The Snooty Fox Hotel is situated next to the pillared Market House dating from 1655.

Lewis Wilshire / Mark Steeds collection (Courage archives)

Wilts & Glos Standard: Saturday 23rd January 1909: Tetbury Hunt Ball – The Tetbury Hunt Ball was held with exceptional brilliance and success at the White Hart Hotel on Tuesday last. The fashionable company that assembled considerably exceeded the advertised limit number, and all the arrangements passed off most satisfactorily. The ball rom, especially as seen under the illumination of the central gasaliers and numerous candle sconces affixed to the walls round the room had a charmingly bright and attractive appearance. Two towering palms stood at each end of the room; the orchestra was separated from the body of the room by a screen of greenery and pot plants; over-head crossing and re-crossing the room were light festoons of smilax, with baskets of flowers hanging from the points of intersection. The plants and flowers used in the decorations were sent from the Westonbirt gardens by kind permission of Colonel G.L. Holford and were used under the direction of Mr A. Chapman, the Westonbirt head gardener. The draping throughout was carried out by Mr H.G. Harris, draper of Long Street and the necessary carpentry work and floor preparation was done by Mr Fred Broom, Hampton Street.

Wilts & Glos Standard. Saturday 24th January 1914: The Tetbury Ball – A distinguished company of over 200 guests attended the Tetbury Ball, which was held last night at the White Hart Hotel Assembly rooms. Much care had been taken in the preparation of the handsome suite of rooms requisitioned for the occasion and the gathering was very successful. Dancing commenced at ten o’clock and the scene at the height of the ball was a very brilliant one.

Wilts & Glos Standard. Saturday 3rd October 1914: Tetbury Ladies Working Party for the War – By the kind permission of Mrs Wheeler, the Sewing Party has been carried on weekly since August in the Assembly Room of the White Hart Hotel. A good deal of work of various kinds has been done, some for the Red Cross, for the Belgians and for Lord Kitchener’s 2nd Army. Owing to shortage of funds, the work cannot be carried on unless more money is forthcoming. Material for shirts and body belts and wool for socks and mufflers ae urgently needed. Donations will be gratefully received by Mrs Chew, hon treasurer, Oldham House, Tetbury.

An advertisement in the Cotswold Life in the early 1970’s described the hotel, then the White Hart, thus: ‘A message from the Hart…. Round off an exhilarating day in the Cotswolds with a relaxing evening in our cocktail bar and a leisurely dinner in our candle-lit dining room. A beautiful old Jacobean Hotel that has been tastefully modernised and still believes that its customers are always right and that their welfare and comfort must come first. Our table d’hote and A la carte menus are available at all times.’

The name of the hotel was changed to the Snooty Fox in the 1960’s. The Snooty Fox is ‘a traditional coaching inn with 12 exquisite en-suite rooms of varying sizes. The hotel is delightfully decorated with four poster bedrooms, whirlpool bathrooms as standard and a special feature beds. The hotel itself is a central part of town life in this royal market town. The Snooty Fox has twelve rooms.’

Western Daily Press, Thursday 8th April 1976 – Luxury Hotel Goes Under the Hammer: One of England’s most luxurious small hotels went under the hammer at Christies yesterday to the tune of some £100,000. That’s the price Mr Ron James and his wife Betty are reputed to have paid for the White Hart in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The Cotswold stone building in the heart of Beaufort Hunt country was sold by the Empire Catering Company, which is moving out of the hotel business to concentrate on its catering activities. The White Hart became famous as the Snooty Fox when it was taken over by financier Mr Maxwell Joseph. Its luxury on a small scale includes a champagne bar in each of its nine bedrooms. This is not Mr and Mrs James’s first excursion into the hotel business. They recently bought the Stonehouse Hotel in Newport, which is run by their son Robert, and they used to own the Priory Hotel in Caerleon. “We shall be concentrating on personal service,” said Mr James.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: R.S. Holford (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £48.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Thomas Wheeler (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1903: £62.7s.6d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the White Hart Hotel / Snooty Fox Hotel include:

1830,1844 Edward Edwards (White Hart and Posting House in 1844)

1856 R. Bannister

1885,1891 Richard Edwards

1903,1919 Thomas Wheeler

1927 T.E. Rennie

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