Situated in Cheadle Hulme, The March Hare offers a true village pub experience. With its open fireplaces and friendly atmosphere, the countryside pub is a true home from home for those wanting to escape to the country, even if just for a few hours. The team at the March Hare invited us down to try out the new menu and our honest opinion. I was even able to bring along my mum and dad – a first for the blog :-).
Recently renovated, the March Hare makes the most of its country cottage pub feel. With plenty of nooks and crannies to get lost in, the pub has inviting, homely feel.
Rural charm, cask ales and a seasonal menu set this apart from the competition, and on arrival, it’s hard not to be impressed with the March Hare. The splendid garden to the left of the building along the Micker Brook River would make the perfect backdrop to anyone’s Sunday lunch or spring day.
The March Hare is also very dog-friendly, a real plus point for me. Good dogs are allowed in and there are water bowls provided so your four-legged friend can have a drink whilst you do too :-).
Service throughout the evening was excellent, with Rachel and the attentive staff making sure everything was exactly as we wanted. Considering that this was only a few days into the reopening, it felt like they’d been at it for months not days.
Starters at the March Hare
For starters, my mum opted for the Soup of the Day, which was a Cream of tomato served with bread. I thought this tasted delicious and would definitely go for it again.
My partner Lizzie choose the oven-baked button and Portobello mushrooms. These came in a garlic & mature cheddar sauce. Of the three starters, this was my favourite of the lot, bursting with flavour and texture. Highly recommended.
I opted for the Blacksticks Blue cheese fondue, served with vegetables and toasted bread. The rich blue cheese made a great starter and wasn’t too heavy at all.
Mains at the March Hare
After the great starters, we were onto the mains.
As my mum rarely goes for a large main she asked for the Broad bean & asparagus risotto with roasted cherry tomatoes and cheese, currently down on the menu as a starter. However, the portion was more than enough for it to be served a main and at £5.75, it was good value to boot. She loved it.
If you don’t fancy anything off the main menu there is also a specials menu, regularly updated with seasonal produce and offers. Lizzie went with the Spicy Veggie Wrap, which included spinach, aubergine and kidney beans with skin on fries. At just £5.50 this lighter bite was an absolute steal.
I went with the veggie burger, a staple of any veggie menu. The burger served at the March Hare was a Courgette, carrot & chickpea burger, served on a brioche bun with hummus and homemade onion rings.
What I liked about this dish is that I could taste the ingredients in the burger itself, without any ‘special sauce’ or relish overpowering every taste bud in your mouth. I was also able to eat it as I burger, unlike the stacked monstrosities you sometimes get. For me, this is a very good thing. All for under a tenner, this was a winner!
If you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned my dad’s options until now it’s because he doesn’t follow a vegetarian diet (although he did say he liked what we went for). However, if there’s one thing we can agree on is a good dessert to finish off the night. We both opted for Belgian chocolate brownie, served with a scoop of Ice Cream. A real treat!
Overall, the March Hare impressed with its rustic charm and homely feel. In fact, we plan on going again soon with the family to try a few more items off the menu.
If you’re looking for a village pub for your next Sunday Lunch or family get-together the March Hare will not disappoint.
The March Hare
Mill Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Greater Manchester, SK8 5PG
Our food at the March Hare was complimentary in exchange for our honest opinion. Drinks were paid for ourselves.