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Fox Inn

(also known as Fox, formerly Painters Arms)

127 High Street

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Opening Times

Monday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

5 - 9
12 - 3, 5 - 9 Sat
12 - 3 Sun



About the Pub

The Fox was once a part of the large local estate of the Shrewsbury & Wem Brewery, but is now one of three freehouses in Wem. It's a popular, friendly, and well run local with a good mix of clientele. Situated on the edge of town in an area once known as Ireland (reputedly because for a time the area was home to a predominantly Irish community). Basically a two roomed setup, it has a public bar and a separate room used as a drinking/dining area. But there's also a rather obscure little space which one could almost call a snug. The unusually high bar counter is the result of a previous refurbishment. The counter was moved back a few feet to create more drinking space as planned, but the presence of a large concrete block covering the cellar meant it had to be raised to sit on the top.

Changed hands in July 2015, but the new management are familiar faces having worked in other pubs in the Wem area previously.

When this was a Wem Brewery outlet in the 1980's, it was managed by Gordon "Jockey" Richards, who claimed to offer "the best mild in Wem" (true), and whose father used to run the now closed Wem Ales Blacksmiths Arms at nearby Loppington - great days. Greenalls' asset-stripping attitude was greatly to be condemned, in stark contrast to that of the management at the old Wrekin Brewery in Wellington, also a victim in 1969.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Ruddles Best Bitter

Changing Beers

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Hobsons Twisted Spire

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    The outside drinking area is extensively boarded with embedded lights; also there's partial cover and heating out there. Overall, it's all rather swish!

  • Parking Parking
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside drinking area, with partial cover & heating.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

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Fox Inn

127 High Street

Sat Nav Reference

52.85546, -2.73179


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Route 511

Nearby Station (950m)


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