The Fox Inn was built over 250 years ago as the home of Charles Hall and was then known as Broadclose. In 1777 Charles Hall founded the Ansty Brewery at the same time as troops were assembling on the Dorsetshire coast anticipating a French invasion during the Napoleonic wars. The Brewery secured government contracts to supply ale to the troops and quickly grew.
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Charles son Robert took over the business and appointed a gentleman by the name of George Woodhouse to be the head brewer.
Charles' granddaughter married George Woodhouse and he became a partner in the Brewery which then became known as Hall and Woodhouse.
Broadclose remained the family home as the Brewery prospered during the nineteenth century and in 1900 brewery production moved from the Ansty site to a new location at Blandford Forum.
In 1915 the original Fox Inn was destroyed by fire and the Woodhouse family made the decision to relocate the Ansty pub to the family home. In the last 90 years the pub has become one of Dorset's most famous hostelries.
The bar in The Fox contains many historical items referencing the Inn and the Hall and Woodhouse Company, well worth a visit for a pint and a browse.
The Fox Inn may be difficult to find, but now more than ever it is always worth the effort.
How to find us...
The Fox Inn, Ansty, Dorchester, Dorset
DT2 7PN - Click here for Google Map
Tel: 01258 880328
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Our Usual Opening Hours:
Hotel: Check-in - 3.00pm Check-out: 10.00am
Monday to Saturday: 12.00am - 11.00pm
Sunday: 12.00am - 11.00pm
Carvery: Sundays - 12.00pm until 3.00pm
Afternoon Teas: Mon to Fri 3 to 6pm, Sun 4 to 6pm
Food Served: 12 to 2.30pm and 6 to 9pm
Breakfasts are served each morning from 8.00am to 9.30am. We will cater for non-residents.