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“Great expensive food. Poor service!!!”
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The Fox Inn
Ranked #13 of 45 Dorchester B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Uncomfortable seats. Took a while to take order although not busy. Ordered food but told it would take 15 mins for the main course so would we like to order starters. We were all hungry so said yes to get some food on its way. Starters arrived approx 15 mins later. Great starters!! Then it took so long for someone to clear plates and got our main course which must of been 80 mins after we arrived which with two young children was not great. I ate my very disappointing lamb dinner with my youngest trying to sleep my lap. We were never asked if our meals were ok and we went up to the bar to order drinks half way through meal as we had not been asked if we needed refills. Come on front of house!!!!! Very poor service.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We booked for dinner on a Monday evening at the Fox for a double birthday and were not disappointed.
The staff were very helpfull and accommodating, we started as a table of 6 and throughout the week changed the booking a number of times and ended up with 12 and a baby (this was no trouble for the staff at the Fox and our requests were met without a fuss)
The menu choice was excellent, enough for twelve people of all ages to find a dinner they were happy with.
The service was great (fast, and friendly) and the food was excellent, clean plates all round............. I don't normally have much more than a main course when out for dinner yet enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal at the Fox.

We had a great Dinner from start to finish, a great way to celebrate, would highly recommend and will definatly return now I have discovered the Fox inn.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Have visited here for Sunday lunch on at least 4 occasions and on each the quality and quantity of the food at the carvery have been consistently excellent. The home made puddings that we had (cheesecake, bread and butter pudding and lemon meringue pie) were equally super.

Competent cookery and great value!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We have recently spent 4 nights at The Fox Inn and enjoyed it very much. We had a superior room on the 2nd floor; it was spacious, clean and had a huge comfortable bed. The bathroom was a decent size and the shower had good pressure. The food was excellent; both breakfast and dinner options. If braised belly pork is on the menu, do try it, it's delicious. The cheeseboard is huge and will comfortably feed 2 people. The welcome was fine and 2 members of staff in particular - Luke and Ellie - deserve a mention for their customer service - friendly and approachable and very hard-working, covering both the bar and the dining room when needed.

Room Tip: Top floor has 4 superior rooms which are more expensive but away from potential bar noise
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We live locally so have not stayed here, but this pub is always our first choice for Sunday carvery. Great choice of tasty dishes and good sized portions of meat. Always good quality with a friendly service

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Sue H
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you are looking for the best Sunday carvery in North Dorset then you need to visit The Fox Inn at Ansty. Two dining rooms are open on the Sunday accommodating the always booked sittings that the pub operates. If you haven't booked then you might be lucky and it would be worth a try but I would always recommend a quick call to make a booking to ensure your place.

The food is great value for money and you will come away satisfied but more probably in need of a lay down for eating too much.

At other times of the week it is just the front restaurant that is normally open along with a menu in the the bar being available. The difference in the number of diners between during the week and a Sunday is amazing and testament to the great carvery available.

I haven't stayed at The Fox as we live too close (just a few villages away) but having read some of the reviews I do think some of the points are a little unfair.

No Mobile Signal - North Dorset is a rural area and the poor cousin to many towns and cities when it comes to communications, no we don't get a very good (if at all) mobile signal and the same can be said for broadband. This isn't the fault of the hotel or pub and if you are looking for a quiet few nights away in a country pub then why do you need your normal 24/7 hotline? Isn't the point of getting away from it all just that? Give your family the pubs phone number for emergencies.

Bit out of the way - This is a country pub in rural North Dorset, that means country lanes that twist and turn and are narrow in places. Isn't that part of the experience of visiting the English countryside rather than stopping at a premier inn off the motorway? Enjoy the journey and treat it as part of your rural weekend with great country walks and real ales awaiting you at the bar on your return.

Decor and service - Well as I say I haven't stayed there so can't comment on the accommodation side but the restaurant service is just fine, no it's not Michelin Star nor is it a greasy spoon cafe, however it is polite and helpful. The front restaurant is oak panelled and reflects the date and style of the original building as does the bar. The back dining room is light and airy in garden room style as it leads out onto the patio area.

I hope the owners take note of the customer service points and pictures posted about the decor and slamming door problems. They look easy to resolve at a reasonable cost ensuring future guests don't have the same experience. It's never nice to get negative feedback when you put your heart and soul into a business but using it to make things even better can turn it into a positive.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

What a disappointing weekend away! I had seen quite a lot of good reviews for this place so I decided to book for 2 nights. When we arrived we had far from a warm welcome and nothing was explained to us about when breakfast was or when we needed to check out. We only seemed to deal with kids at the reception the owners of the inn never greeted us. The rooms were ok but nothing spectacular, I wouldn't say £80 a night standard. The main reason we booked this inn for a weekend away was because it was in the middle of nowhere and we were hoping for a nice quiet get away but as a previous reviewer mentioned this place was far from quiet! Especially on the Sunday night when we didn't realise the inn had a live band playing in the evening which started at 7pm and finally finished at 1am in the morning! We could hear the music really loudly in our room. When I went down to reception at 12.30am to ask when the music was going to finish I was greeted most rudely and told they would stop in ten minutes, half and hour later when we were considering leaving the hotel in the early hours at 1am in the morning they finally ended the music. We left early on the morning feeling really tired and fed up and didn't stay for the breakfast as we didn't enjoy it the morning before. I think it would have been fair to have warned us a live band was playing on the Sunday as we would not have stayed. Also it is not fair to advertise that they have wifi as it did not work and we got no mobile phone signal. Overall the customer service was awful and the hotel could do with updating.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Fox Inn

Address: Ansty, Dorchester DT2 7PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Dorchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Dorchester
Price Range: $67 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fox Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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