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Fox & Hounds

19 The Green, Exton, LE15 8AP

(((() British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 21:00.

Gorgeous food and lovely staff and ambience although a little pricey on the wine list but would definitely dine again and have recommended to friends for special occasion

Jules Galbraith 12 January 2017
from Somerby

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A beautiful 17th-century former coaching inn, Fox & Hounds in the village of Exton is packed with charm and character. Inside there are cracking fireplaces, outside is a picturesque beer garden, and the menu is packed with modern European flavours.

The inventive Fox & Hounds menu is crafted by head chef Omar Palazzolo, who brings experience from working in the renowned Nobu and The Arts Club. Flavoursome Mediterranean influences can be found in dishes like fillet of beef carpaccio with chives, hazelnuts and lemon vinaigrette, while hearty mains such as rump of Lake District lamb with foraged wild garlic and sherry jus highlight the best of British. Lincolnshire bangers and mash with homemade onion gravy fly the flag for pub classics, and on Sundays there are extremely popular traditional roasts.

Truly indulgent desserts are served at Fox & Hounds Rutland, including bourbon cappuccino made with espresso-soaked sponge, bourbon cream, almonds and orange truffle. There are fine ports and armagnacs to finish, and a full wine list.

Beautifully blending rural pub tradition with international flair, Fox & Hounds sits 11 minutes' drive from Oakham Rail Station.

Fox & Hounds

19 The Green, Exton, LE15 8AP

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Customer reviews for Fox & Hounds

4.5 (((() (based on 33 reviews)
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  • al fresco (5)
  • child friendly (5)
  • private dining (5)
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  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Brian Hawken from Melton Mowbray

    Perfect location and food for a special occasion. Lovely atmosphgere. Welcoming staff. Ecellent service. Fantastic food. It couldnt have been better.

  • ((((( 12 January 2017 by Jules Galbraith from Somerby

    Gorgeous food and lovely staff and ambience although a little pricey on the wine list but would definitely dine again and have recommended to friends for special occasion

  • ((*** 9 January 2017 by Darren Blackwell from Greetham

    We arrived to a warm welcome, and offered drinks and informed that a few wines where missing from the menu (due to not having a delivery post NYE) I thought my ale tasted a little old but it wasn't too bad.

    The bar area is nice and cosy but tables for eating are limited.
    Our table was situated right next to the door which was very cold when people came in so we moved to the restaurant, we where offered a nice table but it too was very cold We did appreciate it was 0 degrees outside, and where informed that it's a old stone building but as we live in a old stone building if they are insulated well then they hold the heat very well.
    We then moved back to the bar to a table on the other side which was better.

    My wife ordered Scallops followed by the Lamb Rump, I ordered Rabbit Pakora followed by Fish Pie. We had a wait of approx 35 mins for the starters,

    The Scallops where very nicely cooked, but at £11 for 3 scallops we thought that was expensive.
    The Rabbit Pakora was very nice I felt that the flavour of the rabbit was overpowered by the spices.
    We then had a long wait for the main course and had to request that our water be topped up, my fish pie wasn't actually a pie it was more of a deconstructed fish medley with some samphire the fish was very nicely cooked but I was looking forward to a pie with creamy veloute and a mash topping,
    My wife's lamb was unfortunately over cooked and fairly dry not being served pink. She sent it back and and where informed that it would be 15 mins, we in fact waited nearly 30 mins and just got up to leave when it arrived, we had also ordered a side of broccoli stems but these had gone cold and weren't replenished when my wife's food finally turned up.
    The lamb was better and very tasty but it got a bit to late. We declined desert as it was now past 10pm. To summarise the staff where friendly but young The waitress well informed the barman lacked wine knowledge. The food is overpriced the service way to slow!

  • ((((( 9 January 2017 by Peter Hammer from Newmarket

    Went here on a date. Simply amazing setting and top quality meal. Couldn't be faulted.

  • (**** 5 January 2017 by Jackie from Oakham

    Food was good but service was terrible
    After we had been given menus we were ignored for 25 minutes and had to go to the bar to ask for our order to be taken. Then shown through to the restaurant to find our table was not ready and had to return to the bar. The food was good but wait time was too long. The waiter when clearing our starter plates actually asked if it was our starter or mains! We told him it was our starter, he then asked if we would like our mains, well yes! Another long wait. We had chosen from the fixed price lunch but still felt the portion of the main slightly small, not much venison in the pie. Praise to the young waitress, she was the only one who seemed to know what she was doing.
    The ambiance and food was good but the service left us feeling we were on the set of Fawlty Towers!

  • ((((* 31 December 2016 by Kate Parker from London

    Interesting food; unusual to find this quality in a small village! Like the decor too.

  • ((((( 21 December 2016 by Joan Jacklin from Grimsby

    We received a very warm welcome as soon as we arrived. The lovely large fireplace and leather chairs are very welcoming when you arrive on a winters day, it certainly creates a relaxed atmosphere.
    The staff were very efficient and friendly, they went out of their way to make our family get together along with my 5 grandchildren a lovely day. We all enjoyed our meals which were very nicely presented. The Bread and Butter pudding was really nice.

  • ((((* 13 December 2016 by John Manley from Market Bosworth

    Birthday lunch - really nice, very classy. Food and drink good but limited as the wine list was being "run down" so my first choice was not available. The substitute was excellent though!

  • ((((( 11 December 2016 by Tony Hodgson from Oakham

    Excellent! Delicious food, great service with a cosy atmosphere.

  • ((((( 8 December 2016 by Malcolm Davies from Melton Mowbray

    Excellent meal, extremely tasty food, very pleasant service. We went for a birthday lunch and we shared crab cakes to start, steak frites and pheasant as main courses and then shared a plate of cheese. The food was very good and though a bit on the pricey side, good value due to its quality. We will definitely be back.

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