The Fox at Willian

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The Fox is an award winning pub & fine dining restaurant located in picturesque Willian near Letchworth, north Hertfordshire. It has a great locals bar serving a wide selection of real ales including our own Brancaster Brewery brews and regular changing guests. There is stylish but relaxed 2 rosette dining area in the modern restaurant which serves an abundance of locally sourced seasonal produce on the menu, an accessible wine list as well as an extensive bar menu. When the weather suits there is a sun terrace and a large garden to enjoy.


With all this on offer it is an ideal village pub. There is a fun social menu to enjoy with themed evenings throughout the year.


The Fox has been recognised and scooped many awards and had recently been named in Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK and had the prestigious title of "Hertfordshire's Dining Pub of the Year 2011', by the Good Pub Guide.


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SK
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday lunch four times over the last two months with friends and family we all agree the food is superb and served by happy polite young staff

CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my Partners birthday with some friends and we all loved it. It is my new favourite restaurant !

G
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with very good service.
Parking can be a little difficult if it is very busy.

AD
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in the quality of ingredients and the cooking

TQ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A family regular spot. Good food, friendly service. Music was a tiny bit loud but the waitress kindly turned it down. Two different bar menus were brought to us which was a little confusing as one of my party wanted the crab from one menu - which turned out to be a menu which shouldn't have been given. It wasn't a huge problem though as there was plenty of choice. Would return.

JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch as good as anything you could find in London

YH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Presentation was really good. They made mum mum and dads anniversary meal very special.x Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

SL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic restaurant and we have never had a bad meal here. Food is amazing quality and staff and lovely. We had a truly great evening

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was delicious but expensive. Restaurant noisy and difficult to hear each other. Staff were nice enough but service doesn’t quite match the food - more like regular pub level service whereas the food and pricing seems to be more high end. Lacking in atmosphere in the restaurant. So a mixed bag.

OT
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully cooked Sunday lunch. The lamb was so tender

BA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have visited the Fox on many occasions and have always enjoyed our meals.
However, on Wednesday 25th September we were a little disappointed with the quality of the main course and, consequently, value for money.
As always the staff were excellent and we are putting the evening down to a 'one off', which was a shame as it was an anniversary meal.

Regards
Brian & Sue Attwood

AS
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. Nice place all together. Calm good food. What more can you want?

JH
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. It was our anniversary so the plate of goodies at the end was a nice touch.

SS
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was very expensive, not much choice on the menu, portion size was ridiculous not enough to feed a mouse!! Wouldn't go back there again.
Have been there in the past several years ago and it was completely different food very good and plenty of it, that's why we went back. We were very disappointed!

AF
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Would recommend this place for a special occasion as we were impressed by the quality of the food offering. However we do not appreciate being charged for bread that was placed on the table without any mention of the charge on the menu. Also the wine was horrendously marked up ! Pleasant surroundings and ambience.

MJ
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Morning,

We came for our 33rd wedding anniversary, a yearly trip for us, and we have never been disappointed. This year was not the best, but probably unavoidable.
Our table was tucked away in the corner , number 18. Which would normally be fine, but just behind us was a large party of 12/15, who were rightly enjoying their evening, but were noises and prevented us from having a quiet conversation. This party were also taking lots of photographs, and this movement prevented us from evening getting up and leaving our seats. Our evening wa brought short to get away from this corner.
But, the service was excellent as always. The food , in my opinion was not up to your usual standard. For my starter I had the pork pate with a fruit type bun. The pate was very crumbly and very disappointing, the fruit bun was very over cooked and just broke up in my hand, and quite simply did not work on the plate. I then had a prawn cracker type thing on the side. Not a good plate of food in any way. But my burger was lovely and my wife's meals was lovely.
Sorry to moan, but when you set your standards so high, that is the problem.
Kind regards
Mike and Hazel Joy

y
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. Very nice place for Sunday lunch.

SB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only criticism I could offer, is that the restaurant was a bit too warm for some of my clients.
I found the lamb dish to be excellent, but the portion a bit too small in comparison to the steak dishes at around the same price and suffered a severe case of food envy.

m
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great night out at the Fox being our wedding anniversary.

SD
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a most enjoyable evening at The Fox. Our garden room was really comfortable and the little patio area was pretty. The food in the restaurant was excellent but I thought the restaurant lacked a little ambience in the evening. The staff were friendly and professional. We would recommend The Fox to our friends.

