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Hopping Hare

18 Hopping Hill Gardens | Duston, Northampton NN5 6PF, England
+44 1604 580090
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“trout” (5 reviews)
“sunday roast” (14 reviews)
“fish and chips” (13 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Hopping Hill Gardens | Duston, Northampton NN5 6PF, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is about the 10th time i've eaten here and i'm still blown away every time. Amazing dishes, where the wide variety of ingredients compliment each other perfectly. Great variation on the menus, very reasonable prices and all backed up by very very good service....More

Thank JHopkins66
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear J, Many thanks for awarding the team top marks, very much appreciated by us all. I am always most pleased when a regular customer takes the time to post a review. Outstanding quality food at great value prices, alongside excellent customer service are our...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Attending a business meeting in The area I was early and pulled over to search TripAdvisor for a local restaurant for lunch. The Hopping Hare was 300 yards away and was a great find. Lovely food and great service.More

2  Thank paulreeves2
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Paul, Many thanks for a great review and I am delighted that you have outstanding IT skills. We are very pleased that you found probably the very best restaurant in Northampton and you were only 300 yards away. Now you know where we are,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We met some friends we hadn't seen for many years at the Hopping Hare. The food was excellent, well presented and I think I had the best Crème Brulee ever. The staff were very attentive and served us well.More

1  Thank H4094IMjanetb
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Janet, Many thanks for a great review and for awarding us top marks, very much appreciated by us all. Excellent quality home cooked food at great value prices, alongside first class customer service are what we are all about and I am pleased we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restuarant pub is set off from a main road and whilst it describes itself as a villlage pub it isnt. Dont let that put you off though as the pub is lovely and the restuarant is excellent. The menu choices are good and the...More

1  Thank V4PJM
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear V4, Many thanks for your kind review. I certainly agree we are not a village pub and I am not sure where you found the reference, but if I can find it we will certainly change it. I do prefer our brochure description :...More

Reviewed April 18, 2018

I’ve been here several times for a Sunday roast and it’s not let me down. You’ll pay more than you would for your average Sunday pub roast, but it’s all fresh, well cooked and generous portions. Highly recommend!More

Thank Flip-Flop-Floss
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Hi Lisa, Many thanks for your kind review and for awarding the team top marks and recommending The Hopping Hare, very much appreciated by us all. You are absolutely correct. Every dish we serve is prepared and cooked in-house by highly experienced and skilled chefs...More

Reviewed April 14, 2018

Very surprised to see some bad reviews, completely opposite to our experience! Little one at in-laws so treated ourselves to a nice dinner out, seated in bar area but was lovely and some restaurants don't have as nice a setting... The food was simply amazing...More

2  Thank Christopher L
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Dear Christopher, Many thanks for your kind review and for awarding the team top marks, very much appreciated by us all. We were indeed very disappointed with 2 very poor (and we believe unfair) reviews from the same small group. The team give 100% commitment...More

Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

We are down from Manchester, visiting friends in Northampton and decided to visit your restaurant due to a recommendation. Spent £50 in a taxi to get to and from the restaurant. Honestly say it’s the worst meal I have ever eaten. I am vegetarian and...More

1  Thank Davina P
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Dear Davina, Please see my response to your friend Natalie. Kind regards

Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

So disappointed by our meal tonight. My friends travelled a long way and I was so excited to try your restaurant. The starters were nice but the mains were not good. We ordered a pea risotto, but what was served was a cereal bowl of...More

3  Thank Natalie W
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Dear Natalie, I do answer all reviews but after discussing your comments and the same comments from your friend Davina with The Head Chef and the General Manager, I am at a bit of a loss. We simply do not agree with the comments made....More

Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Firstly, massive compliments to the Kitchen Team for supplying 15 meals at excellent quality, taste and presentation. None of us could fault the food. BUT.... the service received from your team last night left a lot to be desired. All members were present and had...More

1  Thank GroveKA
david g, Owner at Hopping Hare, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Dear Grove, I am really pleased that your party enjoyed our food offer. We are one of the very best restaurants in the County with 2 AA Rosettes. As regards service the team give 100% commitment to delivering great service and in this instance I...More

Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Nice Friday meal with friends. Had three menus to choose from, with everything from wood pigeon to fish and chips. Food was great, not massive portions and not cheap, but very well done. Service was very good. Would definitely hop back.

1  Thank James C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Hopping Hill Gardens | Duston, Northampton NN5 6PF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northamptonshire  >  Northampton
  • Phone Number: +44 1604 580090
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  • This restaurant is at Hopping Hare
The Hopping Hare is a restaurant, pub & hotel. FoodThe 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.Our head chef has hand picked suppliers who support our food ethos and knows where the meat is reared, how the fish is caught and where the vegetables have been grown. We source locally as much as possible.Our Menus are updated regularly offering slowly braised, heart-warming comfort food when it's chilly outside, and lighter, pan-fried 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. It's always advisable to book to ensure a place in our relaxed conservatory restaurant.Table service is also available in the contemporary dining room with its more casual atmosphere.DrinkWhen the temperatures dip outside, we get the log fires burning to create a warm welcome, while in summer the sun streams through the open doors to reveal a large decked area that's perfect for outdoor days and balmy evenings.The contemporary dining room area is cleverly zoned by interior design to accommodate groups of all sizes. There are perfect spots for business people, backed up by free WiFi throughout the building. You will also find quiet, intimate corners for couples, fireside sofas and seating clusters for small groups as well as semi-formal table arrangements. We provide newspapers every day.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.For very special occasions we stock a range of champagnes.
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