I dined with my partner at the Jugged hare last Monday. The restaurant staff were very attentive, genuinely interested and cannot be faulted. I had the wild boar terrine as a starter. I think it was too fresh from the fridge - completely tasteless, and the Melba toast was toasted far, far too much - it was like wood. My main was the haunch of fallow deer. This was served lukewarm, bloody and completely undercooked. I complained and it was taken away to be re-presented ten minutes later - warm, undercooked and bloody. I complained again and was told that this was 'how we serve it', Unacceptable, especially at £22, Why not ask, as you would with a steak, how the customer would like it? It's not rocket science. Very disappointed. My partner had the walnut salad which she hugely enjoyed and then the duck which was dripping blood, and very disappointing. I will never eat here again.
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu Mar 22 2012
After years of very thin pickings, the Barbican has recently acquired not one but two classy gastropubs. This, and the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms (opened in 2011) are both part of Ed and Tom Martin’s ten-strong empire. The Jugged Hare was once called the King’s Head; it’s been handsomely remodelled, with a lovely oak floor, red leather seating and more than a scattering of stuffed and mounted animals.
The bar is an idealised version of an old drinking haunt; pints of real ale (four on draught) are downed at tables fashioned from antique whisky barrels. Bar snacks are a cut-above: chips and gravy; pork crackling with apple sauce; venison scotch egg with Cumberland sauce. There’s a bar menu in the same vein.
Vegetarians will have got the message by this point. Meat rules, with just one veggie dish of the day, though there’s plenty of seafood on the dining room menu (prettiest item: poached langoustine worthy of a still life painting).
Game is a feature; a perfectly cooked wood pigeon (from the rotisserie) was helped to star status by accompanying lentils with dripping. Also good was a super-size wild boar and venison sausage, which we paired with a sprightly beetroot and fennel slaw.
The kitchen can do delicate too – a salad of spring pea, broad bean, radish, dandelion, goat’s curd and walnut made a refreshing starter only marred by bullet-like peas, while lemon junket with blood orange jelly was a dreamy finish.
Dishes come from an open kitchen, a space that adds warmth and light to an already appealing dining room. A lot of warmth comes from the staff too: all well drilled, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. And there’s a lot to know about the latter: there are wines by the glass from a wine preservation system, monthly wine flights (this month has three 50ml measures of pinot noir in white, red and sparkling variations for £9), a producer of the month and, overall, an emphasis on small independent vineyards.
Not everything here works perfectly yet – there’s a fetish for serving food in containers (tins, ceramic pots, kilner jars) that seems fussy, especially as many dishes then need decanting for ease of eating. A bitter, slightly burnt coffee and dull white bread were our only other grumbles. But overall, there’s a great sense of pride and attention to detail – nicely epitomised by the bespoke Jugged Hare bottled pale ale, commissioned from Sambrook’s Brewery.
Jugged Hare 49 Chiswell Street
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020 7614 0134
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Open 6.30am-11pm Mon-Wed; 6.30am-midnight Thur, Fri; 7am-midnight Sat; 7am-10.30pm Sun. Breakfast served 6.30-10.30am Mon-Fri; 7-11.30am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat. Dinner served 5.30-10.45pm Mon-Fri; 6-10.45pm Sat. Meals served noon-9.30pm Sun
Tube: Barbican or Moorgate tube
Main courses £12-£27. Set meal (5.30-6.30pm, 9.30-11pm daily) £22 2 courses, £27 3 courses. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £85
- 49 Chiswell Street
- 020 7614 0134
- 49 Chiswell Street
- Jugged Hare
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23 November, Saturday. Lunch for four. Longhorn hamburger ordered medium well and served uncooked-to-rare in the bulk of the meat. I asked to send back to kitchen. Blonde female manager asked was there problem to which I showed her the meat was uncooked. Burger goes back to kitchen and several minutes later a new burger with a portion of the first burger is re-served and the new burger is also uncooked-to-rare through. So this went back to the kitchen without a further order for alternate entree. Colleagues had the Roe deer sausages which a tasting of revealed to be dried out and chewy. We asked for the bill to be split in two with the wine to be put on our bill. Our invoice arrived with additional items including not two but three bottles of wine, a caesar salad never order and two (2) pints of ale. Our colleagues bill had similar "errors" to which we applied a sharp pencil and asked for the correction. The food was poor to fair and items not ordered were added mysteriously to our bills. Not interested in returning nor recommending to others this eatery.
We dropped in for a snack, and had just starters and a glass of wine at the counter by the kitchen. Delicious wild boar terrine and good wines, and we were made to feel very welcome even though the restaurant and pub were heaving. Not cheap, but definitely worth it for the quality and friendly vibe.
