These days I don’t have too many business meetings over lunch but, today, I’m with Kimberley, Jane, Hugo and Akela at The Hare & Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt. The Hare & Hounds is part of the Cotswold Inns Hotel Group and is located just a few hundred yards from The National Arboretum.
The food is from Jack Hare’s Bar, the country pub part of the hotel which is next door. While most of our group are having a BLT sandwich or something similar, Kimberley is trying the broccoli soup and I’m going to sample the lamb shank with parsnip & apple mash and a rosemary & garlic jus. The lamb shank falls off the bone and the mash and jus (gravy) all work together beautifully. Meanwhile, Kimberley is thoroughly enjoying her soup.
Although our business meeting is pretty much over….it would be rude not to sample the desserts. I have the New York style cheesecake with forest fruit sorbet, Akela has the lemongrass crème brûlée with citrus ginger biscuit and Kimberley and Jane have the white chocolate brioche bread & butter pudding with crème Anglaise and rum & raisin ice cream. After only a few minutes, all these desserts have disappeared without trace.
The Hare & Hounds is a fabulous place to meet and Jack Hare’s Bar provides some fine food and drink. With Westonbirt Arboretum and other Cotswold attractions nearby – this would also be a great base for a holiday.