the hare and hounds in mill brow.

 good food. country pub.

Dating from 1805, The Hare & Hounds is a hidden gem in the beautiful hamlet of Mill Brow. This traditional country pub has a great atmosphere with roaring fires in the winter, NO loud music, big TV screens or fruit machines, but plenty of conviviality and conversation. Enjoy real ales from the award-winning cellar and the finest of menus for miles around.  The friendly Hare & Hounds pub serves restaurant quality food in a relaxed, happy atmosphere, with freshly prepared food using locally-sourced ingredients and a daily specials board, complemented by an excellent wine list with fine wines at very reasonable prices. The menu is changed with the seasons.


Typical starters include Mussels Buzarra, Asparagus & haloumi salad, Steak Tartare with black pudding, and Pigeon.  Main courses could be Pork Belly with sweet potato fondants, pickled apple and red wine reduction, Rack of local Lamb with garlic and rosemary pommes anna, pea purée and roasted tomatoes, Blue Cheese and caramelised red onion pie with an endive, grape and pecan salad or Sea Bass with chorizo pepperonata. Typical desserts include Double chocolate brownie, Key lime pie and a very novel Egg custard.

Well worth a visit!

Following a trip out this Saturday, one local pub that seems to be prospering is the Hare and Hounds at Mill Brow, Marple Bridge.


We booked a table the night before and that proved to be a wise move. It was crowded when we arrived with probably a full complement of 40 covers. Why is it a success in these straitened times? Reasons could be as follows: the food is good , locally sourced and features dishes that you would not normally make at home. The menu changes frequently and uses seasonal produce. In addition to it’s regular menu, it has a real specials board with daily changes to keep the local diners interested and returning. The pub itself is friendly , clean and has atmosphere. There is an open fire and small side room with a flat screen TV that does not intrude into the main pub. It features a small but well kept range of beers with Veltins for the lager drinkers and a hand pumped cider. The cellarmanship is good and has won awards this year. It has a short but interesting wine list with choices to suit all pockets. Most importantly, especially for the fairer sex , it maintains clean and well presented toilets,


We enjoyed starters of smoked haddock with prawn gratin and scallops with cauliflower puree and crisp proscuitto followed by main courses of a dense, richly flavoured suet pudding of local rabbit and ham served with duck fat chips and black peas  together with Roast Belly pork and Pommes Anna. A very drinkable bottle of Jackman’s Landing Shiraz and a pre prandial pint and another glass of red, with coffee the bill was just shy of sixty pounds.


This was our second visit in as many months and it won’t be the last. It’s not all about the cost.


The Hare & Hounds, 19 Mill Brow, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5LW,  0161 427 4042