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The Fox at Willian

With it’s gorgeous rooms and mouthwatering menus, this gastropub on the village green is just the spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon… or a whole weekend

Part of the family-run pub group Anglian Country Inns, the AA rosette award-winning  gastropub, The Fox at Willian can be found in a pretty village location, on the edge of Letchworth Garden City.

The scrummy menu features pub classics with a ‘Fox twist’, such as posh burgers (like venison and pork) and fish and chips (with beer-battered cod and truffled pea purée), to gastro-style dishes – we like the sound of lemon sole with a ginger crumb and Champagne grapes. Plus there’s a lighter bar menu, Sunday roasts with all the trimmings and plenty of brekkie options for meat eaters and veggies. All of the dishes are created using lots of local ingredients, as well as some sourced from producers near to the Fox’s sister pubs in Norfolk, such as fresh fish and mussels from the marshes and game from the parklands – pheasant croquettes anyone?

Wash it all down with ACI’s very own Brancaster Brew or one of the regularly changing guest ales, or pick something from the impressive wine list. There’s a bright and modern dining room, or if the sun’s out, enjoy the bucolic tranquility of the pub garden which spills out onto the gorgeous village green. And there are copious country walks to explore nearby.

There are also eight gorgeous bedrooms, all decorated in a unique contemporary country style, with big comfy beds and walk-in power showers. Book the top room to enjoy amazing views from all around (best seen from the luxurious roll-top bath – extra bubbles please!), or the garden rooms, where you can sip your morning coffee al fresco, overlooking the pretty village church. Doggies are welcomed in the garden rooms too, so no need to book a sitter for your country weekend break. And dog beds, towels and treats are provided as standard.

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