Hare & Hounds Hotel

4.3
88 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Lunch
Our stunning oak framed restaurant, The Barn, opened in 2015 and is the reigning WBBA Restaurant & Bar of the Year. In addition we have our Pantry and Library for less formal dining.
Our Head Chef and his team create many great dishes. With the arrival of our charcoal oven"Bertha" we serve some of the best tasting grilled food for many a mile! In addition we have bar classics and much more. Why not try our prime cut steaks, meat & fish specials, choice of burgers, made to our secret recipe, our famous Fish Pie, or a selection of lighter bites and bar snacks, you really will be spoilt for choice.
We are proud to use local suppliers and all our food is freshly cooked and our meat is British provenance sourced.
Why not treat yourselves to Friday Steak & Grill Night, Traditional Roast Sunday Lunch and regular promotions throughout the year.
We look forward to welcoming you to our historic Inn
Jonathan & Jean Nelsey 2005-2017
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Grill, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday 12-2.00 pm
Sunday 12-5pm
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 5.00-9.00pm
Friday & Saturday 5.00-9.30pm
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Phone number
01635 521152
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Cross Street
A34/A4 junction
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Parking Details
Large Car Park for 60 vehicles
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Special Events & Promotions
Monthly Special Weeks, January 19th-20th is Italian Week, see our website for more details.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar
What 88 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to the hare & hounds November 2 for lunch with 2 friends, spent a very relaxing afternoon. I had fish pie. Followed by a chocolate & orange cheese cake, would defiantly recommend both. Going again in December.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I and my friends enjoyed our first foray into 'The Barn' and enjoyed the welcome, the food and the ambiance. We will return.

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MH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been on several occasions and it never fails us for service and food remains the best restaurant in Newbury!

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C
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice. Close to Watermill theatre. Nice choice of food, service good. Could offer another veggie/vegan option. Lovely coffee.

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EE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Bit disappointed this time.
One of our group ordered the curry which was dry and bland. Rice which was served with it was cold and clumped together. The nan bread ordered as an accompaniment was tiny !!
In fairness to the staff they took the cost of this meal off the bill and as always were really efficient and friendly.
Pre and post meal we sat in the bar but this was really noisey due to other groups.
Having used this venue many times in the past we were a bit disappointed this time.

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m
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Been here a few times for Sunday lunch and usually it is very very good. A few small niggles this time though. They had sold out of one of the 3 meats offered for Sunday Roasts by 2pm which is a pain as my wife really only likes to go there for their Turkey Roast dinners. Dining room was busy but service was quite slow. Especially once the dining room started to empty which we found strange. A lot of the waiting staff seemed to disappear once the dinners left and ordering deserts and getting the bill we had to chase up staff as we were hoping not to be at lunch for the 2 hours that it took eventually from start to finish. If we hadn't chased them up we could have been even longer. We requested the bill twice before it eventually came as we were putting our coats on ready top leave and pay on exit. Food we had was very good as per usual just a bit disappointed that they ran out of items on the menu and the service was slower than usual.

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SL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely light, spacious and comfortable dining area. Great service and lunch pre-theatre.

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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good pre-theatre venue. Good menu choice and quality of food.

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TR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first time visit to The H and H. We were very impressed in all respects. Ideal for our mid way family meet ups. Will certainly go again.

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MH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly staff good value and excellent surroundings, what more could you ask for, best restaurant in Newbury!

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WB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual the food and service was extremely good. They also were hosting a wedding the day we met friends there and the bar was full but still we had excellent food and service with a smile.

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MC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service. Excellent atmosphere. Would highly recommend it

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k
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice pub, staff really helpful and friendly, service great, but vegetarian food a bit odd. Combination not really work. Would go again for meeting for afternoon tea/a drink though.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Mum's 70th Birthday here :) - the staff were so charming and nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic value for money! we will certainly come again and look forward to attending one of the Comedy Night events...
Thank You!!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only problem is that not totally disabled friendly as from the disabled parking place, and ther is only one, there are 2 steps down to the restaurant level, its ok for some one with a stick or walker, but a wheelchair would find it difficult..

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VT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely recommend nothing too much trouble, have gluten free and vegetarian options.

