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

Coming up...


Thursday 23rd - Monday 27th April 2015

Plus, live music from the FANTASTIC East of Java on Friday 24th April.

Don't miss it!

The team at The Hare and Hounds are putting together a menu that will warm your cold evenings but won't roast your wallets!

Stay tuned for more information.


Exciting new weekend main & fish menus...

We are delighted to introduce two delicious new menus which will run on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Our new Entrée Menu will replace the Main Menu and we will also be running a specialist Fish Menu for these specific nights.

The new menus will run alongside our ever popular starters, steaks, burgers and desserts. So those will still be available.

The menus  will change every weekend according to seasonal produce, please contact us for an up to date menu if you are planning to visit. A member of the team will be happy to help.

To the right are examples so you can know what to expect.

Entrée.pdf Entrée.pdf
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Fish Menu (Weekends).pdf Fish Menu (Weekends).pdf
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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 after I suggested we wait until the rain had passed when we took her for a carriage drive just before she bravely underwent surgery to remove the tumour in her hip.

On Monday 5th May several pairs of horses will be 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. Please all show your support for this incredibly brave young lady!

Read more about what  we have planned for the May Bank Holiday to help raise money for Olivia...

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. 

*** 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

If you have special dietary requirements, such as an allergy or restricted foods, then let us know.

Main Menu.pdf Main Menu.pdf
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Fish Menu.pdf Fish Menu.pdf
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Lunchtime Menu.pdf Lunchtime Menu.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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Sunday Lunchtime Sandwich Menu.pdf Sunday Lunchtime Sandwich Menu.pdf
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Breakfast Menu.pdf Breakfast Menu.pdf
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Crayes Green, Layer Breton, Colchester, Essex CO2 0PN | 01206 330 459