I have been hearing rumours about this for some time, but this week confirmation comes via the Fox Lane and District Residents Association’s weekly bulletin that The Fox has been sold to developers – apparently the same company that recently bought Winchmore Hill police station.
Though the current building dates from 1904, there has been a Fox on the site for several centuries. Palmers Green’s horse drawn buses once ran into central London from the Fox Hotel, as it once was. Geno Washington once played there. There have been theatre productions, celebrity drinkers, a ghost, a comedy club, and community cinema. And of course, it gave its name to Fox Lane.
The attraction for developers is fairly obvious – a huge plot of land, centrally located. But the loss to us of a major Palmers Green landmark and amenity is beyond calculation.
Is this really the end for The Fox, and what does it mean for Palmers Green?
5 replies on “The Fox “sold””
and is it up for sale?
According to the current landlord Joe Murray the pub has not been sold as of 26th August 2014, I just bumped into him at the park!
Did he know where the rumours are coming from and if there are moves from the owner to sell the pub? I have heard this from several sources but of course Joe ought to know!
Hi Sue. I’d heard the rumours too. A massive shame, but I think I’m one of the few who would call the Fox their local, so with business poor it’s perhaps not a surprise. Part of a continued trend that is taking away the natural meeting places at the heart of our communities. The Fox is/was at the heart of Palmers Green!
Gosh Sue, This has shocked me did not think this would ever happen. Don’t know what to say.x