Restaurant

Dining

Our Menus are updated regularly offering slowly braised, heart-warming comfort food when it's chilly outside, and lighter dishes with tender fresh vegetable and salads during the summer months.
We offer chef specials every day, while Sunday's menu offers you a choice of Great British roasts with all the trimmings.

The quality of our food is really important to us. That’s why everything is prepared from the finest ingredients, the freshest produce and the very best meat and fish.

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We have carefully selected our suppliers on the basis of quality and we are confident that we are sourcing produce from the very best and finest suppliers. We source locally wherever possible. Many thanks to our suppliers...

  • Anthony Garett, Game Dealer, Flore for our game in season
  • Warrington Farm for our asparagus in season
  • Brian Moore aka 'Uncle Bee', Moulton for our honey
  • Simon from Rose Farm, Litchborough for our quail eggs
  • Kirsty at Waterloo Cottage Farm for our cured meats
  • Collins fresh produce, Moulton for our fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Newlands farm, Hannington for our dairy
  • Saxby's, Farndish for our cider
  • Tees Bakery, Northampton for our bread
  • Gary at Hamm Tun Fine foods, Northampton for our local cheese
  • Farrington's Oils, Hargrave for our cold pressed
  • Jordane at Premier Cheese, Bicester for our cheese and butter
  • Direct Seafoods, Colchester for our fish and shellfish
  • Woburn Country Foods, Woburn for our meat
  • And the many people of Duston for their allotment-offerings (especially Paul!)

All our ice cream & sorbet is made in house, thereby ensuring excellent quality and a wide range of flavours, often quite unusual!

Grant Wentzel, Head Chef

Grant was classically trained at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine, Centurian Pretoria, gaining a Diploma in 2000. He has many years’ experience working in quality restaurants, including locally at the Roade House Hotel, Roade and The Pheasant, Keystone.

Grant has a real passion for cooking and is a strong advocate of the use of classic flavours, often with a rustic approach. This ensures that his dishes look appealing and taste superb. Grant is a great fan of the strong and bold gastronomic flavours of French, Spanish and North African cuisines and these influences will often be evident in our menus.

In his youth, Grant was a high level swimmer in South Africa and he now spends most mornings before work in the gym deadlifting weights of 210 kilos. What a great way to prepare for a busy day at The Hopping Hare!!

Drinks

Our bar staff know a thing or two about serving the perfect drink for all occasions. A range of super chilled lagers sit happily alongside cask ales - all kept in tip-top condition by our cellar manager. A well balanced wine list includes something for all tastes and is available by the glass or the bottle, and there's an extremely well stocked spirits range.

Soft drinks & freshly brewed teas or coffee are available at all times.