Venue Review: The Fantastic Mr Fox
If you haven’t found Mr Fox yet, you might have heard the compliments he’s been getting. Craftily called a cocktail pub, this spacious, decadently dressed venue has had no expense spared.
The wood panelled walls have been crafted from reclaimed timber, salvaged from all over the country: a tobacco factory in Liverpool, an old RAF aircraft hangar and an old barn in Norfolk. The industrial lights are from old WW2 Japanese war ships. These elements are complemented with soft, sky blue velvet seating and a brightly lit bar, with a multi-coloured selection of spirits on display.
The pub feels both spacious and intimate, with clear consideration given to seating arrangements. Whether you’re going out as a large party and need a large table, or you’re on a date and you want to find a quiet corner, there are plenty of options. There’s a set of good-looking decks and every Thursday and Friday, Mr Fox invites well-loved DJs, such as Dan Grey (Ministry of Sound/W Hotels), Jorge Montiel (Co-founder of the Latin/Funk band Los Charly's Orchestra & Imagenes Recordings) and hip hop DJ, Chippie, for sounds until the early hours.
Mr Fox doesn’t stop there; the highlight of our visit was the Shuffleboard. I’ll be honest; I’d never seen a Shuffleboard before. Apparently, this easy-to-learn, British game began in the 15th century when people shoved a penny down a board. It became so popular back then that people stopped going to work to play Shuffleboard all day, so at one point they even banned it. The love of the game was exported throughout the British Empire, and it picked up popularity again in the roaring twenties. As Mr Fox says, “''Our guests want more than just good drinks and food, it’s about the full guest experience and shuffleboards are a great way for people to socialise as groups, have fun and it’s really addictive.''
Mr Fox also has Happy Hour at 4-7pm every day, which means 2 for 1 on the delicious cocktails (£10 for two). They’ve just updated their menu and so the ladies tried a refreshing cocktail with kiwi, perfect for the summertime, whilst the guys had a couple of pints of craft beer. The food looks delicious too; and it’s all locally sourced from Surrey Street market, wherever possible. Mr Fox launch their full menu this Wednesday, with the Rotisserie and a full small plates menu.
Andrew Taylor, MD of Mr Fox, said, ''Croydon had been on our radar for about five years as the area has so much potential with all the redevelopment going on and its close links to the major transport hubs, and we are excited to bring a different type of offering to Croydon town centre, we have had a great response so far.''
It’s high time that a late night pub like Mr Fox came on the scene. Equidistant from West and East Croydon stations, and only a 4 minute stroll from Fairfield Halls, you can tailor your evenings to enjoy the secret new spot that’s Mr Fox.