The Jugged Hare

4.2
1281 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
Head chef, Stephen Englefield, takes charge of the open kitchen, adding an element of theatre to the dining room, which is complete with a state-of-the-art eight-spit rotisserie and charcoal grill, expect to seasonal game such as haunch of venison, mallard and wild boar. Hearty feast menus, available for parties and families, and a selection of traditional Sunday roasts, from whole roasted suckling pig to leg of spring lamb, will make The Jugged Hare an ideal weekend destination too. Wild fish and shellfish handpicked at Brixham also feature strongly on the menu. The hottest seats are located at the pass - pull up a stool to see Stephen and his brigade in action.
For those looking for a traditional pub environment, head to the bar with its display of exclusively sourced antique British taxidermy and original oak whisky barrel high tables and chairs.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Many thanks

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
18 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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OT
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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EN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - my guest arrived late, but the serving and kitchen staff were so charming and helpful in ensuring we were finished in time for the recital we were attending at the Barbican, without ever making us feel hurried. The food was delicious and everything was brilliant. Looking forward to my next visit!

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal and the service we received was very good. We do, however, have a complaint and that is the pork "Crackling" We made our feelings known at the restaurant and were told that words would be had with the chef. What was served was NOT pork crackling it was a thick cracker of the type that you would expect in a Chinese restaurant but without the prawn flavour. The meat was tender and moist but we were very disappointed that it was not accompanied by crackling which, by the way, is the skin of the pig.

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FR
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

OK this is a difficult review to sum up. The service on one level was terrible, new starter learning the ropes had a baptism of fire, nothing went right. Floor manager was excellent and worked to recover the situation. As ever the food and beer were very good.
Now the really black mark. My wife wanted a pint of lime and soda as a long drink. We were offered a 125ml bottle of soda water with a wedge of lime for £2.50. This is a total disgrace, the owners of such a good establishment should hang their heads in shame.

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FO
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By going to the Jugged Hare in game season it was inevitable that the signature dish would be consumed by one of us, and it did not disappoint - according to my husband (and I of course sampled his platter). The jugged hare, like our rabbit livers on toast first course, was a yummy unctuous delectation. The gravies were probably the tastiest we have ever had! We also indulged in crispy piggies ears to accompany our first course, purely because we could not resist the temptation. They proved a great pairing. I chose a Longhorn rump steak cooked on the rare side - just dragged slowly through a warm room. It was full of flavour and lusciousness.
Then came time for dessert, which, having already eaten well, we really should not have given in to, but the desire for something sweet was just too much when we looked at the menu. Deciding which of the temptations to settle on proved difficult because they were all very much to our predilections. Hubby had the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and clotted cream and I, being one of those awkward individuals asked for the dark chocolate mousse, gingerbread ice cream and honeycomb, but without the
chocolate mousse. I am a gluttonous hog when it comes to ice cream and the notion of one containing gingerbread was just too much for me to resist. It had to be all or....., well OK, I would have eaten the mousse if there were no other options. However I was in ice cream heaven. It was so divine that not only will I go back for more (if it is still on the menu) but I will have to ask for the recipe. Needless to say, my hubby was likewise impressed by his choice.
Admittedly we went for our meal out of peak time, but the staff were really attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Having booked our table for our anniversary, hubby and I were more than pleasantly surprised when our waitress presented us with a couple of glasses of bubbly. She really made our day.
Nice touch 'Jugged Hare'. We thank you.

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

Great traditional London pub and dining. Perfect Sunday roast with excellent service. Found it a bit noisy at times, mainly due to one family ignoring their child and letting them play videos on the iPad at full volume, however that could have happened anywhere and wasn’t a reflection on the venue. Overall a hugely enjoyable afternoon which we will repeat

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

Enjoyed a delicious Sunday roast here with a friend. The beef was delicious and the extra trimmings (including the cauliflower cheese) were enough for the parties appetite.

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HR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of game on the menu. Particularly recommend the black pudding croquettes.

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I'll start by saying I have been a regular for years, and always really enjoyed it, and as usual our food was excellent, but the service was very poor. I had to ask 5 times, over the period of half an hour, for the wine list. In the end I got it myself. Then eventually someone came over, but told us we would have to leave in 20mins as they needed the table back. Had they come over at the beginning we would have had plenty of time for another drink.
Oh, and at 5 o'clock there wasn't a single person in the restaurant.

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ED
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but not great, the service was rather lackluster.

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent venue for not too formal business lunch. Good imaginative menu, decent wine list

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Good local food, nice but unpretentious. They were happy to accomodate our requests.

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GS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner before attending a concert. We allowed an hour and a half and that gave us plenty of time. We had not realised until after we had ordered that there was a pre theatre menu. When we mentioned this
we were told we would be charged at the pre theatre menu rate which was greatly appreciated.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wasn’t impressed with the pigs’ ears starter. It was pretty tasteless.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a bit overcooked for me, but plenty of flavour (specially the grouse liver paté). I’ll come back

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Not the best gastropub I’ve visited. In my opinion the food is quite expensive for what it is and the service could have been better.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and the atmosphere was great - just right for our group and we will certainly return. The food we had - Sunday lunch type roast beef and veg seemed a bit pricey for what it was - and those who had more adventurous partridge thought it delicious but small - the sides said chips but were American chips ie crisps! Don’t do that ! They were left hungry. The saving grace were the staff though - all friendly efficient and helpful . And the beer and wine went down a treat. Improvement could be made but we withdrew recommend it.

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

Great service from beginning to end, very attentive, Good food, Good value. Couldn't fault it.

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M
London
48 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 6 friends meeting up before going to a film at the Barbican. The food was very good.

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Sunday roast was good. Nothing exceptional, but good for 23£ each.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scrummy game, especially the potted rabbit and hen pheasant. Other half raved about the fennel and chestnut soup. Reservation was for a late lunch so we were pleased that the large party of families was just leaving as they were a little noisier than the other guests. Wasn't a special occasion but felt like one. will definitely go again.

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AE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really impressive and the seating was really comfortable.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good restaurant, visited regularly. Food good though it was a pre theatre meal and for us time was of the essence.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, incredible menu, speedy and friendly service. Good selection of beers too. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to catch up with a mate over lunch. Will definitely return!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best roasts I’ve had in London. Great vibe and location.

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SI
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another great visit to the Jugged Hare. We all enjoyed our food immensely and the wine list is fantastic.
Recommend a visit for lunch or dinner.

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l
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Excellent service, and substantial portions of beautifully cooked food - mostly game and fish .

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R
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner lovely place to eat with excellent service food was very good but quite expensive for what we got . You are in the city though ! Only complaint was the restaurant was a bit on the chilly side .

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always an enjoyable visit food and ambience very good

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, great game. It almost feels as if it should be somewhere in the country, not opposite the concrete maze of the Barbican.

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