Funerals are difficult
occasions even in "normal" times.
However, John and Sue not only
provided excellent food but also
all the guests were kept safe,
socially distanced and compliant to
regulations in a sympathetic manner.
think this is probably one of the
best steaks I've eaten and the beer
was fantastic! It was great to be in
a relaxed atmosphere but all the
distancing and hygiene guidelines
were adhered to so it made it a
evening. Thanks so much!
travel around the country a great
deal and we were staying within a
very short walk from The Fox Inn. We
thought we’d give it a go and we’re
that we did. Tonight was quiz night
and it was great to see a pretty
absolutely buzzing with pleasant
friendly people. We had several
drinks and a
meal. The food was excellent and the
service was the same. We’ll be back
again before we leave the area. This
pub is worth a visit if you’re in
area... nice people, good food and a
friendly warm reception. ( well
dogs are also welcome )
14 of us had
Sunday lunch at the Fox and
everything was perfect full
vegan menu and children
portions , I had the mixed
roast with beef and pork and
can honestly say it was the
best Sunday roast I’ve ever
had . Everyone was really
impressed with not only the
food but the choice of
background music suited are
party, the service was just
right and catered for all our
needs , thank you so much we
will be back soon
Sunday lunch at the Fox Inn this
afternoon together with my wife.
Boiling hot day but invited to sit
in a cool area of the pub and we had
a wonderful meal. Both my wife and I
had the black pudding and apple as a
starter and this was large enough to
have been a main meal. It was nicely
presented and tasted delicious.
Whilst my wife had the chicken
breast in a wild mushroom sauce with
rice I had both the pork and beef
roast dinner which was on offer.
This came together with all the
accomplishments you normally get
with both types of meats. It was
substantial, home cooked and
absolutely first class. It is a pub
which cannot be faulted in terms of
the quality of the freshly cooked
food it serves and the value that it
gives for what you pay. I would
sincerely recommend the Fox Inn to
the past 3 years running we have
ordered food from here for 20+ people
for our Riding Club Camp. Sue is a
pleasure to deal with and is very
accommodating in relation to dietary
requirements etc and even arranged
deliver to us - Top service! The food
is tasty, plenty of it and excellent
value for money. We'll be using them
again this summer to feed our campers.
were staying nearby and booked in for
Saturday night . On a cold and frosty
night we were made to feel very
welcome and led to our table in the
warm and cosy restaurant. The food was
excellent and the service was
faultless, there was also plenty of
choice to suit all tastes.
staff were very friendly and highly
efficient. Had we been staying in the
area longer we would have definitely
this pub/restaurant on our list to
try while staying in Dorrington. Had
a few drinks and ordered food. I
ordered the burger with bacon and
cheese and my husband had the 10oz
sirloin. The dishes came out in good
time,hot,big portion sizes and
looked tasty . My husband raved
about how fantastic the steak was
which he doesn,t do very often and
commented it was the best one he,d
ever had including eating in Canada
and the USA. The young man behind
the bar said they get all their meat
from a local butcher. My burger was
also very good. We stayed and had
deserts and chatted to the owner. If
you are the area I would say you
should give this place a try. It has
lovely staff, wonderful food at good
prices. I know that when we next
come to Shropshire we will be eating
at The Fox Inn again.
were very friendly, particularly
Stuart - said I would give him a
mention; noticed whenever my wife's
glass was empty and was happy to
fill it again. Good food, the 10 oz
sirloin steak was excellent with all
the trimmings and from a farm just
down the road. Real onion rings,
delicious. The fish platter was
delicious, very light and crispy
batter. Wish we could have found
room for a dessert, you can have one
to take home if you wish. My
daughter tried the salad with
chorizo and grilled halloumi, she
has been disappointed in the past
but not this time, she was
partner and I were on holiday at
nearby Pigeon Door and the Fox Inn
is a pleasant 25 minute stroll away.
