The Hare

Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells

About Us

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

History

Here is a 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 a read.

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.

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


Front of house

Sheniece Pollitt

Manager

Sheniece came to join us from one of our pubs in west sussex, where she had fondly spent the last 3 years since returning from her travels around the world. With pubs being the family business she's been pouring pints since she could reach the pumps, and is excited to now call the Hare home. If you don't find her in the pub then you are likely to find her wandering the Kent countryside with her Cocker spaniel puppy Murphy.

Carla Lobb

Deputy Manager

Carla joined the crew in 2018 and quickly progressed up the ranks to her role as Assistant Manager. Before that she worked behind the scenes on film sets! When she’s not working she can be found walking her gorgeous, ball-obsessed cocker spaniel Marley. She likes to ski, but knowing her love for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we reckon it’s the Après she’s most keen on! Did we mention she loves Cher?

Nicola Glynn

Supervisor

Nicola is also part-time Cabin crew for BA, have travelled and adventured world-wide, Africa and India are two of her favourite destinations. She loves the great outdoors, so Nic spends a lot of time walking locally with her little Greek rescue dog and also in the summer Kayaking local rivers. She has a passion for Conservation both locally and the world over. She enjoys cooking with a glass of red wine or a Gin and tonic at home!

Emily Kay

Bar/Waiting Staff

Affectionately known as the “blonde one behind the bar”. Emily’s used to being rushed off her feet, she has four young sprogs at home to keep her out of trouble – we know, she doesn’t look old enough. Loves a drop of the Guv’nor after a busy Sunday lunch.

 
Natalie Heasman

Bar/Waiting Staff

Natalie’s been a part of the Hare crew for 10 years, that’s quite the achievement in our book! She loves to be creative, so we’ll always seek her out when we need a display or a board writing. Infamous for being able to walk miles in her beloved flip flops.

Tina Barden

Bar/Waiting Staff

A former publican herself, Tina was Bar Manager at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls for 9 years. It’s fair to say she’s seen a few famous faces in her time there, but she’s not one to name drop! Known for her home-cooking, she’s often bringing in treats for us, most notably her delicious fudge!

Joseph Cook

Bar/Waiting Staff

Joe was a little reserved when he first joined, but we soon got him out of his shell. Combining work life at the Hare with his full-time MSc means he’s a busy guy, but he always finds the time for a little joke and fun. A little accident prone too, but let’s not mention the incident at Christmas with the chair!

Rachel Schott

Bar/Waiting Staff

Originally from up north, no we don’t mean Watford, we’re talking Darlington here. Rachel moved down south in 2017 to begin her career with British Airways. When she’s not jet-setting to 44 different countries she’s keeping herself busy with her house renovations.

Luisa Carter

Bar/Waiting Staff

Luisa joined us this summer whilst she's on her gap year from her degree in Tourism Management. She’s well-travelled for her age, she’s been to Russia, Iceland and Thailand to name but a few and has even walked with lions in Mauritius! When she’s not walking on the wild side she’s studying for her degree and cuddling her labradoodle Lola.


Kitchen

Gabriel Guzi

Head Chef

Cool, calm and collected, our Head Chef Gabi has been leading the kitchen here since 2010. You can spot him wearing his favoured bandana in lieu of a chefs hat. At our Christmas party he revealed he can drive a tank, so if you’ve got one that needs moving, he’s your guy! Gabi is a busy man with two little ones to look after as well as a burgeoning allotment.

 
Cvyatko Stanoev

Senior Sous Chef

Cvyatko (pronounced Tsetso) is originally from Bulgaria where he had his own pub. Before he moved to the bright lights of Tunbridge Wells he spent some time in the Vermont where he worked at a floating restaurant. Still uneasy on solid ground, Cvyatko spends his days off entertaining his two little boys. If he offers you an iced tea, take it – his is the best! If he offers you a Boza, not matter the health claims, drink at your peril!

 
Scott Bodiam

Sous Chef

Scott joined us in 2018 from Strada along with his best buddy Andrew, they’ve been friends since they were 7 years old! He started his chef career at the tender age of fourteen, and has been on the up ever since. He loves to game, and spends his free time playing war hammer and enjoying a drop of cider!

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.

Bistra Evtimova

Apprentice Chef

Bistra has been with us for 3 years and initially joined as kitchen porter. Since then she has completed her NVQ Level 2 to become a Commis Chef and we couldn’t be prouder. Always cheery and sporting her purple chef’s hat, she also loves to blog in her spare time.


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.

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