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A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere. Lush food and great service. Will defo be back!

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CH
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok, had an issue with a steak portion size but this was pur right by the staff immediately. A bit too pricey for what you get. As it was their ‘steak night’ we expected something different or special from their everyday menu, but no. The same but just with a slightly better deal.

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EE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal with family. Great service and value for money.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal with family - staff were brilliant and very friendly! Great with kids too, looking forward to visiting again!

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PA
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

relaxed, easy, very good staff, very nice food and stylish withal!


Only problem was noisy laughter from nearby table, which we avoided eventually by going to lounge.

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H
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal to celebrate a family birthday. Service was excellent. Good atmosphere.

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E
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love going to the hare and hounds food always good staff very friendly

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EE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, I had the Sea Bass which was delicious. Never disappointed with this venue

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CH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always the food is superb. The Barn is a fantastic place to eat and the background music is unobtrusive. This makes it a great place to eat and have a conversation at the same time.

The Barn is cosy and intimate and the staff are extremely helpful. This is a place where we love to go to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.

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RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service at a sensible price. Really nothing more to add!

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CH
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Having lived within a mile of the hotel for the past 25yrs but never having dined there we thought we would give it a try for out wedding anniversary. Booking was simple and efficient, the food was plentiful and well cooked and very tasty. The only negative comment would be that the fish pie did not taste that fresh.

We had menu envy as we saw what others had ordered and in turn that will tempt us back for more.

Overall a very nice dining experience.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a lovely weekend here in February and since then it has been our regular halfway meeting place. It's always special for us and we love to come back.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time, it was my husband’s birthday, with the sister he has only just met after 60 years. It was the perfect location, so thank you and your staff so much.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice get together. Service was great. All the food was nice, although I was disappointed by the dopiaza curry, which had very little onion (dopiaza means double onion) and was not very spicy.
We will be coming back as the location is great for us and the general experience was good

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J
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A friendly welcome from both the bar manager and the waitress.We came for the lobsters and were not disappointed. They were delicious and well presented. One of our party of four ordered a burger which arrived with chips with the skin-on; so he requested ordinary chips from another waiter. Unfortunately they never arrived. Apart from this, we enjoyed a lovely meal.

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JB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most amazing lobster and strawberries.
Rubarb gin and elderflower tonic a must.
The service was excellent and no rushing. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a lovely evening.
Will definitely be returning

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D
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with friendly staff and prompt service,

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NB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met for lunch with old friends. Good food, great service, great ambience. What more could one want?

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BW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nicely spaced tables in the barn. Food was of good portion size and not expensive. Ribs and burger were both very good. Service was quick and attentive. Free jug of water instead of insisting on buying bottled water.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not the first time we have been to this lovely restaurant. Always made welcome , good choice of food and service has been very good. All in all a pleasant experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an excellent three-course meal for two for an anniverary celebration.
Despite a large group at a nearby table for part of our meal, the atmosphere was very relaxed, and enjoyable.

I started with a very good paté which was served with toast and a generous serving of chutney and a well-dressed salad. My wife had the fishcakes which went down equally well.

We both followed with the rump steak with peppercorn and brandy sauce and home cooked chips. My medium-rare and my wife's medium were both cooked to perfection and very tender. The sauce was superb - rich, but not in a way that overwhelmed the other flavours.

Dessert brought us a Kiwi and Mango merigne dish, and an Eton mess, both of which were very tasty, but a third course proved rather too filling for us to complete!

The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They even brought us a small post-dessert plate of brownies and strawberries with "Happy Anniversary" written in coulis.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Father’s Day we had 6 dining was lovely , turkey was dry but all the other food was spot on , veg was lovely gravy yummy , staff very kind and friendly service , no waiting around
All in all great day will go again , went for my birthday too it was lovely , I live in south glos and dad in fareham so good half way meet up
Thank you

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V
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Sunday dinner I have had in Newbury definitely 5🌟

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VY
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a meal at the Hare and Hounds after seeing a show at the Watermill Theatre.
The restaurant is big and airy and the tables are not too close together which allows for conversation with your partner.
Service was welcoming and efficient.
Our meals were delicious....and huge! No room for desert sadly.
Will definitely return.

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