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The Hare Inn

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Medieval village pub with exciting tasting menus

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Hare is the jewel in the crown of wee Scawton, a moorland village near Thirsk. It's been around since the 13th century, but wears its age well, with a fresh whitewashed exterior, and a pleasantly understated split-level dining room of rough-hewn stone walls and unclothed tables. Liz Jackson runs the show with effortless warmth, while Paul cooks up a Yorkshire storm out back. Abandon any expectations of standard pub fare: there are tasting menus all the way, sourced from the pick of local suppliers, and presented with dramatic flair. The shorter six-course option might run from a serving of sea bass with mussels and shimejis, through buttermilked and horseradished beetroot, a two-way fish course, often mackerel, and then a sumptuous main course of duck with truffled cauliflower and Tunworth. The signature frozen milk balls with honeycomb make a perfect entrée to the final dessert, perhaps rhubarb with marigolds and sheep's milk ice cream. On the longer menu, a razor clam and crayfish pairing with kohlrabi and pistachios might intervene, with an extra dessert in the form of chocolate, salt caramel and hazelnuts.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Annual holidays vary (see The Hare Inn website for details)
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Friday (Thursday to Saturday must be booked in advance)
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Paul Jackson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 20
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

1 mile from A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk.

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