The Fox and Hounds (Morrells, leased to Whitbread)
Abingdon Road, Oxford
Now closed (2011-10-06)
Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm
Sunday 12 noon to 10.30pm
Morrells Varsity £1.98 (25.vii.1998)
It's on the corner of Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane and has huge signs
outside it informing the passerby that it's open all day, and has Sky
Television. It also has a big Aunt Sally out the back which is visible
from the road/space.
This has an unfortunately-named restaurant, the "Forester's Feast"
attached, with children's play areas indoors and out. It's full of wooden
beams and pub brasses and horsaphernalia and big signs saying "ALES AND
STOUT". They're lying on the second point. Another sign towards the
Abingdon Road door says "Sod the Turf". Ha ha.
Fans of machines will be pleased to note that they have a jelly bean
machine and a mini egg machine.
There's a huge car park in which they sometimes hold car boot sales, and a
ramped door marked "FAMILY ENTRANCE". There's also two sets of facilities,
15 degrees in one, and 30 degrees in the other. (30 degrees, oddly, in the
"family" end rather than the "raucous pubgoer" end.)
The man behind the bar reckoned that Whitbread'd take it over when
Morrells goes under. It'll be much the same, except the beers'll be
Flowers and Boddingtons I'll expect. (25.vii.1998)