Cotswolds pub The Fox at Oddington has a fresh new look after major refurbishment

Organic champion and owner of Daylesford Organic Farm, Carole Bamford, has renovated her second Cotswolds pub after the success of The Wild Rabbit in Kingham. SoGlos popped in to take a look at the result of its seven-month revamp.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

It started with a wild rabbit and now Carole Bamford's pub stable includes a fox too.

The owner of Daylesford Organic Farm and wife of JCB tycoon, Lord Anthony Bamford, bought The Fox at Oddington at the beginning of the global pandemic and after seven months of painstaking renovations, she opened the doors in early July 2022.

A vocal environmentalist, Bamford has stayed true to her roots, creating a pub powered by renewable energy and stocked with organic produce - with sheep’s wool from Daylesford's farm even being used to insulate the roof.

The aesthetic of The Fox at Oddington is similar to Kingham's The Wild Rabbit, which she launched to great acclaim back in 2013 and features earthy tones, exposed stone and bronze finishes.

Inside the 16th century traditional inn are reclaimed stable doors, upcycled leather from Daylesford Organic Farm, banquette seating and reclaimed wooden benches.

But The Fox has a far more relaxed feel than its fine dining sister pub just up the road and includes a bigger garden too.

The menu is certainly more low key with pizza starting from £12 and bar snacks including a pork pie with mustard for a fiver. While the seasonal à la carte menu is the work of head chef Alan Gleeson and showcases ingredients from Daylesford Organic Farm and Wootton Estate.

Seasonal starters include wood-fired violet artichokes, salsa verde and burrata, broad beans, peas, mint and dill, with mains including chargrilled Chateaubriand of dry-aged Hereford beef as well as wood-fired whole Cornish turbot served with Jersey royals and seaweed butter.

Cheltenham's Deya Brewery beer is on tap at the over sized oak bar and the wine menu includes specially selected wine from independent vineyards.

The pub near Stow-on-the-Wold, which also has six bedrooms, is open seven days a week with a full menu on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

There's a dedicated Sunday menu and a snack menu is available on Wednesday and Thursday, too. 

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