The Jugged Hare

4.2
1207 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 12pm-3.30pm

Saturday: 12pm-4pm

Sunday: 12pm-9.30pm

Dinner:

Monday - Sunday: 5.30pm-10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7614 0134
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Stephen Englefield
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Private Party Facilities
The Josephine Room
Named after the prestige cuvée of Joseph Perrier Champagne and also
the name of the famous Champagne-maker’s daughter, Josephine is a
stunning private room with exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings and
restored Champagne racks. There are no hire charges for the exclusive
use of the room but we do ask for a minimum spend. Please call Gemma for more details
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Private Party Contact
Siobhan Brewer: 020 7614 0134
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Special Events & Promotions
Join us this Valentine's Day! We are running a full A la carte with romantic specials; Promotion: Two glasses of champagne, 6 Colchester Oysters - £15
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1207 People Are Saying
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C
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious game, amazing signature dish (jugged hare) and accompaniments, suitably rich English deserts (sticky toffee pudding was the best ever) and really good wines by glass. Service was impeccable, attentive and efficient. With advance phone call, we were welcomed (truly) through a side door to our table which was perfect for someone in a wheelchair, yet fully in the body of the restaurant and its considerable lively ambience. An excellent pre-Christmas destination for robust seasonal offerings in a real City atmosphere. Happily, our evening entertainment was the Merry Wives of Windsor next door at the Barbican. Just the right sort of play - not something requiring too much concentration or intellectual engagement.

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JW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went prior to evening event at the Barbican. Service was slow to bring table water and one drink not ordered at the bar before sitting down. The teal was perfectly cooked but the two pheasants were definitely over cooked even tho we were told they’d be served pink. However, Taste of birds were delicious. Wine we wanted was not available but substituted by recommendation of waiter. Overall quite good - would give it another try when not rushing for theatre.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for the sunday roast. I never had a sunday roast in my life (I'm from the Netherlands) and was very curious about them. I can tell you the Jugged Hare didn't disappoint. The meat and yorkshire pudding were great. And if you go for a dessert, go for the sticky toffee pudding. They are delicious!

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BG
London
245 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food let down by the service I'm afraid. We allowed two hours for our pre-concert meal and only just managed two courses, having to prompt four times to order, get menus and the bill. We'd thought we'd found a credible pre-concert / theatre venue next to the Barbican, but on this form, probably not.

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JD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We think they forgot to out our order through as we waited 45 mins. The waitress sorted it out ASAP when we flagged it up and took drinks off the menu and apologised. Great food, good atmosphere and service. Very cosy and great Sunday lunch.

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KE
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best Sunday lunch spots in London with attentive service and an imaginative wine list.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some very tasty game food, although 1 partridge slightly under-cooked but rectified. Friendly and accommodating staff. Would visit again.

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JM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and loved the atmosphere!
Very authentic, superb waitress who was very knowledgeable and helpful!!
Will be back again soon.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Value for money, non tourists area, traditional dishes, tasty and good service

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OT
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here (specialising in game) is really good and interesting. A little pricey but the quality is there. Was in on a Friday before Christmas so it was packed, making it quite noisy but the service was still good.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food together with great service and pleasant surroundings

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E
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

On arrival we were met with the grumpiest welcome possible - in fact there was no welcome. We wondered why we had bothered to go. The service throughout the evening was just about satisfactory - that is, when the grumpy "greeter" wasn't involved. The game, which is why we went, was fairly delicious.
Last year, we went before Xmas, but at lunchtime - we have concluded that they cannot cope with the volume in the evening.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Generally great. Food excellent. Service quite attentive. Tables a bit close together so conversation was hard work. But overall a lovely meal.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really good game meat. Was just a pity that the special was already out at 5:30pm on a week day with not really an alternative.

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DH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good start to the evening. Arrived early - but this was no problem. Drinks orders were delivered promptly. Food order taken without any delay. Food was average - Dorset crab did not contain very much crab - and tasted bland. Strongest taste in the plate was the coleslaw... Mackeral was good, as was the Partridge. Burger was dry. Plates were cleared - and then nothing..... We were completely ignored by the service team. No offer of dessert menus, not of drinks. So we left. Very disappointing

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PH
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Freshly caught game, deliciously prepared. Great side dishes, too. The atmosphere was nice and quiet despite the bar in the front.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I booked this restaurant as we were going to the Barbican to see a play and I was looking for a place nearby. I went with my husband and teenage daughter and we had a lovely meal which was really delicious and inventive. The place was really buzzing even though it was only 5.30pm. We did feel that the wine was priced quite high and when we went back later (after the show) we were going to have another drink but the prices were very high in the bar so we left again. I would definitely come back again as the overall ambience and the dining experience was great.

