WHAT WE ORDERED
We came home from The Fox and Hounds with our tail between our legs. Taking a pooch there is not obligatory, but we are talking about a hostelry which can rightly claim to be Great Britain’s dog friendliest pub, having won numerous awards for just that.
But we, selfishly, had left our little old lady snoozing in her basket. We crept off to lunch, letting sleeping dogs lie. If that’s our shame then it’s shared by many of the human customers enjoying this fantastic pub in a lovely spot.
Every dog has his or her day, so we can always go back, combining the visit perhaps with a walk around the Hosehill Lake nature reserve just across the way.
If people could wag their tails we would. This is a happy place with staff who clearly love to work there and guests enjoying a drink, delicious food or even a dog biscuit if their owners are kinder than us. Ladies who lunch, those out for a jaunt and the lucky ones who have this as their ‘local’ were all making the most of their visit.
Landlady Jayne Tilsley told us about the nearby charities the pub has supported over the years – and introduced us to her partner Miles Teece, who had nipped out from the kitchen. Then she set off to walk her own dogs. We tried not to think of our own missing four-legged friend.
Anyway, the delicious food took our minds off that. Big portions of superb pub grub included pies like steak and Stilton, usually served with creamy mashed potato and buttered seasonal greens (£13.50), although we swapped the mash for chips.
Vegetarians will love the panfried halloumi with chickpeas and salad in a lime and chilli dressing (£12). This is a Wadsworth pub so you can expect excellent food and service, and it was. Homemade soup with
rustic bread Shortcrust pastry pie of
the day with veg
We made just two mistakes. The first was to go for starters.
Delicious as they were, it meant that by the time we’d got through most of those mains we had no room for puddings, and could see the tempting options being served at other tables. If only we were Labradors which can always find space for an extra treat. The second error was not to ask for a doggy bag to take home and share with the perky little lady greeting us with a happy dance on our return.
Oh the shame!
The Fox and Hounds Station Road, Theale, RG7 4BE
01189 302295 foxandhoundstheale.co.uk They have some fantastic events planned all the way up to Christmas and beyond, so
do visit the website.
Big pies, oozing flavour, are a popular choice
Jayne Tilsley, dog walkerand pub landlady