The Fox at Willian

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804 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Lunch
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.


There's always a lot going on and a great welcome for you at The Fox.
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L
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and restaurant, excellent service. I didn’t really enjoy my Matcha pudding but everything else was excellent.

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FA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We chose vegetarian dishes and they were outstanding and beautifully presented. Actually among the best vegetarian food I have ever eaten.

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CP
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was a bit hit and miss- salmon roulade with grapefruit was a little bitter and the dressed crab was very small.
The room itself was nice and it was quiet enough to have a decent conversation

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L
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great Starters and really good service, promt and efficient.
Was no trouble provided us with gluten free bread as an alternative...
Unfortunately duck skin was so tough for the main it was inedible and the cauliflower steak was much to spicy, everything else was perfect.
It was my daughters 18th birthday and she choose to eat in the Fox being her first experience. The waiter serving us was a very nice guy who made a point in serving her desert with a birthday candle and chocolate birthday message.
Will definitely eat here again as we have done on many occasions... but could work on the negative points to justify there great reputation and value for money.
Thank you

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CH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our second visit to the Fox. Food very good although if picky I thought the service was a little slow although we were in no rush. Aircon was a bit OTT where we sat! We travelled an hour south to the Fox and met our daughter who lives in London so a good halfway venue.

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TG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Mains and Puddings. Mains we very nice, but not what I would describe as outstanding. Puddings were excellent. Overall I consider that it was a bit expensive for what we had, but then it was a Sunday.

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l
Hertfordshire
250 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A disappointing evening at The Fox. It started well with good broccoli soup and home made tomato bread. However my partners duck having asked for it to be pink came well done, apparently the duck is pre cooked! I finished my main course fish and then we waited and waited for the replacement duck which was apparently cooked from fresh to achieve medium rare as requested.
On a positive note our waiter was very pleasant and helpful.

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JP
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was good and the food was lovely, we all managed 3 courses :)

My only criticism was when we ordered our second bottle of prosseco, there was not any chilled so we had to wait whilst it was placed in the freezer to cool. This was a bit of a shame really as we did not have it with our food and in my opinion, was due to poor organisation and management considering our table booking was an early evening one.

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G
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch for family group of 7. Efficient friendly service. Fish and chips & burgers voted very good but the dressed crab was very small, dry and at £16.50 over-priced. Good ice-cream/sorbet selection. Disappointing deconstruction of the Eton Mess though, would have preferred original version.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and wine, friendly and helpful staff, relaxed atmosphere.

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g
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here many times mainly for celebrations but also just for a treat
The food is consistently excellent as is the service from the lovely staff
The menu is varied with enough choices for all palates
The premises are spotlessly clean from the dining area through to the loos
Excellent value for money Well done to all

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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food
Beautiful setting
Great staff

Thought it was a great meal in a great restaurant

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EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food well cooked, not your standard menu. It was Father's Day and a little too rowdy for our slighter older group. Waiting staff were outstanding - polite, friendly, prompt, and with personality. Would recommend, and come again.

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CM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pub with dining room, nice atmosphere with good mix of people. Dogs allowed in bar area. Friendly service with plenty of staff. Food tasty and very well presented, a cut above the usual. Good selection of wines with 4 or 5 reds and whites under £35. We had an excellent carmenere from Chile. Bill
for two people for three courses, wine and service a little over £100 so not cheap. Some mains over £25 which is toppy. A very pleasant evening out.

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AP
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Some of the meals were a little on the small side. Restaurant a bit bright.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our third visit for a special occasion and we will certainly be back, thank you ...

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ED
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was excellent and all three of us had the Cromer Crab. However it was spoilt because it was so noisy and there is nothing to absorb the noise. Any recommendations would come with a caveat of the noise level.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Visited recently for a birthday lunch. The food was excellent and service was good. Only minor issue is that when the restaurant is busy the noise levels make it a little difficult to have a conversation . However this will not stop us returning

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t
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch as always

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous birthday meal at The Fox with my family. All food was great - especially the deserts!

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CA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stayed here many times and always had high quality cuisine with good variety and selections. They are a good cut above the gastric pub in my estimation. Service is always exceptional from this friendly local establishment. I thoroughly recommend you try it for yourselves.

Cliff A.

