PubSpy reviews The Fox Inn, Keston

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Pubs very often end up looking naff when they are given a makeover with chandeliers and lots of leather and tables that look like they’re out of interior design catalogues.

Equally, pubs that have lots of signed football shirts on the walls are often the kind of place you imagine not even Dante dared write about at the bottom of the inferno.

It’s bizarre then that The Fox Inn in Keston has both of these usually damning features but manages to be an appealing place to spend an afternoon.

Sitting opposite the common in Keston, The Fox is light and airy and really tastefully decorated.

They skirted so close to major pitfalls but did so with such subtlety and dedication that what’s left is a pub that feels fresh but not sterile. The pretty terrace out the back is worth a visit too.

I appreciate this may not be everyone’s idea of a great boozer; some people don’t want to be able to get a fine looking latte from their local, but you can get one here.

While you can get myriad coffees, your choice of ales is restricted to two on tap. It’s just a little over average price as well, at £3.85.

The young staff were helpful and professional and service for a delicious lunchtime snack was lightning.

The Fox Inn, Heathfield Road, Keston

How it rated:

Decor ***** A nice place to be

Atmosphere *** Happy families

Staff ***** Pro

Food **** Great lunches

Drink *** An acceptable selection

Price *** About right

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12:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bob Goulding says...

I can't say I wholly agree with your observations. I visited this pub at lunchtime a few weeks ago (mid week) with a friend who had recently retired from the pub game after spending more than 30 years as licensee of a well-known pub on the South Dorset coast. Initially he ordered a pint of Doombar but, after a few sips, he realised that the ale was ‘off’ (it had that distinctive acidic taste usually caused by badly maintained pipes). Returning to the bar, it took him a full 10 minutes to convince the bar staff (one of whom he believed was the duty manager) that anything was wrong. Eventually he was grudgingly served a pint of the other ale which he subsequently found to be in a similar condition (better but still not right). So we abandoned our plans to eat at the Fox and walked over the road to the Greyhound, leaving my friend’s pint virtually untouched. The difference we found was outstanding. A great family friendly pub with a warm welcome, good food and a real local pub atmosphere. The ale was in excellent condition too. If you haven’t reviewed the Greyhound already, Pub Spy, then you should do so soon.
I can't say I wholly agree with your observations. I visited this pub at lunchtime a few weeks ago (mid week) with a friend who had recently retired from the pub game after spending more than 30 years as licensee of a well-known pub on the South Dorset coast. Initially he ordered a pint of Doombar but, after a few sips, he realised that the ale was ‘off’ (it had that distinctive acidic taste usually caused by badly maintained pipes). Returning to the bar, it took him a full 10 minutes to convince the bar staff (one of whom he believed was the duty manager) that anything was wrong. Eventually he was grudgingly served a pint of the other ale which he subsequently found to be in a similar condition (better but still not right). So we abandoned our plans to eat at the Fox and walked over the road to the Greyhound, leaving my friend’s pint virtually untouched. The difference we found was outstanding. A great family friendly pub with a warm welcome, good food and a real local pub atmosphere. The ale was in excellent condition too. If you haven’t reviewed the Greyhound already, Pub Spy, then you should do so soon. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 6

3:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

molsey says...

