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


Coming Soon... Alfresco Dining at it's BEST!

Imagine this... Dining outdoors on a warm evening or afternoon, under a gorgeous oak built pergola, with beautiful rattan furniture, twinkly lights and fresh summer air.

Imagine having full table service while you dine as our guest. Anything you desire from steak dinners, one of our award winning cask ales, champagne or maybe a cheeky gin cocktail, it will be our pleasure.

Are you planning a BBQ? A garden party? We will also be able to cater for all of your private functions. Whatever the occassion.

Your wish is our command!

We are currently in the process of having a stunning outdoor dining area constructed all underneath a traditional oak built pergola.

These tables can be booked in advance and you will benefit from a full table service all evening, just as you do when you dine with us in our award winning restaurant.


Then watch this space for our OPENING PARTY! Where you will be able to try Alfresco Dining at it's BEST with champagne and traditional Mediterranean paella. 

 The Gin Bar

Are you feeling CRAFTY?

Brand new and exciting, our impressive Gin Bar boasts 100 different craft gins to try.

So whether your after a Gin and Tonic, Gin Fizz or something a little more exotic, we are positive you'll be satisfied.

On the first Wednesday of each month we hold our Quiz night, Teams of up to six players can take on our Quiz Master.

Have you got what it takes to be the winning team? Whose knowledge never went to college? It's time to find out!

So teams of up to six players at £1 per player.

The winning team take the lot!

Feeling peckish? Then why not make a night of it and dine with us first? Once your nice and full you can keep your table for the Quiz!

See you there :)

Steak Night


Steak night at The Hare and Hounds is back, each and every Thursday evening.

Great deals on quality mouthwatering steaks.

The menu will run alongside our every popular main menu and there will be a choice of chef's specials.

Due to popular demand we recommend you book your table in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Need a BIG table? It's no BIG problem...

If you have a larger group looking to dine together it needn't be a big problem! Perhaps a family get together or a social event for a club or business, we have it covered.

Here at our award winning country pub, our restaurant boasts a huge table that seats up to 20 diners. The table is laid out socially so that each diner can interact with their fellow guest. Not rows of seats so that you can only speak to the guest next to you.

We can even provide tailored menu's for large groups, so just get in touch, tell us your requirements and we will do the rest.

Latest Awards

The Cask Marque Award. We are extremely proud to have been recognised as a Cask Marque accredited pub.

The Cask Marque scheme is operated by an independent body called Cask Marque Trust which is a limited company, limited by guarantee, and a non profit making organisation. The company is run by a management committee elected by its members. The members who pay a subscription include representatives from brewers, retailers, trade bodies and consumer groups.

Pubs that join the scheme are visited unannounced by an independent assessor at least twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter. The assessor checks all cask ales on sale for – temperature, appearance, aroma and taste.

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.


The Hare and Hounds has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the third 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. 

 “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).


Our daily specials and desserts are displayed in the restaurant during service.

If you require any assistance then just ask, a member of our team will be happy to help.

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