I am vegan and had sent an email in
advance to see if any vegan options
would be available. I was delighted
when Sue replied attaching an entire
menu of vegan options for me to
choose from! All my emails were
responded to promptly, and on the
night we visited, everyone we met
was so friendly and the food was
great - My vegetarian partner really
enjoyed his meal too. All in all, a
went here as a party of 8 . The food
was served hot. All three courses
were excellent . The service was
brilliant . The staff were all very
welcoming and very hospitable. Great
value for money . A good British pub
at its best .
day could not have been better in
this lovely country pub Sue and John
organised the food (which was
plentiful and excellent) decorations
flowers and alcohol without a hitch
they were just brilliant. Thank you
on the way home from a rather wet
weekend in Wales. I looked on
TripAdvisor for a pub not far from
retail park at Shrewsbury. We like
independent pubs rather than
chain's. I liked the look of the Fox
so I rang ahead to book, the lady
who answered the phone was really
friendly and helpful. When we
arrived we were greeted with a very
nice welcome. The food was really
tasty and it was good that there
were choices other than the normal
Sunday roast. Puddings homemade and
very high standard. I would
Partner and I called
in on way home for impromptu lunch
yesterday and we were very
We were greeted by a gentleman who
was very friendly and welcoming.
There was no pressure put on us with
regards to our order for food or
drinks, and once we placed them, it
didn't seem to be much of a wait for
the food either :)
I opted for the fish and chips while
the other half had the gammon.
The fish was beautifully cooked (and
not oily) and crisp, like the kind
you would taste at a seaside resort
and the chips was crispy and fluffy.
We then opted for dessert, which
isn't something we usually go for.
I had the cheesecake of the day
(stem ginger and white chocolate)
while partner had chocolate brownie
We were both very impressed with our
experience and having had a read of
the menu, cant wait to go back and
try something else (the build your
own burger seems a favourite with us
the Fox for a suprise 60th Birthday
Sunday lunch for my wife.There were
21 of us and the food was great with
big portions and the service was
quick and efficient with really
friendly staff. Special thanks to
John and Sue for making the day a
great success and for the very
lovely chocolate birthday cake
Reviewed January 2016
The Fox has to have the
most extensive menu of any pub I
know, and I've known a few. Have a
look on their web site. When it
comes, the food fulfils all
expectations and the cooked dishes
are served nice and hot.
This is much better than
'Pub-grub'. Freshly prepared with
all sorts of idiosyncratic
variations to enliven many of the
Nice atmosphere in this pub which
seems to be off the 'Hooray-Henry'
trail. Dogs welcome in the bar.
Splendid views over to the Long
Mynd and the South Shropshire
Hills AONB from inside and out.
Good place to stop over for food
when out walking.
A nice old pub with lots of
history. If you want flash,
plastic and 2 for £5
pre-cooked, give it a miss but if
you want good, honest 'home'
cooked food, give the Fox a try.
Need a good appetite though!
You can tell that it's a free
house because the owners are
obviously committed to the
business and seem to have been
there for a considerable number of
Would eat there again.
pub just round the
We live locally -
it's only taken us 18 months to
visit the Fox. Went for lunch last
week best steak pie I have had in
years. Lovely old fashioned gravy -
I had to ask for a spoon to finish
it, it was so good. Husbands fish
and chips really good - smashing
fish. Returned last night for supper
after a long day travelling and
working in London. Great welcome,
super steak with trimmings and
husband had perfect scampi. Couple
of drinks and home. Great place for
us 5 minutes from home and big bonus
they will do a take away meal for
you. Super and friendly service.
5* Value5 *
Service5 * Food
country pub 5*
My parents are
about to move to the area and took
me to show me their new home and
the nearby villages. The one thing
they hadn't found yet was a nice
local pub which serves good food
and has a warm and welcoming
The pub was pretty and set in a
lovely spot with a sunny beer
garden and a cosy bar and
restaurant. My mum and I are
vegetarian and the chef was happy
to accommodate if we needed but
the menu contained a range of
veggie options so we were able to
order straight from there. All
three of us had different options
but all agreed that the meals were
tasty, good value and well
presented. The barman and owner
made us feel extremely welcome and
I expect my parent are going to be
regulars. In fact they're off
there again today!
Visited August 2015
visited just over a month ago and
could not wait to get back for a
fantastic lunch; not forgetting the
welcome from the friendliest bunch of
staff and owners we have met in a long
This time we went in daylight! The
whole place is spotless, including the
Gentlemen's; cannot tell the reader
about the Ladies' but we presume the
same excellent standard of
We met another of the crew, Stuart,
the Bar Manager who was 'on the ball'
with his service-non better. He was
great with what were obviously some of
the regular 'ladies who lunch'.
