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Open for drinks Wed-Sun 12-10 and Mon-Tue 3-6 for takeout (from beer garden).
Real Ale is sold here.
London Rd, NR34 8DD
grid reference TM 434 850
Situated in a tiny village on the edge of Sotterley Park, this inn dates back to the 16th Century. The original arched doors and carved fox heads have been retained. The interior comprises a bar with comfortable seating leading to a conservatory and a separate restaurant area. Outside, a patio and small garden are popular in summer months. Beer festivals are held twice yearly: one over Father's Day weekend and the other close to Halloween. Live music each Friday evening. The pub has several clubs for locals including a Real Ale club with regular brewery presentations and a book club.
Generally referred to as being in Shadingfield (and indeed the signage says "Shadingfield Fox"), the Fox is actually just inside Willingham St Mary. Past boundary changes may have caused this confusion.
- Beer festivals: twice yearly
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Live music: Friday evenngs
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
- Smoking area: on rear patio
- Special events: Real Ale club, book club, workshops
- WiFi available
Railway station about 3.6 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Auction of the Fox in Willingham Street (Shadingfield), with a general shop, Slaughter house, Stable & loft over, & other outbuildings & Yard, also a garden adjoining the house, lying in Shadingfield, occupied, with Fox Meadow, by Mr Robert JORDAN, at an aggregate rental of £30 - Sold under the Will of the late T.C.SCOTT esq.Ipswich Journal, July 21st 1855***
To be sold by auction, by instruction of the Mortgagees, all that full licensed public house, called the Shadingfield Fox, well situated by the side of the high road, with grocer's shop, stables, skittle ground, buildings and garden, now occupied by Mrs Emma West; also 5 brick built cottages on the Little Green at Stoven…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)