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Published April 10th 2017
The Clue Is In The Statue Of A Fox By The Front Door
There can be no mistaking the name of this pub, long before you get there and without needing to read the sign on the front or side of the building. For The Fox in Tamworth has an imposing sculpture of a fox perched on top of a large column just yards from the traffic island which sits immediately outside the pub premises.
The Fox apparently used to be called The Fox Inn, but seems to have shortened its name since it formerly used to belong to Ember Inns. Now run by the Stonegate Pub Company, The Fox is in a prominent location on the edge of Tamworth town, close to the village of Hopwas, and with the Coventry Canal and the River Tame in even closer proximity. The stylish and modern pub is clearly attractive to both real ale drinkers and families looking for a good place to eat. It is delightfully decorated inside, including several drawings and photos of foxes on the walls of the main dining area. And for when the weather is particularly warm and pleasant, there is a large garden for visitors to sit back and unwind.
The Fox provides both locals and passers by with an extensive quality food menu said to be freshly prepared and cooked to order, as well as an excellent selection of cask ales and beers. The food menu is clearly popular with customers as there were plenty of diners when we arrived in the midst of a weekday lunchtime. The menu ranges from sandwiches, burgers and pies to a choice of dishes including pork ribs, gammon, cod & chips, roast lamb shank, chicken tikka and sausage & mash. There is a tempting special offer of two meals for £11.49, all day Monday to Friday, with the choices taken from a selected menu. But we weren't looking for anything as substantial so opted for a couple of sandwiches.
I had the Southern Fried Chicken Focaccia sandwich with barbecue sauce and sour cream served on crisp lettuce and tomato and topped with melting mozzarella and Cheddar cheese, which was priced at £5.49, while my wife chose the Ploughman's Cottage Loaf which consisted of a small, traditional cottage loaf filled with Wiltshire cured ham and Cheddar cheese with a Ploughman's pickle relish on the side, all for the cost of £5.79.