Review from The Shropshire Star.
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
Attentive and friendly.
Review by Andrew Owen.