The Jugged Hare is a gastropub restaurant a stone-throw away from the Barbican centre. I’d heard some good things about it, so we decided to try it out.
The owners also own Chiswell Street Diningroom, which is situated a few hundred yards on the same road. The Jugged Hare is a gastropub that specialises in game dishes. In that sense it’s similar to The Harwood Arms (the Michelin starred restaurant in Fulham).
The food at the Jugged Hare is mostly sourced from Billingsgate market and the game meat is sourced from a game wholesaler, who hunts the game the day before it’s served in the restaurant. As a result the produce used is high quality and fresh.
During our visit to the Jugged Hare we tried the following dishes:
- Glazed pig’s cheeks and Herefordshire snails (7.5/10)
- Prawn croquettes (9/10)
- Longhorn beef burger, Applewood smoked Cheddar and chips with Coleslaw and extra Snails, smoked garlic and parsley (7/10)
- Cauliflower and cheese (7.5/10)
- Snail side dish (8.5/10)
- West Devon Kid and Yorkshire Rabbit Pie (8/10)
- Victoria plum tart and clotted cream (8/10)
- Burnt chocolate cream and pistachio praline (8/10)
Most of the dishes we tried were good. Especially the Prawn croquettes and the Snails side dish were very good. However, the Longhorn beef burger was a disappointment. Particularly the bread was to dry and tough, which made it difficult to bite into. Compared to the Harwood Arms the cooking compares about the same.
The bill at the Jugged Hare came to £86 in total (incl. coffee, water and service charge), which is too high in my opinion (especially since we didn’t have any wine). The service at the Jugged Hare is good.
All in all, the Jugged Hare is a good option for dinner or lunch if you happen to be in the Barbican area, but do bring your wallet, you’ll need it.
Overall rating for the Jugged Hare: 7/10
(The rating reflects quality of cooking, quality of food, overall service and price)