Hare jumps back on the menu at the Golden Cross Inn to celebrate the Cirencester March Hare Festival 2014

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Head chef at the Golden Cross Toby Refoy with his new hare dish Head chef at the Golden Cross Toby Refoy with his new hare dish

A CIRENCESTER pub has hopped on the March Hare Festival bandwagon.

The Golden Cross in Black Jack Street is delighting diners with its celebration of the festival, with a return of the traditional British dish jugged hare to the menu.

Head chef Toby Refoy said: “I wanted to do something a little different. Hare was a British staple but has disappeared from our menus. These animals should be celebrated.”

The Cirencester Hare Festival runs until September and features dozens of decorated hare sculptures hidden around the town, promoting visitors, shoppers and locals to explore Cirencester’s hidden shopping areas.

The sculptures will be auctioned off in October to raise money for nature projects around Cirencester.

Visit cirencesterharefestival.org.uk for more.

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9:46am Thu 10 Apr 14

Fred Fred1 says...

This is illegal unless they are importing hares:

Hares Preservation Act 1892, which makes it illegal to sell or advertise the sale of hares between 1st March and 31st July. (This does not apply to hares that are imported.)

Maybe the journalist would like to ask where the hares are being sourced from?
This is illegal unless they are importing hares: Hares Preservation Act 1892, which makes it illegal to sell or advertise the sale of hares between 1st March and 31st July. (This does not apply to hares that are imported.) Maybe the journalist would like to ask where the hares are being sourced from? Fred Fred1
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11:48am Thu 10 Apr 14

mlgx says...

Thanks for pointing that out Fred Fred. For the record, our hares are sourced from France and purchased from a local butcher. However, the recipe and the dish remain quintessentially British.
Thanks for pointing that out Fred Fred. For the record, our hares are sourced from France and purchased from a local butcher. However, the recipe and the dish remain quintessentially British. mlgx
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12:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Fred Fred1 says...

jugged hare is a winter dish no? The reason there is a closed season for sale is because they are trying to breed at this time of year.
jugged hare is a winter dish no? The reason there is a closed season for sale is because they are trying to breed at this time of year. Fred Fred1
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1:52pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Where will all those French speaking rabbits go when UKIP pull out ?
Where will all those French speaking rabbits go when UKIP pull out ? Olly Cromwell
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2:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Harry_Collier says...

Nice to hear about jugged hare again. I used to enjoy it when I was a student (eating often at the Lamb & Flag at Kingston Bagpuize) but it's a long time since I've come across it. I hope it thrives and spreads !
Nice to hear about jugged hare again. I used to enjoy it when I was a student (eating often at the Lamb & Flag at Kingston Bagpuize) but it's a long time since I've come across it. I hope it thrives and spreads ! Harry_Collier
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5:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Geoff66 says...

It would be nice to see more game being cooked and eaten in this country. However, instead of us having to import most of this from the continent, you would have thought we would be able to be pretty self-sufficient, and source it from local suppliers.

It would be nice to see more venison, game birds and rabbit on the menu, and this is also perhaps an ideal way of now helping keep numbers down and how we can deal with potential culls of certain animals which are now becoming problematic.

It is funny to think that we have this strange view of our countryside, wildlife and natural heritage...where we see wild animals being like pets or characters from books and children's films. Clearly badgers and rabbits don't walk around in smoking jackets or wear bright red or blue coats and scarves.

The sooner we realise this the better, and then we could tap into a potentially un-endless source of natural and local food, if managed correctly...whether ultimately this is wild or farmed....with farmed being the most politically correct concept for most people i would suggest.
It would be nice to see more game being cooked and eaten in this country. However, instead of us having to import most of this from the continent, you would have thought we would be able to be pretty self-sufficient, and source it from local suppliers. It would be nice to see more venison, game birds and rabbit on the menu, and this is also perhaps an ideal way of now helping keep numbers down and how we can deal with potential culls of certain animals which are now becoming problematic. It is funny to think that we have this strange view of our countryside, wildlife and natural heritage...where we see wild animals being like pets or characters from books and children's films. Clearly badgers and rabbits don't walk around in smoking jackets or wear bright red or blue coats and scarves. The sooner we realise this the better, and then we could tap into a potentially un-endless source of natural and local food, if managed correctly...whether ultimately this is wild or farmed....with farmed being the most politically correct concept for most people i would suggest. Geoff66
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6:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Fred Fred1 says...

I am a massive advocate of eating locally-sourced seasonal food - be it game or vegetables. Unfortunately French hare in April is non of those things.
I am a massive advocate of eating locally-sourced seasonal food - be it game or vegetables. Unfortunately French hare in April is non of those things. Fred Fred1
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8:34am Fri 11 Apr 14

Iansky says...

The Golden Fleece also serves one of the smoothest pints of draught Guinness I have tasted outside of Ireland.

Great pub, friendly staff and good food just wish I had more time to frequent it!

Took a Kiwi friend of mine there (he runs a pub in Berlin) and even he said that the pints pulled were really good and the staff were great, so good to see a friendly, efficient pub in Ciren that compliments the clients with good staff, good drink and superb food - well done the Golden Fleece (and to clarify, I have no allegiance to this pub other than being impressed by those who work there and the quality of what it provides).
The Golden Fleece also serves one of the smoothest pints of draught Guinness I have tasted outside of Ireland. Great pub, friendly staff and good food just wish I had more time to frequent it! Took a Kiwi friend of mine there (he runs a pub in Berlin) and even he said that the pints pulled were really good and the staff were great, so good to see a friendly, efficient pub in Ciren that compliments the clients with good staff, good drink and superb food - well done the Golden Fleece (and to clarify, I have no allegiance to this pub other than being impressed by those who work there and the quality of what it provides). Iansky
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9:44am Tue 15 Apr 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Iansky wrote:
The Golden Fleece also serves one of the smoothest pints of draught Guinness I have tasted outside of Ireland.

Great pub, friendly staff and good food just wish I had more time to frequent it!

Took a Kiwi friend of mine there (he runs a pub in Berlin) and even he said that the pints pulled were really good and the staff were great, so good to see a friendly, efficient pub in Ciren that compliments the clients with good staff, good drink and superb food - well done the Golden Fleece (and to clarify, I have no allegiance to this pub other than being impressed by those who work there and the quality of what it provides).
Wheres the Golden Fleece??

Seems a decent pub
[quote][p][bold]Iansky[/bold] wrote: The Golden Fleece also serves one of the smoothest pints of draught Guinness I have tasted outside of Ireland. Great pub, friendly staff and good food just wish I had more time to frequent it! Took a Kiwi friend of mine there (he runs a pub in Berlin) and even he said that the pints pulled were really good and the staff were great, so good to see a friendly, efficient pub in Ciren that compliments the clients with good staff, good drink and superb food - well done the Golden Fleece (and to clarify, I have no allegiance to this pub other than being impressed by those who work there and the quality of what it provides).[/p][/quote]Wheres the Golden Fleece?? Seems a decent pub Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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