Fox House Longshaw Reviews
Feb 25, 2007
I can't quite make my mind up about Fox House.
You can’t argue with it's location – stuck right on the end of Longshaw and Stannage Edge it's a perfect venue to work into some sort of rambling or climbing activities.
The building is also a fine specimen – obviously hundreds of years old it’s a converted coaching house which has obviously had all the stables and outbuildings extended and converted at some time or another. Thus the pub and eating areas sprawl around several smaller rooms and different levels in a slightly eccentric way. There are still more buildings across the small courtyard which presumably hold the hotel rooms. On a warm evening there are plenty of tables spread all around the outsides of the building which are an excellent spot to spend a summers evening.
Inside the place has unfortunately been re-imagined in that ubiquitous nineties 'faux traditional' style. Far too much artificially aged looking wood, cliched rural nick-nacks probably bought at a local antique fair and everything just trying too hard to be authentic.
I'm probably being a bit harsh – there's nothing particularly wrong with it but there are plenty of pubs out there that have had the same sort of treatment and so it simply starts to become yet another chain pub.
A wide selection of wines and beers are on offer though and to be fair the layout makes it ideal to find some nook or cranny to hole up and knock back a Merlot or two. The food is reasonable without being outstanding and there could really do with being a better selection of vegetarian dishes on the menu – there are only so many times I can have pear and stilton tart at these sort of pubs.
All in all there's nothing wrong with this place that I can put my finger on and I'm always quite happy to pay a visit. There's just nothing that makes it really stand out either – which is always a shame.
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