WHAT better way to celebrate Christmas than sampling festive fayre at an 18th century countryside pub in front of a roaring log fire.
A visit to the Hare and Hounds Inn, Luzley, is a step back in time, yet with all the modern-day creature comforts.
Your hosts Geraldine and Michael Duffy have put together a full range of Christmas menus and entertainment evenings to make an extra special visit to this gastro pub that has a special ambiance.
There is something to suit all pockets, but be quick as the restaurant, that has 60 covers in addition to the bar areas, is already heavily booked.
The Christmas early bird is for lunchtime and early evening, Tuesday to Friday, offering two courses for £12.50 and three for £15. The Christmas festive set menu is £24.50 for three courses.
The Christmas Day menu is £54.50 for adults and £25 for children under the age of 10 while there is a full a la carte menu on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Geraldine, Michael and family ask you to join them on New Year’s Eve for a ticket-only event at a cost of £35 that includes food and a disco.
But it is not only Christmas you can enjoy as they offer a full a la carte menu throughout the year, early bird dining on Tuesday-Friday and a Sunday roast menu.
And the pub has another speciality with its impressive array of gin cocktails.
Head chef Damian Rogers, who is supported by chef Jenny Wiseman, sources all food locally by supporting a local butcher and greengrocer.
Geraldine began working at the Hare and Hounds Inn as a maitre d’ for the previous owner but, after 10 months, she and husband Michael bought the business.
That was almost seven years ago and the couple have stamped their mark on the pub as it is very much a family business as daughters Shauna and Annie have a hands-on involvement.
Annie runs the restaurant while Shauna works in the restaurant and bar.
After living off-site, Geraldine and Michael carried out a full conversion three years ago and now reside at the pub.
Geraldine says Luzley is a tight-knit community with the pub at the heart.
“All our neighbours, who are like family, will be spending time with us over Christmas and New Year and we would like to welcome customers, old and new,” she said.