Nestled in the centre of the small market town of Watlington and on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, is The Fat Fox Inn, situated in the quaint and idyllic surroundings of Oxfordshire.

This month we had the opportunity to review the fantastic Fat Fox Inn, which has so much to offer and is also, perfectly situated for those keen walkers, with the national trail, The Ridgeway, which runs alongside the market towns west border.  

On entering the Inn we were greeted by the team, who I must say offered an outstanding service during our stay. The Fat Fox Inn features an attractive bar, within an incredible setting that is home to a cozy and comfortable inglenook fireplace, with a burning stove within the bar area, just what you need when relaxing on those winter evenings.

First of all once we were shown to our rooms for the evening, which were located within the rustic, yet spectacular coaching barn at the rear of the property, housing a total of 7 of the 9 ensuite bedrooms. The accommodation is designed to perfection, each with its own identity and individuality, featuring traditional furniture combined with a mix of modern and vintage style interiors. We were delighted with the relaxing atmosphere within this country location.

After spending some much needed time relaxing within the comfortable settings and facilities we were ready for a spot of dinner. We were seated within the recently developed dining room, which incorporated its eclectic style and elegant design.  However, if visiting the Fat Fox Inn, you can also enjoy dining in the bar if you so wish, where diners and drinkers are equally welcome.

Once seated within the dining room we were presented with our menus for the evening. The seasonal menu offered a variety of British inspired dishes mixed with French culinary traditions, plus influences of Spanish and Italian cuisine and a few more of the complex dishes. The choices on the menu all appeared mouthwateringly delicious when described on paper and were just as tasty as we had expected, using fresh vegetables, meat and game, provided by local farmers and suppliers who provide an array of fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and eggs. 

Of course, we chose rustic bread to start off the evening, along with flavoursome Jamon Croquetas, which also make the perfect light bite before the evening meal, and which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. To start we opted for the country pate, served alongside a spiced chutney and toast, again you can really tell that the meat and pate has been sourced locally, making this starter an appetising choice. The next choice we selected from the menu was the plaice goujons served alongside a cocktail sauce and salad, perfect for those of you with a taste for seafood and the most unusual option from the starter menu was the curried cauliflower samosas, served on a bed of spiced lentils and sweet and sour sauce, a surprising yet impressive and palatable combination.

Once we had settled into the evening it was soon time for our mains to be bought to our table, again we chose the Fat Fox Inn beef burger, which also had cheddar, slaw, straight cut chips and a burger relish. This is everything you would want out of a quality beef burger and is a must try option on the menu if you happen to be within the Oxfordshire area. We also opted for the Bavette steak, served with a bordelaise sauce and straight cut chips, with the steak being cooked to perfection, tasting as succulent and juicy as we had hoped for.

After the starters and mains we all started to feel rather full, although still managed to find room for dessert, in which case we chose a classic and simple chocolate mousse, which can only be described as pure chocolate indulgence and also the Lemon financier & thyme ice cream, an absolute must have if you have a sweet tooth. Overall, we had a fantastic evening dining at The Fat Fox Inn and the service from the staff was second to none.

The bar also serves a selection of draught ales and lagers, including Brakespears Bitter, the Oxford Gold and two guest ales. Plus, if you enjoy a glass of wine when dining, then there is a selection of old world focussed wines, as well as new world wines to enjoy.

The overnight stay at The Fat Fox Inn was a fantastic experience and is not too far if you are looking to spend a weekend away from the norm. Plus, there is so many activities and location’s nearby that can be enjoyed, with the Aston Rowent National Nature Reserve, being only 4.4 miles away, and why not visit one of the only moated castles left in the UK, Shirburn Castle, the West Wycombe Caves, and Oxford University. You can even admire the Oxfordshire views on a Virgin balloon flight at the nearby Postcombe, or if you are a fan of golf then you are close by to a selection of local golf clubs, plus you have many local amenities on the doorstep, so whether you are looking for a relaxing break away or something that involves a little more adventure, then we highly recommend you to stay at The Fat Fox Inn, in Watlington. 

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The Fat Fox Inn

3 Shirburn Street



OX49 5BU


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