About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.

Read on...

The Cross Foxes dates back to 1748. It was built by the Watkin Wynn estate for its workers - which is a great philanthropic impulse when you think about it (Brunning and Price could do with opening a beach bar in the Carribean for the same reason). The ‘crossed foxes’ above the door at the pub actually comes from the coat of arms of the family, and the pub itself became a stopping-off point for stage coaches travelling from Shrewsbury to Chester - we are talking hard-core history here.

Horses and travellers for years relieved themselves at the Foxes, with the livery stables at the front of the pub (has anybody got any old photographs from that time? If so, give us a shout - Ed). The stables were demolished in the 70’s to make room for a car park, as by then, for some reason, there had been a substantial fall-off in the number of coaches and horses dropping by.

After the Watkin Wynn estate declined, the pub was sold on, and for many years the pub was run independently. The Border Brewery brought the Foxes in the 60’s, which included the field and house behind, for £2,500, and it became a small hotel catering for the needs of fisherman off the Dee and wealthy game shooters.

The Border Brewery was taken over by Marstons Brewery, which was in turn taken over by the Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery - breweries eat breweries, it is their diet. We now lease the Cross Foxes from them on a 25-year lease.

There is a slight suspicion in the company that the Cross Foxes, beautiful as it is, fulfilled the need for a decent local for our MD Graham Price, who lives down the road. Is this another great philanthropic gesture in the history of the Foxes?

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Ian Pritchard-Jones

Manager

Ian started life at the Pant in 1995, for heaven's sake. He originally joined us as a washer-up in the kitchen, and he's stuck with it ever since, working in his vacations from a hospitality degree at Birmingham University. Ian is a keen singer, being a bit of a star baritone with the Rhos Male Voice Choir, and is a complete foodie and wino (winie?). So, from KP to Manager - good going Ian.

John Hibbert

Deputy Manager

John, aka the Hibbster, is a star find for us, and we managed to poach him from the Pant after a very successful couple of years there. He is a part-time fireman, but assures us he's not "on call" when he's with us. John has lived and worked in pubs from the tender age of 12, so knows his way around a bar.

Lissy

Supervisor

Lissy as she likes to be known got bumped up the interview proccess as she lived in Dubai which is Ians favourite holiday destination. She has been full time since 2014 and has proved to be a valuable member of staff. She is always early, which is a rare thing these days



Kitchen

David Guitton

Head Chef

David came to us from Bodidris Hall where he worked for some eight years. He originates from Nantes in France and moved to Britain in 1994. He has since married Claire who is mother to his beautiful little girl Ebony. David enjoys music and films and spending quality time with his family.

Phillip Perrett

Sous Chef

Phil began his catering career doing a stint of work experience at the Lion Quays at Oswestry, where he did extremely well by all accounts and decided chefing was the job for him. He is keen and enthusiastic and away from work likes cars and socialising (where have I heard that before?).

Andrew Coles

Senior Chef de Partie

We poached Andrew from an agency last year, and he is now the cheekiest chef in the kitchen: he always has a smile and a few jokes at hand. Originally from Bristol, Andrew has had to teach us a few of his phrases in order for us to understand him “gurt lush like” being his favourite. Now we can all respond in true Bristolian fashion. Outside of work Andrew spends his time with his two children, Charlie and Nylah.



Maintenance

Gillian Davies

Cleaner

Gill was interviewed by Ian over the bar one Sunday and he persuaded her to come for a trial. She's loved it here ever since. Gill is an invaluable member of the team being our full time cleaner and weekday KP. Gill is fond of an Aspalls or two - in pint form no less - and Ian had to question her one Friday when she ordered a half.....

Russell Simon

Gardener/Handyperson

Russell joined us in May of 2008. He was a star find. Russell saw Ian's advert on the board in the pub and fitted the criteria like a glove. He is ready and willing to turn his hand to really anything, which just what you want in 'a man about the place'. Russell knows everybody in the village, and in fact maintains half the gardens in the area. He has painted the exterior of the pub from top to bottom, which is a real credit too him, so PJ has set him painting the interior next, much to Russell's delight - not!


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