had a dining experience like that for a long time
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
Excellent lunch in the garden room. We will be back
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
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.
Fantastic roast beef - pricey but great. Service was attentive and friendly!
Friendly service, well cooked food
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!!
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
Very pleasant food with exceptional staff service.
Fabulous service, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic food.
Just good pub grub in pleasant surroundings provided by true professionals.
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.
Great service and wonderful food. Really enjoyed our anniversary lunch
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.
Lovely rural setting - great food not overpriced. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and friendly service.
Very tasty food and excellent friendly service. Lighting a little too dim’
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.
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.