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Haunted country pub with rural views

At a glance

Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly

Dating in part to 1368, the Fox & Hounds has been a pub since 1601. Allegedly, yet eminently believably, 17th-century pirate-turned-smuggler John Trenchman haunts the building, having been ambushed and fatally wounded nearby. The restaurant's large inglenook and the bar's real fire add to the old-world charm. Food-wise there’s plenty to choose from, including a potted chicken liver pâté starter; fish pie; and slow-roast pork belly, crispy crackling, champ potatoes and braised red cabbage, as well as specials. Landlady Ellie Conway travels to the south coast for her fish. A large garden features a pirate ship play area that will keep children happy.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday (except bank holidays)
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 12-3 5-11.15 (Saturday 12-11.15 Sunday 12-10.15)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12-3, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-5
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Greene King Abbot Ale and IPA, The Godstone Brewers Trenchman's Hop, guest ales
  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


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


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M25 junction 6, A22 to South Godstone. Right into Harts Lane. At T-junction right into Tilburstow Hill Road

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