Note to readers: Our stay was complimentary; however, the views and opinions expressed are genuine and this post was produced without any external editorial control.
The Fox is situated in the heart of Chipping Norton, considered to be one of the ‘Gateway’ towns to the Cotswolds.
This inn dates back to the 16th century and is still a very popular watering hole for locals and tourists alike.
Dogs are welcome in the spacious bar area and can also stay in some of the rooms.
Our room was adjacent to the courtyard at the back of the pub which was perfect for Elsa because it meant that we had direct outdoor access and there was small patch of grass for her to relieve herself nearby too. It was also within easy reach of the car park meaning that we could bring our things into the room without trudging through the front of the pub with all of our bags. All of the rooms are decorated and furnished individually and ours was a cosy snug with everything that we needed for a comfortable stay including tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries.
Dining at The Fox
Once we’d freshened up we headed back into the pub in search of some dinner. The Fox is delightfully unpretentious and filled with people (and a few dogs) who were all out to unwind. Although dogs are not allowed in the restaurant section, there is a large seating area in the pub so we settled Elsa down and ordered some food.
Fresh popcorn was popping away behind the bar for people to snack on and the dog treats were plentiful!
It was ‘Fish Shop Fryday’ and we couldn’t resist the quirky charm of the menu. Our meal was delivered to the table in takeaway packaging and tasted absolutely delicious! The Fox is part of the Hook Norton Brewery group so they have an extensive range of award-winning ales, ciders and spirits to choose from.
Bellies full, and a very tired pup in tow, we headed back to our room for the night. The Fox is a lively town pub and, with it being a Friday night, there were plenty of merry people in the courtyard but things did start to quieten down as the evening progressed and we had a peaceful night’s sleep.
Breakfast is included in the price for guests, but The Fox is open to non-residents who want to enjoy a good meal any time of day too. The menu had a great selection of hearty dishes including a full-English, eggs Benedict and avocado with poached egg all washed down with juice, tea or coffee.
The Fox is in a perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds, particularly if you prefer to be based in a town, close to all of the local amenities. They have a wide selection of reasonably priced food & drink and, most importantly, this is somewhere that you’ll be made to feel very welcome with your dog!
With special thanks to everyone at The Fox for inviting us to stay.
There is a car park at the back of The Fox for guests.
Paws across the Cotswolds…
There are lots of attractions and activities that you can enjoy with your dog in the Cotswolds! While we were in the area we took Elsa to Broadway Tower and village, explored The Rollright Stones and the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Other dog friendly attractions include Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Birdland, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and Cotswold Lavender. We hope to pay these places a visit with Elsa on our next trip to the Cotswolds!
For more inspiration and details of walking routes in the area, please have a look at The Outdoor Guide’s walks in the Cotswolds.
The Fox is listed on the UK’s leading pub accommodation website: Stay in a Pub, a one-stop booking platform for customers wanting to experience the good food, real ale, fine wines and hospitality that the Great British pub has to offer.
Market Place, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5DD