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|Address:||Henfield Road, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9EA|
|Price: £32.00||Wine: £14.00||Champagne: £34.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2pm (Sat-Sun 12.30-4pm) Mon-Sun 6-10pm (Sat-Sun 6.30pm)|
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We went to the Ginger Fox for a Sunday lunch. Having parked in their car park we went in the pub and picked up one of their handy maps of local walks, and happily tramped through the mud, working up an appetite. Before the walk I was convinced I would just have the Welsh Rarebit with Sussex Ale, but post-walk I was ravenous and feeling very greedy!
I had the fig, blue cheese and chicory for starters – light and flavoursome. The figs were really ripe and tasty, at this time of year you sometimes get ones which are very gritty but have no real flavour. I had a second starter as my main course, the lamb sweetbreads with pomegranate seeds. These were really rich and creamy without being too much; sometimes sweetbreads can be a bit sickly, but they were very nicely done. For dessert I shared the apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla custard – very autumnal.
My fellow walkers had the chicken and mushroom terrine ("amazing, one of the best things I've ever eaten" he declared), belly of pork (meltingly soft and sweet) and the gnocchi (portion a bit small, but very tasty).
Service was friendly and efficient. This would be a lovely place to come back to for a Christmas lunch/dinner (menu looks very good, a great mix of tradition and invention) or in the summer – the garden gives a great view of the funny thatched fox on the roof.