The country pub with one of the best views over Manchester and beyond

When it comes to choosing a pub in Greater Manchester, we are honestly spoiled for choice. Whether city center pubs, country bistros or local boozers, there is something for everyone, and ultimately the region counted 1,912 cafes.

Mancunians reliably flock to their favorite drink all year round, but there’s something about the quick succession of holidays and the arrival of warmer weather that makes the pub a particularly appealing proposition. But if we had to single out just a few, as we are often used to surely those that offer great food and unparalleled views of our metropolis would be the trump card?

Cue The Hare & Hounds Inn is located atop Werneth Low near Hyde, on the border of Stockport and Tameside. Many pubs in this part of the world share the same name, but this establishment takes the cake.

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Just under 10 miles from the town center and on the edge of Werneth Low Country Park, this rustic country pub, just off a narrow country lane, enjoys a beautiful Pennine location, whilst also providing a gateway to the Peak District beyond.

With panoramic views across five counties, this pub is the kind of place you can stay all day – and if you find yourself in the beer garden at sunset, you’re in for a treat. On long summer evenings, as the light slowly fades to give way to nighttime, the distant city lights fade into an orange glow, making for an unforgettable dining experience.



View from Werneth Low over Manchester

For day trippers, meanwhile, there are over 80 acres of moorland to explore along the way. Established in 1980, the country park is a haven for wildlife and visitors alike, offering many walks and trails for all skill levels and abilities. When choosing a circuit around the park, many call first at the stone obelisk, a memorial commissioned to honor the 710 Hyde men who died in the First World War.

From here, the countryside park really is your oyster, and there are plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore, not to mention beautiful picnic spots. For those heading to The Hare & Hounds Inn or popping in for a bite to eat and then a well-deserved pint, a host of pub classics and modern British fare awaits.

Built in 1728, it’s all low ceilings, exposed beams and cozy nooks – a welcome reminder of the past – while the food offers a contemporary twist. Seasonal but hearty pub grub tops the list here, but a number of seasonal options show off the kitchen’s creative flair.



The Hare & Hounds Inn beer garden near Hyde

The starters fairly reflect the area prices and range from £5.79 for roasted pumpkin and sweet potato soup with parsley oil and sourdough, to £6.29 for creamy garlic mushrooms with cheese and mustard straw, sharing planks – think lamb – and rosemary koftas, Korean BBQ chicken strips and crispy salt pepper squid will set you back nearly £15.

Classic pub fare comes into its own with the main course with a variety of savory pies – chicken and ham hock, slow cooked steak and beer, and mushrooms and beer all, priced at £13.49 a pop. Likewise, seasoned pub-goers will delight seasoned pub-goers with hand-battered Atlantic Cod with chips and mushy peas and Gammon with Rum & Cola Glaze (£11.49).



The British Chicken & Ham Hock Pie with maple-roast carrot, broccoli, peas, gravy and mash

Fish and grill dishes also feature, but at a slightly higher price, including sea bass and seared scallop for £16.79, and the 30-day aged Grass-Fed Rib-Eye for £22.29, which may seem pricey , but that is absolutely not the case. means the most expensive steak you can get in Greater Manchester. Visit Monday to Saturday and you can choose from a number of lunch items, be it Wholetail Whitby Scampi (£8.29) or Chicken and Truffle BLT (£7.99).

If you still have room for something sweet, there are plenty of options, but arguably the most tempting dessert on the menu is the Triple Chocolate Brownie (£6.29), which can be shrunk down and paired with a hot drink of your choice for £5.79. For those who have had a drink, there is also an extensive range of drinks, including draft beers, craft beers and a variety of flavored gins.

Whether you’ve just popped in for a quick pint, a post-hike pint or a hearty helping of pie and mash, The Hare & Hounds Inn atop Werneth Low has ticked all the boxes. And while there are countless pubs to choose from in Greater Manchester, few will be able to offer such a fine view as this one.

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