About us

Hello and welcome to the online home of The Fox And Hounds in Barley, near Royston. 

We are a seventeenth century, genuine free house, traditional real ale pub and restaurant. with a wealth of exposed beams, open fires and character features.  

We reopened on 16th April 2011, after the pub had ceased trading with the previous owners.  We were incredibly busy with almost everybody in the village coming out to support us and we're happy to see so many of them continuing to enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere here.

We currently have three real ales on tap, and our custom brewed beer, 'Barleys Best Bitter' is often served straight from the barrels behind the bar. 

Our chefs are passionate about offering good quality food that all the family can enjoy. Alternative menu ideas are available upon request for those with special dietary requirements as nobody should feel left out!

We offer a full A la Carte menu five days a wee, lunch time and evening, and we also offer a takeaway service for those that want the homely feel of  quality, home made food but in their own home.   Please just click on our  A la Carte menu, Lunch Menu, Senior and Takeaway Menu tabs for full details.
All of our food is freshly made on the premises and cooked to order. We use the freshest, high quality ingredients and use local, independent suppliers and seasonal produce wherever possible. In order to guarantee availability of all menu items, we ask that parties of ten or more pre-order whenever possible. We always recommend booking a table in advance, especially at busy times. This also allows you to reserve a favourite table; by the open fires, a quiet corner, the restaurant or bar area or even a private dining area!

Outside Catering

Our chef Bernard has a wealth of experience in catering for weddings of up to 200 people and can advise on the best type of food to suit your party or wedding. Please do contact us if you'd like to know more.



If you are arranging a function or party, we would be happy to do our best to meet your requirements. Our chef will be happy to meet with you and listen to your food preferences and then provide you with a menu for the occasion. Please contact us for more information.

Party at home?

Should you be having a celebration at home, we can provide polypins, firkins or barrels of most beers at reasonably short notice, and we have a free glass hire service!

Families & dogs welcome

We welcome families, where young children can take advantage of our small indoor play area or outside in our enclosed play area (supervised by an adult).  Dogs on leads are also welcome in the bar area.

When are we open?

We are open from midday to 11.00pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and midday to midnight on Friday and Saturday, with a traditional Sunday Lunch Menu running 12.00 - 4.00pm every Sunday. Food is served lunchtime and evenings Tuesday to Saturday and 12.00 - 2.00pm and 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

We hope you enjoy our website, why not find out more about us on Facebook (Fox and HoundsBarley) or Twitter (/thefoxbarley), or get in touch.