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The Hare & Billet, Blackheath, SE3

1A Hare and Billet Road
Phone: 02088522352
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Metropolitan Pub Co (Greene King)

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Hare & Billet

Not much has changed since the previous reviewer's visit some three years ago. I didn't see any of my bugbear tall tables/tall stools now, but everything else looks much the same. The area down at the far end has tables all laid for diners, and the dissected drawing of a cow is still on the wall on the raised area on the right. One apparently new thing is the mass of photographs of dogs, with their names of course, on the walls in the corner just past the servery. I guess it must be dog friendly then, with dog walkers popping in for a swift one with their furry friends after a walk on the heath.

The ale selection is still quite good, especially for a Greene King pub. GK IPA was available of course, plus "Hare Ale" which is indoubtedly GK Hanson & Hardy Bitter. But they also had on Southwark Bankside Blonde, the Kent Brewery pair of Red Top and Uber Brew, plus Twickenham Naked Ladies coming soon. Unfortunately we suffered a similar experience to the previous reviewer, with the Red Top being in very poor condition. Maybe we were just unlucky, possibly like the previous reviewer.

Despite the poor quality ale, I still quite liked this pub, and would be happy to give it another go if in the area again.

On 25th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hare & Billet

Located on the Southern fringes of Blackheath Common, a five or so minute walk from the train station, this is a decent sized pub offering a wide range of ales. The place feels like a traditional pub that has been given a bit of a modern spruce up. You enter into a large bare boarded room with the servery down the left hand side and a good mix of banquette, standard chair and high stool seating options in the front section. The bar has a painted counter and white tile bar back, but in no way resembles the sort of craft beer bar servery that you might associate such a description with. The raised space opposite the bar has a nice tiled fireplace at one end with old bottles and jugs balanced on the mantelpiece and a TV set above, which remained turned off during my visit. A few old pictures, including a huge butcher's diagram of a cow showing the various cuts of meat, line walls painted in the sort of drab grey colour scheme Blackheath seems so fond of. The bar area offers a good amount of standing room between a series of pine clad pillars, with some sofas and tub chairs in the tongue and groove panelled space beyond, decorated with potted plants and a bottle display. Further back is a part tiled, part carpeted dining room with traditional wood panels and standard seating under some blackboards and a few minimalist art works. A solid indie soundtrack accompanied us throughout my stay and there was a surprisingly mixed clientele on a mid-week evening.
A long row of hand pumps offered Southwark Harvard APA, Sambrooks Powerhouse Porter, Greene King IPA, Kent Cobnut, Truman's Runner, and a house beer called Hare Ale from Greene King. Two real ciders from Biddenden and Gwynt y Ddraig occupied the final pulls. I tried a pint of the APA (£4.00), but found it to be in fairly poor condition, perhaps indicating that the ale range might be a little too broad for its own good.
This is a pleasant enough spot to relax over a pint or two and probably the closet to a traditional boozer I've found in the area. The beer quality remains a bit of a question mark, but it made it into the 2016 Good Beer Guide, so I'm prepared to accept I may have got a little unlucky. One for a revisit I think.

On 6th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Hare & Billet

Upper middle class ale outlet overlooking the heath. Modern retro-style décor including a white metro tile bar back. There was also a large cow frieze with the cuts shown, for reasons unexplained. On a blackboard was an amusing hand-written note calling out a member of staff for taking a ‘sickie’ when in actual fact they were just hungover. Very foody and family-friendly on our Sunday lunchtime visit, lots of small kids in attendance with the usual issues that this brings, a number of sprog chariots (whatever happened to McLaren buggies?) and the occasional wailing when Jack or Phoebe wouldn’t eat their peas. Seating is also pretty cramped. The main reason to come was the bar - ten pumps, eight ales (ELB Cowcatcher, Red Squirrel Winters Tale, Sharps Xmas ale, Revolutions Red Wedge, Celt Bleddyn, Hackney Porter, GK IPA, Sambrook Junction) plus two unusual ciders. The Cowcatcher and Belddyn drank well enough but the Sharps was fairly insipid, well-past its best (too many on offer?) and the Porter was a bit flat. There’s also a number of craft kegs. A bit of a mixed bag but in conjunction with Zerodegrees down the road I’d say it’s worth checking out.

On 7th January 2015 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Lewisham, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
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25th Oct 2019, 22:30
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
11th Sep 2016, 08:44
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