Christmas Horseplay at The Fox Inn

Some of you expressed astonishment after my last post, that a dog was allowed into a pub in England. I checked to see what the policy is regarding dogs in such establishments, and found that there are no restrictions preventing dogs from being in areas where food is being served as long as the individual business puts in place measures to prevent a dog from having access to the kitchen and food storage areas.

The historic Fox Inn is where sixteen of our family enjoyed a delicious five course Christmas lunch. It was formerly a late 17th century cottage, and an 18th century attached house, which served as the parish ‘Poor House’ before becoming an ale house.


At the front, it has what is known as a ‘Catslide’ roof where the end extends almost to the ground. This conjures up a very funny picture in my mind, of cats having lots of fun at night, sliding down the roof.


The Fox currently has a resident dog, a three-legged B&W Collie, who gets lots of love and attention from the customers, including my two grandchildren.


On Christmas morning there was a large gathering of locals waiting to see the horse which was due to come into and right through the pub. This tradition has something to do with keeping the bridle path open to the public, and so I was told, dates back to the 16th or 17th century.


He was extremely well-behaved and ridden by a young girl who kindly posed outside for photos.


I still have a few more photos from Christmas, but they will have to wait for another day. Right now, I have to get out of my house, as our realtor is coming to show someone around. Think I’ll go and hang out at the gym, so I’ll catch up with you all later.