Fox Inn127 High Street
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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.