This village pub nestles at the far end of a commuterville hamlet outside Tadcaster, which is easily found just off the main A64 Leeds to York road.
It’s now back under the wing of Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery; the quality and quantity of food has kept to its high standard. Open for food every lunchtime plus Tuesday to Saturday evenings, the staff are mostly young but very welcoming.
Even as people cross the car park entrance to the outhouse pantry and fridges, customers invariably get a greeting and a smile.
It would be quite a challenge to attempt to eat all three courses. I invariably find a filling main course leaves little room for a pudding.
Starters include Thai fish cakes at 3.95 or home-made (none of that factory stuff, here) Yorkshire puddings and onion gravy at 2.50. Moby Dick is the aptly-named fish chips and peas main course (6.50) which finds the battered fish hanging over the side of the plate. Steak and ale pie (5.50) has been enjoyed in the recent past. On this visit my chicken breast (6.95) was slightly dry where it was not touched by the smooth and tasty smoked bacon and stilton sauce, but the meat was moist on the inside.
The only mild complaint of seafood pie at 6.50 was that the amount of potato in the cheesy topping clashed with the pile of roast and boiled potatoes served with the dish. The pie contained chunks of salmon and white fish plus loads of prawns. The delight over this was shared with a customer from Leeds, at a neighbouring table, who had just returned from round-the-clock food on a Mediterranean cruise.
Traditional puddings (all at 3.25) include hot jam or treacle sponge and custard. Also on the menu is chocolate chunky cheesecake or caramel charlotte.
Salads are from 6.50 and sandwiches, with fillings pouring out of the bread, from 3.75.
Red or white wine can be bought by the litre at 8.50 or a half litre at 4.50. A children’s menu is available at 2.50.
<b>The Hare and Hounds
Tadcaster LS24 9BR
<i> Quentin Gray</i>