Renovated inn with linked bar and dining rooms, attractive contemporary furnishings, real ales, good food and seats in the garden
The good pub guide review
The rooms at this stylish golden-stone inn contain all manner of hare paraphernalia, including photos, paintings, statues, a large glass case with stuffed boxing hares, motifs on scatter cushions and so forth. There's a bar and a couple of little drinking areas warmed by a woodburning stove, with various dining areas leading off: wooden floors, dark grey or dark green painted or exposed stone walls, painted beams, big gilt-edged mirrors and seating that includes stools, wooden or leather dining chairs, long button-back wall seats and cushioned settles around tables of every size ' each set with a little glass oil lamp. Splashes of bright colour here and there brighten things considerably. Stools line the counter, where friendly, well trained staff serve three real ales from breweries such as Butcombe and Hook Norton on handpump and 11 wines by the glass. The garden has tables, benches and chairs on a terrace and a lawn.
The good pub guide food review
They specialise in fresh fish and seafood from Cornwall including moules marinière, smoked mackerel pâté and grilled plaice with lemon and chive butter; also lunchtime sandwiches, ham hock and parsley scotch egg, potted Cotswold game with plum chutney and sourdough toast, lamb rump with savoy cabbage, pancetta and dauphinoise potatoes, chicken breast with spinach and basil gnocchi, Thai sweet potato, vegetable, coconut and almond curry, and puddings such as cherry bakewell tart and apple, pear and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice-cream.
Hare, 3 High Street, Milton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6LA
Weekdays: 12-3, 5.30-11; 12-11 Fri