The Fox Revived

Norwood Hill

About Us

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

History

Here is a 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 a read.

Norwood Hill

The village of Norwood Hill is scattered around the crossroads at its centre, which is where the well-known landmark of The Fox Revived can be found.

It is approximately 2 miles north of Charlwood, on the edge of what was the Wealden marsh. There is an amazing view to the north, with the North Downs and Box Hill ahead, rising towards Leith Hill in the west.

The parish and borough boundaries run through the middle of Norwood Hill, so half the community is in Charlwood and Mole Valley, and the other half in Sidlow, Reigate and Banstead. It also falls within three parish church boundaries, Charlwood, Sidlow and Leigh.

In medieval times, Norwood Hill was much more heavily wooded. To those in Charlwood it was 'the North Wood' which became Norwood.

The most extensive remaining piece of woodland is Edolph's Copse. This was recovered from private ownership in the 1980s with the generous help of the Thomas Alexander Mason Trust, local residents and the Woodland Trust. It is home to a number of rare species of plant, for which it has Local Nature Reserve status. Butterflies include the silver-washed fritillary and the white admiral, which thrive particularly in the open meadow which is only cut every two years to help insects survive. Coppicing and selective felling are done every ten years or so.

Edolph's Copse has marvellous bluebells in springtime

Iron ore was mined around Charlwood and beyond, and smelted widely in the area around the village. Coppicing provided the charcoal, but timber was needed for housing and ship-building. Demand was such that Norwood Hill woods were steadily plundered. The formerly wooded areas were known as 'waste' and it became the custom to run pigs (or 'hogges' and 'all manner of swine') in these areas. There are still some orchards along the hill, but all the pigs have now disappeared.

Norwood Common covered much of the land around the crossroads, running from Roundabout Cottage in the north-west to Brittleware Farm in the south-east. The common provided grazing for those with small or no properties. It also provided overnight grazing for cattle being driven from Sussex, particularly from the Horsham Fair, to the meat markets in London.

The community has a great website if you would like to find out more. It is from there that we have kindly been allowed to use the aforementioned information: www.charlwoodandhookwood.co.uk.

The crossroads

The Fox Inn, before it was closed and then 'revived' the first time, was built on what had been the western edge of the Common.

The commons were enclosed in the 1840s and in time the footpath to the west of the crossroads became a more substantial road, thus leading to the crossroads as it is now.

The Fox Revived and the crossroads beyond taken in the 1950s

Horsehill used to be one of the main roads from London to Brighton, but in winter it was steep and muddy. Around 1815 the main road was re-routed (becoming the present A217) to make it easier for George IV to get to his Pavilion in Brighton. The coaching inn at the top of the hill, The Black Horse, then moved to Hookwood.

The names of the fields reflect rural life in former times - Hog Field, Lower Carthorse Meadow, Deer Field, Clover Field, Hayband Field, Cabbage Field and Daisy Field.

Although there has never been a church in Norwood Hill, there was a onconformist preacher's cross in the Saxon round field at the foot of the hill near Brittleware, probably dating from the 18th century.

In the 20th century a chapel was established on Collendean Lane for the United Reform Church but it eventually fell into disuse. The Norwood Hill Shop on Collendean Lane also contained a post office. When this closed in the late 1970s, the house name was changed to Post End.

The Fox Revived

We haven't yet been able to pinpoint when our pub was first built, but Elizabeth Wickstead, a local family historian, has traced her family, the Elsey family of Surrey, back to the 18th century. During her research she found in the 1881 census that her great-greatgrandfather Abraham Elsey, publican and farmer, was a licensed victualler at The Fox, where he lived with his wife Jane and their family.

This picture (by permission of Elizabeth Wickstead) is of their eldest daughter Mary Jane Elsey/Winchester and her son Charles. It was taken in 1870 when she and her husband William, also a publican, were living at The Holmesdale Inn at Reigate, which is sadly no longer in existence.

The Elsey family were followed by a succession of others at the helm of The Fox: in 1891 the census shows William Fegan, in 1901 Noah Frances and in 1913 Walter Nun. All of these entries show that the pub was still called The Fox. It was owned and tied for trade to Mellersh & Neale and run by William Fegan. It was said to have been frequented by 'respectable working men' and still had rooms in order to perform in the true sense of an 'Inn' - providing overnight accommodation for travellers.

