Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Colin and Ali would like to wish all their regular customers a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


Coming very soon to the bar of Hare and Hounds Westgate.

It's very own brew. from the WeardALE Brewery.
Hare o'the Dog

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Carlos Graham

a very big thank you to every one who was at and contributed to the graeme pears memorial pool tournament was a great day

Friday, 26 November 2010

Graeme Pears Memorial Pool Tornament

Graeme Pears Memorial Pool Tournament
Time Saturday, December 4 · 1:30pm - 4:30pm
At theHare & Hounds, Westgate

Hi all hope to see you all again and remember Graeme and have another great day, entries in for around 1.30pm anyone who cant make it for that time either mail Carlos or txt or call me on 07710124374

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010

WeardALE Brewery

First Brew at WeardALE Brewery, bringing brewing back to Westgate in Weardale.

It’s a big day for Colin; it’s a big day for the customers of the Hare and Hounds at Westgate.

For a long time now, there has been talk of a new brew in the Dale. Brewing starts today at the WeardALE Brewery.

Over the last year Colin has been researching and building his own brewery at the Hare and Hounds. He’s gathered together all the equipment, the ingredients from across the UK, the certification and today he is lighting the blue touch paper and embarking on his new adventure.

Colin says that it will take awhile for the brew to be finished and that we will have to wait and see if these first barrels are good enough to sell.

He recognises that he will have a lot to learn. Knowing Colin he will stick with it and will make beer that he will be proud of and that his real ale drinkers will sup with pride.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The best house. Sea Fishing Club

The Sea Fishing Club had a great day out on Monday

New Carvery Record

On Sunday a new carvery record was broken at the Hare and Hounds. The previous record stood at 117. It only lasted for a few weeks.
The record for Sunday dinners to customers now stands at 150 dinners in a single afternoon. Congratulations to Ali and Colin and to all the staff.

We have no pictures of the Sunday Carvery but here are photographs of a tractor rally that dropped in for drinks that afternoon.

Friday, 24 September 2010

new birds on the block

Colin and Ali have acquired more birds towards their menagerie of fowl. The latest arrivals are the two Gold Dutch Bantams. The tiniest adult chickens that I have ever seen.

Here a link to a video on You Tube that will give you an idea of these charming birds these are not the actual birds at the H&H.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Friendly at Frosterly

We won the game again 9/ 3 We had a great night down the dale. Thank you Frosterly Inn

Thursday, 2 September 2010

The boys in the Black Sheep shirts are on tour again

The boys will be decked out in the red shirts again to night for a friendly darts match with the Frosterly Fliers at the Frosterly Inn. One of these days they could beat us..................

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Gaping Gill

The Hare and Hounds speleological (Caving) trip.
 Sunday afternoon and Monday
Gapping Gill is a big hole in the ground a few miles walk from the village of Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales and with the help of The Craven Pothole Club Colin, Ellis, Charlie, Brian and Mike from Northern Pies were winched down 340 feet in to a huge cathedral sized chamber.
Do take a look at mikes blog Northern Pies for more great pictures.

Ellis and Brian
Gaping Gill

Monday, 9 August 2010

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

More history

Writing about the pubs in Weardale, Lynn F. Pearson in her book: The Northumbrian Pub an architectural history, she wrote

The Hare and Hounds at Westgate is the one survivor there from the nineteenth century, when the Miners’ Arms and the Half Moon also severed the population of 820. The landlord of the Miners’ Arms and the Hare and Hounds took on other jobs to make a living, as stone mason and joiner respectively; this practice was not uncommon in Weardale, mirroring the combination of lead mining and farming which was pursued by many of the local smallholders.

Monday, 26 July 2010

The best house.

A short history of the best house.

The Hare and Hounds is the only surviving pub in Westgate today. Amongst all the inns that once served a once more populate village, It was formerly known as the best house...

The Hare and Hounds was built in 1791 by masons who were in the village working on the Wesleyan Chapel at High Town. Some accounts say the masons were from Hexham while others claim they were from Haltwhistle.

Those Methodists that worshiped in the High Town Chapel would be horrified to know when the chapel closed; the original decorative fittings and the pews were used to furnish the bar.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Arrival of the poly tunnel

Very good news for the bar at the weekend.
First of all , George, the ginger cockerel was on his feet again and looking for his hens. He had been very ill the past few weeks.
Also on Sunday the  long awaited poly tunnel was erected in the garden.