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The Fox and Hounds, Northampton - pub details

Address: Harlestone Road, Lower Harlestone, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4EW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 36059) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Northampton (3.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.3/10 (rated by 7 users)
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Hart of Duston, Northampton (1.1 miles), Longboat, Duston (1.8 miles), Spencer Arms, Chapel Brampton (1.8 miles), Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton (1.9 miles)

 

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The Fox and Hounds has a lovely ambience. Since I last visited the atmoshere seems to have changed alittle, it now seems more relaxed and welcoming of drinkers. It also helps that it now serves more than one ale. It now serves three. Talking to the landlord London Pride (probably the best kept i've tasted it 'house ale' and always available) and then 2 guests ales ranging from those of big regional brewers (Doombar) to smaller bespoke ones (Wyre Piddle) on the night I visited. The place just has a lovely warm feel about and and i've heard the food isn't too shabby either now! Definately worth visiting more.
cat162 - 2 Mar 2011 16:13
Visited this place to find a very attractive looking building which opened up inside to a very clean, bright and polished bar inside.
There were several real ales to choose from, the Brains 'Party Popper' being well kept. The price was on the expensive side, but as a one off visit, I felt I was paying for the overall atmosphere of the place which was impressive.
Would have liked to have had a bite to eat, but they only appeared to serve expensive meals which a simple sandwich or similar would have been appreciated.
Reading previous posts, this may not be the perfect place, and I cannot comment on how the pub was originally, but whatever your views may be on pub makeovers of this sort, they do appear to have made a nice job with the decor and the atmosphere.
SouthYorkshireman - 30 Dec 2010 21:24
Our family chose this pub to celebrate my mother's birthday (September 2010) and wished we hadn't bothered. We used to visit this pub several times a year when it was the Dusty Fox and it was always regarded as a bit of a treat. It used to be comfortable, with good reasonably-priced food and child-friendly. Not anymore! Since it became the Fox and Hounds, it has really changed and not for the better. The identikit make-over is totally out of keeping with the building's heritage, in my opinion. But worse was the food (over-priced, partially cooked, heavily salted, inedible and served in very small portions) and the service (indifferent, slow, no eye contact, the staff were not familiar with the menu and there was a language barrier). When the food eventually arrived, my 10-year-old said he thought the chef was more concerned with presentation rather than quality. What surprised me was the number of people who were there - they arrived just as we were leaving, despite the poor service and food. It seemed to me the type of pub to 'see and be seen in', judging by the expensive cars in the car park. My mother said it was a case of 'the emperor's new clothes' and no-one liked to disagree. I was tempted not to pay the bill but the barman had already insisted on swiping my debit card when I ordered, so I would have been charged regardless. Because we hadn't booked, we were told to sit in the bar despite there being plenty of empty tables in the restaurant at the time. No-one came to see if our meal was okay because no-one really cared. There were so many things wrong with this pub, I could feel myself getting more and more irritated the longer we were there (and there was a long wait for the food). We were very, very disappointed. We left feeling ripped off and still hungry. Needless to say, we will not be repeating the experience.
DDRG - 8 Oct 2010 12:34
we have recently revisited thsi pub after several years of not going in and oh how it has changed! The ambiance was lovely, with the lights dimmed and the open fire on. It has an excellent range of beers and ciders and now offers 1st class guests ales which made me very happy. It is a little pricy but for the atmoshere, the setting and the friendly service we were given it was well worth it. The barman told us that they have just started on a new menu so we shall be back there very soon!
cat162 - 28 Sep 2010 18:57
Avoid sunday lunchtime if you dont mind very slow service from the waiters/waitress.

They seem to pack the restaurant out but dont have enough stuff to cover the amount of customers. We encountered long periods with empty glasses, staff standing around talking, and a very long wait for our meal. We found it very difficult to attract any member of staffs attention during our visit.

We tried to bring the issues to their attention but they didnt seem interested and their unsincere smug apology was rather frustrating.
There are better places to enjoy a sunday lunch in northamptonshire who seem to value their customers
ntmb - 7 Aug 2010 19:19

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