Hare & Hounds - Aberthin

British, Gastropub·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Hare & Hounds - Aberthin

Bronze Award

“Easily the best food in South Wales” declares a fan of this re-invigorated 300-year-old boozer and its fresh, whitewashed dining room. While we wouldn’t go quite that far, there’s clearly a lot to applaud at the Hare & Hounds – a self-appointed ‘ale and food house’ driven by seasonal Welsh produce and pickings from the owners’ smallholding. Local lad Tom Watts-Jones earned his spurs at top London venues including noise-to-tail trailblazer St John, and it shows in a daily menu that might offer the likes of grilled lamb’s heart with beetroot, kale and pickled walnut or crispy pig’s cheek with chicory, mustard and pickled apple. Other “innovative” ideas could include pan-fried red mullet with leeks, cockles and langoustine sauce or breast and leg of duck with wild mushrooms, cavolo nero and confit potatoes, while puds feature everything from vanilla custard tart to Champagne rhubarb soufflé. “Great wines and amazing service” too.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Gastropub
Cool, Cosy, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Food Hygiene Rating


At the Hare & Hounds, the goal is simple. To give diners quality food and drink in a casual, comforting setting. And, based on its Bib Gourmand and endless features in guides, that goal is being achieved every service. The menus here change twice each day, as the focus is on locality and seasonality. You can choose the format, from a la carte to a nine-course tasting menu. There is a lot of range in the dishes, so we recommend going all out with the tasting menu with wine pairings for the full experience. 

A sample tasting menu from the Hare & Hounds will tell you all you need to know. It kicks off with malt sourdough and house focaccia with cultured butter, followed by an oyster with rhubarb granita. Heading towards the heartier portion of the evening, diners can expect a truffled celeriac and mushroom tart followed by cuttlefish ravioli. The main event, however, might be a 60-day dry-aged raw Welsh black sirloin with pickled mustard seeds, beef fat chip and cured egg yolk. Switching back to seafood, steamed brill with leeks and clams could follow before switching back to a roast and braised Torgelly Farm lamb with mint sauce. Diners can expect dessert to keep up the energy with dessert, which typically features the likes of a champagne rhubarb souffle, followed up by petit fours. 

The a la carte menu is a more pared-back affair, featuring starters like crispy pig cheek with chicory, mustard and pickled apple; smoked eel with soda bread, pickled forced rhubarb and horseradish or raw fallow venison with pickled walnut and beetroot. Sides match the rest of the excellent British food, including purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy, cavolo nero with roasted squash and deep fried new potatoes in garlic butter. The Bib Gourmand represents The Hare & Hounds well: extremely good food, priced affordably. 


Is there a tasting menu at Hare & Hounds?

Yes, there is.

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Maendy Road, Aberthin, Cowbridge, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF71 7LG

01446 774892 01446 774892


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 16:00-23:00
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-22:00


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