Part of a successful pub group, that somehow manages the difficult trick of making each pub feel individual.
The Hare was built at the turn of the 20th century, but there's been an inn on this site since the 16th century; and the ghost of a woman holding a child is said to have been seen on the staircase here. However, all seems very undaunting during opening hours.
On the food front, you order at the bar and it is then brought to you at a table you have found in one of their various dining rooms. Their offerings range from Sandwiches and Light Bites such as 'Spiced Chili Lamb Pasty with Smoked Chutney & Cucumber Yoghurt Salad' and 'Houmous with Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Salad & Toasted Pitta Bread' to a full à la carte menu.
Starters such as 'Moules Mariniere with Fresh Bread'; 'Chicken Liver Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade'; 'Puff Pastry Parcel of Crayfish, Prawn and Crab in a Mustard, Parsley & Cheese Sauce' and 'A Plate of Mixed Charcuterie' set the style for this.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Malaysian Fish Stew with Sticky Rice'; 'Warm Poached Chicken Salad with Asparagus, Figs, Bacon & Grapes'; 'Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Curly Kale, Roasted Garlic Mash ans Rosemary Jus' and 'Haddock in Beer Batter with Chips, Mushy Peas and Bread & Butter' listed among the mains.
Puds such as 'Passion Fruit Pannacotta & Mango Jelly'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Sherry Trifle' might round off your meal.
The package is in danger of being rather pricey for what's on offer a test inspection brought very dry garlic mash with one dish; supermarket-style buttered bread arriving covered with slightly undercooked chips, plus unasked for tartare sauce taking up too much of the plate (for an inspector allergic to mayonnaise) on an otherwise good dish of fish & chips. Expectation should be high for their more expensive dishes, and the kitchen might not have the nous to deliver these well. We have withheld our GB award for these reasons, but still feel the cheaper dishes offer good value.
Service is friendly and professional.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains £9 to £17
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains £9 to £17
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Tunbridge Wells Rail (3 miles)
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page