The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel
The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel
Tel: 01769 580345
The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel is perfect for a cosy meal out in Devon. Picture a warmly lit restaurant, squashy sofas and open fireplaces, a timber bar and a rustic country restaurant and you've just about got it. There are several things which make The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel stand apart from other restaurants; the first being the excellent and friendly service, with staff making you feel so at ease that you find them asking 'why not a double?!' when you order your next drink! They are also happy to give honest recommendation on the food, telling you exactly what they would suggest and why. Another things which gives The Fox and Hounds an edge is that dogs are welcome in the bar restaurant. This doesn't mean that they will put up with the odd furry legged friend, but that they will welcome them with open arms and sneak them a treat on your way out! The restaurant manages to strike the balance between stylish surroundings and country warmth, with an uncompromised level of quality. You don't have to be a dog lover to love it here, but pet owners will give a sigh of jubilation at finding such a pet-friendly gem.
As you settle into a sofa by the fire and choose your meal you will have the choice of some exquisitely composed dishes. From succulent pork teamed with sweet apple sauce and salty pancetta to a rib-eye steak to die for, Head Chef Alex Pallat, who won Chef of the Year in 2010, hits the mark again and again with his tasty creations. The chicken liver pate is dangerously moreish, as is the chocolate fondant, but have them all anyway. On most evenings the restaurant offers specials in addition to its set menu and the catering team are more than willing to cater to dietary requirements. The Fox and Hounds also serves great lunches including a delicious ploughman's. The restaurant itself is prettily set in the bar, on a slightly risen level, and is dotted with paintings by Devon artists around the wooden-cladden candlelit tables, often with some lovely background music such as local boy Ben Howard to add to the atmosphere! After you've filled your boots with food, pop back down to the cosy armchairs, stretch your feet out on the rug and have a nightcap or play some boardgames.
On Sunday afternoon The Fox and Hounds hosts a Jazz Lunch; what more could you want than a beautiful Devon setting, classy live music and fantastic food?! If you fancy some pure fun then look out for one of their fancy dress theme nights. The Fox and Hounds also dishes out a fantastic afternoon tea with lashings of clotted cream, as well as other pudding delights including home-made clotted cream shortbread fingers and chocolate truffle cake! The restaurant prides itself on using fresh and local produce, listing its suppliers in the front of the menus. When dining in the restaurant you can expect Devonshire classics such as old style suet puddings and even an award-winning cheddar on the cheeseboard. Booking is advisable for evening meals as it can get very busy with hotel guests. The hotel itself boasts beautiful grounds near Eggesford Forest and during the summer months there is a garden terrace for sunny evening dining. There's also a pretty lake for evening strolls and the hotel is five minutes from Eggesford Station which takes you straight onto the Tarka Trail.
The bar is also well stocked with local ciders and ales, as well as wines from Devon and Cornwall! The real ale is drawn from original beer engines, giving a proper country feel to your pint. This AA rosette restaurant is classy, friendly and downright yummy; an uncommon balance to strike.