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Follow the rolling lanes north from Rutland Water to the beautiful and timeless estate village of Exton with The Fox & Hounds at its heart. Nestled on the idyllic village green, the handsome stone 17th-century coaching inn has recently been given a new lease of life. Beyond the ivy-clad stone façade, you'll find a grand but homey interior featuring an inviting blend of styles: think hunting lodge meets old gentleman's club with a dash of eclecticism.

Expect big leather chairs fronting crackling log fires, heavy drapes at sash windows, gilt mirrors, old dining tables, books and board games and candlelight everywhere. A chilled jazz and blues soundtrack enhances the laid-back atmosphere. Dine on the deck or seek out the secret side garden on sunny summer days - a peaceful shrub and flower-filled space with painted picnic benches and an outside bar-cum-barbeque.

Rooms from

Doubles: £120

Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Private and alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Dogs are welcome in the bar and garden

Family favourite
Children are very welcome in the pub and overnight; extra beds are available.

Quiet romance
Candlelit interiors and a relaxed jazz soundtrack make The Fox & Hounds an effortlessly romantic atmosphere. ​

Scenic and serene
Set on Exton's sleepy village green, this is the perfect rural bolthole for some rest and relaxation.


Expect to be wowed by the rooms upstairs - this is no ordinary pub accommodation. Full of imagination and flair, each room is inspired by a different corner of world, from Africa to Asia and Indonesia.

Elegant and romantic, rooms feature fireplaces, red, black and gold hues, luxurious fabrics, antique furnishings and beds made from beautifully carved antique doors. Various unusual art and artefacts collected around the globe adorn the walls,and each room has plenty of personal and quirky detail touches. Bathrooms are just as special; one has a sunken bath, two sinks and a separate walk-in shower.

Restaurant & bar

Passionate about quality seasonal British produce, there's a real commitment to sourcing the very best local produce here. Venison and seasonal game comes from the Exton Estate and the local fare expands across cheese, beer and bread. The result is an eclectic modern British menu that champions the gorgeous produce on the pub's doorstep. Cooking is ultra contemporary with plenty of exciting ingredient combinations and dishes to suit every taste.

Indulge in sophisticated options such as pan-seared duck with celeriac puree and rhubarb gel or tuck into classics like shepherd's pie, venison burger and a special mixed grill. Walkers will love the top-drawer ploughman's with a twist and the cheese and chutney sandwich served at lunchtimes. On tap you'll find local brews from Oakham's Grainstore Brewery, alongside Oldershott's Newton's Drop and a guest beer in summer. The well-balanced wine list is well priced and offers some good drinking, including an interesting organic, unfiltered Sicilian white wine - Catarratto.

Things to do

Nature-lovers should check out nearby Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Europe's largest man-made reservoir, with its lakeside paths and picturesque views. It's one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Britain, regularly accommodating over 20,000 waterfowl. Other walking hotspots nearby include the Lincolnshire Wolds, boasting plenty of gently undulating routes, and sprawling Rockingham Forest with its visitor centre, café and network of woodland trails.

History enthusiasts should check out Rockingham Castle, a stunning Norman pile with spectacular views over five counties. The castle is noted for its fine period furniture and impressive works of art and has been a popular visitor destination for centuries - Charles Dickens was a regular visitor and included the Castle as one of the settings in Bleak House

Getting here


Nearest train station: Oakham
Taxi from station: 8min
Drive: 18min to Stamford, 28min to Grantham


19 The Green, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AP

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