One thing that’s good about living in Slough is how you can be in the countryside within a short drive. The other day we drove for about 15 minutes through Old Windsor (which is a really pretty drive past the river and beautiful houses) to a village called Englefield Green. We had been there before to visit Saville Gardens, which is great for family walks, and around the corner is the famous 3 mile ‘Long Walk‘ to Windsor Castle from Windsor Great Park (haven’t done that yet!). But on this sunny Sunday we took a left after Saville Gardens and stopped off for lunch at the Fox and Hounds.
There’s a little car park to the side, so we parked up and walked through the pub to the dining area at the back. At 12pm, it was calm and quiet, though it soon filled up from 12.30 onwards, so you know this must be a good place. There’s a new Fox Cub menu for kids that you can see Tyler perusing here.
He chose the Mini Fish and Chips with peas, whilst for Lily we chose the Mini Cheese and Tomato Pizza with carrot and cucumber sticks. Other choices were Chicken Goujons with fries and salad, Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce, Sausages and Mash or Pitta Bread and Houmous with carrot and cucumber sticks.
After our waitress took our order, I went for a little wander with the kids as the room behind me looked so beautiful. I had to get a photo! It’s like an indoor/outdoor bit and I just loved the trees and the lighting, very magical.
The kids meals arrived with our starters, we got some bread and olives to share – quite large portions so I’d say you could order just one starter to share with two people. Tyler was happy with his fish and chips, the fish was soft and the batter was crisp.
As for Lily, she went straight for the cucumbers (my kids love cucumbers!) and then the carrot sticks. I tried one of the pizza slices and it was yum! Really soft, nice thick base. It wasn’t a frozen supermarket pizza!
We had our mains arrive after we had our starters and I chose the special – a Haddock Risotto. And it tasted as good as it looks! I could really taste the haddock, it was like I was at a seafood restaurant. The crispy round thing on top was a surprise poached egg. I wish I could have videoed it but obviously I can’t when I’m eating. When I cut into in, the egg yolk oozed out, it was like an M&S ad! So yeah, I was well happy with my risotto, it was a large portion so I didn’t manage to finish it, but it was good. Perhaps next time I’ll skip the starter!
My husband went for the roast lamb, well done, with all the trimmings. He was happy with it, tasted good and he said the yorkshire pudding was a really good one. He finished it all, so that is a good sign!
We spent about an hour and a half there, it was a nice atmosphere, we didn’t feel rushed. There were other diners but it didn’t feel crowded, other families too with children, so we didn’t feel we had to keep our two quiet. Not that they are particularly noisy, but you know what I mean!
Would we go again? Yes! My husband gave a definitely yes. Good atmosphere, friendly staff that like children, good food. The loos are by the bar, not to far which is good when you have kids, and they are decorated quite stylishly. I almost wanted to take a photo, but then I thought that would be a bit weird! Next time I’d like to sit in that area with the light-up trees, or if it’s a warm day, maybe outside at the front. The location is perfect as you could go for a meal after doing one of the walks in the morning at Saville Gardens or Windsor Great Park. Or take a walk after lunch, though we felt so stuffed afterwards, we were ready for a nap!
If you fancy visiting the Fox and Hounds, this is the address:
Fox and Hounds, Bishopsgate Rd, Englefield Green TW20 0XU
Disclosure: We received a meal for the purpose of this review, as always these are my honest and true opinions