The Jugged Hare

4.2
1312 reviews
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London’s leading game restaurant prides itself on full flavours, innovative ideas and perfectly executed dishes at every service.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Noisy uncomfortable bar full of entitled young suits with no respect to anyone or anything made up by (almost), great food and service in the restaurant.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great, and similar price to everywhere else in London but better quality. We took clients and they loved it. Obviously meat focused but the fish and veggie options were also good. Very good service which we appreciated. Good selection of beers. Dessert menu was great but to sell more could probably do with a couple of more traditional options. Wine is probably overpriced.

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C
London
23 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We've been here many times but this time I was really looking forward to Sunday Roast as we don't get a chance to visit on Sundays. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. The potatoes were obviously pre-made but weren't kept properly, it meant that they'd gone rock hard, and the same goes for Yorkshire pudding, it was like eating biscuit. Also the gravy was way too salty and dense that they overwhelmed the whole dish. Luckily my husband was having a different chicken dish so he kindly shared the sauce from his. I'm very fussy with my Sunday Roast, and this didn't pass any criteria. Next time I'll stick with their usual menu.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

In the 12 years I’ve lived in UK this was by far the best Sunday roast I’ve ever had- hands down. I’ll definitely be back.

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C
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service food was good apart from small portions. Not being informed the water is 5 pounds a bottle was a bit naughty.

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JP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Location fabulous if going to the Barbican.
Nice staff, very good food.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would not recommend for food, expensive and average. Tiny portions, particularly the cheese plate

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WL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding, the chicken livers were a particular highlight. I also had a very tasty glass of wine.

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious. Portions on the small side and 2 mains, 2 sides, 2 coffee with tap water on a Monday lunch at £60 is a bit steep. No prix fixe?
Service delightful.
The restaurant was a bit grubby and the toilets were dirty.

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I would only recommend TJH to a friend because some of the other dishes on the menu sound quite interesting. We really wanted to try the pig’s ears crackling but they’d run out and they’d also run out of olives which we wanted to order. The jug of tap water we ordered contained bits of onion in it, I’ve never had to return free water before and I’ve eaten at all types of restaurants. The venison scotch egg for starters was great and the Sunday roast mutton was cooked perfectly but I can’t say much about the potatoes which was a shame as the chips we had earlier were well cooked. I’ve had better Sunday roasts for half the price tbh. Overall a bit of a disappointment and service was lacking friendliness from front of house to the waiters. I expected more from TJH.

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m
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place. We came last year for mother's day and also over Christmas. The food is amazing!!

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LT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I have eaten there before
On my recent visit the service was poor in friendly
We were positioned next to a drunk and a man that wanted the world to know what he was talking about
The hole experience was poor

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food - hake was great, good size portion (ie not too much)
Tables a bit close.
Noise levels high, needs dampening some how
Not great for a business discussion which is why I was there, and why most people would be there on a week day lunchtime?
Good value.

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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Non professional barman with no enthusiasm and poor knowledge of how to serve drinks but lovely waitress.

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JB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I should have placed more emphasis on the word gastropub when I was exploring restaurants for a Sunday roast. Given the name and food descriptions, I expected a much more cozy country ambience than the modern arrangment I found there. I was a little disappointed in the food, except for the sticky toffee pudding, which was incredible!

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o
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was incredible but the service really let the meal down. Waiters weren't tentative at all throughout the meal, otherwise would 100% go back!

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening with work colleagues who hadn't been to this great restaurant before. We had pigs ears and venison scotch eggs as a little appetiser before out starters which were amazing. I can vouch for the salmon starter which was light and tasty, as I knew I was going to have the Braised Longhorn short rib of Beef and needed to save some room. Melt in your mouth beef beautifully complimented with the savoy cabbage - I added the marrow bone gravy, which was fabulous, all washed down with a couple of bottles of Chateau Julien. Yummy ;0)

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant supper in pleasant location.

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H
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious burger and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the beef. Great service as well.

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing but we were left waiting 40 mins for our dessert and when the servers changed shift, no one payed us attention at all. Would return for the food but service needs to be better.

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DT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Super salty venison scotch egg and soggy skin on the cod main course but on the whole, the food was good, the ambience better and the bill appropriate.

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EB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with a few friends - the food was delicious and a really live atmosphere. The dining room is slightly seperate to the bar and it works really well... still got the buzz but not as loud.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, food definitely for meat lovers. I had the Chicken Livers to start - fabulous! Followed by the venison again excellent. Hadn’t been here for ages as not in London as much, but very glad we did.

