The Hare and Hounds Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Fosse Cross, Nr. Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4NN
The old Roman road, the Fosse Way, runs past The Hare and Hounds on its way to Cirencester, and so naturally this is a pub steeped in history - this Cotswold stone building has remained a local inn since the 1500s. The restaurant still maintains a traditional rustic atmosphere, with its restored flagstones and beautiful oak fireplace. Outside lies a tranquil courtyard, garden and orangery - perfect for sophisticated alfresco dining. In keeping with its history and situation, The Hare and Hounds serves traditional food, with plenty of variety. Gerry Ragosa is renowned for his fish dishes and steaks, and has won numerous awards for his cooking, most recently an AA rosette in 2009. Gerry's step-son Mark Howe has since taken over the position of head chef and looks to be following in his footsteps
I began my meal with marinated lamb's kidneys cooked in red wine, while my vegetarian companion was suitably impressed with her goat's cheese, beetroot and spring onion tart served with orange and parsley dressing - prepared using North Cerney goat's cheese. Ever the carnivore I tucked into a trio of lamb, served with mint and blueberry sauce, while my companion devoured an open vegetable Wellington accompanied by red pepper coulis. Next, we indulged in a slice of baked American cheesecake with fresh cream, and an amaretto and chocolate torte with creme anglaise.
It is the acclaimed food that brings people back to The Hare and Hounds time and again; everything from the ice cream to the bread is made on the premises. It's not just its convenient location (the pub is close to the beautiful Cripps Barn wedding venue) that makes The Hare and Hounds a popular place for wedding receptions - you'll find there's something about this place that makes you feel like celebrating.