OT
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch, lovely food and very attentive friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

MC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was lovely and beautifully presented. Staff were all attentive without being over the top. We Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

CV
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately the pan fried cod in a curry sauce was too salty to enjoy.

We were charged £7.00 for one scoop of vanilla icecream - unacceptable cost.

I was lovely and quiet when we first arrived but during our coffee the music was switched on - way too loud to continue our conversation - the speaker was just above our table. We paid and left very shortly after.

A
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, the food was gorgeous, service was great and cheerful and very helpful.

We have been a few times and I would recommend

S
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner, staff were great and very accommodating as I’m pregnant. Our favourite place to eat out

AB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A lovely experience although a little expensive for similar restaurants outside of London

r
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, I think the portions are very small for the money

KP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Disappointed by the food - the crab cake starter was wonderful but the duck was not good. It was perfectly pink but dry and the skin wasn’t crisp. So much for being a chef special!
I’d try it again but wouldn’t recommend.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

One of the waiters was very good , but overall the service was very slow even though the restaurant looked half empty, the food was not as good the last time we visited.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service and food amazing. 5 stars

B
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always excellent service, good food and great location

SK
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant spacious, we had a very good Sunday lunch meats of high quality, service good and happy

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 29 August 2019

Thanks Stephen, we appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you again soon

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BJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub! The food is well above normal pub food standards and beautifully presented. Lovely staff, pleasant atmosphere - highly recommend.

LP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very average food. Poor ambience

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 29 August 2019

We are disappointed to hear you didn't have the best experience with us and would like to ask if you would elaborate further via email to reservations@foxatwillian.co.uk so we can improve on any downfalls you experienced. We value your feedback and thank you for your time posting this review.

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AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal - service was efficient and informative. The waiter knew about all the dishes and was able to reassure us about our choices. The food was very good and the portion sizes were just right. Menu selection was varied and there was plenty of fish which we look for. Desserts were delicious. The restaurant was cool and comfortable on a very warm evening. We will return😃👍

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 26 August 2019

Hi Anne, So pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Fox. We hope to see you again soon and thank you for your review.

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T
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We have been to The Fox a number of times, and I have to say that the staff turnover is something that would worry me if I were managing the pub. and once again it was a totally different set of staff this time, and the manager had also changed, and she appeared to be a little off-hand. on a table next to us with 2 couples on it, one of the ladies got up to visit the washroom, she slipped and fell over , straight on to her head, causing a cut nose and she felt dizzy. NONE of the staff went to her rescue so I rushed over to attend to her, she was pretty groggy. Her party , except her husband, came over to offer help. The manager was carrying on with her duties, and I had to remind her that this incident should go in the accident book, after half an hour, nothing had happened so I reminded her again, but to my knowledge the incident was not recorded when we had left the restaurant. I gave my name and telephone number to the lady who had the accident in case she needed a witness at some future date. I have to admit that every time we have visited the Fox, the food has been excellent, and the service also, but last Thursday you were very lacking, and I feel that for the business you were experiencing, there was not enough staff on duty. I remarked to the friend I was with that , had we not been to the Fox before, and knew that it was capable of better, I would not have been inclined to visit it again, as it is ,we shall go again, and hope for something better, nearer to the old service we used to experience.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food and environment for an evening meal. We were there on a quiet mid-week evening.

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 26 August 2019

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us at The Fox, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

£62 we will never get back, the set menu was overpriced and overrated.
A tiny starter was produced and a cold roast dinner with fatty, leftover meat.
£4 for one soft drink.
On reflection we would rather have had a big mac meal drive-through and sat in a car park whilst eating.

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We are disappointed to hear that you felt your Sunday roast was not good value for money. As a small village pub with a 2 rosette restaurant we strive to achieve excellence and are sorry that this didn't happen on this occasion We will pass your feedback onto the management team, as your comments are invaluable to us, and we do hope to see you again in the future.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only travel up to Letchworth Garden City annually and this is great treat to share with family, always have a super meal and they cater for gluten free.

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 26 August 2019

Thank you for this fab review Val. We hope to see you again next year for your annual visit.

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M
London
48 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time we visited thus establishment. Very impressed. Excellent menu and really beautiful food thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were well trained friendly and attentive. Great service will definitely come again

The Fox at Willian
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you for this lovely review. We hope to see you again soon.

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