Hare & Hounds, Old Warden
First off, let make one thing clear: they call themselves a "dining pub", so don't expect a quaint olde pubbe experience, despite it's picture perfect location in Old Warden. What it does have, though, is a lovely beer garden which slopes gently up from a pleasant decked area onto a well-kept lawn and then up to some woodland at the back. It's a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Inside, it's refurbished in a contemporary style and even if fairly well done, you don't get a country pub atmosphere - we could have easily been in an vaguely upmarket city centre restaurant almost anywhere. Although much of the space is now dedicated to diners, the right hand bar still retains a memory of the old pub it once was, with a large fireplace and a trio of ales to choose from. Food isn't cheap (Roasted Pigeon £14.00, desserts £6), but it did look rather tasty. We're going to give a three pint rating, based in no small part on the lovely garden and good service. Hopefully it can retain this after we return to try the food.
The Village, Old Warden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire, SG18 9HQ
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