Fox & Hounds Country Inn
“Great country pub atmosphere with award-winning food”
PICKERING, NORTH YORKSHIRE
This friendly, 18th-century coaching inn on the edge of the North York Moors is run by resident proprietors Andrew and Catherine Stephens. In the wood-panelled bar, under oak beams and, depending on the temperature, warmed by a double-sided log-burner called Big Bertha, a pint of Wainwright's, or Black Sheep Best, could be waiting, or maybe a rarely encountered whisky. Making full use of locally farmed produce, light lunches (except Sundays) and early suppers (except Saturdays) include smoked haddock, leek and parsley risotto and a soft poached egg; outdoor-reared roast pork belly, black pudding and wholegrain mustard mash, greens and gravy; or a variety of omelettes. The main menu might list roast pork belly, red onion and apple tart to start, then a local fillet of beef with horseradish croquettes, creamed cabbage and smoked bacon and red wine sauce; or duo of Yorkshire lamb – little and slow-braised shoulder, dauphinoise potatoes, fine beans, tomato and tarragon for a main course; and to finish, bramble cheesecake with bramble compôte. Turn right along the village street past the village green to an ancient packhorse bridge over the gentle River Seven (yes, Seven).
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Closed: 25–27 December
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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