Located within the famous Cotswolds triangle of Burford, Chipping Norton and Stow- on- the- Wold lies The Hare at Milton– under– Wychwood, the ideal country pub lunch stop in a cosy, rural setting.
I find there’s always a special feel to the Cotswolds when visiting for the weekend; being surrounded by the gorgeous golden Cotswold stone buildings and rolling, cobbled hills which sit within the historical & lively market towns and stately gardens.
With one of my bestie’s getting married nearby in Lechlade, Glouchestershire, I just knew this fine, sunny weekend in May was going to be an extra special one!
As this post is focussing purely on my restaurant recommendation at The Hare, I’ll skip to the morning after the wedding which is when we decided a serious Sunday lunch was needed, along with a little exploration of the quintessential English villages nearby.
The Hare had been recommended by a few Wedding guests from the weekend who are all locals to the area, and so I thought there had to be something unique about this restaurant with it being a popular talking point, especially when there’s lots of similar Cotswold-stone country pubs in the area. So what gave it the edge?
Upon arrival with my parents and other half, we were greeted by two friendly waitresses who were asking us all about the wedding (as a Bridesmaid with a 1940s hairstyle still in place from the night before it ended up being quite a provocative conversation starter!) We were soon seated at the booth next to the main window which was notably the best table in the restaurant; candle-lit and rustic, just what you want on a chilled Sunday afternoon.
We soon ordered the crusty bread & marinated olives (£5) along with a glass of red and local ale for the men.
For a little insight into the produce at this restaurant, the Hare’s Head Chef, Matt Dare, is renowned for being hugely passionate about cooking and utilises the ingredients cooked in the kitchen from local suppliers. Hence, the availability for the freshest fish and seafood which is sourced from the shores of Devon and Cornwall which are delivered daily – as backed up on the restaurant’s website here.
As you can see from the Marine Cuisine ‘Specials Menu’ above, we were spoiled for choice and eager to try out a couple of the seafood dishes available.
Let’s start with the dish I ordered; I usually prioritize a meal with a meat and pasta/risotto or rice combination – the Fillet of line caught cornish Hake, smoked salmon spring onion & parmesan risotto was therefore right up my street.
As a special, this dish was priced at £17.50, an expected price in the area.
The creamy texture of the dish complimented the Hake perfectly, and the soft flavours balanced out nicely with a drizzle of sharp balsamic vinegar on top. The fish was cooked perfectly and touched up well with a squeeze of lemon, leaving a zesty taste on the palate.
I’d normally choose white wine to go with white meat & fish, but The Hare’s House Red Chile Merlot surprisingly mixed well with the fish – going wild on a Sunday!
My Mum went for the Sea Bream pictured below, which was another great choice with a carb & fish combo dish.
The Seared Black Bream came with oddington asparagus, garden pea & wild garlic linguine. This was priced slightly higher than my Risotto Hake at £18, and again did not fail to deliver. The cream sauce tasted very similar to my risotto sauce but this sea bream below came with a pesto dressing, of which the slightly saltier pesto dressing complimented the linguine type pasta fabulously.
The boys both selected the Steaks from the Main Menu above; the 8oz rump steaks which came with baby gem lettuce, béarnaise sauce & skinny fries. Another dish cooked well and priced at £20, again no pricing surprises there.
Leaving room for pudding, I went for the Treacle Tart which was offered from the Main Menu.
I wouldn’t normally go for a treacle tart (as you’ll see Sticky Toffee Pudding or Creme Brulee crop up much more often on my other blog posts on eatoutmoore.com) but this pudding has most definitely swayed me to go for treacle more often.
A hidden gem in the dessert world!
Alongside the Warm Treacle Tart accompanied with Cotswold clotted cream (as sweet & sensational as it sounds!) we thought we’d go for the Macaroons which came in 3 for £3.50. Again, another delicious bite size dessert I wouldn’t normally go for but left me feeling very satisfied with my post lunch Earl Grey Tea.
It’s also worth noting The Hare was certified with The National Pub & Bar Awards 2018 (County Winner) which proves this restaurant’s excellent high standards, so it’s clearly not just me & the wedding guests from Gloucestershire’s recent ‘do’ recommending this place!
So there you have it – The Hare in Milton– under– Wychwood, a great discovery in the heart of The Cotswolds.