Hare & Hounds Reopens

The Hare and Hounds at Holcombe Brook is one of the stalwarts of the local real ale scene and has been in the Good Beer Guide for many years. A large, open-plan pub with an excellent outdoor area, it recently changed hands again and has reopened after a £250,000 refurbishment. It’s been spruced up (“rustic contemporary” was whispered in my shell-like) and is looking much better for it. The toilets have had their long overdue overhaul and the pool table, which was wasting valuable corner space, has been replaced by seating. Overall it’s much fresher and brighter with a good mix of seating. And you need to have no fears on the beer front as it will be maintaining its complement of 10 pumps. In fact, to celebrate their reopening, there is a beer festival currently on.

Interestingly, and a sign of the times, they are also advertising their craft beer range. There's nothing to frighten the horses here with Shipyard (keg, not craft; see above) and Brewdog Punk on draught. There is a small craft bottle range that includes Sierra Nevada, Budvar, Brooklyn, Duvel, Fullers Honey Dew and, erm, San Migeul. Food is served all day and includes sandwiches, steak, and fish and chips. The pub is easily accessible by bus with both the 472 and 474 stopping outside. 


Curmudgeon said…
All looks a bit bare, open-plan and pastel-shaded to me.
Tyson said…
It's fair to say that it's not one for the traditionalist but it wasn't that traditional before. Pubcos could learn a lot from Brunning & Price who really go to lengths to make each pub different from others in the group.
Stanley Blenkinsop said…
By heck,you need to be a pit pissed to sit in one of those tartan-clad wing-back chairs.

One-armed bandits AND a TV on all day ?

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