‘A little gem on Wimbledon Common', The Fox & Grapes is the brainchild of Michelin-starred Hibiscus hero Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric (who runs the place day to day). It may have gastro aspirations, but this is still a proper boozer with barstools, real ales and snacks – plus barn-like acoustics, bare tables and a rollicking, noisy crowd. The menu is founded on the pub classics – Scotch eggs, (venison) shepherd's pie, char-grilled burgers – and they're a cut above your average local, thanks to careful sourcing and high-quality ingredients. More complicated dishes such as beetroot risotto with goats' curd or braised ox cheek with mash are less brilliant, but desserts (rhubarb crème brûlée, for example) are made to be eaten. If beer isn't your bag, the unfussy, organically inclined wine list should do the trick.
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