Dog & Fox

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Wimbledon Village
Dog & Fox
Guy Dimond

Some things never change. But other things – such as wine, cheese, and of course women – just seem to get better with time. The Dog & Fox is one of these. This Wimbledon village stalwart spent years as a grotty neighbourhood boozer, had a radical overhaul from the owners Young's around a decade ago (almost doubling in size), and has had regular spruce-ups ever since, most recently in late 2013. In summer 2014, they even added 17 boutique-style hotel rooms (previously staff accommodation). Enter the public areas and you'll find something for every mood: the main bar (an airy drinking space, where you can eat off the main menu, just without table service); a large, inviting dining room (all gorgeously repro: heritage colours, Louis IV armchairs and the like); and quieter, overspill areas, including the aptly-named ‘Library’ room, with its rows of books. 

We ate in ‘The Scullery’, close to the open kitchen, for the no-bookings Sunday lunch, which was as popular with well-heeled locals as a flash sale on Range Rovers. By 12.45pm (they serve from noon), every seat was taken. We could quickly see why: fairly-priced and traditional, it’s all you’d want from a home-cooked meal, but with none of the faff. Two large plates arrived: one with juicy, pink-middled beef (21 day aged West Country sirloin - £14.95); the other with a succulent marinated half-chicken (£13.95). Both included all the trimmings: crispy roasties, thyme-specked root veg, lashings of gravy (no skimping here), and a proper Yorkshire pud as big as a melon. Best of all were the staff – young, beaming, attentive and obliging; other restaurants could learn a lot from them. And being only a short stroll to either the affluent, picture-postcard 'village', or the green spaces of Wimbledon Common (with the tell-tale ‘tang’ of horse manure), this is a taste of country life, but without having to leave a London postcode.

Reviewed by Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Dog & Fox
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Address: 24 High Street
London
SW19 5EA
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00
Transport: Wimbledon tube/rail.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Tastemaker

Went for dinner Friday night in the restaurant bit. I had a really good meal there. 


The starter was the the baked Camembert which was really nice and is a whole meal in itself for 2 people. However I was feeling greedy so I also had the pork belly as a main which was nice but nothing really that memorable and my partner had the fillet of beef which was very tasty. For the desert we had the date pudding which I did not like. There are some hit and misses on the menu. The pub is itself is very lively and would recommend going there as well. 

Tastemaker

The Dog and Fox does a great roast and is brilliant friendly pub for anyone to visit. It gets very busy and popular at the weekends and does great pub quizzes. Afterwards you can walk it off with a stroll around Wimbledon village on your doorstep.


Great friendly pub, stayed the night for my 40th birthday, the hotel part is plush too!


I love this place, we go all the time! There Sunday roasts are to die for... and their espresso martinis? On point!

Tastemaker

This pub is understandably busy and crowded at weekends but it is the best place for a Sunday roast in Wimbledon Village.  Definitely order the baked Camembert as a starter, it's divine!  The staff is really friendly and attentive and the choice of meats will please any palate.  My only criticism is their choice of desserts which, in my humble opinion would benefit hugely from the addition of a crumble or other traditional English pudding.  

moderatorStaff Writer

This place has had a recent makeover which makes it seem more like a gastro-style pub than in its previous years - that will no doubt please many of the well heeled locals, but has changed the atmosphere and not necessarily for the better. Still, a great place to come for a pint if you find yourself in need of a libation in the area. The food is also pretty good and reasonably priced for a SW17 watering hole. Watch out for the cordoned off areas in the evenings with workers quickly getting themselves smashed, as they do a fair amount of venue hire here.


Best Sunday roast I have ever had. Paradoxically, the best bit was the veggies, purple carrots in particular. Service was average though and the decor a bit wrong.