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Hare & Hounds Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Only spent 1 night but would recommend it. The staff and the owner were very approachable helpful and friendly. The food was great (especially the bubble and squeak scotch egg) Thank you all Lee and Joy

We stayed at the Hare and the Hounds about 22 years ago, and have dreamed of going back. Well, I guess there's no helping it, we change, places change. The place we remembered was a lot rougher, but more typical English,at least to us. At that time they talked about the resident ghosts, but they seem to have left. The room hadn't changed much, and I personally mean that in a good way. We even got the exact same room that we had all those years ago! There was some WIFI connection, spotty. The room was clean and had a modern TV. The restaurant and pub area are now more polished, and they seem to be encouraging holding wedding parties there. We had our evening meal at the restaurant. I had the Steak and Good Old Boy Pie, and my husband the Fish Pie. The food was very good, but there was a strange incidence during the meal. I went to put salt on my mashed potatoes and the salt came gushing out. I had to scrape off the top layer of potatoes in order to eat them. Then a lady at a neighboring table had the same problem with her salt shaker, and her whole meal had to be replaced. When I mentioned to the server that I too had had problems with the salt, he just dismissed it with "hum, never had that problem before" I find that hard to believe and what a simple fix it could be for the guests. The food at breakfast was also quite good, but our server acted like she would rather have been elsewhere, no "good morning" to be had from her. And again at that table I had to be careful with the salt shaker. The property doesn't have much around it to do on foot. Its probably a 20 min walk to Newbury, which we did before, but not this time. There is ample parking in the rear. I debated about giving a "very good" or "average", I guess it was the fact that it didn't seem as welcoming as I remembered that made me go with the lower one.

I visited the Hare and Hounds last year and wanted to bring my husband as I was so impressed. We came for lunch a couple of weeks ago and were not disappointed. After ordering a drink at the bar we explained we didn't have a reservation but would like to eat and we were quickly shown to a table by a young lady. She brought our drinks and took our order and our starters arrived with barely any wait . At lunch times I feel this is a great quality as our time is always limited when we are travelling. I recommended the fish pie to my husband as it is his favourite and I'd had it last time and I had the cod and chips. You don't often get cod these days so it was a lovely treat. We chatted to the young lady (she was called Lisa) and she explained that all the meat served was locally sourced and that the fish was from a local fishmonger who had his own boat. It makes you feel good to eat some thing tasty and know you are doing your bit to help local suppliers stay in business. I managed to squeeze in a chocolate brownie pudding ! As previously, we had a lovely welcome to the hotel and the waitress (Lisa) was very knowledgable about the menu and food which we felt was important to the hotel as a friendly face will always bring you back as well as good food.

Just returned from 'lunch' (which we never actually so I'm writing this over my cheese sandwich). The lady who 'greeted' us couldn't be ruder, she then didn't put our order through, 40 mins later I asked, politely, where our food was and she barked that she would put it through now. We then overheard her complaining about us to another member of staff. We decided to leave it as it was now 55 mins since our arrival. Awful. On a more positive note the cheese sandwich is nice (at my house though..).

I was there for 3 nights in May 2017 and enjoyed it very much! I chose it for its proximity to Highclere Castle (I'm a Downton Abbey addict) as well as previous reviews on TripAdvisor. The room was fine and the people lovely - very helpful to a newcomer in the area. The food is Outstanding and I took all my meals while I was there - The Barn Restaurant at the inn was an exceptional dining experience - I highly recommend the port shoulder - even took photos to make my family jealous! I also had the privilege of meeting Bertha (the remarkable roasting oven) while chatting with the chef. I highly recommend a stay at the inn and I know all the folks there will treat you like family! Enjoy!

Great service. The rooms are of a good standard and very reasonably priced. Staff are very friendly and helpful. All our needs were catered for. I had taken the precaution of taking a highchair in to the Barn dining area for my 18 month old granddaughter only to find there was one already there with her place name set on the table. I appreciated this attention to detail. The main room (the Barn) was very nicely decorated and is a very pleasant area with a temporary bar and dance floor. The main bar is just a few feet away so our family and friends could visit either. I noticed the staff liaising with the photographers in order to coordinate timings for events (such as the cutting of the cake) and photo opportunities. Another professional touch. Breakfast the following day was of a very good standard. The English breakfast was well presented, very well cooked and not at all greasy. A minor criticism would be the pot of tea which could have benefited from a second teabag. I would definitely stay here again and have no hesitation recommending it to others.

My wife and I stayed overnight at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, Newbury after having made a reservation via an internet search company. On arrival despite having a reference number to quote the receptionist could find no trace of the reservation. This was quickly and calmly resolved and we were allocated a room. The en suite room was light clean airy and comfortable with the usual tea and coffee making facilities. ( It was away from the main hotel, but very quiet. Breakfast was served in main hotel and was delicious, probably the best breakfast I have had in a hotel in a long time. Service was good, and overall I thought that the hotel was first class for value, location (good access the A 34 and town centre) and the breakfast was delicious. Well done to the manager and staff.

Weve eaten in this pub before and all was good. Having family visiting we chose to return. As a party of 6 we were truly dissapointed to say the least. Not sure if the staff/chef have changed but things are just not the same. To start, the drinks we ordered arrived wrong, they were taken back and changed. When our starters arrived the two 'tomato' soups we ordered were the wrong colour and when we queried the flavour we were told it was as the tomato soup should be. When our daughters soup came out as the main course it was tomato soup!! We asked again and were told that the first two soups were actually white onion and cheese! We were told the old soup had been used before the new flavour started.. although we were told tomato was the 'soup of the day'. If any of us had any kind of allergy issues I dread to think of the concequences. The beef in the roast was a couple of very thin very fatty slices which looked like it had been boiled, I can only assumed it was kept warm in water. The steak pie was good but it was obvious that the chip fryer oil desperately needed changing.The fish was tasteless. We were charged for extra food on the bill which we hadnt had. The waiter applologised for this. We suggested the bill was very unclear. They had put single dishes together to make up two or three course meals which did not make sense as we had already explained we had ordered only soup starter (as a main course) for our children due to the size of the main courses. This worked out more expensive than to individually price. If we hadnt queried the bill we would have paid £22 more than we needed. There appeared to be total lack of communication between staff. In all we were very unhappy and will not be returning.

Really nice meal at the barn. The staff, especially the guy were good. Food was a little slow, but could be as bank holiday weekend. Would definitely go back. Kids meal had fantastic veg; carrots, red cabbage, leeks and broccoli so nice for kids to have decent veg, not a pea in sight. Thanks!

My son and now daughter in law booked this hotels restaurant for their reception as it was close to home. The hotel put on a stunning display and first class meal for the assembled 40 odd people. The menu was fabulous and served promptly and with style by the dining staff, with no request too much trouble. I would throughly recommend 'The Barn' to anybody in a similar position and I would expect that the restaurant would be a very nice place for a meal for a couple, sadly a little bit to far away to visit from my home town.

20 Bath Road Newbury England

Hotel highlights

  • Free English breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a mile (2 km) of Deanwood Park Golf Course, Hare & Hounds Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Donnington Castle. This 3-star hotel has 30 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Newbury Town Hall and Watermill Theatre are also nearby.


Free English breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 30 rooms feature coffee makers, phones, and desks. TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

At Hare & Hounds Hotel, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a library, and express check-out. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Suite, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 614 reviews