“ Address: Watery Lane / Keresley End / Coventry / West Midlands / CV7 8JA / Tel: 0871 951 1000 „
Over Easter myself and my lovely boyfriend went from my home in Weston Supermare to spend the time with my mum and stepfather in Coventry in the West Midlands. We had plenty of things all planned and one was that my parents were taking us out for Sunday lunch (as my Mum hates cooking and refuses to bother most of the time lol). One place they were keen to visit was this pub for a drink and a meal on the Sunday afternoon. They had heard from people how good and reasonably priced it was here and had seen a written article about how the dining room had recently been refurbished of late and this is where we ended up! The Place: The Hare And Hounds: Watery Lane Keresley Coventry CV7 8JA Telephone: 02476 332716 (Please note on the website www.hareandhounds./o.k) you can type in your postcode and you can get directions for the place if you want to!). The Pub: From the outside with its large opening door and patio area with lots of well kept wooden benches and odd umbrellas out there on the day we went it was a gorgeous day and there were plenty of people outside with children and the pub had even hired a bouncy castle for the kids amusement. It was manic out there and really noisy though great for families I'm sure. Inside the bar area you have a light oak bar which is well stocked up with every kind of drink I think I could imagine and is of average pub prices really. There is a black board above the bar telling you what entertainment is coming to the place plus guest ales and the likes are listed and the bar is clean and the staff pleasant enough though a little on the slow side serving drinks. There are two sets of male and female toilets, one near the bar and one near the restaurant and there is a baby changing area plus disabled toilet. All are nothing special but all are clean and smell ok thankfully lol. The bar room with its reddish coloured carpet and dark tables and chairs is slightly dark, comfy sofas make an appearance and its not an overly modern bar but a family type of place. Staff were slow to collect glasses and wipe down tables but all in all it was quiet, with no music playing or anything and simply a fruit machine and an atm machine and the tables are well spaced about so the place doesn't feel claustrophobic and is simple enough (even for prams and wheelchairs to get about easily). This is also a dog friendly pub, I spotted three inside all happy enough though I guess not in the restaurant section. The Restaurant is rather lovely. Simple, basic and not posh with lots of lightening and plenty of light wood tables on a black floor with red flock wallpaper giving it a nice bright feel. My only quibble here was that I felt very on show placed underneath a black board with the specials of the day on that people stood in front of me whilst I was eating trying to eat! The staff were all very smart and attentive and the food was served quick and the bill comes to the table at the end with chocolates. They do an array of usual starters, mains and desserts with on a Sunday a special 2 course lunch being offered for £7.99 a head (which I had!) and specials of the day which is really extensive. So starters are things like Prawn Cocktail, Pate with onion chutney, creamy Stilton button mushrooms and Goats cheese and red onion tart (Vegetarian option). I had the pate and chutney with bread and butter which was a generous portion and came with a Sunday roast as I mentioned earlier though usually would cost £4.25 a serving for the starter alone. My boyfriend had the soup of the day which was chicken and he loved it and that cost £3.50 and came with plenty of crusty bread and butter and my parents had a prawn cocktail each costing £4.25 per head too and that looked lovely with plenty of large prawns and salmon pieces over salad leaves and with sauce. We all loved our starters and my pate and onion chutney was simply gorgeous. Where I live in the West County by the way we are famous for our onion chutney and I eat alot of it and I did worry what Coventry onion chutney would be like but really...it was same and tasted great! For main I had a Beef Sunday lunch will all the trimmings. It was hot, plentiful and just simply gorgeous. I'm funny about roast potatoes not being made at home and tasting like them but these did and my meat was so tender and my vegetables not too overly done. I was so pleased with my dinner I had everyone sampling my beef! My boyfriend had traditional fish and ships which was cod and very white, large and battered and he was happy to report there was no bones or skin in it (which he hates). It came with a small tub of tarter sauce and some garden peas and he had no quibbles with it and loved the deeply crunchy batter and felt it was well worth the £7.95 it cost (although he wasn't paying for it lol!). My Mother had spicy Cajun chicken which came with plenty of fresh salad and a generous helping of chips and my Stepfather went for the 12oz rib eye steak which came with chips, tomato, mushrooms and plenty of home made looking onion rings and a salad garnish for £12.50. There are of course lots of main meal options as I have pointed out including different size steaks and Vegetarians meals such as Mexican bean chilli and mushroom stroganoff. We all loved our generous, piping hot meals and everyone else in the restaurant looked equally happy. Staff were quick, thorough at tidying up tables and any sauce like ketchup you wanted they quickly went and got for you along with cutlery. The desserts we never tried and again there were plenty to choose from, ice cream and the likes costing around the £4.50 mark though I have to be honest we finished with coffees as we had no room left in our bellies and they did a selection of coffees and warm drinks at a couple of pounds a cup and were lovely. There is no smoking area within this pub however the pub is set back from the road and there is ample parking (free of course) available. Its a bit out of the way this pub so only really accessible by car unless you are willing to pay out for a cab but all in all we all gave a big thumbs up to this place where food is great and value and there beer is cool with lots of choice for us all. Family friendly, kids allowed (and animals ) lol the pub is open Monday to Saturday -11am to 11pm, Sunday - 12 noon to 10.30pm with the restaurant serves food 12 noon to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 9pm and Saturday -12 noon to 9pm, Sunday - 12 noon to 8pm.