Some say the pub was renamed 'The Fox Revived' after it was rebuilt following a fire sometime after 1913, but we can find no records of the event. Even so, it has kept that name ever since.

It isn't the first time that Brunning & Price have been involved in the history of this pub. When Jerry Brunning first started out, he owned the freehold of The Bell Inn at Outwood, after a few successful years he wanted to add another pub to his bow and took on The Fox Revived, obviously falling for its 'ranch style charm' and beautiful views across the Surrey hills. Graham Price then joined to form the partnership that was then called 'Pubs Ltd' and later became Brunning & Price.

Under their helm the pub became very popular, so much so that the 'big bad brewery' Ind Coope Friary Meux decided to take back the tenancy and try to run things themselves. So Jerry and Graham reluctantly left the area to establish B&P's heartland around Chester.

An original Meal Ticket

Many of the lessons they learned in The Fox Revived back then are now seen across the country. The original meal ticket was first handed out over the bar here and the very first B&P slow braised lamb shoulder was cooked here in response to the love of lamb of a group of Antipodean regulars, who all worked for Air New Zealand.

In those days the pub had a leaky glass roofed conservatory complete with 1970'sesque cheese plant. It also had a rather ugly, pipe-smoking, tankard-clutching stuffed fox that presided over things. On several occasions this fox was 'liberated' from its position over the door only to be found elsewhere in the village or meekly returned home the next day. Now that B&P have thankfully been able to take the pub back into its family for a second time, we hope that you will find the d├ęcor has a more quality finish, but still the same charm as it always had.

With enormous thanks to Elizabeth Wickstead, Richard Symmonds and all at The Parish of Charlwood and Hookwood website for their insight into the history of our pub and its surroundings.

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


Front of house

David Chant

Manager

Dave has run pubs all over London and Surrey, he has a background in independent pubs and is an old school Landlord in a young(ish) man's body! Starting out in kitchens from an age that cannot be disclosed he worked as a chef until escaping to FOH and working through the ranks. You will often hear him before you see him as he is trained in opera and musical theatre. When not in or around the pub he spends his free time walking his adorable German Shepherd Olive.

Jade

Deputy Manager

There is not, and there never has been the vocabulary to describe our Jade. Having a bad day? Jade solves it. Acting up? Jade solves it. Want something above and beyond? Yup, Jade solves it. She may be 3 foot tall but her shoulders hit the rafters at the Fox. Every pub manager needs an "enforcer" and she is our own Toni Soprano. Originally from Raaading (Reading) Jade has made Norwood Hill and the Fox Revived her home. And we are all the better for it!

Jessica Cunliffe

Assistant Manager

Our resident Foghorn Leghorn, Jess can often be heard before seen! Jess has been with us from the start and is hoping once the world returns to some normality to travel with her partner in their converted bus!

Georgina Allsop

Assistant Manager

If Georgie isn't working you'll find her chasing after her dog Kala that she loves and adores! She studied Geography at University and has recently got back after two months of traveling around South America. Georgie is our energetic rocket and ensures that the chefs are on top form.

Donna Hext

Supervisor

Donna is one of our part time supervisors and has been with us since we re-opened. Starting off in the kitchen she fancied giving front of house a go and has been doing it ever since! When she's not at work she'll be enjoying a nice (large) glass of Malbec with her lovely partner and having fun days out with her gorgeous son.

Lianne Streeter

Supervisor

Lianne, also known as Lydia as well as Lydiaaana is our well versed queen of musicals, Disney, and all things Potter! Lianne can brighten up your day no matter what! Her laugh can be heard across the county and is hugely infectious, when not working she will be sat with a very large Baileys in hand and Wicked blaring out at full volume!

Matthew Nerney

Bar/Waiting Staff

Matt, otherwise known as the Queen of Norwood room here at the Fox Revived, works for BA airline fulltime and has done so for 7 years. This bundle of joy works with us part time and will guarantee to make you smile when you come and visit.

Amy Slade

Bar/Waiting Staff

Amy went to Drama School at St Mary's and studied Acting! You will always find Amy chatting with our customers as she loves a good gossip. Her favourite drink is one of our customers favourites and is an Aperol Spritz which you will find her drinking not just in the summer but all year round!

