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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be the best place for Sunday lunch carvery in the Dale. Booking is essential! Everything is fresh, hot and as good or better than you do at home. Fabulous meats, Brian, who carves the meats has friendly banter and jolly sense of...humour. The vegetables are al dente, huge Yorkshire puddings and lovely gravy. They also do takeaways. Highly recommend. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023 via mobile

We came here last year for a Sunday lunch and were so impressed we came again for the first sitting. We all had beef and turkey which was lovely quality and served with a huge array of delicious vegetables. The potatoes and parsnips are roasted...in lard which I don't eat so they did some especially for me in vegetable oil! They have Weardale Brewery ale here which was very pleasant and less than £4 a pint. Service is very efficient and friendly. You must book to be sure of a table as it can get very busy.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023 via mobile

Consistently great beer. The Gold ale is lush. And consistently great food. Lamb Shank’s a ten/ten. Nice welcome. And nice traditional surroundings.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

After a great evening walk up Slitts Wood, six of us enjoyed a relaxed meal in this welcoming local pub. Friendly staff and tasty food (especially the lamb and the fish pie). Thank you.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

Loverley meal huge portions. Went for the prawns in garlic sauce. Highly recommend Cracking service. Great value for money. Good atmosphere.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023

Dined at the Hare and Hounds with family , we all thoroghly enjoyed our 3 course meals all cooked to perfection very tastey and good portion and very much value for money, drinks were very refreshing Staff very attentative and polite. I would highly recconmend...will deffo be back for more. My Stater Haggins ,mains minted rump lamb , sweet treacle sponge pudding with custard all absolutley delicious .10⭐️ rating from me 👌👌👍More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023

Had a 3 course meal and it was delicious. The staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for you, will be back for definite.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2022 via mobile

Visited this country pub for lunch. Booked for 1.30, second sitting of the day. Quite a long queue to wait in but the food was very nice. Home made Yorkshire puddings, very tasty gravy and fresh vegetables. Meats were beef, Turkey or pork, with a...good variety of vegetables. All for only £10 each, which I have to say was surprising as the quality was good. Too full for dessert, but saw others ordering and they looked amazing, would recommend and would definitely return.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 November 2022 via mobile

After keep driving past I have always wanted to go in so a couple of Sundays ago we were child free so booked a tablet for Sunday carvery it was absolutely beautiful we actually drove from Sunderland to come we are staying up this way...for Xmas I can’t wait to come backMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 14 November 2022 via mobile

After reading a bad review from someone whose just moved to the village I felt I had to put the record straight. We go every Sunday for their delicious carvery and we're never disappointed. The food is lovely and the desserts are huge! The previous...reviewer said there was a musty smell which I can say is definitely not the case. As for the unfriendly staff I cannot understand that comment at all! Take time and talk to the staff, you will be surprised that they are in fact very friendly! Colin the owner brews his own been on site and can say its definitely not watered down. I don't myself drink beer, but my partner and friends all do and tell me the beer is very nice. As I said, we are in every Sunday and always have a great day/night :) We meet our friends there, there's quite a few of us now and we always have a good laugh and a good drink. So come along and give it a try, you won't be disappointed. :)More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 13 November 2022 via mobile

Absolutely love this place. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Great atmosphere. Carvery on a Sunday is, in our opinion, the best in Co Durham. We have lived in the village for just over 3 years and find the village pub great. We have been made...to feel very welcome. Have seen a very negative report on here from a new resident about pub not being open all week. Well ask yourself the question would you open a pub during the week when no-one goes in?? Or to have a couple of people come in and sit for an hour with one pint?? We have owned pubs and worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years and the answer is no you wouldnt. The pub does put on amazing themed nights but it's not the sort of village for karaoke. Maybe Rebecca S Westgate and the pub are not for you. Ali Colin and the staff do an amazing job and are much loved in the community. Highly recommend the Hare & Hounds for just drinks or food. Carolyn and John OHaraMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 13 November 2022 via mobile

