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The Hare Inn

Historic inn near idyllic moorland dales

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

Local lore has it that in medieval times a witch lived here. Shape-shifting into a wandering hare, she was pursued home by the hunt, breathing her last in the cottage after changing back into a witch. Other legends and tales – including a resident ghost – abound at this pretty, pantiled pub, which may have been a brewhouse for local abbeys at Rievaulx and Byland. Things are pretty relaxed today at this secluded dining inn in the North York Moors National Park. You’ll find low-beamed ceilings and flagstone floors, a wood-burning stove offering a warm welcome in the bar, with beers coming from Rudgate and other Yorkshire breweries. An old-fashioned kitchen range features in the dining area. Chef-patron Paul Jackson's classy, award-winning menu relies on seasonal specialities. So expect the likes of scallop, celeriac, apple and smoked eel as a starter and rabbit with broccoli, eryngii (king oyster mushroom), salsify and black pudding for a main course.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Annual holidays vary (see The Hare Inn website for details)
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday and Wednesday lunch
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 6-9
  • Lunch: Lunch by prior arrangement only
  • Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Rudgate Viking, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Exit A170 towards Rievaulx Abbey and Scawton. Pub 1 mile on right

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