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The Fox Goes Free

Friendly pub with William III, racing world and WI connections

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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 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.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December evening
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 12–11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday to Sunday 12–10
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30–10, Saturday to Sunday 12–10

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Main course from12.50
  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A286, 6 miles from Chichester towards Midhurst.

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