The Fox Revived, Norwood Hill, Horley RH6 0ET – pub review
PUBLISHED: 18:40 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 22 March 2017
Pulling Pints is Surrey Life’s monthly guide to the best pubs and bars in Surrey
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2017
The Fox Revived
Norwood Hill, Horley RH6 0ET
Tel: 01293 229270
What? The Fox Revived is the latest Surrey pub to be taken over by the Brunning and Price group, which also revamped former landlords, Jon and Paula Briscoe’s The Jolly Farmers on the A25 at Buckland (renaming it The Pheasant) in 2015.
Where? Proudly sittiing on the crossroads at rural Norwood Hill, this is not a pub you would simply stroll to for a quick pint, unless you live in one of the few houses within walking distance, of course. The nearest town is Horley (a 10-minute drive away) and the villages of Charlwood, to the south, and Leigh, in the north, are about two and three miles away respectively. There are plenty of parking spaces however, if your party has a designated driver or you’re prepared to get a taxi home, and it’s a good location for a mid-ramble pit-stop at the weekend.
Why? Having been closed for over 18 months while extensive renovations took place (according to the manager, Ryan Martinez-Baranda, it was a 90 per cent rebuild but original features, such as the sash windows, have remained in place) the pub re-opened last month. With two distinct areas for drinkers and diners, it has managed to retain a relaxed traditional country pub feel while at the same time offering a more formal ‘restaurant’ service for those that want it.
The menu is extensive and varied, albeit not dissimilar to that offered at other pubs in the group. There are some more refined dishes, such as seared scallops with crispy ham fritters and pea purée, (which as a starter, was define) but for the most part, the dishes follow a typical ‘pub grub’ formula with an occasional twist. The beef bourguignon, for example, rather than a stew, is presented as one large piece of ‘feathered beef’ (which nevertheless melts in the mouth) and the sticky pork belly is served with a watermelon, pineapple and picked ginger salad, rather than the usual potato and veg combo. They also do a light bites option throughout the day and evening, offering less hearty fair, such as steamed mussles, which come in a tasty - and far more British - cider and smoked bacon sauce, instead of the classic marinières.
Talking of cider, there are plenty of varieties behind the bar, as well as local ales and Brunning and Price’s own brewed Original Bitter. The wine list is also pretty good, with plenty of by-the-glass options.