@Rebecca S. you’ve been here two mins. And as far as I am aware have visited the pub twice. If you came down more often you would have seen just how friendly our local is!! We have been here 5 years and have been made...to feel welcome from the day we came to view our house which is now our home and have made friends for life. So before you start slating the place you chose to move to maybe make more of an effort. The pub might not be open all nights but it does have ladies and mens darts team. They do do themed nights. There was a Halloween night a few weeks ago and it was a brilliant night. When my grandkids come to stay they always want to go to the Hare and Hounds for tea. one of which is very shy but is like a different girl at the Hare and Hounds, she comes right out of her shell. As for a stale and musty smell, that is the biggest load of rubbish ever and also slander. As is you’re statement about their largers/beer. My husband being an ex rugby player/fan is a big larger and beer drinker and has never had a bad pint yet so yet again more slander!!! But if that’s how you see it I do remember there were a few houses in Eastgate up for sale/rent if you prefer to be closer to the the pub you prefer to drink in.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 13 November 2022

My first thought this morning was to the lovely taste combination that came with my meal last night. I chose a lamb dish with butter beans and feta cheese. Superb. The menu at the Hare and Hounds is full of interesting and delicious surprises. Certainly...a step up from a typical pub grub menu. My husband went with the trout, huge,locally sourced and cooked with care and attention. Both meals came with generous potions of fresh vegetables. We were both too full for pudding but stayed around for the chat and the variety of Weard'ale that is brewed in house. A real treat. The pubs opening hours are a reflection of current economic times but they are definitely there to provide good food, ale and hospitality over the weekend. Thursday's for drinks, Friday and Saturday for evening meals and Sunday lunchtime for the ever popular carvery.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 November 2022 via mobile

It’s such a shame that this little country pub only opens when it feels like it for a start. Upon entering we were greeted with a stale musty smell and not so friendly faces.. ordered 2 pints and decided to sit outside as the atmosphere...was just awful. Pints tasted foisty and as if they’d been watered down; which I doubt is true but as regular drinkers of lager we noticed they weren’t very nice. My partner actually tipped his out which is very unlike him. We live extremely close to this venue, and it’s such a shame it only opens 2/3 days a week and for only a few hours. We have to travel to Eastgate when we fancy a drink but means one of us cannot as we have to drive. It would be so good if they freshened the place up, had more friendly staff manning the bar, and opened daily. Maybe have karaoke nights and quizzes and Halloween/Christmas/Easter parties or such. Something to get people involved in. We haven’t lived in Westgate long, but a place to meet people and socialise would be great. Very disappointed, but hopeful that the owners can turn it around as it has so much potential.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Tracey456, Owner at Hare and Hounds Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2022

Very sorry you feel this way but diplomacy I’m afraid isn’t one of my strongest points. Firstly we have been here since 2005 and have tried various themes, some work some don’t. We are very much an eating establishment so things like karaoke would not...More

Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

We love traveling up Weardale and I was looking for a pub to bring my in-laws for Sunday lunch. We looked at various places nearer Durham but this place stood out on TA due to the number of great reviews so we booked the day...before and drove 40 minutes to get here. This place is in the beautiful small village of Westgate. It is very much a traditional local pub frequented by local people and it feels like part of the community. The pub does 2 sittings, we came for about 1.10 and it was fairly empty. It was suggested that we order our carvery straight away and we did and by 1.30 there was a huge queue. We had a mixture of beef and turkey which were beautifully cooked with a huge choice of perfectly cooked - not overcooked, vegetables. The roast potatoes and parsnips are cooked in lard (I've never come across this before) so my wife and I who don't eat pork were given the option of having these cooked in vegetable oil which was a very nice touch. We had a few drinks including a couple of tasty local Weardale beers. To be honest I didn't ask how much the carvery was and I assumed it would be around £15. I couldn't believe my eyes when I got the bill and it was just £10! Plus a pint of local real ale was £3! My Father in law said it was the best Sunday lunch he had had for a very long time which was great but slightly annoying at the same time as I had taken him to a posh restaurant for lunch the previous Sunday.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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