Cross Foxes, Erbistock, Wrexham
Tel: 01978 780 380

The Cross Foxes has always been a firm favourite with us.

Situated by the side of the River Dee it is family-friendly, with swings and an old tractor for the children to climb on and explore, and plenty of space for the adults.

Whatever the occasion, we have found this pub accommodating and the food always good.

Whether you are seated in the conservatory looking up the river or in one of their little rooms with inviting real fires, the atmosphere is always welcoming.

On this occasion, we were actually able to sit outside! I know, perhaps the summer is going to make an appearance!

It was a last minute decision to grab a bite to eat while out. It was a late lunch, we had not booked but they were able to accommodate us and judging by the full car park, others had had the same idea too.

As it was lunch we were after we looked at the Starters and Nibbles and Light Bites and Sandwiches sections of the mouthwatering menu.

I opted for the dressed crab and prawn cocktail avocado puree, chilli, seeded bread (£9.95), while my partner went for the sticky BBQ pork slider (£5.95) with a portion of halloumi fries with tomato salsa (£5.95) to share.

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My choice was a bit retro I suppose but I was not disappointed as there was plenty of crab and a good number of prawns, with two slices of delicious, soft seeded bread.

My only criticism was it being served in a glass tumbler. This made it tricky to get at, so I duly tipped the contents out onto my plate and devoured every tasty morsel.

My partner enjoyed his slider too. He said the pork was so tender and flavoursome and the portion was just right, as often the size of burgers can be overpowering and off-putting before you even take a bite.

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As for the halloumi fries, well they were first discussed as being shared, I did manage to sneak a couple as they were delicious and the salsa tangy and refreshing. To drink my partner had a pint of Brakspear (£4.15) while I opted for a pint of lime and soda (£2).

If it was a more substantial meal you are after then the menu does not fail to tempt with pan fried sea bass beetroot puree and warm potato, caper and dill terrine; or grilled Italian chicken burger, crisp pancetta, mozzarella, fries, coleslaw; or crispy beef salad, sweet chilli sauce, roasted cashew nuts; 10oz gammon, fried egg, pineapple, chips; deep fried cod in beer batter, chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce; cauliflower and chickpea tagine, lemon and almond couscous, pitta, mint coconut yoghurt - just a small selection to tease your tastebuds.

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It was lovely to see so many people taking advantage of the good weather, even if a few showers did try and spoil the fun and as always the staff were friendly and attentive.

With its beautiful setting, good food and great service we would always recommend the Cross Foxes.

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