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The Fox & Hounds

45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe YO21 2LD England
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ainthorpe
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Surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the North York Moors, this former 16th-century coaching inn is now a high quality residential country pub and restaurant, rich in historic charm. A recommended four star inn by VisitEngland, set in the beautiful North York Moors National Park, The Fox & Hounds is a great base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of the moors and the region's heritage coastline. The comfortable en suite rooms overlook glorious countryside and free fibre Wi-Fi is available throughout. The bar has an open fire and a beautiful oak-beamed ceiling. An excellent range of cask ales and selected wines are available and guests can enjoy freshly prepared food every lunchtime and evening in the bar, restaurant or family/games room. After an energetic day out walking or cycling on the moors, you can relax in the sauna or enjoy a drink in the garden whilst savouring the superb views. The Fox & Hounds has been welcoming guests since 1555. Residential country pub and restaurant: 9 rooms.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Breakfast available
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Outdoor dining area
Horseback riding
Tennis court
Bicycle tours
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Non-smoking hotel
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Wendywoo672808 wrote a review Dec 2020
Derby, United Kingdom29 contributions6 helpful votes
We visited the Fox and Hounds for one night. Our first stay but definitely won't be our last. A shining example of courtesy, friendliness and value for money. We were welcomed by Colin the owner and shown to our room. Beautiful view, lovely and warm with a large bed. After a walk into the village and back we went down into the bar to find a lovely roaring fire, Timothy Taylor on draught and Vina Sol. What more could you ask for on a cold winter night. We ate in the bar and opted for the Turkey dinner followed by Christmas pudding. Both were delicious. Lovely home cooked food. I truly believe that Yorkshire folk are amongst the friendliest you will come across and this was definitely true of everyone at the Fox and Hounds be it the owners Colin and Vickie, who both came for a chat, the bar staff and housekeeping and even the other customers. Thank you so much for a lovely stay. We'll be back
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
Natalie B wrote a review Nov 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed our stay, such a beautiful location. The rooms are nice. The food was good, the bar very cosy. The fan in the bathroom was noisy, the service at breakfast on the first morning was very slow. The service for drinks and food we also very slow both days, waiting over 20 to be served for drinks also had to ask for extra bathroom supplies and coffee and milk as non supplied for the next day. Im Guessing this was because of covid
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mark B wrote a review Nov 2020
Esher, United Kingdom22 contributions10 helpful votes
This is a lovely cosy, old pub in a picturesque area of N Yorkshire, and the Covid restrictions did not affect our enjoyment. Excellent pub food and superb Timothy Taylor Landlord ale, perhaps my favourite beer, which was beautifully kept, which unfortunately is not the norm for lazy pub managers these days, more's the pity. Went virtually every night on our week-long stay in the village!
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Date of stay: October 2020
gwallis1 wrote a review Nov 2020
York, United Kingdom81 contributions70 helpful votes
We arrived Late Thursday afternoon and was staying for 3 nights. The pub followed a good COVID protocol, with sanitisers and masks being worn by all. The welcome was not the warmest I have to say. Just what’s name of booking, ok follow me. Took us to bottom of stairs, up there, key in door room 7. Not much interaction asking if we had a pleasant journey, or when breakfast was served in the morning etc. Anyway the room was fine. It’s dated and bathroom is in dire need of an update, which I am led to believe they are doing gradually. The room was warm, with a large comfortable bed. Tea and coffee making facilities and large flat screen tv. Walls are thin, so you will hear anything what your neighbours are chatting about! We ate 3 nights in the hotel. The menu changes daily and written on a blackboard. We always found something to eat. Service was excellent and friendly. The selection of ales was great. Wines by the glass or bottle, and great selection of gins. Breakfast was good, although could maybe introduce a 10 minute interval breakfast slots, otherwise what was happening, everyone comes down a 9am and swamps the kitchen and serving staff. The manager always came along at breakfast to see how things was and he was really informative of places to visit etc, so well done! So everything was going really well until the final night. We had enjoyed another lovely meal of Sirloin Steak and what has to be one of the best Creme brûlée I have tasted in a long while. When in comes, a large group of locals. Kath (Drunk and slurring her words) who made it known to everyone in the pub that she works there 7 days a week and spends most of her time behind the bar. Suffice say she was not a great ambassador for your business. She was loud, shouting over everyone, and the foul language f##k this, F##k that, being used was not something anyone staying at a friendly local bar / hotel wanted to hear. What made it worse that she had already advised that she worked here and I would have hoped staff would have advised to either keep the volume down and moderate her language. Sadly nothing was said. After an hour we were fed up of listening to Kath and her slurred,loud, foul mouthed stories, so retired to bed by 9pm. As lockdown will be coming again on 5th November 2020, May I suggest you get Kath on a customer service course before she destroys your business further. It’s just such a shame our last evening was spoiled by one of your staff (granted who was not working that night) The Food was good, the rest of the young staff excellent, great to see dogs welcomed into pub Just a bit of staff training for one of the crew (Kath)and it should all be good! Otherwise would have been a good 4star review!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
John B wrote a review Oct 2020
Carmarthen, United Kingdom674 contributions285 helpful votes
After a hard day slogging over moors in driving rain the Fox and Hounds is the perfect tonic. After a warm welcome and speedy check in, before you know it you are in your well appointed room and the aches and strains of a hard day are being pummelled away under a hot powerful shower. Our room was bright, well furnished, toasty warm and with supremely comfortable beds. Just the ticket for a quick nap before checking out the hostelry proper. The bar was well stocked and had some eclectic supplies of alcohol on offer, some of which i hadn’t seen behind a bar in a long while and had to sample. The staff throughout our too short stay were professional, helpful and very friendly. The food was of a really good standard, both the evening meal and the breakfast. When we are in the area again, we will be sure to head for the Fox and Hounds as there is plenty on the menu we’d still like to sample!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Victoria Hemsley, Owner at The Fox & Hounds
Responded 13 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review and feedback about your stay with us at The Fox & Hounds - it means a huge amount to the team here, especially in these difficult times. We do hope to see you again very soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Fox & Hounds
Which popular attractions are close to The Fox & Hounds?
Nearby attractions include The Moors National Park Centre (0.9 miles), Yorkshire Cycle Hub (2.1 miles), and Scaling Dam Reservoir (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Fox & Hounds?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Fox & Hounds?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Fox & Hounds?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Fox & Hounds?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms, The Old Chapel Tearoom, and Board Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Fox & Hounds?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is The Fox & Hounds located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Ainthorpe.
Are pets allowed at The Fox & Hounds?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Fox & Hounds?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Guisborough Priory (7.6 miles), Mulgrave Castle (8.7 miles), and Port Mulgrave (8.3 miles).
Is The Fox & Hounds accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.