Business Profile: The Fox & Goose Inn
PUBLISHED: 17:51 10 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:20 20 February 2013
The Fox and Goose at Wigley near Chesterfield is the perfect venue for everything from a relaxing summer pint to a sumptuous special wedding, boasting stunning views over Chesterfield and the beautiful Linacre Valley.
With its stylish orangery and a dining terrace boasting stunning views over Chesterfield and the beautiful Linacre Valley The Fox and Goose at Wigley near Chesterfield is the perfect venue for everything from a relaxing summer pint to a sumptuous special wedding.
The historic pub, on the edge of the Peak District, has long enjoyed a reputation as THE place to go for good food and a welcoming atmosphere. Now, following a 200,000 facelift, it is set to attract a new generation of visitors.
Set in extensive grounds, the facilities at The Fox and Goose are second-to-none. The upstairs functions suite - which holds a Civil Wedding Licence - is the venue of choice for a number of organisations including North Derbyshire Sporting Club which holds fundraising sporting dinners there, and the local MG and Jaguar clubs. The suite, with its stylish bar, also hosts corporate conferences and music events like jazz festivals and tribute nights drawing fans from a wide area. A marquee is available if more space is needed.
For those wanting a more intimate family function to celebrate a birthday or special anniversary or companies needing a discreet business lunch theres a private dining room downstairs. And for a light lunch, celebration supper, afternoon tea or a traditional Sunday lunch, there is nowhere better that the bright, sunny orangery with its dining terrace.
The Fox and Goose began life as a traditional pub and the bar stays true to its traditional roots, offering a wide array of locally-brewed guest ales in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Care has been taken to maintain its history - hence the classic car memorabilia collected by a previous landlord which now takes pride of place on the wall along with a picture of the legendary pub cat, Boddington. And in deference to the hundreds of ramblers who pass through the area each year, there is a snug where they can enjoy tasty refreshments and take a welcome rest.
Lovely surroundings though are one thing - good service is another and the Fox and Goose has a dedicated team for whom nothing is too much trouble. General Manager is Lynne Brookes, head chef is Richard Barber and assistant chef Adam Stockton .They are supported by hand-picked waiting staff who have raised the bar in terms of service - professionals who understand the art of good service treating it as a vocation and not just another job.
Richard (26) was head chef at the renowned restaurant Rowleys in Balsow and later at Mosborough Hall before coming to the Fox and Goose. His passion and enthusiasm for food are earning him an excellent reputation, which is attracting diners from a wide area. Together with Adam - a highly-talented pastry chef - he is continuing to develop the unique Pudding Pie which is a tribute to the location of the Fox and Goose.
With its location on picturesque Pudding Pie Hill, The Fox and Goose plays a pivotal role in the community - and not just as a pub and restaurant. As a local business it tries, where possible, to patronise other companies in the area - hence for example the range of exclusive wines from Chesterfield-based Barrels and Bottles, and the sourcing of local produce.
But its taking note of the smaller issues which set the pub apart from the rest. Not just welcoming ramblers and their muddy boots, being family friendly, and providing hearty food for seasoned diners - but offering a free shuttle service (for six or more private or a la carte diners) to and from the venue...thats what sets it apart.
The Fox and Goose Inn
Pudding Pie Hill
Telephone: 01246 566335