The Fox Inn

4.6
321 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Fox Inn is an 18th Century pub, set in the peaceful village of Matching Tye.
It has a character beamed restaurant with a relaxed friendly atmosphere, is open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays), serving good wholesome food from an extensive menu, with roast dinners being served on a Sunday lunch. There is a large family garden in which to enjoy the quiet country summers and ample car parking space.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 321 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food & great service.

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Firth
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to eat and drink, completely safe in current climate too.
Staff exemplary in service and quality of food and drinks were excellent.

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ZaraP
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here. Never fail to provide fantastic service. There was a mass power cut and I was still satisfied with the service. That's how you know they're good at what they do. Can't recommend them more!

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vivieng
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a warm welcome in spite of these trying times. Good food and excellent service.

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Chris
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always food was fabulous, service was brilliant. It was quieter than normal as we went a day after the 2nd lockdown finished, only two other couples there. All covid 19 protocol was in place, tables were spaced out, staff wore masks, one way entrance and exit in place and used.
5 stars from us.

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victoriar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service.

BS
BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and very impressed with food and service

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NicolaB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never made this reservation. I was sent a link that was impossible to cancel. I wrote to OpenTable to complain but I’ve had nothing but junk mail since. Please delete my details from your records and maybe check the validity of email addresses before you make a reservation?

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Barty
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a great selection. Service was superb and food delivered very quickly. The staff were very efficient and polite. It was an absolute pleasure to dine there and will definitely recommend them to our family and friends.

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vivieng
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Under the current rules and regs The Fox and their staff do remarkably well. The staff are always happy to see you, and cannot do enough. Good food always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vibe , great service , great food

MB
MartynB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at The Fox. Excellent food and service to match.

JP
JoyP
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a lovely meal at the Fox . Food is fresh and most importantly good quality and served hot.

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DenisR
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well managed Covid precautions & well spaced seating. Menu a little limited compared to normal but still a good selection. All meals a good size & very well presented.

MR
MarkR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff are brilliant never disappoints 👍

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Foxy
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely roast dinner as always but why so frugal with the veg

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AnneR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is a great place to go if you want to eat outside as there is covered outdoor seating. Would have got 5 stars but two lunch dishes ordered took a long time to arrive due to some issue. Very friendly staff. Will visit again.

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Jackson
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We have eaten here numerous times and never had cause to complain. Today was a big disappointment as my fish and chips were not hot and the batter under cooked. They happily exchanged it but the replacement was overcooked and the batter tasted bitter. 2 weeks ago I had the same meal and commented how good the batter and the fish was. I didn’t eat the tartare sauce as it looked very dry as if it had been around for ages. Such a disappointment after so many superb meals. This is a lovely venue and we thoroughly appreciate the peaceful ambience.
Hoping the quality returns to normal.

CB
ChrisB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proper country pub, great beer great food. And very COVID aware

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EmmaF
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In an effort to keep fit we have started to make our way through a book of Essex walks. This weekend we picked a walk that took us to Matching Tye. The book recommended lunch at the Fox. Thank goodness it was open and serving proper food. A pint of Dragonfly was swiftly followed by another. The burger was excellent. Scampi and chips was good too. Generous portions. Excellent service. Covid precautions taken seriously and plenty of space for social distancing. thanks a lot guys. Recommended.

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ChrisW
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely meal was had at the Fox Inn. Thanks.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Hardly any choice on the menu and themeat was so tough even the dog had trouble

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good. Great service. Good COVID awareness and control

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LeeT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

All ways a good experience at the Fox we live in Sheering and I have been using the Fox on and off for 40 years. I am not a regular but at least 6 /12 times a year and my family also when we get together. Fox is a nice friendly family run establishment.

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LillyP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and lovely relaxed country pub atmosphere.

CD
ChrisD
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fox is such a lovely pub. The food and staff are first class

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ZaraP
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to the Fox Inn a few times and this is the first time we had eaten out since lockdown. Honestly, we couldn't have hoped for better. We felt really safe and also welcomed. The food was outstanding. I thoroughly recommend the vegetarian nut roast for a roast dinner but all their food is amazing. We'll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

My meal was mucked up so I didn’t end up having it (that was my choice) they was very apologetic and I will defiantly go again as this is my local and I have never had a problem before

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JeanB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Eat in the garden nicely spaced and clean, food ok

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PaulT
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was very much covid safe had reduced seating and tables
Food was excellent a reduced menu but still plenty to choose from quality of food was excellent service was also excellent will definitely return

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NicolaW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been visiting the Fox for years and would, and do, highly recommend it.
Always welcoming, excellent food and despite the Covid regs, everything delivered with a cheery attitude and a smile.

Sadly fellow customers did not adhere to the huge NoEntry sign! It gave us some amusement!

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Donnaj1958
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely meal and warm welcome. I would recommend to anyone looking for a lovely evening with good service

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MichaelT
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely pork crackling!

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Chris
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have visited The Fox many times but this was the first time we'd been for Sunday roast. The food was lovely, it was piping hot. The portions were generous especially the beef. Staff were attentive and courteous. The covid one way signage was clear.
Would definately recommend and most certainly will visit again.

LB
LesB
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. As was the service. We will be returning soon.

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GaryH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Despite getting our order wrong it was soon sorted out and overall we enjoyed the experience. We did notice that the prices had gone up considerably but I would recommend the pub as the food is very good.

JS
JanS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pub in a quiet location. The staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful. The food was great with good portion sizes.

I would definitely recommend to anyone and will hopefully be going there again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Steak and ale pie. Highly recommended

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Harlowman
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good atmoshere. Staff very good, helpful and friendly.

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mikew
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pub and pub food that is as good as it comes. The fish and chips or steak and ale pie are highly recommended

FAQs

The Fox Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.