Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Fox and Goose Inn, Armscote

We have visited this fine pub and restaurant a few times and recently learned that it has a new owner. But the staff have all stayed with the place, including the excellent chefs. South Warwickshire is blessed with excellent "gastro-pubs" as they are called and many of them manage a balance between the old village local and the new adventurous menu style restaurant. None does this better than the Fox and Goose.

The bar is small but with a real log fire in winter. Two beers are on tap, a "house" bitter, actually brewed by Ansells in Birmingham (I believe), and a guest beer which was last night was Hooky Best. There is a good wine list and the house wines by the glass are very drinkable. Most of the rest of the space is given over to the restaurant with scrubbed pine tables and old pews with soft cushions in eclectic colors. A large blackboard displays the ever-changing menu and the fact that some items may be struck out would strongly suggest that only fresh food is used in the kitchen.

We started dinner with a few slices of hot bread (locally baked) with olives and fig chutney. This helped to stave off pangs of hunger as we waited for the entrĂ©s. April had a mouthwatering fried chicken in rich brown sauce, accompanied by loads of fresh vegetables (also sourced locally). I had taggliatele with goats cheese and a most interesting salad. With beers, a glass of red wine and an expresso the bill came to less than £40 with gratuity - which is moderate by today's standards.