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

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I just wanted to share this with you! This is 'The Boys' 1 year ago exactly and today! 

We moved to Birch in search of a better life! Same old cliche! Ha! What we found was not just a amazing life but a village that thrives around The Best Family Pub we have ever experienced & by now you will know we have spent a lot of time in pubs both before Beau & after.

We feel so fortunate to have The Hare and Hounds as our local, we all could not want in any way for anything better - you make us feel so at home & part of the family. The food is exceptional, you even change and add to the menus for us! and the service is exemplary. Every occasion Easter, Halloween, BH's, Christmas & NY has given us the Best memories - our friends now even travel from London to join in the celebrations and festivities. Beau has made great friends and is so excited about future fishing expeditions with Mark & I had never seen my Mum in a pub until we moved here and now she keeps asking about the next charity auction! 

The Hare and Hounds really is something VERY Special and we love you all dearly - the village would never be the same without you guys and we sincerely hope you realise how beautiful you truly are and how much you are appreciated.

Please share this with everyone so many more can have this amazing experience.

All Our Love Always,

The ExChingford 3 xxx

(Thank you so much xxx) 

Coming Up...

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April St George's Day Beer Festival

COME AND CELEBRATE ST. GEORGE’S DAY @ THE HARE AND HOUNDS

Beer Festival Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April 2016

Celebrating local British beers!

What Great British weekend would be complete without the celebration of Beer? Here at The Hare and Hounds, (Award winning for its exciting collection of real ales, ciders and mouthwatering food) have happily obliged  on this key ingredient with lots guest ales running throughout the weekend, bringing you the very best British real ales and ciders! Over 15 in total as well as a special menu for 

THE BEST OF BRITISH grub!

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 Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd Andrew Spall

We are delighted to present Andrew Spall, A talented swing singer who will be entertaining you with some classic hits from the likes of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and other legends.



We have host of different entertainment, beers and menu's planned for the May Bank Holiday.


Stay tuned :)

Saturday 16th July HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH 90TH BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY 

Celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth 90th Birthday with us at The Hare and Hounds on Saturday 16th July from 12noon onwards.

Some of you may remember the street party held for The Queens Diamond Jubilee, well we are having another one!

The celebration of The Queen's life promises to be bigger and better, an event for the entire family to enjoy!


  • BBQ
  • PIMMS TENT
  • SEAFOOD STALL
  • MUSIC
  • TUG OF WAR
  • TOMBOLA
  • BOUNCY CASTLE WITH SLIDE
  • PONY RIDES
  • ICE CREAM
  • FACE PAINTING

And much more! Stay tuned....

Monday 8th August @ 7pm

An evening with Ronnie Buckingham 

The Hare and Hounds are delighted to welcome the legendary Ronnie Buckingham.

Ronnie is an acclaimed International celebrity medium. 

His unbelievable accuracy has made him one of the most successful mediums of our time, with both the media and private readings alike. There is a 11 month waiting list for private readings with Ronnie! Ronnie was also chosen to help launch the special DVD release of the series of Medium and the DVD special release of Ghost.

Ronnie has appeared in a number of TV shows including 15 episodes of Mystic Challenge, The Grave of Robin Hood, Kilroy, RI:SE and numerous magazine articles in national and local papers such as Chat, Spirit & Destiny.

Tickets are £15 each and are very limited so early booking is essential! Guests will need to arrive by 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased over the bar or over the phone 01206330459.

The Hare and Hounds are officially The Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Pub of the Year 2015!

Words cannot describe how grateful and honoured we are to win the award!

The Essex Life Fine Food & Drink Awards are now established as the most prestigious food and drink awards within the county and aim to celebrate all that is great about the local food and drink industry, giving valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues across the region.

There are 13 categories to enter covering a broad range of activities across the food and drink industry!


Finalists were selected by a panel of expert judges and the winner was announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath.

The Hare and Hounds were represented by our hard working manager Sara Hoad and her partner Ricky Canning. 


2015 has been an outstanding year of achievement for the team here, and that has been aided by you, our loyal staff, the local community and every one of our customers!


Thank you all xxx


THE HARE AND HOUNDS 

THE GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARDS - EAST ANGLIA & EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL CHAMPIONS - BEST COMMUNITY PUB!

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...


Newspapers...

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.

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 “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 has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second 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. 

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED ON A MONDAY *** 

Chef's Special's will also be available on Friday and Saturday evenings, please get in touch if you wish to know the menu. 


If you would like to know the Sunday Lunch Menu please feel free to contact a member of the team, who will be happy to help. 



 OUR MENUS ARE CURRENTLY BEING REVAMPED! 


IF YOU HAVE A BOOKING AND WOULD LIKE TO ENQUIRE, PLEASE CONTACT US.



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