Anthony Murray recently took over management of the Silver Fox, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge. The pub now stocks three real ales, with capacity for a further guest ale. Regulars include Sharps Tribute, Thwaites Wainwright and Wells Bombardier.
Anthony learnt his trade in the Chesterfield area, working at a number of pubs, including the Royal Oak and the New Inn at Hasland. The pub is a tied tenancy (Trust Inns) but he is able to pick from a fairly large beer list. Recent examples have included Adnams Shingle Shells and Thwaites Lancaster Bomber. Trust Inns own over 500 public houses nationwide.
The Fox was originally a Tetley pub which appeared in the 1976 and 1977 editions of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It was officially opened on 19th April 1963 and, at the time was described as having “a superb wine list and an extensive luncheon and dinner menu at most reasonable prices” (Fox Magazine Summer 1963, page 14).
In 1935, Stocksbridge based, Samuel Fox & Company provided a pair of stainless steel foxes to the London and North Eastern Railway which were used to decorate the sides of their new Class A4 locomotive no. 2512 Silver Fox. It is believed the pub was named after this incident.
We wish Anthony luck in this new venture.