Dead Fox

Exterior of the Old Fox with motorway in the background.

From the West­ern Dai­ly Press, 8 Octo­ber 1975:

The Old Fox, Bris­tol’s newest old pub or old­est new pub, will be offi­cial­ly opened this after­noon, but the trou­ble is no one knows exact­ly how old it is… The peo­ple from CAMRA, the Cam­paign for Real Ale, whose laud­able ambi­tion is to keep alive the taste for beer from the wood, bought The Old Fox in Fox Road, East­ville, when it was due for demo­li­tion… And so far they have traced it back to 1758 when it was men­tioned as being up for sale.

Land­lord Peter Bull… with his wife Sylvia will be serv­ing devo­tees with pints of strange sound­ing brews like Six X, Brak­s­pears beers and South Wales Unit­ed… Archi­tect Edward Pot­ter has cre­at­ed a pleas­ant­ly archa­ic black and white inte­ri­or, a world away from rus­tic brick and plas­tic horse brass­es and work­men put the final touch­es to his £25,000 ren­o­va­tion scheme yes­ter­day.

Peter Bull.

From ‘All Things to All Men’, Finan­cial Times, 7 April 1976:

The Old Fox, over­look­ing a dual-car­riage­way cut and a scrap-yard, may not be every­one’s idea of smart pub decor, but at least it is worth it for the qual­i­ty of some of the beer it sells. It also reflects some of the tol­er­ance tra­di­tion­al­ly shown in this most tol­er­ant of cities.



From What’s Brew­ing, Feb­ru­ary 1982:

[The] Old Fox Inn in Bris­tol, one of [CAMRA Invest­ments] small­er and less prof­itable hous­es, has been sold to Bur­ton brew­ers Marstons for £120,000. It was felt to be bad­ly sit­ed in a city had many free hous­es… Invest­ments man­ag­ing direc­tor, Christo­pher Hutt, denied sug­ges­tions that the com­pa­ny was delib­er­ate­ly draw­ing back from being a nation­al chain of free hous­es into a South East/East Anglia/East Mid­lands firm.


You can read more about the sto­ry of CAMRA Real Ale Invest­ments in Brew Bri­tan­nia and about the his­to­ry of the Old Fox in this blog post by pub his­to­ri­an Andrew Swift.

One thought on “Dead Fox”

  1. I’ve nev­er been on any social media so I can’t respond to your tweet about the Bay Horse Inn in Totnes.
    But I was in there for the first time over the sum­mer on my annu­al trip to Dart­mouth and like you found it a love­ly local pub with a mixed clien­tele and a love­ly vibe.
    Perched at a win­dow seat for an hour or two peo­ple-watch­ing out­side and read­ing a news­pa­per.
    I seem to recall also a lack of muzak and a pleas­ant hub­bub of con­ver­sa­tion instead.

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