A popular Bricket Wood re-opens with a new landlord

The Old Fox: Popular pub re-opens

The Old Fox: Popular pub re-opens

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A REAL ale enthusiast has started his first day as landlord of a popular country pub in Bricket Wood, which was on the verge of closure.

The Old Fox, in School Lane, was being sold by owners Punch Taverns, and there were rumours of it ceasing existence as a pub.

However, the day-to-day running of the pub has been taken over by Ken Dury and his wife Lea.

Speaking to the Review from behind the bar, the 44-year-old said he is looking forward to bringing the pub back to life.

He said: “We want to turn this into a thriving English country pub. With real ale and home cooked food.

“I knew very little about this place before today, but there are some punters from my old pub who sort of follow us where we go, and we've seen some other regulars come and go.

“It just needs bringing back to life. We'll give it a lick of paint and brush away the cobwebs to bring it up to scratch.”

He added: “I do love my real ale compared to lagers. I'll be running it predominantly as an ale pub.

“In the summer we've got plans to open up the beer garden and get the barbecue running.

“During Easter we hope to hold children's activities.”

Ken said The Old Fox is said to be haunted and he and his wife are planning to hold a psychic night at the pub.

He said: “The previous guy I spoke to said he used to sleep downstairs in the bar area, but he couldn't because he could hear whispers.”

Originally from Abbots Langley, the couple plan to set up home in the pub.

The future of the much-loved pub has been uncertain for months. It was being managed by Marion Buckley, landlady of The Fox and Hounds in nearby Station Road, on the few occasions it was open.

The Review has been contacted by many readers about the situation regarding the pub's future, since the previous landlord left in the summer of last year, after he was unable to pay the leasehold rent to Punch Taverns.

Are you glad The Old Fox is to remain open? Tell us below?

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11:38am Tue 24 Feb 09

alexray says...

At last!! A Decent pub in the Garston area!!! All the best to Ken, hope to see you in there soon for a decent pint and a warm fire. When is the psychic night happening? Sounds like great fun, never heard any rumours of the pub being haunted.
At last!! A Decent pub in the Garston area!!! All the best to Ken, hope to see you in there soon for a decent pint and a warm fire. When is the psychic night happening? Sounds like great fun, never heard any rumours of the pub being haunted. alexray
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12:19pm Tue 24 Feb 09

Harry H Hornet says...

alexray wrote:
At last!! A Decent pub in the Garston area!!! All the best to Ken, hope to see you in there soon for a decent pint and a warm fire. When is the psychic night happening? Sounds like great fun, never heard any rumours of the pub being haunted.
I thought everbody knew when the psychic night was ?
[quote][p][bold]alexray[/bold] wrote: At last!! A Decent pub in the Garston area!!! All the best to Ken, hope to see you in there soon for a decent pint and a warm fire. When is the psychic night happening? Sounds like great fun, never heard any rumours of the pub being haunted.[/p][/quote]I thought everbody knew when the psychic night was ? Harry H Hornet
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12:50pm Tue 24 Feb 09

Paradise Watford says...

A pub with spirits in it, never!
A pub with spirits in it, never! Paradise Watford
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12:54pm Tue 24 Feb 09

Arthur says...

What happened to Paul Cooper? He and Erika turned it round back in the 80's
What happened to Paul Cooper? He and Erika turned it round back in the 80's Arthur
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2:24pm Tue 24 Feb 09

SleepyStanley says...

Great news, loved this pub in its hey day and a great place to stop for a pint in the summer after a nice long walk, i will definetly be giving it another chance. Paul Cooper left the pub a few years back to concentrate on his firework business i believe.
Great news, loved this pub in its hey day and a great place to stop for a pint in the summer after a nice long walk, i will definetly be giving it another chance. Paul Cooper left the pub a few years back to concentrate on his firework business i believe. SleepyStanley
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5:39pm Tue 24 Feb 09

The Rover says...

I have been to the Old Fox a few times in recent weeks and it has been looking a bit run down, and on one occasion had even run out of beer!. However, the Old Fox is one of the few tradition pubs left that welcomes kids, dogs, and whatever else walks through the door!

I really is a summer pub for walkers and hopefully the new landlord will bring the pub back up to scratch before the summer comes.

I wish him the best of luck with what I am sure will be a very successful venture.
I have been to the Old Fox a few times in recent weeks and it has been looking a bit run down, and on one occasion had even run out of beer!. However, the Old Fox is one of the few tradition pubs left that welcomes kids, dogs, and whatever else walks through the door! I really is a summer pub for walkers and hopefully the new landlord will bring the pub back up to scratch before the summer comes. I wish him the best of luck with what I am sure will be a very successful venture. The Rover
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3:52am Wed 25 Feb 09

Rob Ridley says...

With pubs closing at an alarming rate around the country, best of luck and hope you do well. Just hope Punch Taverns doesn't increase the rent if it becomes successful and gives it a chance of survival!
With pubs closing at an alarming rate around the country, best of luck and hope you do well. Just hope Punch Taverns doesn't increase the rent if it becomes successful and gives it a chance of survival! Rob Ridley
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2:43pm Wed 25 Feb 09

Tudor247 says...

Looking forward to staggering back home.Well done Ken.
Looking forward to staggering back home.Well done Ken. Tudor247
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