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


The Hare and Hounds Christmas Market & Fair December 3rd 2017

"Lets all bring some festive cheer to some poorly little people this year."

Kerry, Mark and the entire team at The Hare and Hounds are delighted to welcome and invite you to The Christmas Market and Fair.

The fair is not only going to be festive and magical... it's also backing a really worthy cause.
Forget busy department stores and swap stressful Christmas shopping for something a little more laid back. 
Whether you're searching for a last-minute bauble or desperately seeking inspiration for the perfect gift, we've got you covered. 
Not only will you be supporting local businesses you'll also be supporting children and families at your local hospital this Christmas.

Charity registration number: 1051504

 The purpose built Children's Unit, which opened November 2011, is located on the ground floor of the hospital and provides care for children within a Children's Assessment Unit, Children's Elective Care Unit, Children's Inpatient Ward and dedicated Children's outpatient department.

 £10 will be donated from each stall holder to help support the Children's Ward, and make some poorly little people better this Christmas.
We will also be holding a raffle and all the proceeds will go directly to the Children's Ward fund.

Father Christmas will be arriving via Horse Drawn Carriage at 6:30pm, as he is giving the reindeer a rest until Christmas Eve.
He will then go into his magical grotto and give a gift to every child. Make sure they have their lists ready!

Christmas & New Year 2017

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 :)

 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.

Steak Night


Steak night each and every Thursday evening.

Great deals on locally sourced quality steaks.

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

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

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).

Book now to taste our amazing Winter Menu


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

If you require any assistance or more information then please ask, a member of our team will be happy to help.

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