250 Years of History

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.