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The Fat Fox Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Watlington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed at the fat fox last night as a half way point between us and our friends. We didnt know the area or the pub but we are really glad we took a chance.

Both rooms (2 and 6) were really lovely, decorated well and some really nice little touches to make you feel welcome.

We ate in the pub and the food was fab. We polished off three courses each and loved every one of them. We didn't have to wait long despite it being a busy nye, the waiting staff were friendly, polite, attentive. Bar service was quick, there was live music for welcoming in new year and we found all the regulars in the pub to be really friendly and welcoming too. My disappointment at no cheesecake was made up by delicious creme brûlée!

Breakfast was much needed, arrived without issue and was devoured by all! It looked like they had a busy day ahead but we weren't rushed at breakfast at all.

All in all we had a fab new year, made even more so with great rooms, amazing food and pleasant employees. Fingers crossed we will go back again. (please may there be cheesecake?)

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had a double room and a twin room, and the rooms themselves were great so long as you remembered to duck in room 6 (it's in the roof of a very nice old outbuilding conversion and the fact that the joists are six feet from floor level was brought home painfully a couple of times as I'm six feet two ... but I can't really blame them for that). The double bed was comfy, the room was spacious and the tea and coffee facilities were fine; the TV was small but perfectly acceptable. Additionally we were greeted jovially and efficiently by the staff.

The pub was nice - some very nice Brakspear brews were kept very well, and the wine list was sensibly priced and covered a good range.

In the evening we ate in the restaurant with friends, a party totalling six. Three of us had steak, so the fact that we weren't asked how we'd like them cooked was puzzling (and in the end we had to ask them to cook two of them a bit more). Three of us had risotto, and when we asked for some parmesan we were told they didn't have any. Generally speaking, quantities were stingy (we had six small slices of break with oil and vinegar between six of us, and had to ask for more - which came but they took away the oil!) and the quality was average. This said, the cheeseboard was excellent and a noticeable improvement on what was otherwise an average meal.

We arrived at breakfast in the morning to be told that because there was a large party before us breakfast would be a bit delayed. One would think they'd bring some toast almost immediately, but no; eventually we were asked if we'd like some and when asked whether we'd like brown or white we asked for both. Four slices of brown arrived, with barely enough butter (though the pot of tea was impressively huge and strong, which was nice). When we asked for some more toast, including some white, we were told: "Sorry, we only have brown bread" - so why had they asked what we'd like in the first place?

We were on a bit of a deadline, so when breakfast hadn't arrived after 10 minutes one of us decided to run and have a shower. When he returned, another of us went and did the same thing. Breakfast arrived concurrently with the latter's return - well over half an hour after ordering. Now, I understand that they had a party of a dozen but at the very least they could have managed expectations and kept us topped up with toast proactively.

Back at the room for a moment, we then went to iron our stuff for the function we were attending. The iron was a travel iron (you know, those little ones that are so tiny it takes a fortnight to flatten something the size of a hanky) and the ironing board one of those little table-top ones. So we had to move the tea and coffee stuff from the dresser and grope behind the wardrobe to plug in the iron. Why do you need a travel iron when it's not going to travel? Give me a proper one with a floor-standing ironing board, and put the socket somewhere that I can actually get to! Also, when we'd arrived on the Friday evening the heating had been off as the timer hadn't kicked it in - that's just silly, as it was properly chilly outside.

In short, then: nice rooms, decent bathrooms, silly ironing facilities, heating that needs to come on earlier, excellent beer, nice country pub surroundings, average food for above-average prices and a severe requirement for some common sense when it comes to those little things like dealing with big parties and keeping customers happy.

Room Tip: Room 6 is actually really nice, but mind your head!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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ox495bu, Owner at The Fat Fox Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Dear David

In response to your review I feel that firstly I would like to personally apologise for your calamitous breakfast. Having to wait as long as you did is reprehensible and I can assure you that all neccesary steps have been taken subsequent to your visit to assure that this does not happen again. I do hope that the delay did not have any serious lastings effects on your plans that day.

