The Hare and Hounds    Award winning country pub and restaurant with accommodation

The Great British Pub Awards 2015

The entire team at The Hare and Hounds are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as one of six finalists in the Best Community Pub category in the Great British Pub Awards 2015!

We couldn't be prouder to have made it to the final six in this category, it is an amazing achievement!

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of our dedicated staff and our customers, we would like to thank each and every one of you.

For more information visit The Great British Pub Awards website...

Coming Up...

Saturday 1st August Charity Quiz & BBQ

The Hare and Hounds​ Layer Breton are holding a BBQ & QUIZ NIGHT on  Sat 1st August to raise money for the new cancer unit at Colchester Hospital.
£10 per person which includes a mixed grill BBQ and entry to the Quiz. £8 GOES STRAIGHT TO THE CHARITY & £2 GOES INTO THE POT FOR THE WINNING TEAM!

Matt Inwood will be cycling to Paris to raise money for this fantastic cause, so come down to The Hare and hounds​ and show Matt your support ahead of the event!

Hola , únase a nosotros para Tapas! (Hello, please join us for Tapas!)

On Wednesday 19th August our award winning restaurant will be transformed into a lantern lit Tapas style bistro.

These bespoke foodie evenings are a 'sell out'...

Please book early to avoid disappointment :)

August Bank Holiday Beer Festival 

 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 have mouth watering menus from our award winning restaurant and live music, we also have a vast selection of locally sourced, pre-approved real ales and ciders that will blow your socks off! The Hare and Hounds August Bank Holiday Weekender is a date for the family diary!

Do not miss it!!!


Well done and thank you!

Livvy's family, friends and everybody at The Hare and Hounds are overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody who has donated prizes and money for Livvy's cause.

Your kindness and help has generated £40,000.00 so far for Olivia's cause!

Teenage Cancer is something that we should all be aware of, and Livvy is a remarkably brave young lady.

So if you haven't donated please dig deep, and be generous.

You can still show your support by donating to Livvy's Just Giving page:

Go hard or go home... Livvy's Race Day 100 mile carriage drive fundraiser


Olivia was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma, a severe form of bone cancer, in the left pelvis in February just days after her fifteenth birthday. After 30 weeks of chemotherapy at UCLH the tumour had not shrunk so the only option was to undergo major surgery. On 3rd November Olivia had an 8 and a half hour operation in which her left leg, pelvis and sacrum were amputated. She sat up for a few minutes for the first time on Tuesday and on Thursday sat in a wheelchair.

"Go hard or go home" is the expression Livvy used whilst on a carriage ride with Alan Coe, after he suggested they wait until the rain had passed. They took the carriage drive together just before Livvy bravely underwent surgery to remove the tumour in her hip.

On Monday 5th May several pairs of horses were driven from the Hare and Hounds pub in Layer Breton, Colchester. Over 100 miles of non stop driving to Fakenham Racecourse in Norfolk on Tuesday 6th May for 'Livvy's Race', to help raise funds.

Local and national journalists and reporters descended onto the starting point... WATCH ITV'S REPORT HERE!


You can still show your support by donating to Livvy's Just Giving page:

Visit Livvy's Race Facebook page for more information and updates.

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.


 “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. 

Exciting New Summer inspired Menus...

 We are delighted to introduce our new summer menus, perfect for those long, warm summer days & nights.

Our Head Chef who is creating quite a stir, He has totally re-vamped the classic pub menu along with our traditional pub favourites.   

We have added a brand new Summer Salad bar section to our main menu.

A Lite Bite Menu which will run alongside our revamped Lunchtime menu.

We have also added a fantastic Grill section to our main menu. As you know all of our beef is minimum 28 day hung, supplied by Humphries using their own cattle feed & raised in Fairstead.    

The Steaks are butchered and hand cut on site by our experienced chefs.

We are also excited to introduce our brand new Weekend Specials board which will include at least two meat and fish dishes each week. This will run on Friday and *Saturday Evenings.    

The Specials will change regularly according to seasonal produce.    

All our ingredients throughout our menus are fresh & local sourced.

*If there is a special food event or BBQ on the Saturday Chef's Specials will not be available unless otherwise stated.


Main Menu.pdf Main Menu.pdf
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Lunchtime Menu.pdf Lunchtime Menu.pdf
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Lite Bites.pdf Lite Bites.pdf
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Ramblers Menu.pdf Ramblers Menu.pdf
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Childrens Menu.pdf Childrens Menu.pdf
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Desserts & Ice Cream Menu.pdf Desserts & Ice Cream Menu.pdf
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Chef's Specials.pdf Chef's Specials.pdf
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Sunday Lunchtime Sandwich Menu.pdf Sunday Lunchtime Sandwich Menu.pdf
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Sunday Lunch Menu (EXAMPLE).pdf Sunday Lunch Menu (EXAMPLE).pdf
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Breakfast Menu.pdf Breakfast Menu.pdf
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