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CM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second visit but first time for dinner, great food yet again, hard to choose from the menu as so many good things on there.

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening again at the Fox. The whole experience was excellent. From arrival we were shown to our table coats hung up for us, drinks order taken nothing was rushed all very timely. The food was excellent I had the fish and my husband had the steak both cooked as requested. Staff as alway excellent nothing to much trouble. I would highly recommend the Fox well worth a visit.

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b
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really relaxing evening with a great welcome and service. The menu was interesting and the food really top notch. Highly recommended.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food
Went with 3 couples and everyone enjoyed their meal. Nice place friendly staff

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W
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Best burger I’ve had with tasty relish, perfectly made, not compact and juicy, highly recommend. Husband had fish with only mushy peas he’s ever eaten as was so tasty infused with truffle oil. Will definitely be returning

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A
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, lovely waitress served us with a smile on a very busy Friday night. Always enjoy an evening at The Fox

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CB
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for a relaxed dinner with my dad - fab food, wine and service and a perfect ambience and noise level - not so quiet that you can hear everyone's cutlery clattering, not too noisy, just a nice background hum of people enjoying themselves. Thank you The Fox!

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BR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal out.
It's one of our favourite restaurants but this time it was even better. Every meal from starters to dessert was excellent.

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DC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The staff incredibly helpful in making the meal very special for our daughters birthday. We had a brilliant evening.

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S
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A perfect meal to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Food was first class and waitress staff really friendly and attentive.
Thank you and would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous roast dinner and all the staff were friendly and attentive.

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MP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The thing about the Fox is that it is in no way cheap, however you do get wonderfully taste food and despite the portions looking small they most definitely are not. Because of all the little bits of sauce and accompaniment they are rich and sumptuous. Would thoroughly recommend it but remember it is around £50 per head for 3 courses

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice bright restaurant and good location for lunch. Just underwhelmed by the taste of the food. It looked better than it tasted and so it seemed a bit expensive for what it was. Wouldn't rush back as was a little disappointed - have tasted much better pub food wise.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and equally as enjoyable as our last.Food was exceptional as was the service from your friendly and welcoming staff.Just one small housekeeping issue-cobweb on light sensor(?) just below amplifier top right hand side of marble tiled wall.It's occupant was spotted along the top side of the banquette seating.

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OT
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was good and 4 of the 5 meals were very nice.
The dressed crab had lots of bits of shell in it unfortunately.
Overall a good meal
It is just that the extras for water and sauces makes this just a bit on the expensive side.

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful starters but the celeriac in the pea purée ruined it and wasn’t mentioned on the menu. The decor could do with an update too as the furniture is a bit cafe like. But overall definitely when of the best gastro pubs in the area.

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Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hope to be back soon! Having not visited for several years it 's good to see standards haven't slipped.

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T
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Pub with restaurant, food was a la cart, normal thing, some things you didn't know what they were on the menu, big plates small food, but the food was very nice although the steak did not come as we ordered it (one medium was more rare, another just about medium) confusion as to which was done how,as we didnt want to make a fuss about it, we swapped them around with each other and my friends were just able to managed the steaks they had, still nice. Wine very expensive to buy a bottle.
Bad point - service charge was automatically included but we felt that as we didn't get a lot of attendance and had to ask for a few things that should have been dealt with, it didn't warrant what was charged, we paid what we though as the receipt did say it was optional. However when we were outside my friends were told to come back in, were marched through the bar and restaurant without being told why, then told that they had not paid enough and we still owed money, we explained why the service charge wasn't paid in full and that the bill said optional and were told it wasn't optional on weekends while he was shaking the bill in front of them. My friend said it didn't say that and then pointed to it on the bill, he just blustered and let them go. He did not ask why we though it didn't warrant it or say anything else to them. Shame as we had enjoyed it up till then, very bad attitude from him, could have been handled a lot better.

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WP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked for my sisters 50th birthday meal. We always like The Fox so thought it would be a lovely surprise for her. Unfortunately we were seated at a very large round table right near the coffee station. After the first course and as my husband struggles to hear well we asked if we could move to a smaller table. The waitress was superb. After explaining our difficulties she organised a move. Once seated at a table for four it was much better and we could all enjoy the conversation.
As always the food was outstanding. The waitress helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the night immensely.

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