Friendly pub with William III, racing world and WI connections
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Standing in unspoilt countryside at the foot of the South Downs, this lovely old brick and flint free house was a favoured hunting lodge of William III. With its three huge fireplaces, old pews and brick floors, the 17th-century building simply exudes charm and character. The pub, which hosted the first English Women’s Institute meeting in 1915, lies close to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, where 50 historic buildings from around southern England have been reconstructed. Goodwood Estate is also close by, and the Fox attracts many customers during the racing season, the annual Festival of Speed and Revival. Away from the high life, you can watch the world go by from the solid timber benches and tables to the front, or relax under the apple trees in the lawned rear garden. Lest all this sounds rather extravagant, you’ll find the Fox a friendly and welcoming drinkers’ pub with a good selection of real ales that includes the eponymous Fox Goes Free bitter. Whether you’re looking for a quick bar snack or something more substantial, the daily-changing menus offer something for every taste. Bar meals include the ever reliable crispy battered fresh fish and chips with minted garden peas and home-made chunky tartare sauce. Another lunchtime speciality is a baked ciabatta or Greek flatbread with a choice of toppings. Salads include the Fox Caesar salad – gem lettuce, parmesan, home-made dressing and served with either chicken or king prawns. At dinner time, start with honey and mustard sticky pork belly with apple and beetroot slaw, and follow with garlic and rosemary pan-roasted lamb with red onion jus and bubble-and-squeak.