The Fox and Hounds, a gin drinker's sanctuary
I came late to the gin resurgence party.
Mainly because I am really a vodka drinker but I do occasionally like a G&T.
However, now I have discovered the amazing array of gins at The Fox and Hounds in Caversham, I am hooked. Vodka get thee behind me!
The Fox is a lovely friendly pub in Gosbrook Road. I know it does good beer but after popping in after a few years' absence, I discovered they had rhubarb gin which they recommend you have with Fever-Tree's Mediterranean tonic.
It is delicious and the bar staff ask what fruit you would like in it too - from slices of grapefruit to blueberries, cucumber and strawberries.
The rhubarb is good with blueberries.
After taking a few friends there, enticing them along the river for a walk then a pitstop at The Fox, one sunny evening landlord Kevin talked me through his gins.
Raspberry, honey, Hobbs of Henley, saffron, grapefruit - the list was long.
So in the interest of research (yup really) we tried a few.
My classic rhubarb with blueberrries, cucumber and Med tonic, below, is still a favourite - slightly tart as rhubarb should be with the tonic adding a herby note.
The grapefruit with a slice of the ruby red fruit was sweeter than you would expect and is best with normal tonic. It's a clean taste you don't want to mess with.
The raspberry had a tang and is actually really tasty with a few strawberries bobbing in it.
But you can stick to straight gin with the usual botanicals and a slice of cucumber, but add those blueberries. They are perfect for soaking up the gin and biting into them and getting a burst of double floral flavour is just gorgeous.
So don't pass by The Fox and Hounds and think it's just a beer pub with pizza during the week and roasts on Sundays.
Get yourself in and have some gin!