Winter rooms offer

Don’t miss out on our Winter getaway offer!

Join us in the picturesque Dorset countryside for a couple of nights away from the hustle and bustle of city life!

Two nights bed and breakfast, in our comfy king size beds, all with ensuite bathrooms, with a 2 course dinner on the night of your choice. All for only £130.00!!!

(Based on 2 people sharing, between 1st October 2017 to 28th February 2018, excluding 22nd December 2017 to 2nd January 2018. Offer subject to availability.)

Don’t miss out on this amazing offer!

Mothering Sunday at the Fox Inn, Ansty – Make a fuss of mum…

Mothers, eh!  Where would we be without them?  Actually, don’t answer that!

Sometimes you wonder if they are ever going to let you grow up and make your own way in the world; desist from straightening your tie or interfering in the kitchen. But you know it’s only because they love you and want what is best for you.

In fact, inside most mothers is a burning pride in their offspring that means they would go to extraordinary lengths (and I mean extra ordinary!) to do anything to help them. Or to comfort them in times of need.

And we know that mothers come in various guises; there’s the biological sort of course, but so many of us love our stepmums, aunts and grandmothers just as much, with a few of us lucky enough to have two mums! Let’s just call them all Supermums.

They are simply irreplaceable and so every year we celebrate them with their own special day and this year it is relatively early – Sunday, 26th March.

Sunday, 26th March . . . got that?

Why not enter our competition to WIN a Sunday Carvery for 4 to treat mum!

Here at The Fox though, we can make it easy for you to remember by laying on a scrumptious Mothers Day Carvery lunch.  I mean sure, you can buy a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, and I’m sure you will, but what could be better than treating your lovely Mum to a slap-up lunch in the beautiful heart of Dorset?

After all, it also means they get the most precious thing to them – your time.  Oh, and you get the slap-up too!

So it’s quite simple – we will be providing Sunday Carvery Lunch, starting 12 to 3pm, but you must book ahead (01258 880328) because we are anticipating a brisk takeup – after all, there are quite a few mothers about!

So this Mothers Day treat your Supermum to a day in the countryside with a lovely lunch and let her know how special she is. See you there.

Get down to deepest Dorset this Easter at the Fox Inn, Ansty

Isn’t it funny how Easter always seems to herald the true beginning of Spring, and not the meteorological one that appears to start just before Winter’s last big huff and puff.

This year, Easter is late – 16th April (how do they work it out, and who?) but Spring still seems to be gearing itself up to bring us some beautiful warm weather with clear blue mornings and fresh sunshine stretching the days.

It’s also one of the longest Bank Holiday breaks from work we get in the UK, so it is perfect for a recharge of those jaded batteries and some time away from it all . . . except that is easier imagined than the reality.

Firstly, everybody had the same idea (strangely) so there’s the motorway madness to cope with, but at least you know when you finally arrive you’ll be getting away from it all . . .

Really? All those people on the road – they were going to the same place as you. Or the one next door. Or the park across the road.

Meanwhile, here in the heart of Dorset, we are truly off the beaten track. You’ll need a map to find us, but when you do, you’ll realise we are in a secluded paradise, with grand scenery and countryside views purpose-built for heavenly walks. Those people on the motorway missed out. Here you can properly recharge far from the madding crowd, as one of our most celebrated ancestors famously put it.

And in Ansty, Spring has already arrived as lambs and bunnies find their way around the fields and hills, breathing new life into our quiet corner of Dorset.

So why not treat yourself to a super last minute break this Easter. We would love to have you, you can bring the dog if you want to, and if you fancy being smug for a day there are loads of touristy things to do a short drive away with our special welcome back at the end of the day.

Give us a call on 01258 880328 to make a reservation or use our enquiry form

There you go, a whole blog about Spring without using the phrase ‘Spring is sprung’!


Official Launch Party – 17th March

The Fox Inn Ansty is under new management, Paul and Angela Burwood, with new Head Chef – Jim Pattison and Sous Chef – Tom Baker.

