For the past 3
years running we have ordered food
from here for 20+ people for our
Camp. Sue is a pleasure to deal with
and is very accommodating in
dietary requirements etc and even
arranged deliver to us - Top
food is tasty, plenty of it and
excellent value for money. We'll be
again this summer to feed our
campers. Thank You.
We were staying
nearby and booked in for Saturday
night . On a cold and frosty night
made to feel very welcome and led to
our table in the warm and cosy
The food was excellent and the
service was faultless, there was
also plenty of
choice to suit all tastes.
The staff were
very friendly and highly efficient.
Had we been staying in the area
would have definitely visited again.
Had 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
Staff 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 impressed.
My 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 lovely evening.
Reviewed July 2017
We 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 .
The 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 so
Visted 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 pleasantly surprised.
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 both)
Booked 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
Reviewed January 2016
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
This is much better than 'Pub-grub'.
Freshly prepared with all sorts of
idiosyncratic variations to enliven
many of the dishes.
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 years.
Would eat there again.
just round the corner!
10 September 2015
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. Thanks.
5* Value5 *
Service5 * Food
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
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
Visited August 2015
Friendliest Shropshire Hostelry!
9 March 2015
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 time.
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!
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 door!
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
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
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 again. 10/10.
First 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 great evening.
Visited 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
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.
·Great 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
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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Eating Award/dietary requirementsEating
For the second year
running we have been awarded
the Gold Healthy Eating award!
The following article appeared in
the Shropshire Star congratulating
The Fox Inn at Ryton Nr Dorrington
in Shrewsbury run by licensees John
and Sue Owen, are celebrating
achieving a Gold Healthy Eating
Award issued by Shropshire Council.
They were recommended for the award
because their menus offer healthy
choices, dishes are served with
either chips, rice or potatoes and
customers are offered salad and at
least three vegetables with their
meals. As meals are prepared when
ordered this also allows them to
accommodate many dietary
requirements, Sue says ‘we have
quite a few people who will come and
dine with us because we do not mind
altering ingredients for a customers
needs, we may have a customer that
has a medical intolerance to an
ingredient or simply someone who
prefers not to have a rich sauce
with a dish as they are dieting. We
recently had a gentleman who had
fish and chips here, the first for
many years as we were able to
replace the flour in the beer batter
for cornflour instead.’
Children are not left out either,
The Fox realise children are better
educated about their food now,
especially after all the recent
television campaigns and want fresh
produce. They are offered their own
fresh produce menu with pasta, fish
and chicken dishes not nuggets or
food in funny shapes. These meals
are also prepared with no salt or
additives, with the emphasis being
on homemade fresh British produce.
To qualify for this award they also
have to be in compliance with food
hygiene regulations, and up to date
with paperwork. The Food handling
staff are all fully trained in food
The large terrace at the front of
the pub offers a section for non
smokers as well as smokers, so
everyone can enjoy the fantastic
views of the Stretton Hills while
dining or simply having a drink.
The Fox is recommended in many Good
Food Guides is featured in the CAMRA
Score on the doors
We are awarded the
We have maintained this highest
level since the start of Scores on
Acknowledging our kitchen hygiene,
management and food handling.
from Robert Smarts Pub Strolls in
Shropshire, we are featured on the
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.