This was our first visit to the Hare and Hounds; we had booked two nights accommodation in the suite located in Silkwood Court. Our plan was to eat in the bar for the Saturday evening and then we had pre-booked a 3-course dinner for the Sunday night. We arrived early evening, the first thing we noticed as we drove in, was a wedding in full swing, but there was enough parking at the rear so that wasn’t a problem. We checked in and the lady from reception guided us personally to our room, she was friendly, chatty and engaging and I mentioned in passing that Sunday was our 1st wedding anniversary. She offered to have our bags take to our room, but we had parked quite close, so we managed by ourselves.
The room was nicely presented, clean, with a large comfy bed, good sized bathroom with a shower and separate bath and being a suite a separate lounge. Plenty of tea and coffee provided, in fact the young lady who came turn down the bed, was keen to give us more if we wanted it. She also left tomorrows weather forecast on the pillow which was a nice touch (apart from it said rain!) If I was determined to be critical, I could say that the television only had the standard 5 channels (well four as one of them had, somewhat bizarrely, got the picture stuck on Rhubarb the dog from the Rhubarb and Custard cartoon). But then if I’d had wanted to spend my time watching TV I’d have stayed at home, so to us that didn’t detract from our weekend.
Once settled in we though it best to head straight to the bar (Jack Hares) and order food as having been to places with a wedding on before, we’ve had long waiting times and struggled to find a table. Although bustling, we had no trouble finding a table and after getting drinks at the bar, we ordered starters and main course from the bar menu. The quality of the food and service was excellent, if it hadn’t been for people wandering about in suits and tailcoats from time to time, you would never have known there was a large wedding going on. The food was lovely, perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was presented beautifully without being pretentious, and the quality and flavours would grace many an expensive high-end restaurants menu.
On the Sunday, unfortunately the weather wasn’t being co-operative, so after a very nice cooked breakfast we had a morning out and about, but decided to return for a late lunch, once again in Jack Hares bar. Having dinner booked for later in the evening, we decided to try the sandwiches, which were once again excellent. Both meals we had in the bar could not be faulted on service or quality, and although you’ll find bar food cheaper in other establishments, I have to say that the value for money when you look at what is presented on your plate is as good as, if not better, that anywhere else we have visited. After lunch we had a stroll around the grounds, we are nicely kept, with two tennis courts at the back, but sadly the weather wasn’t allowing us to spend much time enjoying the garden.
So to the evening, we had booked for 8pm, but we went for a drink in the bar before hand. I mentioned at the bar that we were here for dinner at eight, shortly afterwards they brought complimentary olive and breadsticks along with the restaurant menus to peruse while we enjoyed our drinks.
The restaurant food did not disappoint, as much care is taken with the food for the dining room as it is for the bar. We had booked a three course meal, but between each course was a complimentary extra, all beautifully prepared. I won’t go through each course, but we found everything to be perfectly cooked and presented, with fantastic flavours. The service was excellent, without feeling rushed or slow. I will make mention of the dessert when it came, on my wife’s plate they had piped in chocolate ‘Happy Anniversary’, which considering I only mentioned it in passing on arrival, which to me showed the thought they put into what they do, and it may be a little thing but sometimes these little touches are what can make an evening that extra bit special.
So to summarise my experience of the Hare and Hounds would be to say that every course of every meal was excellent, the staff we helpful, courteous and hardworking and the rooms and grounds were lovely. Will we be back? well my wife wanted to go back the next weekend! So yes we will return and we would happily recommend it, now if they can only find a way of controlling the weather…..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming hotel set in beautiful gardens and woodland - ideally located with excellent road links to M4 and M5 motorways. The hotel offers 44 individually furnished bedrooms and suites. There are two spacious lounges plus a choice of dining. The elegant Westonbirt Restaurant offers a fine selection of dishes utilising seasonal and local produce wherever possible. The informal menus in Jack Hare's are also seasonal and are served in traditional pub surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hare And Hounds Tetbury
- Hotel Hare And Hounds
- Best Western Tetbury
- Tetbury Best Western