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


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Mothers Day Sunday 26th March 2017

Make Mum feel extra special this Mother's Day with a mouthwatering meal at The Hare and Hounds.

Show her she's your shining star, by whisking her away to celebrate with a fabulous family lunch.

We are now taking bookings, so please reserve your table to avoid disappointment. Then sit back, relax and we will do the rest!

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St George's Beer Festival 

Thursday 20th April 2017 (PM) - Monday 24th April 2017.

This Saint George's day we may not have any Dragons to slay, but we promise there will be plenty of Ale, and lots of lovely grub!!!!

The Hare and Hounds annual St George's Beer Festival is a four day event celebrating the very best of British ale. 

So come and join us for all those tropically lush Double IPAs, lipsmacking sours, funky barrel aged wonders and deep, dark chocolatey stouts.

Peckish...? Then why not indulge in a Great British Roast? Lazy Sundays, are our favourite day of the week!

 A day of relaxation and spending quality time with family and friends, so what better way to enjoy it than in a cosy country pub with a 3 course Sunday roast?

St Georges Day Sunday Lunch will be available on Sunday 23rd March from 12noon - 6pm. 

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*** Advanced booking is essential on this occasion. So please book early to avoid disappointment. ***

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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To have and to hold at The Hare and Hounds

Situated in the picturesque village of Layer Breton, this idyllic country pub has everything a bride and groom could wish for.

A wonderful room to hold your reception (up to 40 for the sit down meal and 90 guests for the evening), 2 acres of grassed paddock for those all important photos, as well as award winning chefs to cook the meal of your choice.

We would love to hear from you if you are planning your big day this year and we are certain we could help make it extra special. Read more...

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.


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...


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.


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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Crayes Green, Layer Breton, Colchester, Essex CO2 0PN | 01206 330 459