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




We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for a Countryside Alliance Award also known as the ‘Rural Oscars’, 

The gold standard awards are returning for their 14th year and this is our chance to be a part of the highlight of the rural calendar. Thousands of nominations have been submitted; and we now need your votes! We only have until 9th December so please click the button below, fill in the form and show your support.

Tis the season to be jolly...

Christmas Market 2018

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 vulnerable families at this special time of year! Trader, Consumer, Sponsor or donation, every little helps.

 know more please click on the stall holder or sponsors and it will take you directly to their independent page or wbsite.

It's Quiz Time...

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 132 different craft gins to taste.

So whether you are looking for a Gin and Tonic, Gin Fizz or something a little more exotic, we are positive you'll be satisfied.

Let's get trending...

Don't forget to tag us #HHGinOclock  

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).


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

Our Chef's Specials change daily! Check our chalk boards which are displayed in the restaurant along with the other specialities we offer each day, including desserts. 

As always your opinion is vital to help us continue to deliver you an absolutely outstanding service when you stay or visit as our guest.As always we value your feedback and love to hear your thoughts and comments and can not improve without them.


As always your opinion is vital to help us continue to deliver you an absolutely outstanding service when you stay or visit as our guest. As always we value your feedback and love to hear your thoughts and comments and can not improve without them. 

Visit our Reviews page.

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