The Fox is now OPEN following a stunning refurbishment by Hall & Woodhouse.

We are holding an official launch party on Friday 17th March at 7pm and would love to invite you to come and see the new look of the Fox Inn, try our new menu and enjoy some live music!

We look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Steak Night at the Fox Inn

Why bother cooking – Wednesday Night is STEAK night at the Fox Inn. Join us for a delicious sumptuous steak – yum… all cooked to your liking!

Example menu:
2 x Rib Eye Steaks, Chips, Tomato, Mushrooms, Salad Leaves, choice of sauce (Béarnaise, Peppercorn or Chimichurri)  and a Bottle of House White, Red or Rosé wine – £34.95
2 x Sirloin Steak with same sides and house wine £38.95
Chateaubriand Fillet for 2 with sides, 2 sauces and house wine £44.95

Please book to avoid disappointment on 01258 880328

Maypoles, Morris Dancing, Maidens and Martyrs

What do you think of when you think of May Day?  Maypoles, Morris Dancing, Maidens, Martyrs . . . this blog can promise them all!

But you might also think of it as one of a precious few UK bank holidays, so let’s deal with that first.

This year the Early May Bank Holiday (proper name!) is on Monday May 2nd with May 1st falling on a Sunday. If you are visiting us then (and there are a couple of rooms left!), we can discuss the rest over a pint of real ale or glass of wine in our cosy bar. But if you’ve missed out, don’t forget there is a second Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, so why not make a plan to give yourselves a well-earned break from the hurly-burly of modern life in the heart of Dorset?

May Day has been celebrated right across the UK for centuries. Derived from Anglo-Saxon and Celtic beginnings it morphed into as a festival of fertility heralding the beginning of Summer, but not just fertility of the kind the Carry On team might have been interested in, but of soil, livestock AND people!  Traditionally, springtime planting would be finished by this time of year and it was thought a good time to give the workers a day off for a bit of revelry.

Here in Ansty in Dorset (not to be confused with the Wiltshire village of the same name!), we love to celebrate these ancient traditions even though our life today is so different and there was, briefly, a resurrection of Randy Day round the corner in Melcombe Bingham, where a special pole was used by revellers to chase the unmarried women of the village. If they were touched they were “won”!  The revival appears to have been due to a Seventies trendy vicar but we’re not sure if the present-day maidens of the village would be so keen now?

When it comes to maypoles and Morris Men, we are lucky here in our neck of the woods to have our own Wessex Morris Men, who will be touring the nearby villages around us on both the Sunday and the Monday, beginning with a traditional ‘fertility stick dance’ at 5.15am on Sunday morning above the Cerne Abbas giant, before bringing the party to Cerne Abbas town square at the much more sociable hour of 7am! On 2nd May they will be at the nearby villages of Milton Abbas, Droop and Hazelbury Bryan at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm respectively.

We promised you martyrs and we have six – The Tolpuddle Martyrs – sentenced to transportation to Australia in the 1830s for taking an ‘oath of secrecy’. May Day is also International Workers Day and there is always something going on in Tolpuddle to mark the day, although the Workers’ Memorial Day is on Thursday 28th April this year, for reasons we know not.  However, there is a great Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum there where you can gen up on the history of this famous story, so worth a visit at any time.

So there you go, Dorset May Day covered. We would love to hear your locality’s May Day traditions!

Wessex Morris Men
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Looking for a relaxing place to stay?

  • Choose a country pub in the heart of peaceful Dorset


  • With superior accommodation in the Dorset countryside


  • Relax in the peaceful heart of Thomas Hardy Country in Dorset


  • Beautiful walks and places to visit for your Dorset holiday

If you are looking for a country pub in Dorset to stay in, look no further than The Fox Inn at Ansty. Nestling in the peaceful heart of Dorset’s stunning countryside, this traditional Inn has been part of the landscape for over 240 years.

With its superior accommodation in cosy bedrooms, The revamped Fox Inn welcomes you to this perfectly peaceful location, providing a handy base for your Dorset holiday. Why not visit us for a short Spring or Summer break?