Bob Goulding wrote:
I can't say I wholly agree with your observations. I visited this pub at lunchtime a few weeks ago (mid week) with a friend who had recently retired from the pub game after spending more than 30 years as licensee of a well-known pub on the South Dorset coast. Initially he ordered a pint of Doombar but, after a few sips, he realised that the ale was ‘off’ (it had that distinctive acidic taste usually caused by badly maintained pipes). Returning to the bar, it took him a full 10 minutes to convince the bar staff (one of whom he believed was the duty manager) that anything was wrong. Eventually he was grudgingly served a pint of the other ale which he subsequently found to be in a similar condition (better but still not right). So we abandoned our plans to eat at the Fox and walked over the road to the Greyhound, leaving my friend’s pint virtually untouched. The difference we found was outstanding. A great family friendly pub with a warm welcome, good food and a real local pub atmosphere. The ale was in excellent condition too. If you haven’t reviewed the Greyhound already, Pub Spy, then you should do so soon.
Yeh, a lot of pub staff these days are reluctant to agree when a pint is off, as for cleaning the pipes very few even know how to do it or how essential it is.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Goulding[/bold] wrote: I can't say I wholly agree with your observations. I visited this pub at lunchtime a few weeks ago (mid week) with a friend who had recently retired from the pub game after spending more than 30 years as licensee of a well-known pub on the South Dorset coast. Initially he ordered a pint of Doombar but, after a few sips, he realised that the ale was ‘off’ (it had that distinctive acidic taste usually caused by badly maintained pipes). Returning to the bar, it took him a full 10 minutes to convince the bar staff (one of whom he believed was the duty manager) that anything was wrong. Eventually he was grudgingly served a pint of the other ale which he subsequently found to be in a similar condition (better but still not right). So we abandoned our plans to eat at the Fox and walked over the road to the Greyhound, leaving my friend’s pint virtually untouched. The difference we found was outstanding. A great family friendly pub with a warm welcome, good food and a real local pub atmosphere. The ale was in excellent condition too. If you haven’t reviewed the Greyhound already, Pub Spy, then you should do so soon.[/p][/quote]Yeh, a lot of pub staff these days are reluctant to agree when a pint is off, as for cleaning the pipes very few even know how to do it or how essential it is. molsey
  • Score: 5

8:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

duncanborrowman says...

I had a few nice pints in the Greyhound last week. Crossed the road for a bus and realised I had an age to wait. Ordered a London Pride. One sniff and I handed it back, as did my wife. Doombar only marginally better. I run a CAMRA award winning bar (Orpington Liberal Club), their real ale had clearly been on for a long time and not shifting
I had a few nice pints in the Greyhound last week. Crossed the road for a bus and realised I had an age to wait. Ordered a London Pride. One sniff and I handed it back, as did my wife. Doombar only marginally better. I run a CAMRA award winning bar (Orpington Liberal Club), their real ale had clearly been on for a long time and not shifting duncanborrowman
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

duncanborrowman says...

Should point out.. inbetween ... age to wait and ordered a London Pride, I should ahve said, went in to the Fox.
Should point out.. inbetween ... age to wait and ordered a London Pride, I should ahve said, went in to the Fox. duncanborrowman
  • Score: 0

6:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

molsey says...

duncanborrowman wrote:
Should point out.. inbetween ... age to wait and ordered a London Pride, I should ahve said, went in to the Fox.
I understood you OK first time, even though you had had a few pints. REAL ALE, THE ONE AND ONLY.
[quote][p][bold]duncanborrowman[/bold] wrote: Should point out.. inbetween ... age to wait and ordered a London Pride, I should ahve said, went in to the Fox.[/p][/quote]I understood you OK first time, even though you had had a few pints. REAL ALE, THE ONE AND ONLY. molsey
  • Score: 2

10:40am Tue 5 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" Orpington Liberal Club "

Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi.

Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that.
" Orpington Liberal Club " Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi. Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -11

9:27am Wed 6 Aug 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
" Orpington Liberal Club "

Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi.

Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that.
More a case of sneaky marketing.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: " Orpington Liberal Club " Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi. Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that.[/p][/quote]More a case of sneaky marketing. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 3

11:38am Wed 6 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
" Orpington Liberal Club "

Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi.

Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that.
More a case of sneaky marketing.
You got it in one boi. ;)

Bob Goulding must be due a free pint or two as well.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: " Orpington Liberal Club " Sorry but stopped reading as soon as I got to that bit boi. Irrelevant nonsense came to mind as soon as I read that.[/p][/quote]More a case of sneaky marketing.[/p][/quote]You got it in one boi. ;) Bob Goulding must be due a free pint or two as well. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1

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