I had dinner with a friend at The Jugged Hare for the first time last Thursday. The menu was excellent: superb seasonal fayre at appropriate pricing for the environs. The service was attentive; the staff were knowledgable and welcoming. I liked the décor of the dining room, part of the former Chiswell Street Brewery, which was festooned with taxidermy. I liked the buzz from the bar, which was far enough away to be unobtrusive but loud enough to enhance the dining experience. All in all, a welcome find in an area packed with unexpected pleasures.
Read some poor reviews below, so was wary. Good service. Child's main came with our starters as ordered. Staff attentive but not intrusive. Excellent aged steak with real depth of flavour. One of the best we've had in London. Haunch of venison nice, thought small portion and no sides for £21 which is pushing it for lunch. We'd go again. Wine recommendation spot on and under £30. Also 10 children in restaurant. All well behaved. Who said the Brits can't dine out as a family without carnage and chaos.
Deservedly busy at mid week lunchtime with a lively atmosphere, good timely service, very good food at £100 for two inc. wine. I would suggest booking in advance as seems very popular.
Came here with friends over the weekend. Nothing special at all. Wouldn't return. Most of our food was either dry or chewy. Nice, lively atmosphere however.
One of the best meals I've had out in London in a long time. Fresh, delicate lobster salad, followed by a juicy t-bone veal steak with chips, bearnaise and gravy, all punctuated by a delicious 'burnt chocolate' cream. My girlfriend's choices were equally outstanding. Service was impeccable. Nibbles, a couple of side dishes and several drinks each helped furnish a rather chunky bill, but it was worth every penny.
Great atmosphere, fun decor, friendly service. Bone marrow starter delicious and roast chicken from spit superbly moist. Thoroughly enjoyable, looking forward to next visit.
I went to the Jugged Hare on a friend's recommendation, and I have to say it didn't disappoint. I absolutely luuuurrrve this place. It has a great atmosphere, fab food and is just that wee bit 'quirkily' British. In fact it kind of takes us back to what made Britain famous for it's pub culture - but only in a good way. The food is fantastic - unapologetically meaty - and the service great. A couple of dishes we tried were the wild boar sausages and the rib-eye with Bearnaise. Both delicious. There are some unusual things on the menu too which were surprisingly good. Squirrel can you believe??? They certainly made a talking point anyway, adding to the experience, which I can only say was altogether top class!
A family sunday lunch in the Jugged Hare was fantastic treat. My wife had booked it and I wasnt sure what to expect. We had a great afternoon. The staff were lovely looking after both my wife and I and also entertaining the children. We opted for the roast leg of mutton with all the sunday garnishes, it was the best roast I think I have ever had at a restaurant. This was followed quickly by Sea-buckthorn junket, which didn't dissapoint. We enjoyed a good couple of hours here, the children were welcomed, the food amazing and the service was outstanding. We will be back!
Although the term gastropub is in itself quite an obnoxious term the attitude of the Jugged Hare is anything but,The bar staff are absolutely brilliant, and good natured about all that they do, although not entirely well supervised, the bar food is excellent, the scotch eggs being a favourite dish.
Given that every other review I've read for the Jugged Hare has been excellent, we must have gone on a really bad night. The fish was as dry as a bone and luke warm, the mashed potato that went with it was also luke warm and very oily. It turned up so quickly, I can be assume that the food had been sitting prepared in the kitchens for a long time. Service was mediocre, the chocolate desert was nothing special and the bill for the meal was absolutely extortionate for what it was. There is no way either of us would go again.
Had high hopes from the review and first impressions upon arriving. Venue looks great. Classy decor. Starters: friend had the crab which was good. I had a goats cheese salad drowned in dressing. Mains: we both had rump steak. Both were over-cooked. Mine drastically so. Presentation of dishes was very nice. Service wasn't rude, but gave the impression of not really caring and was consistently forgetful (had to ask again for things a number of times - they weren't busy). Style over substance. Was never asked if everything was OK. At the prices you're paying, these basic mistakes are unforgivable. Wouldn't return.
Sunday roast lunch - nice atmosphere, good service but the food is the reason we came after the recent review on this website. Presentation very good, but was served luke warm, especially the vegetables. Roast potatoes not crispy or fluffy, using the wrong type of potatoe. Charged extra for ice cream with treacle tart, very mean with their desert portions. Shame as far too expensive, paying for the Harris tweed waistcoats that the waiters wear, then the actual meal.
A nice atmosphere with slightly hit and miss food. Coming in at nearly £50 a head, the Jugged Hare is aiming a bit too high. The starters, wine list and service were good, (in fact the crab starter was excellent) however both mains were over cooked and they have inherited the terrible bread from Chiswell Sreet Dining Rooms. These details would not be a problem in a simple pub but this far too expensive to be viewed as such.