Nothing was too much trouble.
We thoroughly enjoyed our very hot,
quickly served mains and then partook
of a delicious creation of ice creams,
fresh fruit, brandy soaked biscuits
and lashings of fresh cream. Not
satisfied with that we took advantage
of the take-away pudding offer and
took away two large portions of fresh
Bakewell tart and a large container of
custard, which we enjoyed in the
evening at home!
One word of warning, just put the
postcode into the satnav and let it
take you right to the door.
The Fox Crew have got service sussed!
Visited March 2015
We were staying five miles away
at Langley Gatehouse (Landmark Trust)
and I had looked at the great Fox
website (home produced),before we left
home, so we put the postcode in the
Tom Tom Europe on a cold dark evening
and it took us right to the front
The Landlord John, Susan, the
vivacious bar maid and the locals made
us feel so much at home and we settled
down by the fire, with the dogs, also
warmly welcomed, comfortably under the
table, to view the extensive menu. We
settled for the steak and kidney
pie,(so rare to find these days) and
the 'build your own burger'. The
dishes were served amazingly quickly
and were huge and hot and very tasty.
Greg was even asked how he liked his
burger cooked! We were not
disappointed! The bar staff were
amazed that we had managed to be so
greedy and clear our huge plates!
After time for the mains to be
digested and lots of chat with
landlord, landlady, bar maid and young
locals we chose warm Belgian Waffle
with choice of sauce, plus ice cream
and Bakewell Tart with creamy
custard-all homemade- yum yum!
Then, reluctantly, out into the cold
and back to our gatehouse, taking
loads of literature for future guests
to peruse and, hopefully choose to
have such an enjoyable visit to The
Fox as did we.
By the way, driving back we were in
procession with a family of deer for
quite a distance!
On a very wet
evening we did not want to travel
far to eat and so decided to try
the Fox Inn as we were staying
next door and we were not
disappointed. We were very warmly
welcomed and the fire was lit to
ensure we warmed up after our damp
walk to the Inn. As a vegetarian I
can sometimes struggle to find
menu choices that appeal, this was
not a problem here. I had the
field mushroom as a starter and
the vegetarian platter as a main.
Both were delicious and not the
run of the mill veggie food you
can be so often be confronted
with. My husband enjoyed the
skewered prawns and the scampi and
mushrooms. After declining a
dessert, I was tempted into having
the waffle with cherries, well
worth the temptation. The service was very friendly
and attentive, many eateries could
learn some valuable customer
service lessons here.
Saturday evening 11th October.
Nothing was too much trouble and
the staff were very obliging.
Great food and atmosphere plus
our dog was made welcome as
well. Nice to see traditional
standards are still going
strong. Will definitely visit
time eating in the Fox Inn and
had to say was very surprised.
The staff are so friendly and
really knew the food and
explained the positive points
about each meal we considered.
I had the prawns to start which
where fantastic and not over
cooked, I then followed this up
with the steak and kidney pie
which was amazing, not too much
pastry and plenty of gravy. The
portion sizes are large and
filling and I doubt you would
fit a pudding in.
If you're looking for a meal or
a drink in a pub which cares
about its community and its
customers then make sure you try
here you won't be disappointed.
Thanks for a lovely meal and a
twice over August BH weekend and
had a great time on both
occasions although the weather
was a bit grim. Made very
welcome by the staff as was our
dog. The food and beer was
excellent as was the cider for
the cider festival.
This is a great pub well worth a
visit with staff who make you
feel welcome even if you are not
a local. Well done.
little pub in a lovely location.
We enjoyed a really good visit!
Friendly welcome & fantastic
service! When asking for for my
tomato & chilli risotto to
be given even more of a kick, it
was no problem & the food
was excellent. Recommended!!!
The Fox Inn, at Great Ryton, near
Shrewsbury, had been recommended as a
good place for a meal out.
Inside it was nice and warm, a proper
At the bar we checked our booking and
ordered drinks. Locally-produced real
ale is a specialty here, the pub being
CAMRA accredited, and I settled on a
pint of Shropshire Gold.
