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Still not re-opened. Work continues.
wirraldrinker - 12 Nov 2018 13:27
Closed for the next couple of months while an extension and major refurb of the building and car park takes place. Due to reopen in mid-Oct 2018.
Hope it doesn't destroy the 'country pub' feel of the place. Sometimes pub companies lose sight of why a pub is popular in their haste to increase profits.
wirraldrinker - 30 Aug 2018 10:41
Sampled some real cider at the weekend including Rosie's "Black Bart" which ran out, unfortunately. Had a pint or two of Theakston's Old Peculiar instead which was on good form.

The Fox is a bit foody these days but it's still well worth a trip
founddrunkinyourgarden - 7 Sep 2015 18:15
This is quite possibly the perfect pub. Brilliant beer (sampled a splendid Theakston's Best, and Timothy Taylor's Landlord), traditional decor with a few individualist traits (the collection of presentation whisky boxes is fascinating), nice comfortable seating and eating area, good food choices, friendly staff.
tbennett54 - 20 Nov 2012 19:58
Four ales available at the moment - Samuel Websters Bitter, Timothy Taylors Landlord, Brimstage Trappers Hat and Frodsham Aonach.
I had a couple of pints of Trappers Hat which was well kept and at 2:65 in keeping with other local pubs.
The Aonach was 3:05 which is well over the top.

wirraldrinker - 4 Apr 2011 16:20
Have been drinking here for over thirty five years, albeit not continuously. What was once a dull unfriendly Whitbread tied house populated by poachers and cornerboys is now an excellently run pub with a fine selection of beers.

Try Trappers Hat or Oystercatcher (stout) both made by a micro-brewery that operates out of a farm in nearby Brimstage. The most delicious beers you will have tried in decades.


mpage - 18 Feb 2011 15:19
Went last night and sampled several excellent pints of Brimstage "Oyster Catcher" - a rare outing for this beer at the Fox
founddrunkinyourgarden - 12 Dec 2009 13:16
I would echo the posters below. This is a simply magnificent pub and a regular watering hole for us having just moved to the Wirral. The snug must be one of the finest of its type in the country, and still has working push buttons on the seats to call the barmaid. Talking of which, everytime we've been in it has always been all female bar staff. And being as delicate as I can, mature bar staff at that. Many years ago, that's the only place you'd have seen a woman in most pubs, behind the bar. Thankfully, things have moved on.

Beautifully situated, with a large car park and entranced via a splendid lived in external courtyard/pergola area brimming with flowers in summer, the real treat is inside. I could spend all afternoon in here looking at the curios and artefacts, admiring the architecture and still not see it all. I know, I've tried!

I'm knocking on now, and I took my old dad in the other month. He managed 3 pints of spectacularly good Trapper's Hat from Brimstage down the road and he said it took him back 50 years - proper tasty beer in a proper drinking pub, he said.
barlick - 2 Oct 2009 15:19
Lovely unspoilt village pub with a great atmosphere. The pub grub at lunchtimes is renowned and deservedly so, for it is cheap and excellent quality. The pub doesn't rely on this though, for the rest of the time it is a drinkers pub. The 6 real ales include Websters Bitter, Theakstons Bitter and Mild and 3 guests, often from local brewers. I can't quite remember the light beer I had (Silverwood?) which is a pity for it was one of the best beers I've had for some time. tHe beers are always well kept on my visits. The pub has a large lounge which is istself full of character, but the highlight must be the snug and bar room area, accessed seperately and served by the same central bar. The number of very well-polished brasses, (flying ducks, horse brasses etc.) helmets and other bric-a-brac, along with the wood panelling and real fire makes for a wonderfully cosy atmosphere. Particularly of note in the snug is the grand wooden fireplace with its clock, and the map of Cheshire on the wall. Out of the way but rivals the Stork for the Wirral's best pub, though is very different. A must if in the area.
Carlurmston - 28 Sep 2009 13:27
OK, so I had a gripe about the price hike. The Trappers Hat was on great form this pm and Liverpool got beat too. Result!
founddrunkinyourgarden - 16 Aug 2009 21:24
Great traditional pub with real ales but you can still take your mum for her Sunday lunch. Home cooked food and a warm welcome, highly recommended
Schwalbe - 15 Aug 2009 17:08
The pub in the village I grew up in. Same pub, same landlord, same sunny beer garden and the same excellent quality of beer.The only changes are bar lunches and opening in the afternoon. OK, so that's not such a bad thing, is it?
cheesyal - 1 Jun 2009 22:57
Prices of the Brimstage ales have gone up 20p per pint since this time last year. I'm not sure how justifiable this increase can be given that a). we're in a recession, and b). the brewery is less than 2 miles away.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 25 Mar 2009 17:11
Lovely country pub.
Good selection of beers including a couple of real ales.
A favourite for meals.
Beer garden at rear.
Well worth a visit.
wirraldrinker - 29 Jan 2009 14:36
Its a bit like stepping into a traditional farmhouse. Interesting brass decor, china plates & old brewery posters all go to create a cosy atmosphere. 3 real ales & a comprehensive range of other drinks including a good range of low/non-alcoholic drinks. I think this pub won CAMRA WirraI's 2008 Pub of the Year award. I had an excellent well kept pint of Trapper's Hat. Its a bit off the beaten track it your looking for a pub crawl but well worth a visit.
happytyskie - 19 Oct 2008 11:56
The Fox is a timeless country pub which has resisted the modern trend to modernise and has thus kept the integrity of its public bar and snug including a real fire and the original wooden settles(the lounge part was created from an adjoining house in the mid 80's).

Two permanent "guest" beers from the nearby Brimstage Brewery (Rhode Island Red & Trapper's Hat) are always available and served in excellent condition and at 2.35 a pint are, price-wise, slightly below the local average. The Fox also has a deserved reputation for good pub food, a sun-trap of a rear garden and better than adequate outdoor facilities for smokers. Well worth a visit and one of my favourite establishments
founddrunkinyourgarden - 23 May 2008 02:14

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