T:01243 811461 E: enquiries@thefoxgoesfree.com Charlton, Nr Goodwood, West Sussex PO18 0HU


Traditional & historic pub near Goodwood, Chichester

Here are a few interesting facts about the Fox Goes Free:

  • During his reign from 1689 to 1702, William III of England regularly visited The Fox Goes Free with the royal hunting party for refreshment away from London.

Many original features of the pub and restaurant have been carefully preserved, including its bread oven, inglenook fireplaces and low beamed ceilings.

  • The Fox Goes Free takes its name from the famous ‘Charlton hunt’ which was started in 1670.
  • For many years, the pub was known as The Fox at Charlton, however on June 6th 1985 the pub was taken over by Gil Batley from Phoenix Breweries and became a free house… hence “The Fox Goes Free!”
  • Doctor Who enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the episode “Terror of the Zygons” was filmed on location in the original saloon bar. This episode starred Tom Baker who for the younger customers did the voice over on popular BBC comedy Little Britain!!
  • The Fox Goes Free main bar held the first English Women’s Institute meeting on November 9th 1915.
  • Here's a link to an interview by the BBC about the first WI meeting in England, including interviews with local WI member Janet Holt and The Fox Goes Free landlady Susan Coxon
  • The 15 November 2015 marked the centenary for the Women’s Institute, whose first ever meeting in England was hosted in the back room of the Fox Goes Free. To mark the occasion, The Fox Goes Free has hosted many WI groups from across the UK.
  • There has also been a lot of public interest on this and as a result there have been many radio and television interviews and documentaries which have taken place here at The Fox Goes Free.