“ 87 High Street / Stony Stratford / Milton Keynes / MK11 1AT „
THE FOX and HOUNDS, STONY STRATFORD
When I visited the village of Stony Stratford recently, with my husband, we stayed at The Cock Inn. We liked the accommodation but, as a wedding party was being held there, the restaurant was closed after lunch. We were disappointed that even sandwiches couldn't be purchased from the bar. We were both very hungry and knew we had to have a meal before we went out that evening for a post wedding reception.
A short walk along the village's high street reassured us that there were places still serving late lunches. We chose to eat at the Fox and Hounds.
We entered and had a look around this pub then went into the area which was a dedicated dining area, called The Den. It looked clean and functional with wooden tables available for two, four and more. The pub's bar also served this area. Food could be ordered from this bar.
The other parts of the Fox and Hounds looked to be a traditional pub; we could hear customers in the other bar. Throughout the pub there is a feeling of simple, natural woods being use in décor and furniture.
This was quite a cold day so we didn't venture into the pub's garden but saw signs for this.
My husband checked that they were still serving food as it had now turned three o'clock. The friendly barman answered that food was served all day.
There were meal specials on the board near to the bar but we chose from the menu already on our table. We both fancied fish and chips and so were pleased to see that battered haddock was on the menu under the 'Fish of the Day'. The haddock was cooked in a home-made sour dough batter.
So haddock and chips twice were ordered along with a drink each. No surprise that my husband chose a pint of beer (a local ale) which he felt he deserved after this long drive. I ordered tea and was asked did I want a cup or mug.
While we waited we noticed that the pub became busier and this seemed to be with Saturday afternoon shoppers completing their purchases with a drink, meal or both, in The Fox & Hounds. In our area many pubs have closed and been demolished and I we were impressed by the number of decent looking pubs and bars in this village.
Our drinks were quickly brought to us. My tea was served in a large mug. It proved to be a very nice and most welcome cuppa.
I think we must have waited about half an hour for our food to come up and so my thirsty husband had to order another pint. When our food did arrive it looked well worth waiting for. The plates were loaded with a large piece of haddock each and, home-made, very chunky chips. The fish and chips were accompanied by garden peas, tartar sauce, again home-made and a generous wedge of lemon on each meal. The plates were steaming hot.
We were given a selection of condiments and the waitress asked if there was anything else we required; we didn't as everything we needed was already there.
It was a very welcome change to be served home-made 'proper' chips and they were very tasty. The haddock was delicious. We were both happy with our choice.
Although we had made our choice quickly, as we had both had it in mind to find somewhere serving fish, we had a look at the menu and both considered it a good pub menu with reasonable prices.
Our meal, including drinks, came to just over twenty pounds; we both thought this was a good price for freshly prepared food which tasted very good and was superior to most pub food that we have sampled.
Toilets appeared clean.
We were in The Fox and Hounds for lunch but during our visit we saw boards and leaflets advertising the pub's facilities/events. The pub serves its village well because, as well as offering freshly cooked food at a reasonable cost and real ales, it also offers evenings of live music (A popular event seems to be on Thursday nights when there is a Jamming session of Jazz and blues music), quiz nights, darts and skittles teams which have both won their leagues.
The Fox and Hounds is on ground level and there seems to be enough room for a wheelchair. I cannot speak for the accessibility of the garden.
To give an idea of the menu 'Light Bites' are available, including soup served with bread and butter for £3.50 and sandwiches, home-made pate with toast and chutney for £4.50. The meals sounded good and included, bubble & squeak with smoked bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce for £4.95, jacket Potatoes (with salad) with various fillings for under £5, burgers and chips and salad for £6.95, veggie burger for £6.95, beef and ale pie (with Vegetables and mashed potatoes) for £8.25 and some pasta dishes for under £8.
The Fox & Hounds is located in the interesting village of Stony Stratford, near to Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire. It can be reached by rail or by road. For those driving there is a car park at the rear of the pub for use by its patrons.
For a lunch time pub meal we were both very impressed. If we return to Stony Stratford, which we may well do, then we would certainly aim to visit The Fox and Hounds again to sample more of their menu.
The Fox & Hounds,
87 High Street,
Milton Keynes, MK11 1AT
Telephone: 01908 260604
Proprietors: Paul Hale & Sam Lancaster