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US$3 - US$15
Contemporary, European, Pub, Healthy, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

Wow we had a late afternoon dinner and we so pleasantly surprised. The Steak Diane was delicious. Che' had the beetroot burger and wonderful vegetarian dish. Staff are so well trained and friendly. A must visit if you in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2020
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2020

What a lovely review to kick off our reopening of the restaurant after a long 5 months of lockdown. Thank you for your patronage and support. It means the world to us. We're delighted you enjoyed yourselves so much. Thank you for this positive feedback...More

Reviewed 28 March 2020

We were staying at St.Ives Lodge and with their help we arranged for a taxi, the excellent Sisonke Transfer Services(083 225 5585), to take and collect us to the Fernhill hotel and our dining experience at the Snooty Fox. Firstly, a mention to the reception...staff at the hotel, providing a very friendly welcome to us as non-residents and then we were shown to the restaurant. We had pre-booked, this was a Monday evening and it was quite busy, booking would be a necessity nearer to and including a weekend. Very efficient and friendly waitress, we understand that the restaurant provides training for people who are following a career in hospitality and the service was very much in line. Excellent menu, wine selection and even a choice of wines that were the last of a line. Delicious cuisine throughout our three courses, very good value for money, quiet, gentle ambience and attractive decor'.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 18 March 2020

As we entered the hotel we were greeted with friendly smiles and hello's by all the staff. We were pleasantly surprised that they had decorated our table so beautifully with fresh flowers & decor. During this time with the Corona virus precautions, our waitron explained...to us how they were sanitizing all of their cutlery etc, they even provided hand sanitizer for each table (we were well impressed)! The food was absolutely impeccable, I would rate this a 10 out of 10! It was also nice to see that they cater such a wide range of vegan friendly options. Even the bathrooms smelt nice! We ended the evening with the restaurant providing us with a complimentary dessert platter of decadent chocolate brownies, homemade fudge and soft turkish delight, which was so delicious! Thank you so much to all the staff, especially the amazing chefs behind the scenes who provided us with the most delicious culinary experience! We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

We have been eating out 6 days per week for more than 10 years. We visit all the excellent restaurants in the Midlands but the Snooty Fox is our go to place for fine dining. The reception and service is warm, friendly and efficient. The whole operation...is run like a well-oiled mashine and this contrnibutes to a relaxed atmosphere and the ambiance is further enhansed by dreamy live piano music in the background.  There is a varied and extensive menu and an excellent wine list which caters for every taste and pocket.  The food is exceptional: their crispy pork belly is the best we've ever eaten; likewise their filet with bacon, feta and a red wine reduction (I think). My wife orders a camembert starter every time. The portions are very generous but above all, it is consistent. More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 2 February 2020

We stopped here for lunch with our tour group of 7 (including the tour guide) and only had to wait a few minutes for them to set up a large table. The employees were friendly, warm, and welcomig. The atmosphere is like dining in someone's...home. The menu was extensive. My husband and I had the soft shell crab sandwiches. OMG!! SOOO GOOD!! Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: January 2020
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dear valued guest Yay for finding both our profiles to review! Thank you for your kind words and feedback. Yes, those crab burgers are a treat and we are beyond happy that you enjoyed them. We are very thankful we were afforded the opportunity to...More

Reviewed 29 January 2020

This restaurant, situated in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, near Howick, is in the Fernhill Hotel. We visited it regularly for a Sunday carvery which was exceptional with extensive choices with masses of smoked salmon being the highlight. It contains a cooking school. When we booked for...lunch recently, on a Sunday, we were told that the carvery had, much to our disappointment, being discontinued. Nevertheless, we decided to book for lunch. There is always a warm welcome here, and the service is cheerful and attentive The menu is varied, and all four of us had excellent meals. There is a very good wine list. Highly recommended.Tony C Howick.More

Date of visit: November 2019
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dear Tony C Thank you for your review and feedback. I am sorry to hear about your disappointment about our Carvery being discontinued. It was not an easy decision and due to increasing cost of food had become untenable. It was with a very heavy...More

Reviewed 20 January 2020

Excellent food and service. The best crispy pork belly. Camembert starter can also be recommended. Very tasty bread to nibble on before food arrives. Very comfortable outside area under trees.More

Date of visit: January 2020
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dear Sandra What a wonderful review. Many thanks for taking precious time to write it. Being one of our regulars, we appreciate knowing that we are still on track and producing at the high standard you expect. This means a lot to us. Here's to...More

Reviewed 17 January 2020 via mobile

Took a detour here as N3 was closed but glad we did. Great food and service. Trout was amazing, fresh fish with great flavours.More

Date of visit: January 2020
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dear MickyG2 How wonderful we were afforded the opportunity to welcome you to our restaurant. I am delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. May it not be the last time we have the pleasure of welcoming you! Have a wonderful 2020 Kind regards Stephanie...More

Reviewed 10 January 2020

The food, quality and Variety was absolutely outstanding, the menu was far above any other Restaurant offering Christmas Lunch. Value for money and highly commend all the staff for being so friendly and helpful. The best for me was the dessert room, so creative and...tasty!More

Date of visit: December 2019
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dearest Pamizn Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Christmas Day lunch experience. It means a great deal to us. I agree, the dessert room is my personal favorite too! I have passed on your compliments and do hope we will...More

Reviewed 4 January 2020

We visted the restaurant on New Years eve. Everyone in our group agreed the food was excellent. The portions were good and all the staff were friendly and efficient.

Date of visit: January 2020
FernHillHotel, Owner at The Snooty Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Dear SteveK2240 Apologies for my delayed response to this wonderful review you left. We are all extremely happy to know you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for taking the time to positively review us. We trust you have a wonderful 2020. Kind regards Stephanie Szecsei

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10 November 2016|
Response from FernHillHotel | Property representative |
Yes we are open every day of the year. The only time we close is on Christmas night after our massive Christmas luncheon.
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