Saturday 24 September 2016

EATING OUT: Fox Restaurant | Hale Barns

EEEEK!!! I was so excited to finally try this place! Could it be real?? A restaurant practically on our doorsteps in Hale Barns that serves good food in a nice environment? (I know San Carlo is there, but I'm not the biggest fan of the one in the Marriott Hotel for some reason). Plus this is an honest review too. You know me, I'm not too good at faking it. So here's my review! Hope you enjoy reading it :)

I will be honest, I was a little scared! I had that feeling that it might be a little too pretentious for my liking. I'm the kind of girl that goes for dinner in a pair of jeans/cropped trousers, pumps and a tee. I'm not the kind of girl that goes out with full hair, make up, platform stripper shoes and a bodycon dress - just sayin! So, when I decided to go, I thought I would visit for brunch - surely this should be more chilled at this time right? Right! :)

Happy days! I was off to the beauty show last weekend and so thought it would be nice to go for a late breakfast/brunch before I went. So, off hubs and I went to get some food!

Firstly, all the staff were really lovely and helpful. Very friendly and we were sat next to the door so I got a really nice view of the restaurant. We ordered Eggs Benedict but minus the bacon to eat and a fresh orange and coffee for hubs and a fresh mint tea for me.

Oh, and hubs had some hash browns too with his! I asked for my sauce on the side as sometimes I find it a bit too rich for me.

Being really honest the drinks took around 15 minutes and the food took around 20-30 mins. Was it worth the wait? Yes, kind of. I was starving! It was pretty quiet when we got there and then by the time we ordered it was about 60% full. I do like my eggs benedict when I eat out but my bread was not really toasted and so was a little cold and soft. The eggs were cooked ok but everything was a little 'luke warm'. I think really I should have ordered something different, as opposed to what I had. Maybe adding a little smoked salmon perhaps? I don't know, it was lacking something, so unfortunately we both left a bit meh!

I was determined though to not let this stop me from going back! We both decided maybe we ordered the wrong thing and the kitchen did look very stressed. I decided that it was a new restaurant and so I would give it the benefit of the doubt - everybody deserves a second chance (especially new restaurants! Except Tattu! God that food was shocking!)

So, literally the next day I decided to go back for dinner with my Mum. I promised her I'd take her out that night so why not give it another go!

This time we were sat at the other side if the restaurant which was nice to get a different view. Again staff were really friendly and helpful - all good!

I decided to go for the oven baked plaice and Mamma went for the beetroot salad. Hoorah! The food came relatively quickly as did the drinks! I also had some spinach and mum had some sweet potato wedges. My only moan is that the options for the sides were not that great. For that kind of restaurant I would like to see some potatoes on the menu. Roasted/steamed new potatoes or mash perhaps? With my fish I could only have greens or chips! Not really what I want with a piece of fish. Don't get me wrong, the spinach was yum, but please please put some kind of potatoes on the menu other than chips!
My fish practically melted in my mouth and although it was £17.50 for my fish, it was really nice and cooked perfectly. I think mum enjoyed hers too.

Then for dessert we decided to share a sticky toffee pudding. Ma had a breakfast tea and I went for a fresh mint tea again. This was pretty nice too. I think it's meant to have the ice cream on top but I asked for it on the side as you know I can't really eat dairy.

By the time we were leaving the restaurant was pretty much full. Quite impressive for a weeknight, plus the customers were normal too! No over the top hair/makeup and itsy bitsy dresses thank god - just nice, local people coming out for dinner with the family.

Overall, it was a really nice evening. The food was good, the staff were friendly and so all is well again! It's so nice to have a good, local restaurant. I could actually walk here in Summer and then casually waddle home with my full belly of food.

I would say definitely give this place a go. The service is great and the food is pretty good too! Will be trying their pizzas next! They've even got a proper pizza oven! Yeesssss!!!

Thanks so much for reading!

Emmaline x

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