The second stop on this culinary road trip is at The Fox & Hounds, Carthorpe. We have been told that the hospitality here is second to none and I started to understand why the moment we walked through the door. The landlord, Vincent, who was already engaged in a lively conversation with some of his regulars, greets us as though we are old friends.
I decide to revisit my past by having a pint of Theakston’s Peculier IPA. This was a favourite of mine when I was at University. Vincent starts to tell me that the Fox & Hounds’ latest new beer on tap is Timothy Taylor’s blonde, Knowle Spring and I should try it. He immediately pours me a generous taster glass. While the Old Peculier is very smooth, the Knowle Spring is full of zingy grapefruit notes. Very different beers, but both very good.
Rock has the pan fried fillet of sea trout with ginger, spring onions, side salad and coleslaw. The fish is beautifully cooked, with crispy skin, and the flavours of ginger and spring onion are well balanced. I have the guinea fowl with smoked bacon, stuffing and chips. A little dry but generally good. The main courses are far better than you get in most pubs but suffer slightly from the outdated idea that it’s fine to serve the same vegetables or salad with every dish on the menu. I’ve now moved on to the Knowle Spring and we prepare to share the pear and almond tart with vanilla custard.
Overall, decent quality food….but I would really go back anytime to enjoy the beer and the excellent hospitality.