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Fox & Hounds

19 The Green, Exton, LE15 8AP

(((() British
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
  •  - Rutland
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.

Excellent meal and friendly staff

Stewart Macdonald 08 July 2017
from Exton

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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 66 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (39)
  • lunch (39)
  • romantic (20)
  • luxury (14)
  • child friendly (11)
  • private dining (11)
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  • al fresco (9)
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  • (**** 25 July 2017 by John Dawson from Stamford

    The dinner was arranged for a special occasion and regrettably it didn't live up to the occasion. There wasn't really any atmosphere and we had to send a main course back. The staff where pleasant enough and they dealt with the complaint as you would expect but at the prices charged, we felt we were entitled to expect great food and this simply wasn't the case. I hope they will take this on board and wish them every success in the future.

  • (**** 25 July 2017 by Geoff Taylor from Spalding

    We have just been for a Birthday celebratory lunch at the Fox & Hounds at Exton near Oakham. Why is it that British restaurant get it so wrong. The setting and building had character however not sure about the old candle wax sculptures. The staff were efficient but not friendly. I have long legs and the table which they selected was of the folding variety and the central column precluded a leg from passing through it.
    We had starter which was ok but not special. The main course was a roast. The meat was so uniform and cut so thinly that you might think they bought it that way. The roast potatoes were so leathery that again you might think they were yesterday’s at the very least. Somebody must have told them that broccoli spreads were shown the pan but not cooked. The French beans squeaked across the plate as you tried to cut them. Then to finish it off there was a purée of something yellow substance possibly parsnip not sure what happened to the carrot which had gone into solution with the gravy on the plate. (Sorry sherry jus)
    Dessert was also strange it had half a waffle on it, presumably they cooked the whole waffle and presumably half wasn’t acceptable so they removed it because the remaining half was as tuff as old boots.
    Coffee was also poor. I had cappuccino and it seemed to consist of milk and very little coffee and no sprinkles on the top.
    Paying the bill was also covered in confusion and what appeared to be the manager didn’t seem to be able to work out and left it to the waitress. No body asked if you had a good experience or seemed to care.
    So why didn’t I complain during the meal? Well if you are going for a celebration the last thing you want is a disagreement. On the way back to the car we saw the door to the kitchen was open and we made our dissatisfaction known. The cost for this was £60 with only a single glass of wine. Rip off off Fox & Hounds.
    This an entry for trip advisor

  • ((((( 24 July 2017 by Clare Harding from Kibworth Harcourt

    Excellent food, service and ambience.

  • ((((( 24 July 2017 by Fiona Hick from East Carlton

    Excellent staff, excellent food in an excellent setting. Having eaten at Hambleton Hall the night before thought this might be a let down but it certainly wasn't. Pigeon starter superb, fillet steak with soft crab fritter amazing

  • ((((( 17 July 2017 by Jeff Bull from Reading

    Location=Beautiful and peaceful; Premises=Beautiful and vary tastefully decorated; Staff=Friendly and helpful; Food=Award-worthy, and I often eat at Michelin-Star restaurants, make sure you keep hold of your chef(s).
    I was a little disappointed that the draft beer was off, apparently you were drunk-dry by a function the previous day; hey-ho, the draft cider was very good. My wife's Pimms looked stunning and she loved it.
    Even the other customers (and their dogs!) were very friendly.
    I finished off my meal with a lovely cup of Red-Bush tea, my wife with your Grasshopper cocktail. She slept in the car all the way home, ah, peace :-)

  • ((((( 8 July 2017 by Stewart Macdonald from Exton

    Excellent meal and friendly staff

  • ((((( 1 July 2017 by Helen from Leicester

    First visit and we will definitely be returning. The food was perfect and we had 1 dairy free guest & 1 vegetarian so not he easiest to cater for.
    The waitress was possibly the best waitress we have ever had.

    It was a lovely evening and I'd recommend it to everyone.

  • ((((( 19 June 2017 by Fiona Macdonald from Oakham

    The food was delicious, the service was excellent. Sat in the beautiful surroundings on the deck in the garden. A very, very pleasant way to spend a Sunday lunchtime

  • ((((( 19 June 2017 by Henry from Cambridge

    Stunning building with lovely indoor and outdoor dining areas. Excellent food and service. The owner was brilliant and labored in the heat to provide us with extra sun shades on the hottest day of the year so far - we were very grateful! His staff were very friendly and attentive. Couldn't recommend more!

  • ((((( 13 June 2017 by Sally Miller from Exton

    A friend and I were here for lunch. Best fish and chips and toad in the hole ever. The dessert was lovely to look at and to taste. Service was very good and not intrusive.

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