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“Below Par, this time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Fox and Grapes

The Fox and Grapes
9 Camp Road | Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4UN, England
+44 20 8619 1300
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Ranked #7,333 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Price range: $18 - $42
Cuisines: French, British, Bar, Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The newly refurbished Fox and Grapes has the intimacy and feel of a local country village pub. Situated in the heart of the Common, it has the advantage of being on the doorstep of London, yet the tranquility of Wimbledon Village. The Fox and Grapes re-opened in 2011 with Claude Bosi, head chef of the two Michelin starred Hibiscus in Mayfair, and his brother Cedric at the helm. They built up the pub's reputation rapidly, and established the Fox & Grapes as one of Wimbledon's Hidden Gem's. Now Managed by Joe Hendriks & Head Chef Andrew Jones, both Norfolk boys have continued to strive for excellence in both food and service, while maintaining a relaxed pub character. As for the food, the Fox & Grapes sources as much seasonal and local produce as possible, with simple, well executed cooking. The menu features refined dishes with classic flavour combinations, as well as traditional pub favourites. Open for drinks throughout the day, the Fox and Grapes stocks a wide selection of Craft Beers, Ales & Largers. They can also boast an impressive wine selection, solely being supplied by Berry Brothers & Rudd. The Fox & Grapes is also host to three en-suite Double Bedrooms. With the perfect location, and steeped in character, you can enjoy everything this pub has to offer.
london
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27 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Below Par, this time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

have been a fan of Fox & Grapes since it changed hands a few years back...visited recently for sunday lunch (4pm booking) and disappointed...table offered was right "in a corridor" upon us searching around we found another far more suitable table. limited sunday lunch menu...that's OK...but main attraction was beef, which my wife ordered (I was OK with the pork belly)...tough as old boots! must say the manager dealt with it as good as he could (offered some free wine) but that's not the point....we went for good food, not an apology. Had to laugh when they offered the missus a sharper knife...as she responded ...have they got sharper teeth she could also use?

will give it another try for midweek lunch...but no more after that

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“No longer on our lunchtime list”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We both chose the Mussel and Clam in Ginger and Chilli Casserole as a main course from the menu and having eaten here several times over the last year had high expectations of what to expect. What we got was basically a starter size portion of moules and frites with a few clams for £14. Of the 30 or so clam shells 2/3 were empty with about 10 clams in the bottom of the broth. I am not sure where the casserole came into the equation and there was no hint of ginger or chilli in the broth. Even the "thrice cooked chips" were underdone. This was simply the worst cooked meal I have experienced in a restaurant and I eat out on average twice a week. To their credit we were given a free dessert. Whilst I would concede you cannot judge a place on one dish, the fact that this was even allowed on the menu shows some lack of quality control. The place was also very cold with no evidence of heating in mid January.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Pleasant enough experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Had lunch with family on a cold January day. The place was empty at 12:30. I guess lunchtime in the winter on a Monday is not going to be the busiest time.
Got a warm welcome and the food and drink was above average gastropub quality. The price was £66.93 for 3 main courses and one drink each plus 2 coffees.
That price included the hated 'London' standard 12.5% service charge.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“One of the best gastropub experiences I've had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was a little put off by some of the reviews of the Fox & Grapes so I wasn't confident about arranging my birthday meal for three couples there. However, from beginning to end, it was excellent.

The wine list is varied and interesting and the food extremely good. I had game terrine followed by pheasant breast accompanied by a Bordeaux Merlot, topped off with sticky toffee pudding. The food couldn't have been much better. This really has been my best experience at a gastropub.

The service was polite and attentive without being intrusive, despite our position in the snug at the rear of the pub which is a little out of the way. At the end of the evening, the staff were happy to arrange cabs for us.

If you're willing to pay more than average and your experience is like ours, this gastropub will not disappoint. The snug, to the rear of the pub, is good for intimate dining while the main room is gorgeous.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Overpriced averageness!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

What a disappointment! The building and location is lovely and charming but shame about the food and service... Um what service? Our drinks were not poured for us once and we were not offered sides and when we realised we should have ordered some they even got that order wrong. The waiter didn't know what sauces they served with the steak and had to check with the kitchen. When you pay a premium you expect a premium. Over priced food but to give it credit it was tasty and my steak ( all £29 of it) was delishous and cooked well. Would we return? I doubt it. Not worth the credit card debt to eat here.

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