The Fox and Hounds
“Mediterranean-inspired menu in a renowned gastro-pub” - AA Inspector
Eye-catching features at this family-run free house include the unusual white-tiled bar-back, and a striking poster reading ‘Nous sommes les soiffards’, which, tactfully translated, suggests a fondness for drink. Chef James and wife Bianca run things and together they've created an easy-going place, where Adnams and local ales hold court at the bar, and lunch and dinner can be taken in the elegant, chandeliered dining room. James uses a Josper charcoal oven to cook squid, black beans, Nduja and gremolata; and Longhorn côte de boeuf for two, but you could also try the calves' liver, potato cake, crispy pancetta and onions. Finish with a black fig and almond tart with crème fraîche . Outside is a tree-shaded garden with a covered terrace.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 2
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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