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The Fox, Hanwell, W7

Green Lane
W7
W7 2PJ
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fox

After a brisk walk from Brentford along the towpath of a frozen Grand Union Canal and a quick snoop around the impressive Hanwell Locks, I was looking forward to visiting this well regarded Good Beer Guide regular, which is just a short distance from the canal and well signposted. The pub has an elongated L-shaped layout with evidence of a previous multiple room set-up. The bar area is to the right of the main entrance, with a conventional seating area to the left. The bar section has modern floorboards and runs at right angles, following the shape of the servery which has a beautiful curved counter with white panel frontage and a dark top and bar back. The highlight was the gantry with its decorative ironwork shelf for glass storage. Padded U-shaped banquettes fill smart bay windows along the front wall, next to what appears to be a former fireplace, now unfortunately blocked off. Long bench seating fills the space to the right of the bar with the help of numerous chairs and some high stools along the bar itself. Meanwhile, the left hand seating area has high wood panelled walls, bench and chair seating options around a nice fireplace with numerous paintings, old local photos and various knick-knacks on display. Fans of pub signs will enjoy the various boards painted with fox images which can be found both inside the pub and on the external walls and another great feature were the stained glass windows to the front showing images of fruit. The pub seems to know how to cater for a range of customers, offering the day's papers, CAMRA magazines, hot food, quiet piped music and a pile of old towels for you to use to dry off your dog. There is also a large gazebo outside with benches presumably for smokers to use in inclement weather and beyond this there is a sizable garden with a fair bit more seating.
The ale range was quite wide but featured plenty of beers that are perhaps overly familiar to the London-based drinker, with the full range on this visit comprising St Austell Tribute and Proper Job, Taylor Landlord, Fullers London Pride, Black Sheep Bitter, Adnams Southwold Bitter and a single real cider. One of the very friendly members of the bar team served up a pint of the Proper Job for £3.90, which was in very good shape and I also decided to take advantage of the fact that I'd managed to bag a comfy seat to order some food which was excellent quality and not particularly over-priced.
I really enjoyed my time here and had the ale range been a little more imaginative, I would've definitely stayed for another pint. The pub struck me as very welcoming and comfortable - the sort of place you could easily settle down in for a good session. My only real concern is that such a family orientated pub with quite a cramped layout could easily get overrun with kids, although those in on this visit all seemed well behaved. An enjoyable visit and well worth breaking off from your canal walk to check out.

On 5th March 2017 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Fox

Well described by others and a nice pub to finish in after a canalside walk.They had a beer fest so loads of choice.Always well supported by the locals.

On 4th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Fox

Very thorough reviews already so no need to add a lot.I liked the airy feel with the high ceiling and large windows,and a real fire although unlit on my trip.London Pride,Doom Bar and TT Landlord are regulars and there always seems to be a guest from Cottage Brewing,their Tornado this time.The final guest was a very well kept Scottish Ale from Red Squirrel but at £3.40pp so it should have been.
Musak was both interesting and played at a subtle volume,and with a Thursday quiz and ocassional live music the local community is well catered for.The attractive beer garden is another feature.
This is a long time entry in the GBG,and is again local CAMRA pub of the year but like Mr Bonser I was a little underwhelmed by the choice of ale,despite my pint being in good order.However that wouldn't stop me venturing inside next time I'm in the area.

On 13th January 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Malden man
Hanwell, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Drayton Green, 1.32 miles, 25 min walk (show)
West Ealing, 1.53 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 January 2012 by Moby Duck
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by West Middlesex CAMRA - last updated 09 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 13 January 2012 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 January 2012 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 March 2017 by Pub SignMan
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