When the ‘butter of my bread’ asked to take me AND our doggies for a cosy country pub lunch there was only one way to reply, ‘I’ll get me hat!’. The Fox and Hounds, Egham is the perfect destination as it nestles by the gates of Windsor Great Park. So, the dogs get a walk afterwards and we get to work off those chunky chips.There are many great country pubs in Surrey but not many has the Royal Park on it’s doorstep! So, if you are a dog lover and enjoy a traditional country pub this is a great recommendation for you.
The Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green, has giant stone pots filled with lavender and wooden benches stained silver by the sun, smart whicker tables and chairs alongside giant white parasols are scattered around the gardens.
Find this lovely country pub here.
The car park is round the back and the dogs lead the way following the aroma of some delicious smelling pub grub.
Get there early if you want to get a seat in the bar. You can’t book. We arrived at just after 12 on a Friday and it was already more than half full.
There is a bright sizeable restaurant past the bar if you want table service.
But today we have the hounds so we are in the cheerful bar.
Here’s the low down:
LUNCH & DINNER IN THE RESTAURANT
Monday to Saturday
12pm – 2.30pm
12pm – 5pm- booking in advance is strongly advised
Dinner In The Restaurant
Monday to Saturday
6pm-9.30pm ( last orders to the kitchen at 9.30pm)
Our restaurant closes at 5pm
Monday – Saturday
12 – 9.30pm and 12 – 7pm on a Sunday
There will be a smaller menu available weekdays and Saturday 3-6pm and likewise on a Sunday 5-7pm
The menu is smallish in the bar but full of crowd pleasures. Fish and Chips for me (and excuse me if I pick up the chips with my fingers, I have my hands full!)
Horse trails criss-cross The Great Windsor park and this lovely country pub invites ladies (& gents) who lunch along with their mount.
Horses are ‘parked’ out the front and enjoy a lunch of hay.
It gives this pub wonderful character and it brings a smile to the face of every pub punter.
Andy has got the cider in and it’s time to settle in. Cheers, my love.
The dogs themselves got a very warm welcome, which made us feel better about bringing in a whole pack. It wasn’t an issue here, thankfully the pooches behaved and the staff were wonderful with them.
Even getting some dog biscuits from behind the bar!
Andy and Poppy enjoyed watching the horses through the window.
Bilbo was mainly mesmerised by my roasted peanuts!
Why is it that pub food is so comforting? Maybe it’s the security in receiving familiar comfort food in a warm welcoming room filled with worn wooden furniture along with the smells of a log fire. Yes, that might be it.
I have to say, these fish and chips were superb. Cooked perfectly. The chips were creamy and sweet, my favourite kind, with such a crispiness too. The fish as soft as can be…
Young Bilbo and dear old Ferris might have been a little jealous of our carb heavy lunch.
(The shaved lump on our boys forehead is potentially another cancer lump, so he gets a cheeky chip when the others aren’t looking).
They’ve taken it in turns to go to the bar. This time Bilbo goes up with Andy to order desserts and coffee.
This slice of Tiramisu was delightful. Perfectly creamy with a good coffee flavour. I ate every bit, forgetting the cherry sauce – it didn’t need it!
Andy loved this lemon drizzle cheesecake. It was tangy and smooth. The amaretti biscuits went very well with it.
As we left I found myself pinned to the spot with a soppy grin on my face. These lovely ladies on their beautiful horses were leaving and I had to literally hold arms down by my side so as not to wave them off.
Thank goodness Alpha Male had control of our little pack who seemed oddly unaware of these giants just a few steps away. perhaps it was the whispered promise of a walk just through the gates of The Great Windsor Park.
Click here for our Windsor Great Park Dog Walk, where I’ll guide you through a 50 minute walk from The Fox and Hounds, Egham into the Royal landscape and back again.
Meanwhile, check out The Fox and Hounds, Egham and get yourself and your hounds a table in the bar. You’ll be most welcome, I’m sure of it.
T: 01784 433098. You can also email [email protected]
The best time to call them is between 9am-1130am or 3pm-530pm.