A little bit about us….

The Layer Fox is at the centre of the rural village of Layer de la Haye south of Colchester. Over 300 years old, it re-opened under new management in the summer of 2015 having been completely refurbished throughout. This restored and revealed the attractive old beams and oak flooring. There are three main areas: the comfortable dining room, an attractive bar with a large fireplace (and wood-burning stove in the winter) plus a cosy snug with books and free national newspapers available. There is a decking area to the back of the restaurant which is a real sun trap in the summer months and a terrace at the front of the building with heaters for all year round comfort.
We pride ourselves on offing a warm friendly welcome to all, whether just popping in for a coffee with a friend, a meal with the family, all are welcome.
Bottoms up – We have some brilliant guest beers that we rotate throughout the year and a fantastic “Foxy Bites” Menu for those drinkers just wishing to have a nibble.
Little ones – High chairs are available on request as well as colouring and games to keeps the kids busy while they wait for their mini fish and chips from our popular kids menu.
Doggos – Well behaved Doggos are welcome in our bar area to get spoiled with treats from the team and get a picture taken so they can be added to our “Doggy Wall Of Fame”.
Vegan/Veggie & Gluten Free – Although we are not a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free restaurant, we do try our best to cater for everybody.
Coffee fix – We serve a wide verity of coffees an teas all day, why not test out a liquor coffee skills too?
Bicycle friendly; the Fox is just off National Cycle Network Route 1 (which runs from Dover to the Shetlands) and at the junction of smaller touring routes. There are secure bicycle racks.
Twitcher friendly; ideally placed for the nearby Abberton Reservoir bird sanctuary, one of the most important sites in Britain for wildfowl with an informative visitor centre.
Layer de la Haye is a rural village of around 2,000 people which dates back at least to Saxon times. The attractive 14th century church is worth a visit. The village is next to the renowned Abberton reservoir, one of the top inland bird-watching sites in Britain. It is also less than five miles from the sea and from the historic Roman town of Colchester with its ancient castle. Other tourist attractions nearby include Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England.

If you wish to make a booking, please call us on 01206 738723 from 10am. We are not currently accepting booking enquiries by email, please do just give us a call.