Our community café would not have been possible without the advise and support of Pub Is The Hub the rural and community pubs organisation.
We must thank them for the support in opening our mini kitchen which has now enabled us to open a volunteer based Little Fox Cafe on the third Friday of the month from 10am – 12noon ,this is to be expanded when we have volunteers to do so.
Regional advisor for Pub is The Hub, Terry Stork commented: “This group have been tireless in their efforts to maintain and develop The Fox. The addition of a kitchen and café means that they can support their community whilst improving the overall viability of the pub for the long term. I wish them the best of luck.”
The new mini kitchen and café was officially opened by local MP, Elizabeth Truss on the 27th July 2018. (See our story, ‘Liz Truss MP Pops in for tea’.) She had supported the villagers in their goal to buy the pub from the outset, so she was aware of the tremendous effort that had gone into getting the Fox Inn partially opened and in creating the mini kitchen and providing the café.
The café is now a focal point for the community, making it a social hub, with both young and old mixing together helping to combat isolation and loneliness. The pub’s committee ethos was always to support local traders so now the café provides locally sourced food and the pubs real-ales come from local independent breweries, all helping to boost the local economy. Without this continued support from the volunteers and customers plus the wider community the Fox would almost certainly now be a building site for residential development.
The future for the Fox Inn is now bright; with more plans afoot to include a restaurant within the pub that will entail more rebuilding and the installation of a commercial kitchen. Nevertheless their determination already demonstrated will ensure the Fox Inn becomes a beacon of community spirit and continues to be the hub of the village.