My wife and I decided to pop in for lunch on a warm Wednesday in mid-July. I hadn’t set foot in the place for over 20 years, but we’d heard good reports from friends so thought we’d give it a try. Having spent a pleasant hour walking round Newmillerdam we were ready for a light meal.
As we entered the pub, initial impressions were good. The main room was clean and well-furnished. There was no noisy music blaring out and the place had a pleasant ambience. The young lady behind the bar welcomed us with a cheery smile.
We asked about food, and were given the choice of eating in the pub itself, or the adjoining restaurant area. We plumped for the latter, where we were greeted by a friendly waitress. She led us through to the conservatory, where we were seated. The area was extremely clean and tidy, with plenty of natural light. There was also a nice view of the walled garden outside, where one or two people had elected to have their lunch.
There was plenty of choice on the menu, with either main courses (including starters and desserts) or bar meals available. I opted for the jacket potato with prawns in a Marie Rose sauce, while my wife chose the tuna crunch wrap. Our waitress was extremely polite and helpful, even offering to get a dextrose tablet for my wife (who is diabetic) when her sugar levels appeared to be low.
The food did not take long to arrive, and proved to be delicious. My potato literally melted in my mouth, as opposed to the hard, lumpy fare that can often be served in pub-restaurants. The prawns were succulent, and the side salad was fresh and tasty. My wife said that her wrap (which also had a salad accompanying it) was extremely nice. Both dishes were priced very reasonably, at £5-6.
We finished off our meal with a cappuccino each, and were amused to find that the person making them had added a smiling face to the top of the coffee. It was a lovely little touch.
Although it was a weekday, there were plenty of diners in the restaurant area. Several of them appeared to be local, which is always a good sign.
All in all, our experience of the Fox and Hounds was extremely positive. My only minor quibble was the poor spelling (‘mediteranean’, ‘ceasar salad’) on the Specials Board above the bar. The mere fact that this was the only thing that was in any way amateurish proves what an excellent job the owners are doing. I would certainly recommend the Fox and Hounds for a lunchtime visit.
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