The Hare and Hounds   The home of high end casual dining & accommodation just south of Colchester.

 As you know bank holiday weekends are something to be anticipated here at The Hare and Hounds and we haven't disappointed this year, in fact we have pulled out all the stops... because quite simply, that is how we roll!

Not only do we plan to lay on fabulously indulgent menus, live music  and a vast selection of locally sourced, pre-approved real ales and ciders, we also have an entertainment schedule to blow your socks off! The Hare and Hounds August Bank Holiday Weekender is a date for the family diary! Read more...

Horse Drawn Pub Tours

Looking for something a little special this weekend? How about a horse drawn pub tour courtesy of Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages and The Hare and Hounds.

They are a small family run business with over 30 years of experience. As passionate horse enthusiasts, the horses are not just 'tools of the trade' but very much loved family members.  

Tours will commence here at The Hare and Hounds and also finish here for a spot of lunch in our award winning restaurant.


"Take a hike"... To The Hare & Hounds 

We have beautiful country walks here at The Hare and Hounds which are popular with Rambling societies. The groups are welcome to use our car park free of charge while on their walk. The Hare and Hounds are an ideal base for these walkers and with this in mind we have created a bespoke Ramblers Menu. You can order your lunch before going on your walk then your lunch will be ready on your return. No group is too small or too big! We have a page dedicated to various walks throughout the surrounding countryside Click here...

Below you can view our Menu which can be downloaded or emailed.

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 “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at The Hare and Hounds, and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor." - Mr & Mrs King (The Hare & Hounds).

The Hare and Hounds today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. 

Do not miss out our regular themed dining nights.

Here are some snaps from our *sold out* Tapas evening :)

*** Dine and Stay Offer ***

Why not take advantage of our special offer on dining and accommodation?

From as little as £80.00 per couple you will be our guest for the evening in one of our luxury en suite lodges and will dine in our popular restaurant for a three course meal all prepared by our award winning chef, we will even throw in breakfast. Read more...

View our Menu's

We now use gluten free flour for our beer battered fish, Yorkshire puddings, and some of the home-made desserts, we advise you to check on the day of booking. If you have special dietary requirements, such as an allergy or restricted foods, then let us know.

Daily specials are available, we have an example below. Please contact us for todays specials.

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Why not create some of our favourites at home? Check out the recipes page. Read more...

Coming Up


Wednesday 6th August Quiz Night

Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival.

Friday 22nd August Capital FM DJ Andy Smith from 8pm.

Sunday 24th August Garden Party

Live music from 5 piece rock band, East of Java from 8pm and a mouth watering BBQ from 6.00pm - 9.30pm.

Monday 25th August Lunch will be served from 12noon until 5.00pm.


Wednesday 3rd September Quiz Night

Wednesday 17th September Fish & Seafood night featuring new season produce.

Saturday 27th September Abba Tribute Evening

3 course meal followed by live entertainment from an amazing Abba tribute band, Tickets £30.00. Fancy dress optional.


Wednesday 1st October Quiz Night

Wednesday 15th October Steak Night

Friday 31st October Halloween Fancy Dress Party

With live music from Capital FM DJ Andy Smith.


Wednesday 5th November Quiz night

Saturday 8th November The Hare and Hounds Annual Firework Display

Wednesday 19th November Curry Night

Friday 28th November Live Music from Rockingdad

A new band to The Hare and Hounds, come along and show your support.


Crayes Green, Layer Breton, Colchester, Essex CO2 0PN | 01206 330 459