We sat down and decided on what to eat.
There is a good range of choices:
plenty of fish, meat and vegetarian
I decided to begin with mussels cooked
in white wine, cream and garlic, served
with a bread roll. I followed this with
scampi thermidor — peeled scampi with a
mustard cream sauce topped with cheddar
Alison decided to begin with a goat’s
cheese salad. This consisted of breaded
goat’s cheese, deep fried and served on
a bed of leaves, with balsamic vinegar.
For the main course she chose a mushroom
risotto of wild mushrooms, onions and
cream served on Arborio rice.
We were given a table not too near the
entrance and next to a window and a
In the bar I’d picked up a wallet card
for The Fox which boasted that
“panoramic views across the Stretton
hills can be enjoyed from the bar,
terrace and restaurant”.
It’s a landscape that draws tourists
and holidaymakers, so it’s a real pity
that we came in the dark.
There is a bit of recent history behind
The Fox. Ten years ago it was being
written off and fighting the threat of
closure. At one point it was looking
like this public house would be turned
into a private one. Step forward John
and Sue Owen.
Local to the county, and with no pub
background, they took over and have set
about building up the business. They
hold quiz nights, themed evenings and
say they have pitched their food above
standard pub fare.
The chef uses fresh local ingredients
The starters were of a very high
standard. I’ve yet to meet a mussel that
I’ve not liked, and these were
particularly good, served in a
wonderfully creamy sauce full of garlic.
I was also given a second bowl for the
empty shells and a third for washing my
fingers. The goat’s cheese was equally
good; warmed almost to melting and
served with a decent side salad.
To drink we ordered wine. Once again
there is a good choice, and we settled
on a house red, which did not
Our main courses maintained the
standards set by the starters.
I was given a large, and very tasty,
serving of scampi thermidor, with an
equally generous separate serving of
Alison’s risotto was equally good.
Again, there was plenty of it, and we
also had a side serving of vegetables,
including broccoli and cabbage, to get
The service was good, but not
intrusive. A waitress came to ask how we
were, but other than that we were left
For dessert I chose cheesecake with
chocolate ice cream. It was perfectly
nice, but I wish I’d had the sticky
toffee pudding Alison ordered; a
home-made sponge floating in a bowl of
toffee sauce in which a dollop of ice
cream was slowly melting. (As luck would
have it she was quite full by the time
we got to pudding, so I finished it for
I thought The Fox was a real find and
I’m glad we followed up the
I hope we go back in the summer to
sample those views.
Fresh tagliatelle — pasta served in
chef’s own cream white wine, garlic and
Stuffed peppers with pesto rice and
served with a smoked cheese sauce,
Breast of Duck served with roasted veg
and an orange and ginger sauce
Vegetables or salad, chips or potatoes.
Mixed berry crumble.
ATMOSPHERE: A proper
village pub. SERVICE: Excellent.
Attentive and friendly.
At the risk of repeating a colleague of
mine who had a fine Sunday lunch at the
Fox Inn over the winter, I too was
staggered to think this beautifully
situated pub could have closed. John and
Sue Owen took on the 'lost cause' in
September 2000 and I sincerely hope a
queue of people thank them for that for
a long time to come. This friendly
couple don’t dwell on the pub’s somewhat
controversial past ownership — former
occupants wanted to turn it into a house
— but most visitors would surely want to
dwell on what must be one of the finest
bar and restaurant views in the county —
a wide sweep of the Stretton Hills and
Caradoc with only a fine meal to
It was my first visit — but my
colleague knew it inside out from her
colourful past in the Young Farmers. We
were both tremendously impressed by the
pub’s re-birth. Their chefs conjure up
an interesting and ever-changing menu
for all tastes and budgets, while the
welcome is warm and genuine. Gill and I
gratefully accepted the chance of a
table in the restaurant — complete with
that resplendent view — and a notably
fine pint of real ale, later we were
tucking in to a pub meal as good as we’d
had for many a long time.
Gill’s mussels were sizeable and
accompanied by a thick, creamy white
wine and garlic sauce with a hefty chunk
of warm bread. Top marks there, no
question. The zander and lemongrass
caught my eye — largely because I have
never seen it on a menu before.
