On 28 February some of our members and partners treated ourselves to a Sunday lunch at the Fox and Goose on the A414 near Chelmsford. The pub has recently been refurbished including an expansion of the existing space and the addition of The Bake House which serves breakfast, light lunch and afternoon teas. As that name suggests, it includes its own bakery – lovely smell of fresh bread! But it was to the main restaurant that our members and guests headed.
Upon arrival we were greeted not just by our host, but by a crackling real log fire, a feature guaranteed to raise the spirits on a cold but bright winter’s afternoon. Numbering twenty nine, we were well catered for in our own area of the expansive eating area. Upon entry, we were all given a card, uniquely numbered, with which to order food and drinks so that each member had their own tab and no cash changed hands until that person/couple left. Starting at 12.30, we carried on until 4.30 p.m. The set menu consisted of three courses with five choices per course followed by tea or coffee. Both Chris and I believe it went well, but I will let the emails that we subsequently received sum up the day:
I just want to thank you for organising Sunday lunch at the Fox and Goose, which I thought was excellent. The quality of the food was really good and well worth the £27.50. I thought the service was also good; everyone’s courses all arrived together so no-one was left waiting, despite there being about 30 of us, and the waiters and waitresses were attentive without being intrusive. A nice pub dining room. You can definitely count me in for anything similar in the future. Richard
Well done for organising today’s lunch at the Fox & Goose. Ann and I had a very enjoyable time with the company and the food. We would certainly be interested to attend another such lunch. Graham & Ann
We would like to thank you and Chris for a lovely afternoon. Well organised, good company. Charlie and Irene
Dear both. You wanted feedback on the lunch, I would say you have now set a standard to beat as you could not fault the meal. Soup was filling and tasty, the Lamb fell off the bone. Julie’s beef was succulent (as I had a piece) and the dessert came with the addition of ice cream. This was backed up with tea or coffee all in a relaxed atmosphere with good beer for £27.50. Can you keep this up I ask? Vaughn and Julie
Just to say well done to you and Chris for a lovely afternoon at the Fox. Your test will now be event number 2. If that’s as good, you and Chris have the job! Steve and Wendy
Excellent Sunday Lunch and venue, do it again soon. Gary
Another is on its way……watch this space!
Neil Shanley and Chris White