• Ginger Fox

Ginger Fox

Meddleswood Road


Hassocks, West Sussex


01273 857888


Of all the Ginger gaggle of eateries, the Fox is the most far-flung, yet still only seven miles away from Brighton and the mothership, The Gingerman. Note the fox plaited on its thatched roofline. Like all the satellites it is a posh grub pub, while maintaining the delicate balance with pubbiness. We say sit down in the gorgeous beer garden with stunning views of the South Downs and order a £7.75 glass of acclaimed Sussex sparkler Ridgeview (or a pint of Harvey’s – yer takes yer choice) while you choose your food. What I like about all Ben McKellar’s pubs is that they are not clones. Ordering, say, the Hare Carpaccio, Braised Celeriac, Parsley Puree, Horseradish and Pickled Mushroom starter, you really feel this £8.50 starter won’t be replicated elsewhere in the chain. Ditto, the Hand Dived Scallop and Tempura Monkfish Cheek with Bombay Potatoes, Tomato Chutney, Sesame Seeds and Curry sauce (£10). As you carry out a second batch of Ridgeview or Harvey’s note the separate raised-bed area for growing vegetables and you’ll understand the culinary ethos at work. The consistent, posh pub food has its solid foundations in a longstanding network of local producers and suppliers such as pork from Boyton Farm. Expect cheeses from Kent and Sussex, pork and lamb from Boyton Farm and rib-eye from Redlands Farm Shop.

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