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The Fox Inn

(35 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.2
  • Value 4.3
  • Friendliness 4.6
  • Cleanliness 4.6
  • Facilities 4.1
  • Service 4.6
  • Location 4.3

Review Overall Rating

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The Fox Inn Information


Join us in our recently renovated snug bar for a pint of local ale, sit down for a seasonal supper in one of our dining rooms or stay a while in one of our country bedrooms. The pub was the first of a large Dorset breweries back in 1777 but is now in the private ownership of the farm just over the road. In summer 2019 it has been treated to some refurbishment creating the perfect blend of a traditional country inn with a contemporary classic hotel. We have now got additional facilities for business meetings, large functions and special event nights. Our talented team of chefs are able to cater for events regardless of size or function style and our tasting nights are sure to win you over if you are planning to utilise our facilities for your catering needs.

Our ethos is local, seasonal & fresh food with a passion for farm to fork with as much meat and eggs as we can from our farm just meters across the road and other ingredients sourced as locally as possible. We have 12 rooms from smaller cozy ‘kit’ rooms complete with King Size beds to our larger third floor rooms with luxurious Super Kings and all our offered with a delicious breakfast selection.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • No shared stationery
  • Common area doors left open
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining
  • Sanitised tableware
  • Takeaway meals


  • Bar
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Restaurant
  • Weddings & private parties
  • High speed internet
  • WiFi internet
  • Cleaning service
  • Newspaper service
  • Garden
  • Ice machine
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Sun terrace
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Breakfast served in restaurant
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance
  • Wide entrance to property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Accessible parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu
  • Children's books, videos, games
  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Business facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Printing
  • Conference & events


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Fine dining
  • Walking
  • Desert
  • Wild life


  • Check in
    16:00 23:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    No preference
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Pets by arrangement
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


We have ramp access into and out of our building, ramp access leads to gardens, garden restaurant, main dining area and bar.


  • Road from Dorchester South Train Station (12.0 miles)

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    The Fox Inn
    Lower Ansty, Dorchester DT2 7PN

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