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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.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch. Excellent meal followed by coffee in the garden. Service was welcoming and efficient and we shall see you again soon!

Janet Reynolds 10 April 2017
from Rutland

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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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4.4 (((() (based on 51 reviews)
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  • (((** 25 April 2017 by ScottieBurnett from Bourne

    Here for Sunday lunch and despite high hopes (they are a new entry in the Good Food Guide 2017) it was overall a disappointing experience.
    First impressions of any establishment matter; there was bad and good. The car park is poorly signposted and is a badly surfaced tip strewn with bins located at the back of the hotel/restaurant. No indication in the car park of how to find the actual entrance.
    Once we did enter the bar area the barman was very good, quickly sorting out drinks and menus (although failing to provide a wine list, which I had to go searching for). No explanation that someone would come to take our order.
    Anyway, food finally ordered, starters of pigeon breast salad and asparagus with poached egg; mains roast beef and mixed beef & lamb roast. Both starters were disappointingly small, particularly the salad where they must have sourced the smallest pigeon in Rutland. The mains were better and the meat was well cooked and a reasonable portion size. However please put at least one more vegetable on the plate; roast potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and parsnip puree does not make for a traditional Sunday roast. I feel this is a ploy to make you order additional side dishes at £3.50 each. The potatoes were also somewhat beyond "crisp" and took some cutting into. For wine we went for the Chianti at £27.00, which is not cheap; but there were few cheaper options on a somewhat limited wine list.
    Finally, why no bread provided? Hambleton Bakery is just down the road!
    Service was competent but not really engaging.
    I would have liked to have given them a very good, but the starters meant it had to average. There are better and cheaper options in the locality.

  • ((((* 17 April 2017 by Rebecca Joyce from Wigston

    We enjoyed the cosy ambiance and friendly staff

  • ((*** 11 April 2017 by Paul Oakley from northants

    Well, it wasn't a 'bad' meal, but a restaurant that talks the talk......Lovely setting, adequate (if brusque at times) service. The two wines we chose were excellent, however, while the tasting note for one of them stated it carried sediment, I didn't expect that it would end up in one of the glasses. (Try decanting ?) My first course of rabbit pakora was a disappointment - overcooked to a very dark brown, the rabbit inside was dried out, under seasoned and milled to the point where it could have been anything. The accompaniments were fine. My wife chose pigeon which she enjoyed, and her vegetarian main course was acceptable if under spiced. My main of shepherd's pie was 'deconstructed', i.e. mashed potato was placed on top of slow cooked lamb. The meat element was cooked well, but why blow torch the potato ? Not only was one of the best bits of shepherd's pie absent but it was replaced by some acrid, black, burnt substance. The desserts at least were reasonably good.

  • ((((( 10 April 2017 by Janet Reynolds from Rutland

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch. Excellent meal followed by coffee in the garden. Service was welcoming and efficient and we shall see you again soon!

  • ((((( 7 April 2017 by Valerie Carr from Ottery Saint Mary

    Loved the atmosphere, and the young woman who served us was charming, and very helpful, the food was great, loved my steak frites, and my husband really loved his red mullet dish, all round pleasant experience, something different. Thank you Fox and Hounds.

  • ((((( 1 April 2017 by John Higton from Whissendine

    Excellent food. All three of my courses (salmon cerviche, market fish and the cheese board) were beautifully done with the right portion sizes. The local cheeses were particularly good, especially the Beauvale soft blue.

  • ((((( 18 March 2017 by Steven Walters from Bourne

    Superbe evening as always at The Fox and Hounds. Great food, great service and a great atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • ((((( 17 March 2017 by Jacqueline from Market Harborough

    So welcoming, warm fire, beautiful old proper working candelabra on bar. Good fantastic good, can highly recommend pork loin and Launde rump of lamb. Sumptuous puddings too.

  • ((*** 16 March 2017 by Michael Wykes from Leicestershire

    Although we have always enjoyed our visits in the past. Our visit yesterday proved to be very disappointing. The very limited fixed price lunch menu left very little to choose from . Two dishes for starters and main are totally inadequate to be considered a choice. The standard of presentation was good but the cooking was well below the usual quality

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Jamie Swanston from Warwick

    Fantastic sunday lunch. Some really quite sophisticated flavours and cooking but that didn't distract from what a traditional roast is supposed to do!

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