The Fox & Goose Hotel dates back to the 1800s, and has a particularly colourful musical history. The Who played here back when they were called The Detours, and through the 1950s, we hosted the Ealing Jazz Club every Friday night. Steve Lane ran the club with his New Orleans Jazz Band, The Southern Stompers.
Fox & Goose is a common pub name, although there’s no record of why it was chosen for this particular pub. It may have been inspired by medieval tales of Reynard the Fox, an infamous character who hunted for human souls. Or perhaps the pub’s first landlord was a fan of the ancient board game of the same name – similar to draughts; it was often played in pubs