The Jugged Hare

4.2
1299 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Comfort Food
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
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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HB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
1 review
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
San Francisco
4 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
5 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
1 review
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
19 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
7 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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