Hare and Hounds

400 Bolton Road West, Holcombe Brook, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire, BL0 9RY
Call: 01706 822107

A Welcoming Village Local with a Raft of Real Ales

It may be the only pub in the picturesque village of Holcombe Brook, but that isn’t the only reason the Hare & Hounds is so popular. This characterful country pub, which has stood on the site for at least a century and possibly longer, is not just of historical significance but is also renowned for its excellent selection of real ales. Though the line-up of available ales changes regularly, the locally brewed and eminently slurpable Bank Top Flat Cap is usually on offer.

The name Holcombe is thought to come from the Saxon word ‘hol’, meaning ‘hollow’, and the Celtic word ‘cwm’ meaning ‘a hollow on the side of a hill’, and may have referred to the quarries which were once prevalent in the area. The oldest recorded building in the district is nearby Hey House, which dates back to the early 17th century and served as a hunting lodge and kennels for the Holcombe Harriers. This building and the activities associated with it are probably responsible for the Hare & Hounds’ name.

Inside, the pub has an open-plan interior anchored by an island bar. While a 2014 renovation saw the pub’s finishes and facilities updated, the Hare & Hounds still gives off a charming traditional vibe. Like all good village pubs, it attracts a truly diverse crowd, with real ale-loving locals rubbing shoulders with cyclists, birdwatchers and families enjoying days out in the surrounding countryside. Ramblers and walkers are also drawn here, with a cobbled path leading from the side of the pub directly out to the wild and windswept heather-carpeted West Yorkshire Moors. With a number of large TV screens showing football matches and big sporting events as well as a pool table and dartboard, the Hare & Hounds is also a go-to spot for sports fans. In summer, the pub’s beer garden facilitates outdoor dining, while in winter, two real fires blaze, bringing warmth and an air of cosiness.

Party in Privacy in the Hare & Hounds ‘Barn’

The Hare & Hounds’ function space, known as the Barn, is closed off from the main pub area by a set of sliding doors through which guests can access the main bar and toilets. Capable of holding up to 30 people seated and 40 standing, the room is perfect for meetings and special events, as well as for family occasions and birthday parties. Guests can even hook up their own music to the sound system, creating a tailored playlist especially for their event.

Taste Traditional Cask Beers and Ciders

The Hare & Hounds regularly hosts beer and cider festivals that attract thirsty guests from near and far, who come to sample the array of cask ales and craft ciders on offer. Though situated right in the heart of the peaceful, picture-perfect country village of Holcombe Brook, the pub is just a stone’s throw from the M66 and just over 30 minutes from Manchester by car. Ramsbottom and Bury, just a 5-minute and 10-minute drive away respectively, are even closer. After enjoying a hearty meal at the Hare & Hounds, you may want to work some it off with a walk. In which case, ask the pub’s staff to point you in the direction of hiking paths leading to nearby Holcombe Tower and Redisher Woods.

Function Room Information - The Barn
Capacity 40 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Not Available Area Type private
Facilities Beer Garden, Coffee Machine, Disabled Access, Fixed Screen, Hot Water Flasks, Outdoor BBQ, PA System, Sky TV/BT Sport, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Parties, Tour Groups,

The nearest Train Station to Hare and Hounds is rammsbottom East Lancashire Railway