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I've eaten at many restaurants around the Barbican and this was easily the worst, as well as far and away the most expensive. We arrived at 6pm on a Friday night, had our starters in reasonable time and were generally pleased with them - nice bread - but then we were kept waiting at least 45 minutes for our main courses. The waitress sweetly explained that they were very busy, and they were, but that can hardly be unusual for central London on a Friday evening. The food when it eventually arrived was bordering on inedible. I had lamb chops for my main and I have never had lamb so badly cooked. The two small chops were both dry on the outside but completely raw in the middle. They were chewy, tasteless, and alarmingly undercooked. The turnip mash was enough to barely fill a teaspoon, and there were perhaps 10 small wild mushrooms. This dish cost £25. My mother had a cod dish with mussels and Jerusalem artichokes, but there were only two pieces of artichoke perhaps a centimetre square each, and one of the mussels had a cracked shell- you're not supposed to eat them if the shell is cracked. My father had a pork belly dish, which was dry and bland, with a 'rotisserie gravy' which was far too sweet. You would also generally expect a pork belly dish to be served with crackling, especially when a large slab of pork belly is on display at the kitchen with a fine amount of crackling on it, but none came with the (£21) dish. The waitress was very amenable but didn't seem to know the menu, and we had to ask more than once for the bill - there were some issues with her hearing our requests as the bar next to the restaurant was so loud. The whole thing felt rushed, incredibly over-priced, stressful, and the chairs were wobbly. Also the staff who weren't stressed at not being able to hear were surly. Do not go to this restaurant.

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One thing I enjoy at the Jugged Hare is they offer seasonal meat options that you could not find in many other local restaurants. The restaurant is well run with adequate staff to cater for busy periods.

The dessert menu is also seasonal with warmer filling puddings in the winter which comliments the mains options. It is a well thought out menu. The Crannach ice cream with whiskey syrup was superb.

Great place .

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HC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited early on a Monday evening and the restaurant was reasonably busy. Very attentive waiting staff - we both had the short rib of beef which was one of the nicest dishes I have eaten recently, the beef just fell apart and was served with a nice little croquette of beef shin, horseradish mash and Savoy cabbage. Dessert was good too - dark chocolate mousse with ginger ice cream and honeycomb. We will definitely be back to eat here again soon.

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OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very accommodating even though the restaurant was busy

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AN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Feels like the cooking is not quite at the level it used to be - perhaps a bad day

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Many thanks

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited here for an evening meal with a friend after work. The service was very efficient and friendly and our waitress took the time to run through the menu with us and made a couple of recommendations. We had the Pheasant and Partridge for our main meal and both were very tasty...

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Heavy food! But delicious
Hard to find a main that was leaning on the fresh and light side. Though you are an outstanding meat restaurant... at lunch I think we were hoping for something lighter

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K
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Sunday evening and took our 2 children with us. Lovely food, great friendly service and a really nice bottle of wine.

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PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic venue and always a great atmosphere. The food is wonderful, we have never had a bad meal here. In fact the food was so good we re-booked for the following night.

Staff and service was brilliant and we felt very well looked after.

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A
London
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for valentines as a couple. Nice chilled ambience, unpretentious, rustic, excellent fois gras (one of the best). Had great steak & chips, Partridge.

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DT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and staff but the food is very average. Chicken with toast and boiled egg?? Also, object to a service charge being added. Would not rush back there.

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RM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Sub standard food and indifferent service. My Sunday roast was chewy and unexpectedly flavorless for a restaurant that rides itself on its meats and game. My husband’s vegetarian entree was a joke. The cauliflower was barely roasted and just dumped on a bed of bland barley. No attempt to season or flavor at all. For dessert we ordered the cranachan ice cream with whiskey sauce. The sauce never showed up. Our waters were never refilled. Terrible overpriced disappointment.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue was busy and lively, especially the bar area (early Saturday evening- booking recommended!), service was quick and attentive, but never pushy. Water and wine glasses were topped up as required. The stuffed animals decorating the walls might not be to everyone's liking, but add to the rustic character of the place. The food was delicious, hearty and very filling, the chicken was lovely and moist and the mash with bacon very tasty and not at all salty. The sauce was deep and rich. The chocolate mousse was nice and light and went well with the Gingerbread ice cream. The coffee (latte) was served in a small water glass, which seemed a little odd.

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DK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly staff, good selection of specials

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The main course – mutton – was excellent. It was a perfect example of why people rave about that meat. Chips were divine and the portion sizes good (ie not over the top).

My dessert (a pear and almond tart) was on the stodgy side, though the flavour was good. My partner was very happy with his sticky toffee pudding.

The wine list is not cheap, but it is very good.

Sound levels were surprisingly good, given the closeness of the (crowded) pub itself, though The Other Half was disappointed to hear, more than once, the maître d' speaking loudly and rudely to other staff. We found the service perfectly good.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here a few times. Always good. Draft ales good and, despite area, reasonably priced.
Not for vegetarians

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