Swindon brewery’s major boost for traditional country pub in Wroughton

By Anita Jaynes on 18 October, 2015

A £50,000 investment in Arkell’s pub The Fox & Hounds at Wroughton has delivered a stunning new bar and restaurant for the growing village, offering a twist on the idea of a traditional country pub.

This is the fourth pub that landlords Darren and Vicky Turner have taken on for Arkell’s, the others being The King’s Arm’s Hotel, The Plough and The Clifton Hotel, all in Old Town, Swindon.

Regulars of The Fox & Hounds won’t recognise inside. Gone are the old style wooden floors and public bar format. Instead the large bar has warm carpets, comfy chairs, lots of tables and a wood-burning stove. The dining area has also been extended into a new building, part conservatory, part snug with a roaring wood burning stove.

There is also a new face behind the bar. Harriet Ravenscroft, 22, has just graduated from the University of Birmingham. “I’m thrilled to have landed such an amazing job,” she said. “The pub has got a lot of history, but it’s like running a brand new venue because it’s so different. We opened quietly last Friday and our first day serving food was today, and some people who live in Wroughton who came in over the weekend were also here this morning to have a good look.”

Early response to the transformation has been good, according to brewery managing director, George Arkell. “Such a radical change to a pub takes courage and conviction. Darren and Vicky had clear ideas about what to change in the pub. The result is fantastic. The Fox & Hounds at Wroughton is now truly an inn for all seasons. It’s warm and cosy inside in the winter and in the summer, there are incredible views from the gardens across the vale of Wiltshire.”

Pictured above: George Arkell, Harriet Ravenscroft, Alex Arkell outside the new look Fox & Hounds. Below, the refurbished dining area