Tucked away in the small village of Charlton, just off the main road to Chichester, is the Fox Goes Free. This beautiful village pub is full of character with flint walls, big old oak beams and open fireplaces. The pub is over 400 years old and has quite a history; it takes its name from the famous Charlton hunt which was started in 1670 when William III would regularly visit the Fox Goes Free with the royal hunting party. The building still has many of its original features including the old bread oven, inglenook fireplaces and low beamed ceilings. It is a truly quintessential English pub and has everything you imagine a traditional old ale house would have, including a fantastic orchard inspired garden with views over the South Downs.
The Fox Goes Free is the perfect place for a quick drink, a lazy lunch or an evening meal and over the years has built up a well-deserved reputation for its food. The kitchen serves up traditional fare including a famous Sunday Roast and a selection of Mediterranean inspired dishes. Whenever possible they use locally sourced produce and the well stocked bar includes some interesting local real ales and a selection of hand-picked wines. There are two separate dining areas and if you want a table in one of these it is best to book. One room opens onto the main bar and has a lively casual dining feel to it. The other is tucked away from the buzz of the bars in a beautiful wood panelled room with a low ceiling, which gives the space a more intimate feel to it. All offer a bar menu and an À La Carte menu and in the summer the garden is host to the Fox’s infamous barbecues and hog roasts.
As well as good food, excellent local ales and a friendly atmosphere The Fox Goes Free has 5 comfortable rooms and offers Bed and Breakfast. In fact it’s worth staying here just for the breakfast and view alone! All this makes the Fox Goes Free a great place to base yourself to explore the area, crash after a day’s hiking or rest after a day at the races or one of the other events held at Goodwood.
For more information about visiting the Fox Goes Free visit: http://www.thefoxgoesfree.com
For information about Goodwood and the different events it holds visit: www.goodwood.com
Photography and Credits: This is an independent review. I have been a guest at the Fox Goes Free many times over the years and always paid for my stay. The Fox Goes Free is a true gem. Photography is care of the Fox Goes Free website and google images.