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Christmas Eve @ The Red Fox, Thornton Hough (Wirral)

As my work ever so kindly let us finish for Christmas on the 19th, it meant I could attempt to restore some sanity by returning home and seeing my family, who I am super close to. On Christmas Eve, we decided going for a nice spot of lunch would be the perfect way to spend the day together before heading our separate ways for Christmas itself. The Red Fox, in Thornton Hough on the Wirral/Cheshire border is the recently renovated, absolutely gorgeous replacement for The Grange, which was another previously upscale restaurant that I hear had a few issues towards the end. The rework they’ve done is extensive, the money spent could well have been a risk, but although it’s still early days yet –  I’d still say it was all worth it.

The grounds are gorgeous, and from the second you walk through the door, the beauty is reflected on the inside, too. As it was Christmas Eve, we were met with a somewhat foreboding sign stating there were no tables available, but this didn’t stop my mum who had apparently spoken to someone on the phone. The staff were really helpful, thankfully, and of course, we got a table.

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The elegance of the menu, much like all the other aspects of The Red Fox, was immediately apparent. Sure, it’s on the expensive side for the area (for the cheapest entrees you’re looking at around £12 I think), but for special occasions, it’s worth every penny. To be honest, I don’t even bat an eyelid paying that much anymore, because good food is worth the experience in good company! Plus, people spend so much more on trivial stuff all the time.

I went for the Shoulder of Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes, and the lamb was tender, flavorful and pretty much fell off the bone. It was so good in fact that I didn’t even really get food envy of anyone else, which for me, is surprising! Everyone’s looked awesome though – my mum had Chili Chicken, my nan had Fish, and my granddad went for the classic that is Sausage & Mash. Clean plates all around at the end!

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The staff are great as well as the food they’re serving. Of course you expect a polite and friendly attitude, but they really went the extra mile. First of all, they squeezed us lot in, and secondly, they even offered us a tour of the premises (which we politely declined because we’d already just taken our own!).

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Yes, that’s an elephant!

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Everything about The Red Fox has been carefully designed for the ultimate in dining atmospheres. From the open plan rooms with the massive windows, to the fascinating fireplaces and even the bathrooms, I’d really recommend heading down.

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