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The Hare & Hounds

Colchester, Essex

The Heath, Layer Breton

01206 3304 59

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Accomodation Function Room
Beer Garden Bar Snacks
Restaurant Car Park
Live Music Disabled Access
Disabled Toilets Darts


Live Music

Live music events are held once a month, there is cabaret, live bands with 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music.



No of TVs

2 - 2 plasma screens

Food and Drink

Bar Snacks

Various bar snacks are available from behind the bar such as crisps, nuts and many more.


Traditional pub food is available; all food is prepared from locally sought ingredients. Food is served throughout the pubs restaurant area, all is served everyday besides a Monday and Tuesday evenings. Sunday carvery is available 12pm-6pm.


There is accommodation available for all customers wishing to spend the night; there are two double rooms available. All rooms are en-suite and have TV and tea and coffee making facilities, to reserve a room call 01206 330 459.

Function Room

The restaurant can be used to cater for all functions including birthdays, christenings and many more. They can accommodate up to 50 guests with sit down meals and 80 guests at a buffet. All food can also be provided.

Real Ales

There are four real ales available including Abbott, IPA, Woodford’s Wherry and guest ale changing regularly.

Wine Selection

A wide selection of wines are available including red, white and rose. There is also a selection of world wines available from the wine menu.

Draught Beers

Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export, Beck’s Vier, Carlsberg Extra Cold, Guinness and Scrumpy Jacks are available all day.


The Hare & Hounds is approximately a 400 year old freehouse pub set on the Heath in the beautiful village of Layer Breton Essex, five minutes drive from Colchester zoo. They have many traditional features including the famous “well table” requested regularly by their customers. They serve a full selection of draught beers, wine and spirits for your enjoyment along with a range of real ale and soft drinks for all the non-drinkers and drivers. With its great atmosphere and warm and friendly welcome this makes it a fantastic place for everyone one to be, young or old. Customer will never go hungry as they offer a selection of pub food served throughout the pub’s restaurant; all food is quality home cooked food with all locally sourced ingredients delivered daily. Situated on the premises there is a beer garden, which is a great place to sit and relax with a refreshing drink or a tasty meal during the summer months, this is also a great place to accommodate all those customers that smoke. With disabled facilities and a car park makes the Hare & Hounds a suitable place for all. That’s not forgetting the excellent entertainment evenings that take place, with live music and quizzes; these are all fantastic nights for everyone, there is also a bouncy castle at the weekends during good weather, also a beer festival annually third week in July and Thursday –Sunday Hog roast/BBQ and live music all available during the summer. If there are any special occasion coming up why not book the Hare & Hounds, as they can cater for functions of up to 50 guests at sit down meals and 80 guests at a buffet. The pub is comfortably furnished enjoying a reputation for good quality food with polite and attentive staff with landlords Ian and Nicola Dyson. Local and visitors alike come for the quality food and drink and soak up the friendly atmosphere, families with children are always welcome together with well behaved dogs. So why not come and join us for a drink today and experience this great atmosphere for yourself.


Please mention the 'Official Pub Guide' when visiting this pub.