(Sweet) – Fox and Goose, Chelmsford
I’m curious as to why so many pubs choose Fox based names. I guess it conjures up rustic imagery, but as I am frequently accompanied by a fox on my way to my (distinctly suburban) ‘local’ I guess I must be immune.
I was invited to a working lunch at the Fox & Goose, so headed over towards Writtle and then followed the A414 out towards Ongar. It’s a road I’ve driven a hundred times but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped at the Fox and Goose before, although Val has dined here a few times with her lady friends.
It’s been refurbished recently, and is now a ‘sister’ restaurant to ‘The Folly’ in East Hanningfield which we both like and visit occasionally. As such it’s not (as the ‘Fox’ moniker might suggest) part of a larger chain.
There’s plenty of parking and a few comfortable tables & chairs outside, while inside the décor is clean and slightly rustic, not over the top but comfy able and comforting.
There are plenty of tables, but the layout wasn’t imposing, with several small areas breaking up the layout.
Next door there’s ‘The Bake House’ which is slightly less formal, and I presume it was busy, because the car park was busier than the main restaurant would have one believe.
As it was to be a working lunch we grabbed some beers (Lushingtons – by Skinners in Cornwall – light and fruity, a fine summer ale) and found a table with a decent WiFi signal. There’s a reasonable range of draught lagers, local ales and ciders, and a selection of spirits that included a ‘local’ (12 miles) gin.
Work done we ordered Ribs from the blackboard; there’s a comprehensive lunch menu, and an equally interesting range of meals on the blackboard.
The Ribs were huge… piled high on the wooden platter, tender and tasty, if unremarkable. They were accompanied by home-made coleslaw and skin-on fries.
I had requested ‘chunky chips’ and these took several bites to consume. Finger bowls were provided without having to be asked, along with side plates to accommodate the wreckage.
Almost inevitably, the ribs beat us, but the waitresses were happy to wrap the remaining ribs in foil for us to take away.that’s lunch sorted for another day.
Having eaten, we took our drinks outside to enjoy the sunshine, a very pleasant way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.
The Fox & Goose is not really in a convenient location, out on the A414, unless you’re driving from Chelmsford to Ongar; that said it’s probably only about five miles from Chelmsford City Centre, and as such worth the trip.