Located in the village of Longthorpe just a couple of miles west of Peterborough, the Fox & Hounds recalls the cosy English village pubs of yesteryear with its mock Tudor-style exterior and atmospheric interior.
Tucked away on a quiet, residential street in Longthorpe, this classic pub could hardly be better located. Not only is it just a short detour from the major A47 roadway, but it is also mere minutes away from the city of Peterborough, the so-called ‘Gateway to the Fens’.
With its Tudor-style black and white beamed façade, the Fox & Hounds looks like the pub that time forgot. In reality, however, the pub is not a Tudor structure at all, but a 20th-century construction built to replace the original Fox & Hounds pub which burnt down in the 1920s. Despite its deceptively young age, the building maintains its quintessentially British, old-world appearance and traditional charm.Read more...
Despite its relatively small size, Peterborough manages to pack quite the punch when it comes to heritage. Chief among its historic attractions is its magnificent Norman cathedral, whose finely proportioned façade is a riot of Gothic arches and gables. During the medieval era, Peterborough Cathedral was one of the most significant abbeys in the country. It has been the burial site for not one but two queens: Catherine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Local history also takes centre stage at the nearby Peterborough Museum, whose compelling collections include more than 200,000 fascinating items, ranging from Jurassic fossils to an original Victorian operating theatre. Concealed under the museum are the supposedly haunted Priestgate Vaults, which date back to Tudor times. These underground chambers have had multiple functions over the centuries, serving as everything from coal and wine cellars to air raid shelters.
Just a short amble from the Fox & Hounds front door is the English Heritage-owned Longthorpe Tower, where you will find a staggering display of 14th-century domestic wall paintings depicting everything from saints to a mythological beast firing flaming excrement from its bottom (yes, really!). Older still and just a three-minute stroll from the pub is Longthorpe’s church of St. Botolph, an austere little stone building that dates all the way back to the 13th century.
On bright and sunny summer days, the pub patio draws a big crowd. Midweek sees local office workers pile in for team lunches, while families, who often have their furry four-legged companions by their side, come for al fresco feeds at the weekend. On cold winter nights, a real fire blazes inside the Fox & Hounds, creating a cosy atmosphere that invites lingering. When the weather outside is harsh and uninviting, the toasty interior, which was tastefully refurbished in 2015, is the perfect place to hunker down and sip your way through a warming pint of real ale.
The pub is a common haunt for ramblers who, hungry from their hikes in the surrounding region, stop in for a celebratory post-trek pint. Just six or so miles away from the Fox & Hounds lies the Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve, whose 220-acre patchwork of grassland, scrub, ponds and woodland is prime trekking territory. Also of note for walkers is Crown Lakes Country Park, a beloved public space. With woodlands, lakes, bridleways, walking trails and a cycling route, there are plenty of ways to pass the time here. Closer again to the Fox & Hounds is Ferry Meadows Country Park, a scenic riverside park ideal for picnicking, birdwatching and strolls, as well as water-based activities such as fishing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. For visitors who prefer a walk with a purpose, there is the nearby Orton Meadows Golf Club, home to a picturesque 18-hole par 67 parkland course and, for those who are new to the sport, a more manageable 12-hole pitch and putt course.
The welcoming Fox & Hounds throws open its doors to all visitors, including families with young children and dogs.Show less...