Back in March, on a wet and chilly Saturday afternoon, Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer decided to take a walk over to Caversham, Reading’s neighborhood on the north side of the River Thames. This is where two of Reading’s nine CAMRA LocAle accredited pubs are located…
In the Pleistocene era, when I was last a frequent pub-goer in Reading, The Fox and Hounds on Gosbrook Road; “the Fox” as locals like to call it, was just one of the scores of dreary Courage tied houses that dominated the town. But this was in the bad old days before the beer orders. Fast forward 30 years…
Today The Fox has a different story to tell: the pub was taken over in 2011 by husband and wife team Kevin and Kerri Durkan who have since turned the Fox into one of Reading’s most popular free house pubs.
When we walked in there was a lively atmosphere (for a rainy Saturday afternoon) with a standing room only crowd watching an England rugby international on the single flat screen mounted on the wall at the front of the pub. I know from past experience that hanging out in a pub with a bunch of rugby fans makes for a fun experience and this was no exception.
At the Fox there are usually six constantly rotating cask ales, including at least one LocAle, and simple bar snacks: this is a no-frills boozer in the best sense of the word, so eat before you go.
I believe the best is yet to come for the Fox. When Kevin & Kerri took over the pub they were already owners of local microbrewery Two Bridges Brewery and their ultimate plan is to combine the brewery and the pub under one roof. I am waiting to hear where they’re at with their plan at this point in time and I’ll update this post if and when I know more.
The Fox and Hounds is an easy one mile walk from Reading Station and it’s well worth the effort.