The Hare is part of the White Brasserie Company chain. I think this used to be a Blubeckers and the White Brasserie purchased Blubeckers and re-branded their outlets. Those who remember Blubeckers, from their first place in Shepperton, Surrey back in the early 80s, to a large chain, will remember good food and atmosphere at reasonable prices.
At the rear is a large garden – you can just have a beer or a full meal outside.
We had a table for six inside. We ordered a bottle of French Malbec (£24.50) and a jug of tap water. We skipped starters and went straight for mains.
My first choice was pie of the week. But when I asked if this was a proper pie, with a pastry base, rather than a casserole with a pastry top, I was told it was the latter. I hate that type of pie and wish pubs wouldn’t take the easy route like this.
My second choice was King scallops Provençale, chargrilled courgette, sautéed potatoes, padron peppers, cherry tomato sauce, deep-fried herb crumb £19.90 but the waitress advised this was a ‘smaller’ meal – I guess because Scallops are expensive.
My third choice was Rack of British lamb, Dauphinoise potato, smooth pea purée, lamb jus £22.50 but the waitress advised this was also a ‘smaller’ meal.
So I gave in and went for Steak Frites: 9 oz rump steak, chips, ‘Café de Paris’ herb & mustard butter £19.95
It wasn’t a bad steak but nothing amazing. I wish now I’d tried my second or third choice as they were harder dishes to prepare.
My fellow diners went for:
Pie of the week: traditional homemade pie, seasonal vegetables £12.50
Duck leg confit with black cherry sauce, Dauphinoise potato, pot-roasted carrots, celery, parsnip & French beans £16.55
Slow-cooked Bœuf Bourguignon, red wine, lardons, baby onions, mushrooms, smooth mash £16.65
Mrs Keen’s gammon steak, fried Watercress Lane duck egg, chips 12.00
Everyone was happy with their food – especially the duck.
The jug of tap water wasn’t replenished automatically – we had to ask each time.
I visited the washrooms and they were clean and well-maintained. The only downside was there was just a hot air dryer and no towels.
I would probably go back. The Hare appears to be continuing the Blubeckers ethos, but could be improved upon.
The Hare Pub Brasserie
Old Redding, Brookshill
Harrow Weald, Middlesex
020 8954 4949
Mon-Thurs: 12pm to 10pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 12pm to 9pm
Mon-Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 12pm to 10pm