The Horse & Groom

Hare Hatch

About Us

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


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 'Hare-hatch' was one of the old gates into Windsor Forest, presumably where hares were often seen. This part of the forest was an area sacred to the Saxon people and called the 'Frith', although Maidenhead Thicket is the only remaining woodland portion remaining. The hamlet of Hare Hatch emerged on the edge of this forestland, apparently as summer pasture for local livestock, as indicated by the names of Deane Farm and the Deane fields.

Though farming always remained the main industry in Hare Hatch, the building of the great road to Bath, which ran through the hamlet, gave it a huge boost as a stopping off place for travellers to and from London and the West Country, and for nobility and their retinues travelling to and from Windsor Castle. In the early 1700's, Bath Road would have been a major motorway of its day.

In those days coaches had little illumination and could not travel at night, so travellers would have need of an inn to eat, drink and sleep and to rest their horses, and the Horse and Groom was constructed around this time to cater for the needs of travellers. The very name itself, of course, would have indicated to travellers that their horses could be fed and watered at the inn.

At that time, the whole process of travel was fraught with danger, with highwaymen running rife through the countryside, there being no effective police force. The Maidenhead Thicket was renowned as being particularly dangerous, and travellers seldom crossed the thicket after dusk for fear for their personal safety and possessions, which was good news for the landlord of the Horse and Groom.

Mail coaches were also particularly vulnerable as they were used to transport money: so frequent were robberies of mail coaches, that at one point customers were advised to cut their banknotes in two, and send each half at different times with different coaches.

One of the ruses employed by highwaymen would be to pretend to be travellers themselves and frequent the inns, where they would pick up snippets of information about which coach was travelling where, and whether its occupants were likely to provide rich pickings on the following day. The Horse and Groom would undoubtedly have been used in this manner.

On a more recent note, we have made contact with Hereward Harrison, whose family had the pub for generations, from 1924 to 1970. He has furnished us with many of the old photographs in the pub for which we are most grateful. The family still have in their possession Olympic medals from 1908, won by Cecil Mckaig, who was the landlord at the Horse and Groom from 1924 to 1939.

The Horse and Groom has been serving food and ale for some 300 years now with an extraordinarily rich history, and with the recent renovations, it's set fair for many more years to come.

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

Front of house



Originally from Toronto, Canada, Alisha has travelled around a bit - after studying law enforcement she decided to up sticks and move half way around the world to Shanghai where she opened a pub with her friend. Then after almost five years decided to give England a try. Alisha immediately fell in love with pubs and ale, never to turn back. She has been working for B&P for over 10 years, running the Mute Swan, Old Orchard and the Telegraph before joining us here at the Horse and Groom. She loves cooking, playing football and a cheeky glass of Whiskey. When she's not at the pub you will see her out for a run with her dog Ned!


Deputy Manager

One of our Deputy Mangers, Cal has expertise with our Brunning and Price pubs, after working at the Mute Swan, situated opposite Hampton Court Palace, and more recently the Telegraph in Putney, he decided to try life outside of the M25. A handy man who is usually tinkering away fixing things in his spare time, be that his car or the odd job around the pub. Cal puts in the effort to ensure you have the best experience with us.


Deputy Manager

Rhys joined the B&P team here in Summer 2022, and brings 25 years experience in hospitality, that all started when he was 18, at Pontin’s in Torquay, viva summer ’98!

From there he worked in French Ski resorts, the pubs of Central London, a 2 star Michellin restaurant, a cruise ship bobbing around Tahiti and Hawaii, and finally setting down roots in Berkshire, has been managing fine dining restaurants, hotel events and weddings, with a spot of Polo thrown in the mix.

With a passion for vino, the wine list is constantly evolving under his care.

When he isn’t working hard, he can be found out and about with his wife and daughter, enjoying the local parks and cafes, or roaming around Cornwall!



Llewellyn (or Llew) has only been with the Horse and Groom for a relatively short while. In that time, he has shown a love and dedication to hospitality which has seen him be promoted to Supervisor.

When he’s not busy serving people, he can usually be found playing pool and listening to music.



Lady Pat is the mum of the Horse & Groom and takes the time to get to know all of her customers. In her spare time she enjoys a drink the other side of the bar and is a keen golfer!



The only member of the H&G team to hold a blue belt in karate, Chloe is keen to fill up any free time she has with new and exciting hobbies. Between her love of travelling and the season ticket she holds for football, she always manages to keep a busy schedule. Having been with us for five months, Chloe has consistently shown that a dedication to service is always her top priority.



Head Chef

Mr. Jones, or Jonesy, has worked his way up and up with B&P to become our Head Chef! With an eye for detail and wicked sense of humour, Mr. Jones provides light relief in the kitchen along with fantastic food.

Jonesy and his partner, Cat, have got two little girls called Bella and Evie, they are absolutely gorgeous and feel incredibly at home with us.


Sous Chef

Cat is our Queen in the kitchen, having joined us from one of our old sister pubs, Gomshall Mill. She is making her name known in the company, and is pushing the kitchen to a higher level, putting her heart and soul into the menus. Cat chose her career path from an early age, working in various areas of hospitality from restaurants to private catering. Most of Cat's influences stem from her family who live far and wide, from Canada to Australia and Thailand, and this is reflected in the style of her cuisine.



Mike has been our Kitchen Porter at the pub for many years. He is always very efficient and is not scared of hard work! He loves getting stuck in whether it's washing pots and pans, preparing food or making deserts.


Chef de Partie

Little Si is the busy-body of the kitchen and nothing is ever too much hassle for him. On the weekends he spends quality time with his daughter Abigail who is 5 years old - or "nearly 6" as she keeps reminding him.



Kitchen Porter

Joseph is the most recent KP to join the H&G crew. With an undying passion for football, Joseph brings the same sort of enthusiasm with him into the kitchen. With hopes of becoming a police officer, Joseph plans to use his first job to give him some work experience.


Gardener/Maintenance Person

John is our 'go to guy' for pretty much anything. If it needs mending, painting, tidying, pruning - he will have done it!