Reagan Muir

Bar/Waiting Staff

Reagan is new to the team! She studied Musical Theatre in London for three years and went on to work as a singer and dancer on cruises so there's never a dull moment on shift with her! As long as coffee is involved Reagan cracks on with any task!

Eleanor Pogson

Bar/Waiting Staff

E.P as she is know to the team is cool, calm and collected and cracks on with everything that comes her way! She previously studied marketing at University and once her shift is over will often be found with a pint of San Miguel in hand!

Harry Rothwell

Bar/Waiting Staff

You can't help but smile when talking to Harry! He is currently studying History at the University of East Anglia but you'll know he's back working at the Fox with his booming laugh! In his spare time he loves getting out on early walks and playing golf.

Shonagh Kelly

Bar/Waiting Staff

Shonagh is our Northern Lass! She works part-time alongside her job at Virgin where she is cabin crew. She has the biggest heart and always puts others first. On her rare days off she loves a cracking glass of red!

Efan Fisher

Bar/Waiting Staff

Efan is currently studying Economics with Hispanic Studies at the University of Nottingham. When back and working at the Fox you will often find him singing along to musicals and when not working here, as one of our guests with his family.

Nichola Peacock

Bar/Waiting Staff

Nikki is our first employed Nikki Peacock so is referred to as OGP. Loves a busy shift and does not stand still (once the coffee kicks in). When not here she spends time with her beautiful Daughter.

Antonia Satchell

Bar/Waiting Staff

Antonia A.K.A Wolfie studies History at Warwick University and loves working at the Fox when she is home. Always grinning form ear to ear and making everyone laugh she is definitely one of our many comics at the Fox. Out of work Wolfie loves spending time with er friends, good food, and good Gin!

Lenka Ridlova

Bar/Waiting Staff

Our Lenka really brightens up everyones day! Cabin crew for British Ariways she also works with us part time. Lenka gets in so well with everyone she comes in to contact with we know when served by her you'll not help but smile too!

Niki Peacock

Bar/Waiting Staff

Niki works part time with us and her day job is an estate agent. A big Harry Potter fan and always beaming! An excellent addition to the Fox and will put a smile on your face.

Joana Pinheiro

Bar/Waiting Staff

Joana is our little superstar! With us part-time she has soon become invaluable! She gets on with any task and is a pleasure to be around, when not working she loves curling up with a good book!

Amanda Pitman

Bar/Waiting Staff

Amanda is is a gal of many talents! She is a Yoga teacher as well as an all round spiritual being, she also works down the road at the Gin Kitchen where does she find the time!

Bradley McClean

Bar/Waiting Staff

Brad is one of a kind! He is a keen darts player and plays for a local team, Loves a chat and enjoys a nice pint (or three) after work.


Kitchen

Rob Pickering

Head Chef

Rob is no stranger to the Fox Revived having opened as our Head Chef five years ago! After a brief stint working in London, Rob has returned to us and has huge plans for the menu. When he is not overseeing his immaculate kitchen you'll find Rob at the bar with a nice cold pint.

Bukhosi Mhlanga

Chef de Partie

This bundle of joy is originally from Zimbabwe and moved here in 2009 where he studied engineering. BK started his career as a KP and has worked his way up to Chef de Partie. You will often find this chef, when he is not working, at the bar with a pint in hand.

Liam Woodrow

Commis Chef

Liam is originally from Ireland and loves whipping up a tasty treat for all the staff to enjoy. His speciality is on the desert section where he can make anything look good! He is also known for putting on the cheesiest tunes whilst working in the kitchen. Liam definitely knows how to cheer you up if you are feeling blue.

Christopher Alexander

Kitchen Porter

Chris who is originally from Brighton now lives in Effingham. Before joining us he was a jack of all trades dabbling in building work, roofing and maintenance. He is an absolute trooper and his slight OCD means our kitchen is always spotless. As long as we keep him in cups of tea and indulge his Doctor Pepper vice he is always a happy chappie. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, is a bit of a petrol head and is a fair weather cyclist! His claim to fame is meeting soap actor Syd Owen.

Jamie Jordan

Kitchen Porter

Jamie is one of our kitchen porters and always ensures our kitchen is spotless and the chefs have everything they need for the day. He often goes by the name J.J. which has stuck and is what all the team call him. After a busy day, J.J. enjoys gaming with his mates.