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Earliest 2021

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New Fox Inn

Open 2021+

278 Hythe Road

Willesborough

New Fox Inn 2021

Above photo April 2021 by Barry Goodwin.

 

This started life as the "Fox" and traced back to 1901, possibly older though. For a short time between 2008 and 2020 it went under the name of the "Windmill" but it's now called the "New Fox Inn."

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Dan Wright, 13 April 2021.

The New Fox Inn pub in Ashford opens after Neil 'Razor' Ruddock joins investors.

A pub backed by former England footballer Neil 'Razor' Ruddock has opened for the first time – and is already doing a roaring trade.

The "Windmill Inn" in Hythe Road, Ashford, has been renamed The "New Fox Inn" after a team of enthusiasts secured a six-year lease.

New Fox Inn garden 2021

Pubgoers braved chilly conditions to enjoy The New Fox Inn yesterday.

Former Liverpool and West Ham centre-back Ruddock, who lives in the town, has become one of 25 investors who have all stumped up 2,000 to help fund the project.

Ashford DJ John 'Webbo' Webster is a key figure behind the takeover after first thinking of the idea during the original national lockdown.

The team had hoped to open before Christmas, but were finally able to welcome the first pub-goers yesterday.

"We had a queue of people wanting to get in," Mr Webster says.

"With other pubs, they're just reopening, but it's a new regime for us and it's gained a lot of momentum.

"We weren't sure how it would go because no one knew about the weather, but people had booked days off to go there and it was great.

New Fox Inn sign 2021

The Windmill Inn has been renamed The New Fox Inn.

"There was a constant flow of people who were all doing the right thing."

Owned by the Ei Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, the pub's lease had been advertised for a number of years.

Mr Webster says Ruddock – who earned one England cap during his career – will "always be a focal point" of the pub.

"He's quite keen not to make it all about him, but it's going to be like that because of what he's done in his career," Mr Webster said.

"His personality is as big as he is and he's not trying to hog the glory of it all.

New Fox Inn garden 2021

300 people enjoyed the beer garden yesterday as The New Fox Inn opened.

"The pub is like a snowball that's just getting bigger – it's just got bigger and bigger in front of our very eyes and yesterday was testament to that."

Three-hundred people enjoyed the Willesborough site yesterday, with "good pub grub" on offer including burgers and chillis.

Mr Webster thanked the numerous Ashford companies which have helped with the project – including sanitary firm Ecosan Services and Ashford Window Tints.

"We have had lots of little favours from lots of different people," Mr Webster added.
"I didn't know it was going to be as big as it has become, and it feels like a real community pub.

From May 17, Mr Webster hopes people will be able to go inside the pub, which can seat 46 people downstairs and will feature a restaurant area on the first floor.

New Fox Inn sign 2021

A new sign has been installed outside the Hythe Road pub.

Neil Ruddock 2021

Razor used to watch his older brothers play for The Fox football team. Picture: ITV

 

A teenage moped rider died after being hit by a car outside the pub just before 10pm yesterday.

Just before 10pm yesterday, a moped rider was hit by a car outside the pub and friends have left flowers at the junction with Hunter Road today.

Pubgoers rushed to the 18-year-old's aid, giving first aid and CPR before he was taken to hospital in London.

 

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