The Fox & Hounds, Lower Harlestone
It was a beautiful sunny day and the beer garden was full of patrons enjoying a chilled drink in the warm sunshine. We we went inside the traditional stone building and were greeted and quickly taken to our table in the main restaurant. The pub is very nicely decorated inside; sleek and modern but with a old country touches of wooden beams and open log fire places.
I took my Mum and Dad along with me as a little treat for them and we had a lovely family day out (I think they enjoy the benefits of a blogger daughter!). The pub has a very decent sized menu with plenty of options and we very much enjoyed feasting our faces on our three courses.
To start with we ordered sharing starters; a large box baked Camembert coated in crushed hazelnuts and apricot, and then artisan rustic breads for dipping in the cheesy goodness. I love Camembert and this tasted so good, especially with the sweetness from the apricots. The breads also came with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as a bowl of green olives.
For my main course, I was debating whether to get the rib-eye steak with chunky chips but I eventually settled on getting a Sunday roast. I had the roast rib of beef which came with delicious roasted potatoes, horseradish, cabbage, carrots, red onion, a yorkshire pudding, and gravy.
My Mum had the roast leg of lamb, and my Dad went all out with the trio of roasts, which included beef, pork, and chicken! His plate was huge but he just about managed to eat it all up! The vegetables came served separately on individual plates to put in the middle of the table and share, which I always think is a nice way to do it, like a traditional dinner at home.
After our main courses we were definitely full up (especially Dad!) so instead of having a dessert each we just shared one between us. I chose the warm Belgian chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream which was extremely rich and I don’t think I could have had the whole thing to myself, but it was perfect for sharing. I especially enjoyed the ice cream! After the dessert we couldn’t face another bite to eat (and I remained full until the next afternoon!) and eventually we ended our afternoon there on very full tummies.
We were extremely well looked after by the staff at The Fox & Hounds and I would certainly recommend it if you are local to the area or are perhaps considering visiting as a special occasion. It was a really lovely place to relax and the food was simply delicious.