The Fox & Hounds - Ainthorpe

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Modern European
Cosy, Dark and moody, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Child friendly, Dates
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About The Fox & Hounds - Ainthorpe

Run by chef Jason Davies and his wife Sue, The Fox & Hounds is a cosy and personable restaurant with rooms found in a hamlet just five miles north of Whitby. Billing itself as a ‘traditional country inn’ (the building purportedly dates back to 1555), The Fox & Hounds is popular with staycationers and ramblers, being in close proximity to both the North York Moors Visitor Centre and Yorkshire Cycle Hub. There are also picturesque fishing villages less than 20 minutes drive away, while a railway station in adjoining Danby offers visitors easy access to the moorland villages along the Esk Valley.

For guests knackered from their walking or cycling adventures, there are 10 rustic chic en-suite bedrooms to choose from, decked out with wood panelling and oak beams running across the ceiling. If you are a night owl, however, you can take advantage of the inn’s supply of night torches, binoculars and sky maps to engage in a spot of stargazing - The Fox & Hounds is an accredited Dark Skies Friendly site.

When it comes to fuelling up for a day of adventures, The Fox & Hounds has got you covered with its menu of freshly prepared food which is underpinned by high-quality produce from local suppliers. The a la carte runs from breakfast through to dinner, while hearty roast dinners are available on Sunday afternoons. The menus here change often depending on what’s available from suppliers, but on your visit you might come across the likes of pie and chips, followed by sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

After dinner, head to the bar for cask conditioned regional real ale and continental lagers, as well as a diverse selection of spirits and wines by the glass. Booking is essential for this out of the way spot, but it’s more than worth the trip.


Is The Fox & Hounds Ainthorpe dog-friendly?

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome at The Fox & Hounds Ainthorpe.

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Does The Fox & Hounds Ainthorpe have rooms?

Yes, The Fox & Hounds has 10 comfortable en-suite bedrooms to choose from.

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Does The Fox & Hounds Ainthorpe offer vegetarian and vegan options?

The Fox & Hounds doesn't offer a dedicated vegetarian or vegan menu, but dietary requirements can be catered for when booking in advance.

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Location for The Fox & Hounds - Ainthorpe

45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, North Yorkshire, YO21 2LD

01947 893372


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon 18:00-21:00
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 18:00-21:00
Sat 18:00-21:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-20:00

Reviews of The Fox & Hounds - Ainthorpe

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3 Reviews 

Kevin W

21 March 2018  
Great menu. Pricey but excellent quality. First class service.

Colin B

03 November 2010  
This is a hidden gem. Booking is essential as this is a small quaint restaurant with a loyal following. The food is exceptional – the menu which changes by the week combines fresh local fish, high quality meats selected for flavour and high quality ingredients – this is not pub food, this is high quality food cooked and served with passion. The chef has a natural ability to put together flavours and ingredients that really work well – there is a lot of Italian influence in the food combined with a modern classical outlook. The food is kept fresh and vibrant with a typical offering of 3 starters, 3 mains, and 3 desserts allowing the food to be very fresh and the menu to change by the week. Home baked bread adds a lovely touch. I had hare ragu pasta – something at home we do not have the time to spend all day preparing – followed by seared halibut on a bed of garlic and herb crushed potatoes with an anchovy and rosemary drizzle – finishing with a lovely lemon tart with mascapone cream. The hare pasta was well balanced – not too strong – pasta cooked to perfection and niceley presented. The fish was very moist with a crips skin, not over cooked, with a lovely balance of garlic in the potatoes and the drizzle worked really well and did not over power the fish which was very fresh. The lemon tart was a wonderful balance of sweet and sharp with a crisp and thin pastry that shows the skill of a good pastry sheff. The wine list for a small restaurant features some well thought out wines with a range of value for money to some nice French white and red burgundies and a great sweet list of wines including vin santo, pedro ximinez and other wines. Onto the service – the quality of the food is matched with the quality of the front of house. A friendly, knowledgeable and efficient front of house delivers a real personal service. Nothing is a problem or trouble for this department – remembering names of returning guests, even recalling favourite wines coupled with a thought for the finer touches (Fever Tree Tonic with the G&T with reasons for it, open fire, great coffee, wine being ofered to taste with a diner not sure of what to have) and details make the whole experience worth making an effort to visit this restaurant. If you are in the Whitby area make the effort to travel 6 miles and have a meal on the cliffs overlooking Whitby harbour and you will not be disappointed, I promise you.
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Siobhan D

03 September 2009  
I absolutely love this place and we always visit for dinner when we are up in the northeast. The food is always divine and the service friendly and unstuffy. The steak and chips are the best I've ever eaten, either in the UK or abroad and my mouth waters just thinking of it! The wine list is also lovely and not overpriced. Lovely little touches in the dining areas (and also the loo!) really make this is a special and comfortable destination – what a pity they dont have rooms for stuffed guests to sleep in afterwards! We're going to be back there next month and I cant wait. Everything is beautifully cooked and utterly delicious, service with a smile, it's my very favourite restaurant ever!
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