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The Hare Restaurant & Bar

Ermin Street | Lambourn Woodlands, Hungerford RG17 7SD, England
01488 71386
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Ranked #4 of 25 restaurants in Hungerford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $34
Cuisines: European, British, Bistro, Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Hare Bar & Restaurant in Lambourn Woodlands is a Grade II listed former coaching inn dating back to 1630. Extended in 2009, it features a modern lounge/bar and a restaurant almost double in size.A relaxed and pleasant ambiance pervades the comfortable dining areas, each with its own distinctive appeal. The Garden Room is available for private parties and can be closed off from the other areas.In the summer months, we offer al fresco dining under a purpose-built gazebo accommodating up to 44 diners to make the outdoor dining experience even more pleasurable.Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty above the valley of the racehorse, The Hare Bar & Restaurant is situated mid-way between Newbury and Swindon, three miles from Junction 14 of the M4.
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82% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I found this restaurant having taken an unplanned detour off the M4 due to a traffic jam one day and decided at a later day to make a visit. The Hare has a very modern, easy going atmosphere, lots of wood but a clean line rather than shabby chic. The owners have really thought about the look and feel for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic sunday lunch we r local thebeef was excellant however you wanted it cooked the service precise with a smile in the words of arnie il be back!!!!!

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We wanted to meet up with our family and Hungerford and The Hare provided the halfway house between our homes. We booked it after consulting TripAdvisor and looking at the favourable reviews. We had a good run through and decided to have a cup of tea while we waited. We has a lovely warm welcome and we were soon enjoying... More

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Stroud, England, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Nothing was too much trouble for the lovely April. She greeted us with a happy smile and continued to smile throughout. The food was good; very pretty to look at as well as tasty, and the décor was pleasant, but as an employer, I always notice fabulous staff, and April would get 10/10. I think staff make or break a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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159 reviews 159 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I went to the Hare at Lambourn Woodlands for lunch mid-week. Not at all busy, but the service was very personal and attentive and the food good. A nice place for good hearty food - nothing too fussy.

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Lambourn, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Not worth the price and no one else there. I had a starter which was tasteless so did not order any thing else, my husband ordered a main but was unimpressed. Shame as we are local so wanted more places to eat out locally.

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11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

the a-board outside said "open", the website suggests the bar should have been open until 8pm and the sign near the car-park said open until 8pm but when I walked in at 7:25pm on Sunday I was met with an empty bar and a chap in the corner who simply said "sorry, we're closed". entirely up to the the pub... More

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TheHareRestaurant, Owner at The Hare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for leaving a review, the catering industry as you know uses poetic licence at times with its opening hours, we serve "lunch" from 12-6 on a Sunday, hence why we normally close at 8. when you visited, we must have rounded up all the stragglers early and decided to shut up shop for a rest, apologies for... More

Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Picked at random for a family Sunday lunch as it was halfway and I'd checked the reviews on here and thought it was worth a try. Initial service was a bit slow as we had to request someone to come and take our drinks order but it improved greatly after that. My roast beef was lovely, perfectly pink and very... More

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TheHareRestaurant, Owner at The Hare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Tracey, thank you very much for the review, you have described us perfectly, more a restaurant than a pub, but can do both! apologies for the grumpy one, we will sort that! glad you had a great meal and as with any of our customers, if you want more veg, more sauce, something a bit different, just ask! its never... More

Hungerford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Go there fairly frequently - nothing is too much trouble, you can adapt the menu - starters as main course etc. Always very friendly - a lone woman would not feel unwelcome. Menu changed frequently - fish and chips always good! The Racing fraternity go there quite often and are always friendly! You might buy a horse! . There is... More

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TheHareRestaurant, Owner at The Hare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Penelope, thank you for the great review! We are very happy that you enjoy coming to see us, and as you say, if we can do something more to your liking, we will of course do our best to please you! Hope to welcome you again very soon. More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

My family and I (2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 8) visited The Hare about 3 years ago for a Saturday lunch, after having read a positive review from a British fine restaurants guide. That day, the food and service were excellent and the setting really pretty. The menu, based on French cuisine, was varied and sophisticated. Good... More

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TheHareRestaurant, Owner at The Hare Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello, firstly let me apologise to you for not meeting your expectations. You are correct in the fact the Hare has changed hands i think twice since you last visited. Back when you did the previous owners were taking the restaurant in a "fine dining" direction, quite simply that wasn't viable hence they sold up. We have been at the... More

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