Fox

  • Bars and pubs
North London

Until recently, the reveller on their way up to the more fashionable nightspots of Dalston could have passed the Fox right by. No more – it’s another boozer that has had decline reversed by new owners with a real interest in beer, and a straightforward approach to the provision of food.

The pub’s been opened up and stripped back inside, and looks prepared for the crowds, with a lot of floor space. The addendum ‘craft beer house’ has been applied to the title, leaving us in no doubt what to expect to see behind the bar. We’re told there are ‘about 44’ bottled beers: not the biggest selection in town, but it’s well-chosen.

There are brews from Kernel and Bristol Beer Factory, a good few Belgians, and from the US, Goose Island and the fabulous Odell. And on the eight draught pumps is a rotating selection from brewers such as Scottish Hillfoots’ Harviestoun and the rarely bettered Thornbridge in Bakewell. Along with Dark Star (also represented) they create some of the most exciting British cask ale around.

A menu lists good bar snacks, such as ‘pork belly bits’, or meat pasty. Another good thing: it means drinkers don’t have to choose between food that comes in packets or a sit-down meal. There is more substantial fare too though, and roasts on a Sunday. We had a potted mackerel which, although a simple test, showed the chefs know what they’re doing.

Another nice feature of the Fox is its refurbed roof terrace, which is decked and embellished with flowers. It’s not huge, but will be packed when the sun shines.

This is how to reopen a pub and appeal to the progressives and traditionalists alike.

Venue name: Fox
Contact:
Address: 372 Kingsland Rd
London
E8 4DA
Opening hours: Open 4pm-midnight Mon-Fri; noon-midnight Sat, Sun. Food served 5-10pm Mon-Fri; 1-10pm Sat; 1-8pm Sun
Transport: Haggerston rail

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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Richard

Just awful used to be such a nice pub with great food and atmosphere lifeless no atmosphere and boring very average overpriced food

Phil

Fantastic food, great beers and super friendly people. It doesn't get much better.

Sofia

My new favorite pub to go after work. It's changed a lot.. very cosy, there's lots of space to get a sit even on a Friday night, all candlelit..and amazing beers!

Doreen

Great pub. Had a fantastic veggie Sunday roast here with a Yorkshire pudding as big as a saucer. The beer is a good selection, and the staff seemed friendly on all my visits there.

Neilio

Until the new owners took over this venue had long been a complete waste. Now they have excellent beers, good food, and great bar staff. A welcome addition and a much needed improvement.

RHV

Great place. Amazing selection of beers, great food and a nice photobooth to remember the night!

Amy S

Probably the best burger i have ever had, along with an amazing selection beers! It's nice to go somewhere that isn't too cramped in this area and the smoking area/roof terrace is a dream. Would highly recommend this pub, really unpretentious, with really friendly staff.

RF

Good beer is not enough anymore, there are craft beer bars opening up every week in east London and all this has going for it is the beer. Was here recently and service was woeful, friends got cocktails which took a good 15/20 mins to arrive, food was fairly bland, atmosphere non-existant, tables dirty etc etc. No desire to go back. MAYBE gets three stars just for the sake of getting a decent US ale on Kingsland Road but it'd be generous.

Narnia

Perfect location on Kingland with the best selection of ales in the area. Not at all pretentious, just good quality food and drink accompanied by well chosen decor. Highly recommended.