Tucked away on the outskirts of Harrow a gastro pub has had a make over and promises to become one of the boroughs new hot spots.
I arrived at the well lit up country looking pub, as my friend and I walked into the large and spacious building I felt a warm comfort from the hustle and bustle of locals enjoying their dining and the oak beams and cast iron fireplaces.
The Hare in Old Redding, Harrow has recently been taken over by The White Brasserie Company, the historic pub which was established in 1706 is looking better than ever, and offers a stunning new menu.
I chose a bottle of wine which was recommended to me by the friendly waiters who were impeccably dressed to impress, I then went on to chose a starter which was potted shrimp.
The dish was small but more than enough for a starter, my friend had a selection of salads as her first course which went well with the potted shrimp as we tried each others dishes.
The menu showcases seasonal, British produce with classic pub dishes and plenty of French influences. Other starters included rainbow beetroot and smoked goat’s curd; coastal cheddar cheese soufflé with a warm cheddar sauce; and Burgundian snails with garlic herb butter.
For our mains, I had the duck, which was very rich but enjoyable, my friend had the fish special.
Other mains included Toulouse sausage with a Lyonnaise sauce; fresh fig Jervaulx blue cheese and onion tart; and dressed Brixham crab with lemon mayonnaise.
Pub stalwarts include Mrs Keen’s gammon steak with a duck egg and chips; pie of the week; 30 day dry-aged Cornish heritage steaks; and a Ploughman’s and Fisherman’s board.
Both my friend and I were shocked at the long list of steaks on offer, the waiter took us through each option on the blackboard and obviously knew what he was talking about, although we are both steak fans we decided against those options and went for something different.
After our two courses we were full but decided to give it one last go and share a cheese board, which was minimal but just right for us after our large portion mains.
There was also the option of having a set menu with two courses available from £11.95 and three from £14.45 including a glass of wine.
Overall the evening was pleasant, the staff were well mannered and very attentive, what I liked most is that we didn't have to wait for long for each course-which in many restaurants can become a drag.
We left very full and content, I would definitely recommend going there, I was pleased to see the new make over had already made an impact in Harrow, we went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was busy- so might be worth booking in advance.
The Hare, Old Redding, 55 Brookshill, Harrow Weald, HA3 6SD, 020 8954 4949, firstname.lastname@example.org