I’ve only been to the Cross Foxes (at junction of A470 + A494 south of Dolgellau) in the day time and on a grey and miserable day, so arriving in the dark gave a totally different impression. The outside is subtly lit with the slate steps leading to the front door in-laid with blue LED lights. Once through the front doors we were met by the homely smell of wax from candle lanterns and the smell of an open fire.
It was a mid-week night so the bar / dining room wasn’t very full but due to the layout it felt quite cosy and not as though we were in an empty space. Whilst I’m talking about it feeling quite cosy, it was also nice and warm due to the underfloor heating. I only know about this as the last time I was at The Cross Foxes I was attending an energy efficiency workshop and we were given a guided tour of the building to see all of the renovations and to hear about the energy efficiency measures that had been put in place. Anyway back to the meal…
The menu isn’t huge but with the addition of the specials list there is plenty to choose from. For starters two of us chose breaded brie with sweet chilli sauce, one chose a goats cheese and beetroot tartlet and the other chose carrot and coriander soup. Dewi, the owner, who was looking after the bar and serving meals too, did warn that the soup had a kick to it and I’m told that he wasn’t wrong!
For main course we eventually chose battered sea bass and chips, faggots with mashed potato and two chose local pork sausages with mash. Rachel had a good laugh at me choosing faggots… not for the reason that you might suspect. She’s a bassoonist and the word “fagot” appears at the top of many of her musical scores (being the German word for bassoon) and the thought of a bassoon with mashed potato “tickled her”. My faggots were lovely. Lots of flavour and not at all dry (some that I’ve had elsewhere have been). Everybody who had the mashed potato said that they could’ve eaten more (although we did receive a sizable portion) as it was so nice… especially mixed with the really tasty gravy.
For dessert Olli decided that he could fit in a portion of sticky toffee pudding with ice cream… but then he could eat for Britain I’m sure. The rest of us decided that we could only fit in ice cream. We had poor Dewi scurrying backwards and forward to the kitchen asking about flavours. Being one to try the more unusual I had to try the Welsh Rarebit Ice-cream, and yes, it does have little chunks of Snowdonia Cheese in it and I can recommend that you try a scoop or two if you get the chance.
All in all we had a lovely evening. The service was very relaxed, at no point did we feel rushed. The atmosphere was cosy and warm – we certainly didn’t feel like jumping up and dashing away. There was some Spanish music playing in the background and then The Best of the Eagles CD. Loud enough to hear but not loud enough to be obtrusive.
If this is the usual standard of The Cross Foxes then I am not at all surprised that they have a mention in the 2012 Good Food Guide and a string of other awards. I have no hesitation in recommending that you pay Dewi and Nichol a visit.
If you are driving to Cadair View Lodge from South Wales or from Shrewsbury direction then you will pass The Cross Foxes. They serve dinner until 9.30pm and serve lunch from 12pm – 2.30pm (12pm – 9.30pm on a Sunday). They also serve tea, coffee, sandwiches and cake in their cafe throughout the day.