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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Garden
Kids play area
Dog friendly

Built as four farm cottages in 1624, a feature of the bar in this peaceful village pub is its collection of miniatures – over 1,100 so far, and counting. It’s an easy place to get to whether travelling on the A303 or the M3. The Fox welcomes families, as you might guess from the children’s adventure play area in the extensive beer garden which blazes with colour in summer when the pretty flower borders and hanging baskets are in bloom. In the bar, landlord Rob MacKenzie serves well-looked after real ales from Sharp’s, Brakspear, West Berkshire and a guest brewery, and an impressive malt whisky selection among which you’ll find the relatively scarce Auchentoshan, Dalmore and Singleton. Bar choices include a ciabatta bacon butty; and steak and beef sausage pie and mash. Rob’s wife Izzy is responsible for the monthly menus and daily specials board in the tartan-carpeted restaurant, which list the house specialities of cheese soufflé, and Hampshire venison served with glazed shallots, field mushrooms, spinach, creamed swede, sauté potatoes and port glaze. Among typical main courses there might be sea bass with coriander butter; lobster and crab risotto; or, in season, pan-fried pheasant breast and confit leg in apricot and wine sauce with dauphinoise potatoes and steamed green beans. Home-made desserts are tempting too – there’s pineapple Alaska; passionfruit crème brûlée; and bread and butter pudding with caramelised apples, toffee sauce and ice cream. The Fox’s events calendar features monthly wine tasting dinners.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12–2.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 6–9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: West Berkshire Good Old Boy, Brakspear, Sharp's Doom Bar, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M3 junct 7, A30 towards Winchester. North Waltham signed on right. Take 2nd signed road, then 1st left at Y junct

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