About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.

Read on...

The landlord William Mobsey in 1903
and his wife

The original building dates from 1733 and became a pub in 1785, but this building was demolished in 1900 when a fire partially destroyed the living accommodation and revealed the old house to be in an advanced state of dilapidation. The current building was completed in 1901 and for several years served as a hotel.

William and Anne’s daughter had her wedding
reception at the pub in 1903

The list of owners of the premises, from Isaac Goodwin in 1733, sounds like a who’s who of local brewing history, and also reflects the national trend of bigger, regional breweries taking over from independent family owned-businesses. Bridge Brewery in Tonbridge, the Dartford Brewery Co. Ltd., Style and Winch Medway Brewery, Barclay Perkins & Co. of London, Courage and Barclay Ltd and, ultimately, Greene King successively bought the Greyhound, as it was then known. Brunning and Price took the lease and renamed the pub in 1986, beginning the transformation into the busy, bustling pub of today.

The Greyhound

We originally had the Hare on a tenancy from Courage, but after a year, they offered to sell it to us for £252,000, on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, no negotiation. We thought it was a fair price so we accepted. A few days later we were discussing it with 3i’s ‘Industry Sector Specialists’ in Birmingham, who persuaded us to write to Courage and offer them £170,000 instead. We heard nothing so we telephoned but had to leave a message. Still we heard nothing so we left another message. Still we heard nothing so we faxed. That was it, until a letter arrived telling us the pub had been sold to Greene King - and so we became Greene King tenants. Fortunately they’ve turned out to be a much better crowd than the national breweries, and apart from being nice people (or because of it), they make great beer.

If we hadn’t listened to 3i we would have owned the freehold outright, but we did, so we don’t. These days, we trust our own judgement. We duly plotted the experience on our learning curve, and beat ourselves around the head with it every time it comes to a rent review.

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Rebecca Bowen

Manager

Multilingual Becca joins us from our sister pub The Nevill Crest and Gun after relocating from her home in Cardigan, West Wales to be with her boyfriend Tom. Becca has worked in hospitality since she was 14 (child labour alert!) and has since studied French and International Relations in Coventry. She spent 9 less glamorous months studying in Bordeaux, we'll leave it to you to ask what she learnt! Unsurprisingly her favourite tipple is a large glass of quality Claret, although she's equally as comfortable with a G&T or a pint of Guinness in her hand. Iechyd da!

 

Emily Kay

Bar/Waiting Staff

After a few summer seasons in Crete, Emily caught the bug and has been at the Hare since 2005. Four managers, three Children and a dodgy knee later she is still going strong and shows no sign of slowing down…especially when her favourite wines are concerned.

 

Natalie Heasman

Bar/Waiting Staff

Natalie has been with us at the Hare for almost 7 years. Which bearing in mind she is only 22 is no mean feat. She started off in the Kitchen helping out until the lure of waitressing was too strong, and has never looked back. Her natural cheerfulness and party animal abilities lend themselves well to the bar…which she rarely sets foot behind….

 

Emma Agombar

Bar/Waiting Staff

After living in Spain for a few years and developing a liking for snowboarding whilst out there, Emma returned to the UK and began working in various pubs and restaurants. She has amassed 15 years of experience until a new addition to the family made her slow down a bit. She takes great pleasure in bring her little’un into the pub to meet everyone, in one of his many fancy dress outfits…

 

Hannah Liley

Bar/Waiting Staff

Hannah loves opposites: a naturally quiet girl herself, she has thrown herself into the loud world of pubs with both feet after not being able to choose between a degree in Advanced Physics or Classical Art… The loss to both those fields has been our gain as she has shown time and again that she will always come in with a grin on her face and her now trademark bun…



Kitchen

Gabriel Guzi

Head Chef

Gabs arrived in January from Italian group chain , where he worked as sous chef for three years. Previously our senior chef de partie he astounded everyone with his horizontal attitude and ability to prep for Monday in the middle of Sunday service, and is consequently now our Head Chef. He he kept his love of Liverpool FC quiet during his interview with Rob, which was definitely a wise thing to do.

 

Cvyatko Stanoev

Senior Sous Chef

Cvyatko (pronounced Tsetso) is a new addition to the Hare having recently joined us from a restaurant just down the road… He has been a chef on several continents and has settled down here in sunny Tunbridge Wells, where he dotes on his new(ish) son who everyone thinks looks nothing like him. He is a secret ale drinker and the only one in the Kitchen who likes to drink proper beer - even if it often from a can…

Christopher Ireland

Chef de Partie

One of the foundations of the kitchen, Chris started with us in 1997 and is still going strong keeping everything going. He works overtime every week to keep the kitchen spotless, and on top of that he makes a mean sticky toffee pudding.



Maintenance

Janet Snow

Cleaner

Janet started at the Hare in 1987, long before Brunning and Price took the pub, and is a mother figure to the crew new and old. She is one of the rocks on which the pub is built, and when you phone the pub in the morning it is more than likely that she’ll be the one helping you.


Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you''re after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

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