Recently voted one of the top 50 gastro pubs of 2015, The Jugged Hare opened in 2012 a pub at the front and restaurant on a lower level at the back. The reason, like many others that we chose for the Pre-Theatre menu (£22 for 2 course and £27 for 3, note they also offer post theatre at the same price) as it is in prime position, approx. one minute walk from the Barbican.
The menu had me salivating with all the game on offer. The wine list is quite pricey, we carefully chose one of the £30 bottles and actually fell at the first hurled and picked something we didn’t like, but very courteously they guided us to a better bottle. So with red wine in hand and warm sour dough bread free on the table we were ready to order.
We shared our starters, the smoked salmon with cucumber jelly and beetroot, and the goat terrine with goats curd.
Both had great depth of flavour, we each had our favourites, mine being the terrine I haven’t had goat in this form before! (also goat is supposed to be the in meat of 2016 with three times the amount of iron as beef!)
For mains we both had this huge piece of rare venison on mash with some sprout tops and red current jus. We couldn’t resist it and were both scraping the plates. The venison fillet was soft and tender cooked perfectly I can’t recall eating better. For a pre-theatre set menu we agreed the portions were really generous, we didn’t feel like we were getting the ‘cheapy’ option at all.
And finally just for pure indulgence I had the Horlicks ice cream with malteaser crumb, so simple, yet so creamy and delicious. I will probably try and make it at home, such a comforting flavour, and works perfectly in a creamy cold form.
It was the Pre-theatre menu that drew us in but with the quality of food and traditional game on offer means I will definitely be back for another taste of the countryside, I need to try ‘The Jugged Hare’! Apparently they also do an awesome roast as well..