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Still delivering ‘good food and a buzzy atmosphere’, The Fox and Grapes was originally the brainchild of two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus hero Claude Bosi, who continues to consult on the pub’s menu. Head chef Andrew Jones takes a minimalist approach, with Denmark’s world-beating restaurant Noma cited as a key inspiration. Jones’ ethos translates into high quality, unfussy staples such as beer-battered haddock with triple-cooked chips, Yorkshire grouse with grilled celeriac, muscat grapes and damson syrup, or tortellini stuffed with hay-baked pumpkin, onion, wild mushroom and ricotta. Despite these gastro trappings, the Fox and Grapes is still a proper boozer with barstools, real ales and Sunday roasts with all the trimmings – plus barn-like acoustics, bare tables and a rollicking, noisy crowd. Behind the bar, expect a choice of craft beers alongside the usual suspects on tap, as well as a seasonal cocktail menu and a varied wine list, organised by area with Berry Brothers & Rudd on consulting duties.

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The Fox & Grapes

9 Camp Road ,London SW19 4UN

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Overpriced and very disappointing

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Aug 2013

We visited on a Sunday for lunch, the choice of mains was 2 fish dishes, 1 vegetarian option, and 3 roast options. I ordered roast beef and can only describe my meal as mediocre at best, and for the price (£20) I would have expected far better quality. The beef was in thick slices with a generous helping of fat in each slice, it did not scream high quality. The roast potatoes had clearly been made some time in advance and tasted as though they had been kept heated for too long, the result was...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 1

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The Fox & Grapes

9 Camp Road ,London SW19 4UN

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Jul 2012

On a mountain bike jaunt through Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common we had decided in advance that our fuel stop would be the Fox & Grapes, situated as it is slap bang in the middle of the common. But more than that I in particular was very excited to dine at this Bosi run gastropub. We were very muddy on arrival but that didn't phase the staff too much (except for a little bit of an up and down look from the day's manager / head waiter) and we were seated and quickly offered a drink. I started with...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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The Fox & Grapes

9 Camp Road ,London SW19 4UN

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Feb 2012

I took my family for a birthday dinner and had an excellent evening. The room is spacious and atmosphere excellent. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food is good particularly the scotch eggs and burgers. The prices aren't cheap and the wine list could be improved and made more reasonable. Overall, a good addition to Wimbledon and a place with character, away from the endless chain restaurants plaguing the high street.

Ben A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Jan 2012

A little gem of a gastro pub tucked away off Wimbledon Common. Turned up for lunch (no reservation) with my family (including two young children), but the staff couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming and we were quickly seated at a large table with plenty of room. Menu not too long, but with a good range of choices to suit most tastes. Myself and my wife ordered the venison shepherds pie (excellent, very tasty) and our companions ordered the burger (rave reviews) and fish and chips (ditto)....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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9 Camp Road ,London SW19 4UN

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Aug 2011

Went there last night as a follow up boasting session to mates after a lunch I had a few weeks ago, but unfortunately it seems I may have been looking through rose-tinted glasses/beer goggles. While the pub has great lighting and the tables are well spaced, there is a distinct lack of ‘pub’ feel to it, it is basically a restaurant with a bar (which they were quick to get us off) as opposed to a gastropub. The menu has some great starters, indeed the pork pie that I remembered was still there and...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 3

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Jul 2011

Sadly missed opportunity to provide a stand-out dining experience in a great location. Food quality fell well short of expectations on reading the menu. Snail and Veal lasagna sounded promising but v disappointing – poorly presented and something not quite right in the flavours… Thought you couldn't go wrong with a rib-eye steak, but turns out you can. I had to send mine back, as the main flavour was kerosene or firelighter or whatever it is they use to create blacked ‘char-grilled effect’ stripes...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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by   gold reviewer (32)

May 2011

Editor's pick A restaurant dressed in pub clothes, this has bundles of pubby character and nice English service that makes you want to order a half of Black Sheep bitter with your smoked mackerel paté, even if you’re a wine junkie. When you look at the bill later you’ll realise you’ve been to a restaurant, but your memory will be of a pub – a good one – and perhaps the post-lunch walk on Wimbledon Common We ate ox liver pate as well as the aforementioned mackerel pate – both full of flavour, both priced at £7.50....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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9 Camp Road ,London SW19 4UN

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by   platinum reviewer (51)

Feb 2011

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Wimbledon is a great place to live but despite the number of big houses around the restaurant scene has been vary lacking. Sure there are a great number of restaurants with good food, Cannizaro, Lighthouse, Fire Stables, Cotes, Dog & Fox and Butcher & Grill but the appallingly slow and poor service (especially those last 2) dosn’t engender a return visit let alone becoming a regular destination. But hurrah for Claude Bosi and the newly opened Fox and Grapes, as that seems to have now changed. It...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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