When my work colleagues happily announced that we were off to the Hare and Hounds in Mirfield, I was a little sceptical. The name conjured up images of a grotty little pub somewhere, we would be going in, trying not to upset the locals and emerge a few hours later a little blurry eyed and happy we had survived.
Not being a big drinker, I hadn’t been in a pub for years, only ever frequenting the family establishments, if you can class them as pubs at all – be honest, a Wacky Warehouse does detract from drinking, pool and darts a tad.
Anyway, off we went, and I was surprised to find it litereally in the middle of nowhere. If it wasn’t for the car in front slowing down for whatever reason, I think I would have driven straight past the car park entrance, its on a bit of a corner and just jumps out when you least expect it.
The car park is tiny, however, we all managed to find a space and we wandered into the pub.
I was surprised to be greeted by an almost empty pub, a pleasant, clean environment and cheery staff.
This was, as it turned out, was one of those family style pubs, serving food, however, much less emphasis on the family, more sort of a grown up family pub where you can turn up, enjoy a meal and have fun without those annoying kids running riot, spitting chocolate cake at you and wanting to get down to some serious business in the Wacky Warehouse.
I was pleasantly surprised again by the quality of food which is served up. Having a half roast chicken on a bed of crispy potatoes was delicious, and the portion was more than enough. The deserts too were delicious; having a peanut butter cheesecake was possibly the best decision of the day. It looked a little small, however after starting to tuck in, it soon became apparent that it was just about right, and I probably could have eaten anything else.
Price wise, very agreeable, the 2 course costing me less than £15, drinks were a little expensive, however I can’t hold this against the Hare and Hounds.
We all had a fantastic evening, and will certainly be heading back at some point in the future.