Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Shoreditch
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The Fox is an after-work magnet on Thursdays and Fridays, and outside peak hours it’s a very pleasant place for a drink in somewhat calmer conditions.

Plus points include an attractive ground-floor room, modernised but not ruined, with a big central bar and etched-glass windows. There are snacks in the bar and a short menu of standard pub fare (grills featuring prominently) in the lovely first-floor restaurant. The wine list is well chosen and well priced, with a special section of wines from Bordeaux for those who are interested. A very useful place to know about in this restaurant-rich environment.


Venue name: Fox
Address: 28 Paul Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 6-11pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 6-10pm Sat; noon-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail
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I bought a voucher from time out. I have gone today to the fox to use it. They have said it is not valid anymore due to management changes. They have been extremly rude to us. What can I do time out? They were blaming you.


The Fox is one of those pubs that seems constantly busy whenever you pass it at lunch, especially on a Thursday and Friday.  However, it is a little quieter after work once people start heading home after a couple of quick after work drinks.  The food is great and there is a separate dining room upstairs.  It’s great for an express lunch and we were in and out within an hour.

Love this boozer, chat to the staff while they pour you a pint then spill out onto the street and soak up the atmosphere, lack of music splits our group but friendly service and more than decent food wins the day!

Well maintained real ales and a decent wine and bar snack menu have kept our office in the bar way too late many a time! Venturing upstairs for their early dining offer: gratefully a decent selection from their a la carte menu, we started with some tasty home made bread, well prepared morcilla & a nice take on mushrooms on toast with a fried egg. Mains were generous and well presented, my partners lamb stew was rich, meaty and tender, my roasted hake with black cabbage was equally so. We skipped deserts but at £12.50 per person + drinks and service we left happily fully and not too light in the pocket!

My partner has mentioned trying this Shoreditch boozer after work for a while now, so we thought it was about time to take a closer look at what we had seen through the window after cycling past. Tuesday, 6:30pm and the bar was bustling with drinkers and diners alike, a solid choice of well looked after draft beers (Star, Becks, Hoegarrden to name a few) and some cracking real ale (Thanks to the barman for letting me try them all!) kept us occupied until the food arrived. No bought in/reheated food here; my lamb steak was juicy, well cooked and served with the care and attention the cut of meat deserved. My partner ordered pork belly from the bar menu; which was crispy and accompanied with a tasty bean stew. No room for deserts but the atmosphere and friendly staff kept us in for a glass of well sourced malbec before we pedalled off into the damp roads of Shoreditch. Looking for the toilets (there in the basement btw) I had a sneaky look at the upstairs dining room and will most certainly be coming back! Food 8/10 Atmosphere 8/10 (bar) Value for money 9/10