When tucking into a Sunday roast, it’s safe to say that it’s probably what’s on your plate that matters, rather than the view out of your window.
But what if you want to have your cake (or Sunday roast) and eat it?
I discovered this picturesque pub on the outskirts of Bath that not only does a divine roast, but it comes with one of the best views of Bath and the surrounding countryside.
I regularly travel to and from Cardiff in Wales – the M4 has become my home-from-home over the past few years.
I often ask people for recommendations for pubs and restaurants for stop-offs as like so many I try to avoid the service station fast food stops.
When I was told about the Hare & Hounds on the outskirts of Bath, I didn’t quite believe it – it almost sounded too good to be true.
“Just wait until you see the view”, I was told.
But arriving just after lunch on a beautiful autumnal Sunday afternoon, it really did exist, and what’s more, the rumours were true!
The drive from the M4 takes you along winding roads past pretty villages and spectacular views.
You pull up at a rather cute and quaint cottage-style pub. From the moment you step out of the car, your eyes are transfixed on the sweeping skyline in front of you – it’s very impressive!
Walking in and there’s a hustle and bustle in the air. The restaurant was heaving when we visited – families, groups of friends and couples all sat eating lunch and admiring the views out of the large bay window at the end of the big dining room.
Although I didn’t booked a table in advance (I went on a whim!) the wonderful team managed to squeeze me and my guest in.
But note to the wise – this place gets VERY busy and it’s definitely worth booking ahead, especially if you want one of the prestigious tables by the window.
A roast to reckon with
We ordered two roasts, one pork and one beef, and they didn’t disappoint!
The meat was nice and thick and carved perfectly – it wasn’t chewy and cut beautifully.
It came with nice thick & rich gravy and delicious vegetables and roast potatoes.
My favourite part of a roast is the Yorkshire Pudding – and it can often make or break a Sunday lunch! But there was no concern here, deliciously doughy and the perfect addition to the meal.
I adored the fact that on the menu you could add additional Yorkshire Puddings if you wanted more than one!
After gaining a good kilo or two, there was no way I was going to miss out on dessert. I had already seen various treats being delivered to other tables, and to be quite honest it was really difficult deciding which one to go for!
Death by dessert
My guest and I shared Dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel sauce & chocolate ice cream (my mouth is watering at the thought of it) and it didn’t disappoint.
Goo-y chocolate brownie that melted as you tucked in, with devilishly good salted caramel sauce that went perfectly with the chocolate ice cream (and made a really nice change from the traditional vanilla ice cream that often accompanies these dishes).
A really great combination of flavours – and to be quite honest I could have eaten another.
Best views of Bath
Post-lunch it was time for a stroll around the beautifully-kept garden. I visited in October, and although the sun was out, it was a bit chilly to sit out and eat but there were others enjoying a drink and a nibble and soaking up the incredible view.
I can imagine in the summer it must be almost impossible to get a table here, and i’ll definitely be returning to give it a go!
I could have quite literally spent hours taking in the view over Bath and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
This part of the world is renowned for its rolling hills, spectacular architecture and eye-catching views and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Hare & Hounds in Bath.
The food was of excellent quality and beautifully cooked. There wasn’t anything unusual or striking about this menu for me – the usual gastro-pub dishes feature (including burgers, steak, fish & chips) – but that shouldn’t stop you visiting if you like good, hearty food served with a smile.
It’s safe to say I’ll be returning on one of my many journeys to Wales.
If you want to check out the Hare & Hounds for yourself – visit Hare & Hounds
The Hare & Hounds
Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5TJ
Tel 01225 482682 firstname.lastname@example.org