Sunday, 07 August 2022

Warm and welcoming pub was the perfect February lunchtime refuge

ON a rainy, cold and blustery February day, a trip to the Fat Fox Inn in Watlington proved

ON a rainy, cold and blustery February day, a trip to the Fat Fox Inn in Watlington proved a perfect lunchtime highlight, writes Katie Thomas.

A fantastic reception awaited us from front of house, whose passion for this characterful establishment was in abundance.

We were seated adjacent to a roaring open fire — the embers crackling away as our freshly sourced meals were prepared with skill.

For mains, I selected the wild mushroom risotto with parmesan and white wine. This arrived swiftly and with a lovely smile, seasoned to perfection.

Flavoursome, fresh and seasonal ingredients made for a wholesome main on a chilly day.

My partner chose the speciality of the Fat Fox burger served with home-made coleslaw and chips.

This arrived looking so appealing that it was “stolen” by my three-year-old — in spite of the beautifully sized and healthy children’s meal he had already selected and eaten!

The quality and texture of the beef was perfect and the chips chunky and tasty.

As we broke for dessert, I noted the venue’s friendly atmosphere — with a selection of dining areas to suit all occasions. The character is abundant, as is the gentle hubbub of contented patrons.

What a perfect location for a lunchtime catch-up with friends, an engaging corporate outing, or for couples and families to enjoy.

Our meal concluded with a passion fruit tart with perfect consistency and caramelised top, served with mille-feuille and home made meringue, wild berries and a very light pastry base.

The alternative, chocolate emilion, made my lunch guest very happy. A culinary combination of rich cocoa and fresh cream, with a citrus freshness cutting through with perfect precision.

I would thoroughly recommend the Fat Fox for a lunchtime nibble or more relaxed experience by the roaring fire.

It is worth noting that the Fat Fox is currently undergoing a fantastic refurbishment currently — and we shall be following up the amazing results in the Henley Standard and Henley Life in the near future...

Watch this space!

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