Please note, Claude Bosi and his brother Cedrick Bosi are no longer at Fox & Grapes. The pub is now fronted by TV chef Paul Merrett. Time Out Food editors, FEBRUARY 2020.
This Wimbledon Common venue was, not long ago, a traditional old boozer – back in the days before gentrification took properly hold on SW19. Ramblers and their dogs might hole up at the bar, but they’re a little sidelined by the influx of diners nestled into spruced-up leather upholstery, brogues tip-tapping on the parquet flooring.
It's co-owned by lively French chef, Claude Bosi (of two-Michelin starred Hibiscus) and is run on a day-to-day basis by brother and other co-owner, Cedric. There's a high-end gastro-pub feel to the menu, with French and Mediterranean influence on British food and produce.
That means dishes such as ham hock terrine with an apple and beetroot tapenade, and roasted breast of duck with smoked onion puree and fig roasted in prosciutto alongside oak smoked mackerel rillettes, a spelt, barley and butternut squash risotto and pan-fried lemon sole with brown shrimp butter, lemon and dill. There's posh fish and chips, too.