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The Fox Hole, Darlington

Pub added by Paul Brett
Carlbury
Piercebridge
Postal town: Darlington
DL2 3SJ
Phone: 01325374286

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Rob Hunter left this review about The Fox Hole

I have paid a few visits to this pub since it re-opened as the Fox Hole a few years ago. It is very much a gastro pub now and has been well described by Old Boots, but there is a large enough bar area (where you are also welcome to eat) and a more formal dining room off to the right. The bar area is split into two sections with the left having a separate entrance from the car park referred to as the "welly bar" where dogs are welcome. However you don't feel segregated from the rest of the pub in this section and it is certainly not scruffy or tatty.

The food is decent and they usually have some specials on the chalk board. There is a separate kids' menu which has the usual child friendly stuff.

Four hand pulls with three on at the time of my most recent visit. Two from Rudgate (Rudgate Bitter and Brew No.34 Dinga Dinga) and Great North Eastern Gold by Great North Eastern Brewing. I have found the beer is usually from local or regional breweries and has previously included stuff from Isaac Poad, Consett Ale Works, The Village Brewer and Mithril. Quality has always been spot on.

As with a lot of gastro pubs, you sometimes feel they try a bit too hard on the service front, but on my most recent visit they had this just right, attentive and welcoming without being overbearing.

If I'm in the area and I'm hungry, this is my go-to place and makes for a pleasant occasional treat.

On 19th September 2018 - rating: 9
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Old Boots left this review about The Fox Hole

Pretty much a restaurant with beer but the beer is good and from local small breweries, it's GBG2017 listed. It also has a trendy range of 25 artisanal gins. The food is high quality, excellent and priced to match. Renovated to a high standard it has the usual type of ill matched furniture, grey paint job as has the outside, stone and parquet floors. The long low building is split into two rooms, the left hand one is the bar with counter home to four pulls, one T-bar and solo font, the kegs from Theakstons and Heineken. The right hand room is the more formal dining room. Shame about the service, which is cool and a touch supercillious.

On 19th December 2016 - no rating submitted
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Old Boots left this review about The Fox Hole

Should be reopening in Autumn 2014, renamed The Foxhole.

Update October 2014 - now open (unlike the A67 from Darlington)

On 19th October 2014 - no rating submitted
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