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The Hare and Hounds

££ - £££, British,
Crayes Green | Layer Breton, Colchester CO2 0PN, England
+44 1206 330459
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood salad” (2 reviews)
“beef” (11 reviews)
“cheese cake” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Crayes Green | Layer Breton, Colchester CO2 0PN, England
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

i love this pub been many times in winter and summer we fancied lunch out so this was the spot, we plumped for the two course sunday lunch my husband had soup to start the and roast lamb which he said was really nice. I...More

Thank carole542015
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We discovered this pub whilst out for a drive and have been back quite a few times. If we lived nearer it would definitely be our local. The service is excelent. Very friendly staff from the bar to the restaurant. We visited sat early eve...More

Thank nogueragill70
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

First time here for my nieces 21st birthday meal. Fantastic meal. Large portions & great quality. The setting is lovely & the staff are so friendly & helpful. I will definitely be back x

Thank Maxiene
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We were visiting Layer Marney tower, just a couple of miles away and they had very limited gf options, so we rang the Hare and Hounds and the lady I spoke to was so helpful, she obviously knows her stuff when it comes to allergens...More

1  Thank KimBarnetson
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Love this pub, the food is great, the atmosphere is always so welcoming. The lamb shish is my favourite meal. There is over 100 gins to choose from 😍

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 29 March 2018

My Mum, sister & I ate here for the first time. This place was recommended to us by staff at Layer Marney Towers & we are so pleased they did! Such a lovely old pub with great old character & modern aspects that fitted in...More

Thank hazelha
Reviewed 11 March 2018

I used to stop at this pub with my parents and so it was a trip down memory lane. The presents owners have taken a lot of effort to bring it up to a good standard. The pub. was warm friendly and inviting, the weather...More

Thank clareb996
Reviewed 18 February 2018

Generous portions of well prepared and cooked food, served by delightful, competent staff. A small problem was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner ensuring that the evening was not spoiled, and that we will return.

Thank motardanglais
Reviewed 29 January 2018

we went to the Hare and Hounds to celebrate a 40th birthday this weekend. I have to say that the buffet was amazing. The food was homemade by the chef and his team and was delicious. The variety of dishes was amazing. Everything was fresh...More

Thank michelle w
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

There was six of us all had different meals, excellent food, atmosphere and the waitresses had been helpful and friendly. One small complaint one of our part is gluten free and ordered prawn cocktail on the menu it said gluten free bread, when she asked...More

Thank Jacqueline S
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13 March 2017|
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Response from Boyd R | Reviewed this property |
I believe so. They certainly have their own dog behind the bar
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crayes Green | Layer Breton, Colchester CO2 0PN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 330459
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The Hare and Hounds sits within the rural picturesque village of Layer Breton. The pub was built in 1662 and has a fantastic reputation for delicious food and a warm and welcoming environment.This classy yet relaxed restaurant sits in the tranquil setting of Layer Breton overlooking the magnificent and truly beautiful Heath.Whether it's a romantic meal for two, a light lunch with the girls or a long overdue family get together, The Hare & Hounds is the perfect venue. Mouth watering, freshly prepared dishes compliment the fantastic selection of fine wines and real ales, it really is a fabulous dining indulgence.The kitchen is now open for lunch 12noon until 2.30Pm Monday - Friday. Saturday until 3pm. Evenings from 6pm until 9pm Tuesday - Thursday and until 9.30Pm on Friday & Saturday. Saturday & Sunday we are open for breakfast 10 - 11.30Am. Sunday lunch 12 - 5pm. Here at The Hare and Hounds we pride ourselves on our fantastic service, warm and welcoming atmosphere and above all our ability to cater for your every need. Advance booking is strongly recommended especially during the busier weekend and school holiday periods. If you have special dietary requirements, such as an allergy or restricted foods, then please feel free to contact us.
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