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The Fox in Menston, Leeds has recently undergone a stunning refurbishment. As it is sitting on the edge of Ilkley Moor it not only has a gorgeous new interior but a picturesque setting too.The venue has an amazing history serving the area for 200 years. Last week we were invited along to see the refurbishment and try out the menu.
The Fox Menston
The interior of The Fox Menston is just stunning. Brick walls, dark wood, luxurious seating, candles, open fires and pops of colour on the walls. I love the attention to details, like flowers on the table and mirrors on the walls. We haven’t been before so can’t compare it to the old decor but love their new look. I can imagine it being a perfect place for a meal or bottle of wine on a cold winters day.
The Fox Menston starters
The starter menu at The Fox Menston has dishes to suit most people. There are nibbles, sharing platters, soup of the day, meat, seafood and vegetarian starters. We have the deep fried brie in panko breadcrumbs with chutney and salad to share. The portion is really generous so I am glad we are sharing!
It tastes amazing, a crisp outside with an oozing centre and the chutney is the perfect accompaniment.
The Fox Menston main course
For a main course at The Fox Menston there is a huge choice of meat and fish dishes, pasta, pizza, burgers and steaks. There are lighter meals too like sandwiches and salads. For vegetarians there are a few options to choose from too.
Ellie has the home made British beef burger with Irish cheddar, mustard mayonnaise, relish and fries. Like the starter it is a good portion size, the burger is huge. The burger is juicy and well cooked and the fries are especially good. I really like the relish, it’s great for dunking in a chip you pinch.
I have the roasted pork belly and seared scallops with potato dauphinoise, butternut squash puree, green beans, toasted almonds and crackling. Pork belly is my go to dish when eating out as it’s not something I cook at home, so I’m becoming a pork belly expert.
This is an amazing pork belly dish. The pork is cooked so the fat has rendered away, leaving it moist and delicious. Who doesn’t love a good piece of crackling? It’s super crispy and salty and adds a great crunch to the meal. The vegetables and puree go well with the meal. I have to say the potato dauphinoise need a special mention, it is SO good! Soft potatoes with a crispy outside, creamy, garlicky and the ultimate comfort food.
Scallops are something I always want to try but then order something else, so this is my first time trying them. Whilst I like the taste the texture just isn’t for me. This is obviously nothing against The Fox Menston, just my personal palette. I am glad I have eaten one though and they are a great accompaniment to the pork belly dish.
The Fox Menston – dessert
The dessert menu again has a great choice. Sharing desserts, cheese boards, hot and cold desserts as well as lighter choices and mini desserts with a hot drink.
After all the yummy food we are both pretty full. But, there is always room for a dessert, even if you share like us.
We have the vanilla creme brûlée with home made biscuits and strawberries. How adorable is the presentation? I love anything that comes in a teacup so this is a winning dessert before I even taste it. It is delicious though. A crispy sugar top, creamy creme brûlée and the strawberries and biscuits add a great touch.
The Fox Menston final thoughts
I really love the new design of The Fox Menston. It is chic and stylish whilst still keeping the countryside cosy pub feel. The food is incredible, I can’t fault a single thing from the dishes we had. It’s definitely somewhere I can see myself going for a meal again, either with Ellie or with friends. The location is perfect if like me you like to have a little wander around too; Although after three amazing courses you might also
need to go home to put your pj bottoms on be full to bursting.
The staff we spoke to are all lovely, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. They know the menu and the food really well too.
I want to go back and try the Sunday roast dinner, so we will hopefully be doing that soon.
I would love to know what you think of the food we had. Would you have chosen the same dishes? Have you been to The Fox Menston before?
*We received a complimentary meal in exchange for this review post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own and I have not been influenced by this.