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A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable. Great food, charming wait-staff. Possibly the best burger I've ever had.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere and will definitely be going back!

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you have four people and can order a day in advance get the suckling pig. Delicious.

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C
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were eating before attending a performance at the Barbican so were particularly appreciative of the prompt service. Was a very busy Friday evening and place was buzzy. We ate cod and the calves liver dishes, with pear and almond tart and a chocolate dessert with gingerbread icecream. All very tasty and nicely presented.

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OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great option for before the theatre. Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere, if a little loud on a Friday night. Excellent wine menu and good service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The game is suberb. Some of the very best in London, I have had the roasted pheashant on three occasions now and each time it has been magnificently cooked and presented.

If you like game and want the very best go therr. It's reasonably priced too.

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WM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good, I have been back twice but never seem to get the table promised to me. This time I'd booked way in advance.

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JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great game food and healthy children options. Lovely fresh Vegatables and good size helpings so did not have enough room for desserts

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t
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Most disappointing. Booked for pre-theatre menu. Had to ask for this menu. When we had chosen and tried to order we were then told dishes were not available. Had to insist to be offered an alternative - grudgingly. Then they came back and said another item wasn't available. At end maitre d told me he had given free starter, but in fact I paid for the 2 course menu. Should have refused to pay "optional" 10% service charge!

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KL
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for the Sunday roast lunch after reading the Time Out review and it was really great. The quality of the food was really exceptional and the atmosphere was super nice. Restaurant staff were very friendly, welcoming and attentive, but the bar staff were a bit on the ignorant side which is a shame given the contrast with the restaurant staff.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great game, very well cooked. Slightly let down by the wine list which on the night had sold out of all Bordeaux wine in the £40-70 range. Otherwise very good and will be back!

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good quality of fresh meats! always good! Nice service not too noisy room. good wine list.

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J
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was average, but the service was extremely poor - waitress brought us a wrong wine and argued that it was what we had ordered, once she checked her notes she realised it was the wrong wine indeed, so she changed it - no apology from her! She then brought to one of us a wrong meal and was rolling her eyes when we said that this was not what we had ordered (we decided to stick to that meal as didn’t want to wait) - I have never seen someone being so impolite and actually rude!

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful late lunch before going to a concert in the Barbican. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. If you want a foreign visitor to experience English food take them here! Wonderful selection of game and other seasonal produce. The Jugged Hare was warming, spicy and delicious and the roast beef perfectly pink. We’ll be coming back soon with family and friends.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve beenni

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you like game I warmly recommend the Jugged Hare. We enjoyed roast partridge and mutton from the rotisserie which were both excellent. There are daily specials but these sell out fast!

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SE
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service poor, only four of us but food turned up at different times. Some food very dry as it had sat on the pass for twenty minutes before coming to our table (we were sat by the pass). Probably the best dish is the jugged hare. The rest were spoiled by poor service and a couldn’t care less attitude of the staff. Desserts ordered but only two from three arrived and only after waiting ten minutes and then asking we were told they didn’t have the third option.
All in all, promised much but delivered a poor average at best.

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AM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here normally once a month with a colleague. The consistency is something that always amazes me. This is a slick operation with staff that know what they are doing, how to manage different groups of customers and where to sit them so they get the best of their dining experience. I like this place so much that I have even made excuses to get a business meeting changed to here rather than have to go somewhere else.

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s
Surrey
25 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My 4th or 5th visit to the Jugged Hare and not quite up to its usual standard. Lots of menu items sold out sadly, service a little officious, parts of the advertised dessert dish were missed off.

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PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Wow! Really disappointed. I had been to your restaurant a few weeks before for lunch and was completely smitten. So, I had an important customer coming to town and I setup dinner for him, me, and our wives for last Thursday night. I was so let down.

First, the service was terrible. It wasn’t very busy, but it took us over 15 minutes to get water. When we finally got to order our food, three of us had to change our main orders because you did not have themy (jugged hare, calf liver, and something else) and neither did you have the crispy pigs ear. The rest of the evening was a running joke about how we were in a “Cheese Shop” sketch.

The food was tough, and the knives were so dull that is made it extremely challenging to cut the food.

I loved the atmosphere of the place, but I was extremely let down by everything else.

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GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My second visit to The Jugged Hare specially to try the eponymous dish and I wasn't disappointed. The hare is fantastic.
Our party of four all had games. Two grouse and the partridge in addition to my hare. I think i won this time! Nothing wrong with the partridge but the grouse seemed a little over-cooked and hadn't been hung properly.
The separate bar area gets a bit noisy and intrusive but only when it gets full.
Definitely worth a visit if you like British game cookery with a reasonable wine list.

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MV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Most of the menu was sold out. The fare was lacklustre but they were kind enough to deduct elements from the bill. Better place for drinks and snacks.

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