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

Tis the season to be jolly...

We are now taking bookings for Christmas 2014!

Whether you are looking for the perfect corporate Christmas party, a special Christmas day meal with the family or a festive knees up with friends... The Hare and Hounds is the perfect venue.


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!

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

Coming Up

We invite you to another fabulous evening at The Hare and Hounds....

We welcome Rocking Dan. An amazing duo that will get your feet tapping performing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a few newer ones too.

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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.

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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