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

The Hare and Hounds are officially The Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Pub of the Year 2015!

Words cannot describe how grateful and honoured we are to win the award!

The Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards are now established as the most prestigious food and drink awards within the county and aim to celebrate all that is great about the local food and drink industry, giving valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues across the region.

There are 13 categories to enter covering a broad range of activities across the food and drink industry!

Finalists were selected by a panel of expert judges and the winner was announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath.

The Hare and Hounds were represented by our hard working manager Sara Hoad and her partner Ricky Canning. 

2015 has been an outstanding year of achievement for the team here, and that has been aided by you, our loyal staff, the local community and every one of our customers!

Thank you all xxx



The Hare and Hounds are THRILLED to announce that we have WON Best Community Pub for the East Anglia & East Midlands regional category for this years Great British Pub Awards!

We couldn't be prouder, 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.

Sadly we missed out on being crowned the overall category winner at the glitzy ceremony held at London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. However, winning the Regional title is a HUGE achievement and we are over the moon!

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

 Christmas 2015

Due to the high level of interest and the success of recent years, we are delighted to announce that we are now taking bookings for Christmas 2015!

Create your ideal Christmas Party! Yes, that's right, we will tailor your party to suit your requirements. 

Whether you would like a specific menu, specialist entertainment or maybe a theme? Just tell us your requirements and budget, sit back and we will do the rest!   

Book your Christmas Party before the end of October and receive a WHOPPING 20% discount!

The team have pulled out all of the stops for the traditional Christmas Day Lunch once again. Click here to read more and view the menus... 

Coming Up...

Wednesday 21st October Steak Night

Come and enjoy a steak night out at The Hare and Hounds, award winning country pub and restaurant!
We are very passionate about our meat and all locally supplied by Humphries, and hung for a minimum of 28 days.
All of the cattle is their own and raised right here in Essex

These nights are incredibly popular. So to avoid disappointment advanced booking is required.

Come and see why we have won Awards!
Don't miss out!

 Friday 30th October 2015

The Hare and Hounds Firework Display

This year promises to be BIGGER & BETTER than ever!

It's a little earlier than usual but we promise it will be a night to remember!


Saturday 31st October 

This year we have  gone all out to provide you with a an evening that promises to be Frightfully Fun and Spooktacular! Andy our Capital FM DJ playing all the best Halloween classic such as hits like, 'Ghouls just wanna have fun' . There will be prizes on the night for the best Fancy Dress (optional) so make sure you are looking Booooooo-tiful!

Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare!


Its Coffee O'clock! 

Brand new to 2015!

We will be holding twice weekly Coffee mornings, a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends and loved ones over a brew and a biscuit! 

Wednesday Club 9am - 11am (Starts August 26th)

Pop in for a catch up with friends over a coffee or tea and biscuit!

£3.00 per person for unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits.

Thursday Club 'Yummy Mummy's' (Starts 10th September)

£3.00 per Mummy, unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. Let the kids play while you catch up with friends. Some toys provided, if your children have a favourite toy feel free to bring it along with you.


Don't forget that you can order and collect your favourite newspapers and magazines directly from us!

Guss and his Mummy like to collect their papers on the morning ride :)

For more information please pop in or contact us online...

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 has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second consecutive year. 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 Autumn inspired Menus...

 From Friday 2nd October 2015 we will launch our new Autumn menus, perfect for those cooler blustery days & nights.

Our Head Chef who is creating quite a stir, has re-vamped the main menus along and also introduced a new pub classics menu, which will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights.

We will still run the Weekend Specials board which will include at least two meat and fish dishes each week. This will be available on Friday and *Saturday Evenings. The Specials will change regularly according to seasonal produce.    

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

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

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