If you are a lover of fine food, you won’t be disappointed, as we have a new, tasty menu to sample. We, of course, are renowned in Dorset for our Sunday Carvery, which happens every Sunday all year round. And in addition, our luscious Cream Teas and fulsome English breakfasts will keep the wolf from the door. All our food is locally-sourced.

Our location in the heart of Dorset means all of Dorset’s charms – the magical Jurassic Coast; The rural countryside of Thomas Hardy fame; historical Dorchester; Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills; charming Lyme Regis and Broadchurch’s West Bay – are all within easy reach by car.

On your return, relax in the Snug Bar with a pint of real Badger Beer, ready for some walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside the next day!

New Pizza menu

We are pleased to announce our new and authentically Italian pizza oven is fired up to serve pizzas in-house and for takeaways.

The pizza menu includes:

  • Margherita – Tomato sauce, Mozarella and ripped Basil
  • Ham, Mushroom, Mozzarella and Black Olive
  • Roasted Peppers, Spinach, Fennel, Mushroom and a Cracked Egg.
  • Oak Smoked Salmon, Chilli, Lemon, Fennel and Spinach
  • Parma Ham, Chorizo, bacon, Mozarella, Black Olive and Balsamic Glaze

If you would like to order a takeaway pizza to collect from the Fox Inn, please telephone 01258 880238.

Love in the heart of Dorset

In China, it’s known as the Lovers Festival; In India, it has only been celebrated since the arrival of MTV in 1992; and in South Korea, the women give chocolates to the men!  Yes, of course, we are talking about Valentines Day.

And as fast as it arrives after the New Year celebrations, so the thought that goes into letting the person you love know that you love them kicks in.  Whether love is new and exciting or longer lasting and enduring, it doesn’t do to ignore the romantic impulse, because it is always right to show that person how special they are.

And as luck would have it this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so why not whisk your wife/husband/partner/lover off for the weekend to the romantic heart of Dorset.  Here at The Fox at Ansty we would love to help you celebrate that love thang with our special Valentine’s menu, created especially for the two of you.  We’ll talk more about that later.

Our cosy Inn with its beautiful en-suite rooms is just the place to escape from the stresses of daily life whilst you enjoy being exclusively in one another’s company.  The glorious, unspoilt countryside that surrounds us makes this a magical destination for a special treat and she (or he!) will love you all the more for it.

You can contact us by phone or email to book, but hurry because when the rooms are gone, they’re gone!

We promised you our special menu, which is available on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February evenings and here it is:

Valentines Menu

Amuse Bouche:
Naughty little Chocolate love treats from our kitchen

Starters :
Blue Vinney Cheesecake with a Toasted Walnut & Fig Salad
Wild Mushroom and Pink Peppercorn Soup with Artisan Breads
Game Terrine with Sweet Onion Chutney and Melba Toast
Chilli Moules Mariniere with Toasted Baguette

To Follow:
Bucks Fizz Sorbet

Main Course:
Fillet of Salmon with Fruit of the Sea Risotto and a Lemon Butter Sauce
Rump Steak with Homemade Triple Fried Chips, Tempura fried Onion Rings,
Baked Filed Mushroom & a sweet caramalised Onion and Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Pork Loin Wrapped in Spinach and Smoked Pancetta,
with Crushed New Potatoes and a Salted Caramel & Apple Sauce

Pea and Asparagus Ravoli with a Minted Pea Veloute, Rocket and a Parmesan crisp

Pan Fried Chicken Supreme with Colcannon, and a Rich Mushroom and Maderia Sauce

Warm Chocolate Fondant with Dipping Shortbreads and Marshmallow
Baileys Cheesecake with Blackcurrant Sorbet
Rhubarb & Custard Parfait with Rhubarb Compote
Lemon & Raspberry Compote


Please call us on 01258 880328 to book your table.  You can also book accommodation if you would like to stay at the Fox Inn for a romantic weekend or one/two night(s)