Since your visit I hope you will be pleased to hear that we have purchased new irons for the rooms and particular emphasis has been placed on checking the room temperatures at regular intervals during the day, especially during this cold weather, to make sure that no-one has to go to bed cold. Parmesan and white bread are now firm fixtures on our shopping lists too, lest someone should go without in the future. Our staff have also been actively reminded to always check when taking an order for steaks, something that should be second nature and I can't apologise enough for.

I do however feel that I must defend our portion sizes as stinginess is something that I deplore and despise being accused of. Thus I would ask you kindly to remember that the bread to which you referred "we had six small slices of break with oil and vinegar between six of us" was complimentary in the first place and was replenished upon request. We were not trying to shortchange you in the slightest by scimping on the bread, it was merely a nibble to take the edge off your appetite while you waited for the main meal.

Your comments have been earnestly noted and wherever possible actions have been taken to prevent repetitions of our errors. I do sincerely hope that no no irreparable damage has been done and that if you are ever in the area again you might give us the chance to make up for out previous shortcomings.

Warmest regards

John Riddell

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Booked the Fat fox via trip advisor. Family visit in nearby stoke church so a great location and easy to find. Room number 8, twin and very small,but ok for the teenagers. Things looked up when we got to our room, room 6, spectacular and very comfy bed. We chose to eat in the dining room, menu was small but all sounded great. Food arrived and to be honest was very average and expensive. Servings were not generous, for example, bread, one small slice each, felt a little stingy. Overall just about ok. Breakfast on the other hand was a complete disaster, and not in any wat wiorth the 50 min wait. Simple things were missing, toast, more than just orange juice,... Again, overall feeling was stingy.... Wouldnt return, which was a shame considering we had such high hopes.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Stayed here before - room great, everything just right. Service is exemplary and the food in the evening is very good indeed and the English breakfast was great -the sausage and bacon, always a pointer to how much they care about the customer was top quality. On top of all that, for what you get I think the price is very competitive.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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ox495bu, Owner at The Fat Fox Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Dear James

Thankyou very much for your kind words. We take great pride in serving only the best produce, especially for breakfast. All of our pork comes from our local farm shop, that way we know you're getting the best Watlington has to offer.

Hopefully we'll see you again some time and you can try one of our free range scotch eggs.

Best regards

John Riddell

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a really nice, well run, traditional pub in the middle of a lovely village. Good beers, log fires and great food.

The room was nice and spacious, and they are updateing some rooms and they look really great. The bed was fantastic.

The only reason that I haven't given it an excellent rating is that service was very slow at both breakfast and dinner, but we weren't in a rush, so that didn't bother us. The food was well worth waiting for!

Everyone that worked there was very friendly.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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ox495bu, Owner at The Fat Fox Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Dear Simon

Thank you for your lovely review and sorry for the slow service. Our kitchen isn't the largest so it can get a little hectic when we are busy but it's something we are always working on and trying to improve. Thankfully we like to think that the food, when it comes, will invariably make the wait worthwhile.

Merry Christmas

John Riddell

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here in two rooms, both nice, we wanted to revisit Watlington, but this location is good for touring in Oxfordshire, or even for quick access to London via Princess Risborough. The pub does meals.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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ox495bu, Owner at The Fat Fox Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Dear Ramblingaround

Thank you for your lovely words. We hope to see you again if you're ever rambling around our neck of the woods.

Happy wandering

John Riddell

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We were looking to break our journey to Southampton and luckily stumbled upon this on the internet. What a gem!. We stayed just one night. The room was very comfortable, with all the usual facilities. All the staff were very helpful. We would definitely visit again if in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ox495bu, Owner at The Fat Fox Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Dear Lynda

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. If you do decide to revisit our little town we do you you drop in and say hello.

All the best

John Riddell

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Address: 13 Shirburn Street, Watlington OX49 5BU, England (Formerly The Fox and Hounds Inn)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Watlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Watlington
Price Range: $104 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fat Fox Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fat Fox Inn, formerly the Fox and Hounds, is a country pub with dining and accommodation in the village of Watlington on the northern edge of the Chilterns in Oxfordshire. The pub is easily accessed from the M40 at Lewknor. Watlington is only 15 miles from the heart of the City of Oxford and 35 minutes from Blenheim Palace and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, as well as the Thameside town of Henley on Thames, home of the Royal Regatta. ... more   less 
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