A pike-like predator, the zander has
spent most of its time since arriving in
Britain from abroad pillaging its fellow
freshwater fish, so from that point of
view, I suppose I was doing nature a
favour by eating one. Either way, it was
superb. I was presented with a huge
fillet of succulent, “meaty” fish,
finely complemented by a bed of
lemongrass and tasty vegetables. For
fish fans, it’s definitely worth a try
as a change from the more delicate and
common salmon and trout offerings.
There was barely room for dessert but
as all except the ice cream were
home-made, the chance could not be
turned down. Sticky toffee I later
discovered is the most popular but my
favourite, bread and butter pudding, was
comfortably the second greatest I’d ever
The Fox Inn is another of Shropshire’s
establishments which use fresh local
produce wherever possible. Bookings
aren’t necessary — but are advisable at
weekends. And I’m hoping my lucky run of
discovering some excellent pub eateries
and exceptionally friendly. SERVICE: Personal and
attentive - superb.
Review by Nic Hanna.
Just the job on a winter's day.
Good food, pleasant surroundings, nice
atmosphere and a friendly service sum up
the Fox Inn at Ryton, south of Shrewsbury.
And let’s not forget the spectacular view,
as the pub overlooks the Shropshire Hills.
Husband and wife team, Sue and John
Owen, are the perfect hosts. They were
very friendly and chatty to us and all
their diners. Myself and a friend were
made to feel at home on a cold winter’s
day. Meals are served in both the
restaurant and the bar. There are a host
of dishes on offer - from meat and
chicken to fish and vegetarian.
For starters Sarah opted for Chicken
Liver Pate in Red Wine and Port Sauce.
And I plumped for Prawn Cocktail. Sarah
gave the pate the thumbs-up as I did for
my starter. I couldn’t even finish it.
I had a huge glass dish filled with an
enormous amount of prawns. For main
course we both opted for the traditional
Sunday roast. There was a selection of
two roasts on offer, with other menu
options — which proved to be great
Beef was our choice and, before we knew
it, we were presented with a plateful of
meat, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding.
The beef was very tender and tasty as
were the crispy roast potatoes.
And although we were very tempted by
the range of puddings on offer, we had
to admit defeat and opt for coffee to
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Directions to start: - Take the A49 to
Dorrington, 5 miles South of
Shrewsbury, turn left signposted
Ryton. In Ryton turn right and The Fox
Inn is the last building at the far
end of the village.
your car in the car park (please let
us know you are going to leave your
car to go on the walk) as you start
and finish the walk at the pub!
1:-Turn right out of the car park
and walk along the lane. Ignore any
footpath signs on the right. One
hundred yards after passing Hollywell
Farm on the right, look for a stile on
the left with a footpath signpost;
there is another footpath sign and
stile opposite on the other side of
left over the stile and walk ahead
with the hedge on your right. It is
from here that you get the best views
South Lawley is the nearest hill and
further south is Caer Caradoc, reputed
to be where Caractacus, a British
chieftan, made his last stand against
invading Romans. Cross the next
waymarked stile and continue ahead,
still by the hedge. Just after the
kink in the hedge there is a field
gate; cross the waymarked stile
alongside it and continue in the same
direction as before but now with the
hedge on your left Cross the last
stile by another field gate.
left in a green lane and,if there is mud here keep to the
left. The track soon becomes dry and,
eventually, joins a metalled lane by a
former farmhouse called The Hollies,
the name of which is not shown.
Continue ahead on the metalled lane
until you come to some houses on the
Eastern edge of the village. Pass the
village hall on your right and
continue ahead. (If you are too tired
at this point, turn left, at the end
of the lane turn left, you will now
see the pub on the right!) The Lane
bends to the right at Ryton Farm
holiday cottages and then bends to the
the second right hand bend go straight
ahead onto a level hard, dry track
which skirts the back of the farm
buildings and wends its way dead ahead
between two open fields for quarter of
reaching the next lane turn left and
at the next road junction turn left
again, signposted Ryton. Walk along
this lane for only 100 yards and then
you fork left again, still signposted
Ryton. This new lane takes you back
through the hamlet, past the
letterbox, and out again. The pub is
now straight ahead.