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The Fox at Willian, Letchworth, Hertfordshire
This is everything you'd want from a country village pub: homely yet very stylish, charming, offering great food and a wide range of drinks, and with very comfortable and attractive boutique-style rooms. It is easily accessible for London yet delightfully rural, with good walks on your doorstep. Recently refurbished to a very high standard, there's a real attention to detail, be it the dishes on the menu, the wine and beer selection or the interior design. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and the pub is situated next to the pretty flint and ironstone All Saints parish church and also looks out onto the village pond and weeping willows. It is a magnet for both locals and city-dwellers escaping the bustle and smoke alike.
There's a good country walk to Letchworth just over the road and other footpaths nearby.
The Fox Inn is in the rural village of Willian. Knebworth House and Pegsdon Hills are both 15 minutes by car.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from London, 2 hours from Birmingham and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London St Pancras to Letchworth takes 40 minutes. It's a 7-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Those on a rural break wanting homely yet very good looking accommodation will enjoy it here. We loved the attention to detail, for example flowers perfectly complementing the colour scheme of the room.
Service & Facilities
Service is great - very friendly and attentive.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcome to stay in the garden rooms (small extra charge), are provided with treats and bowls and are permitted in the bar.
The Room at the Top is stylish, homely and cosy. It has a kingsize bed with rustic wood headboard, a desk, slatted blinds and a freestanding bath. The shower room has grey tiles and a walk-in shower. The attention to detail includes a bank of hexagonal mirrors above the bed and pretty little dried flowers displayed in terracotta vases in the restaurant.
Standard, Standard Garden, Deluxe Garden, Deluxe Family, Room at the Top
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the consistently high standard of the food, for example, the salted caramel tart with vanilla crème fraiche was subtle rather than an assault of sugar - creating such delicate flavours is no mean feat. The lamb kofta with smoked ricotta, confit garlic hummus and rose harissa was beautifully presented.
The Fox Inn: modern British cuisine, locally-sourced produce, seasonal menus. Open Mon-Sun for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat for dinner (hours may vary). Main courses from £17.