The Fox Inn

4.6
238 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 238 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DebbeP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Not enough seafood choices either fish fingers or turbot that is 30 pounds.
Some people are pescatarians

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KathyW
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly, happy place. Food from very good to excellent.

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QueenBee
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what a marvelous expereince ! Despite a powercut the chef produced the most amazing food which was just amazing . The staff were all friendly and enthusiastic everyone wanting to making our visit a happy one . We cannot praise them enough for making our visit which was to celebrate our wedding anniversary a very happy and memorable occasion . Thank you

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SallyH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite a power cut the team were happy to accommodate us with a reduced menu at £15/head with whatever the chef could offer from a mainly cold selection. We were so glad we stayed, it was superb! We could not praise the staff enough, they really dug out in the face of adversity & the food was delicious. I would thoroughly recommend.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, lovely afternoon sat in the garden by the stream.
Would highly recommend it.

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HayleyH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, our waiter Finn was so friendly and very knowledgable about the menu. We didn’t fancy the picnic bench seating out the front (we were surprised a restaurant of this standard had uncomfortable picnic benches for dining) but the staff were very accommodating and moved us inside. Food was delicious, would definitely return and would recommend 👍

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vipcircus
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful to find such a high quality restaurant in the middle of Dorset.
Great understanding of Gluten Free options for anyone with Coeliac Disease

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Clayholes
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to the fabulous Fox - wonderful menus and food,
friendly, attentive and efficient staff.
I thought Finn and Kim were really superb - there, but never
intrusive.
I'll be back!!!

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MikeP
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great location and helpful and enthusiastic young staff

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Soyourtheone
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice welcome from staff reassuringly wearing masks, respected our personal needs and we were placed in the marquee with open sides - so comfortable on a hot day. We all had the beef roast with vegetables on the side - all hot and delicious. Can’t praise the staff enough for their caring attitude.

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RALC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner with greatest friends - down from town. Brilliant meal in the tent, such a happy evening. Lovely staff, great wine and the food was fab. So lucky to be local. Magical.

Spiros, Freya, Felix et al thank you.

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IanK
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, really friendly staff, who had a passion for there work and they looked after us really well.

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JuliaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Hix. Gorgeous ingredients, beautifully prepared, with a twist of innovation. Be hungry when you go -the food is hearty and rich even in the summer. Lovely setting in a tiny village where The Fox is the main (only) attraction. If the sun is shining, dine in the Garden Room or at an outside table next to the stream across the road. Lovely and attentive (but not too much so) staff. It’s a great destination but take your time - lots of winding country roads take longer than the Satnav tells you and the food deserves a leisurely approach. Not one to be hurried

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MatthewR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless service and wonderful food in a beautiful setting

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LiamM
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Jay is always a great server and goes above and beyond, love having such a great local pub.

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PippaM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful starter (Marks 3), fish fingers needed more seasoning, lovely desserts.

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Mark
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food and a pleasant environment with family.

MP
MarcusP
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Magical setting, we all loved it so much we stayed for 4 hours. Thank you

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FionaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fox Inn had it right when they decided to put up a rather lovely shelter with heaters in opposite their pub. The ambience was relaxed and both waiting staff were fantastic, thank you Felix and Poppy for going out of your way to be so attentive and accommodating, not to mention friendly and funny!

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Lorraine
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, relaxed atmosphere and always friendly engaging staff.
Looking forward to coming back soon.

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Pippa
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my meal very much. The service was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be returning

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Lee29
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and fantastic service from all the staff we encountered. In particular our waiter Joe. Highly recommend. We sat in the room off the bar which was cosy but look forward to the garden room on our next visit.

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Woodruff
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good, locally sourced food. Beautiful location, relaxed atmosphere entirely in keeping with surroundings. Genuine and welcoming team. Can’t wait to fully experience the cosy bustle of this pub again when remaining restrictions are lifted.

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BarbaraF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and friendly attentive service although there was a bit of a wait between our starter and main course.
We had a most enjoyable evening and hope to return soon

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Duncanft
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and good service. The Turbot and the steaks were perfectly cooked. Some sauce with the fish would have improved the dish.

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Annie
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we could give 6 stars we would.
Service excellent, friendly knowledgeable staff.

Every course we chose was delicious, cannot fault anything.

So much better than a recent visit to a chain named after a farmyard animal.

Thank you

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Marta
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very overpriced with odd decor in the pub. Staff were fantastic though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent from start to finish. Food was outstanding. Ambiance was lovely. Marc Hix came and had a chat. We were a table of six, with overseas visitors and children, everyone was happy! Not cheap by any means but worth it. Restaurant food in a pub.

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Niels
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful turbot - just what expect from Mark Hix

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Avalon125
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant service, excellent food, but the conservatory is a bit hot and should not be used when the sun shines. Or it needs some A/C.
But overall a great meal.

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MarionC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although off the beaten track it is well worth a visit A different menu each day and although small choice it is all of excellent quality and something for everyone. Great ambience and extremely good service

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vipDavidbignose
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been wanting to come here for a while and we found an excuse.

My fish soup made with local fish was delicious and had the right level of thickness. I followed this with the bacon chop and local cockles which was a really winning combination. The sauce that the cockles had been cooked in was excellent.

I was a little surprised that there were not more fish items on the menu. I know local turbot is expensive but 30 quid for one on the bone seemed to me to be a steep price.

I had two pints of Corish IPA which hit the spot.

The level of noise in the glass roofed conservatory was a minor irritant as conversation was made more difficult. The staff were attentive and chatty in a good way.

We will return!

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RichardE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing. All the staff were super friendly and polite. Food was outstanding. Loved the whole experience.

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Earlicks
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit and I’ve already booked my next. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

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johnr
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely country pub which is now serving special food. Great staff and a must if in the Dorchester area.

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Jennybythebridge
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inspired and inspiring food.
Maybe the conservatory could be more interesting- imaginative planting would help.
Friendly staff and knowledgeable. Not over attentive - just right.

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Local2
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything good and young staff have been well trained in customer service. Food well presented and cooked. Just check the small print for the 12.5% service charge!

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SarahL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bucolic setting with great food and friendly staff

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Sandra
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super service and atmosphere .
Good wine and cocktail list . Preferred
the room overlooking the garden.

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DianeG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from a young team. Mark's smoked salmon delicious. The curry went down well too. Mr Hix arrived at the end of our meal and did come and talk to us which was appreciated. It is good to see "celebrity" chefs involved with their businesses.

FAQs

The Fox Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 238 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.