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Hare & Hounds, Halesowen to Reopen with New Operators Following a £120,000 Revamp

There’s good news for Halesowen pub goers and sports enthusiasts, The Hare & Hounds on Hagley Road is closing at the end of service on 6th August for a £120,000 revamp by Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars and local pub operator Craig Dedicoat of Stourbridge based pub@group Ltd. Pub@group Ltd also has the popular and well-regarded Railway at Lye and The New Inn, Stourbridge.  The pub will reopen at the end of August with up to 10 new jobs created.

The Hare & Hounds, which has been open under temporary management since December, will be upgraded throughout turning it into a top-quality family friendly, local community pub with the in-house street food operator, Hangry Moose.

Following a £270,00k refurbishment in 2018, the latest investment will be spent on new and refurbished seating and a top-to-toe internal redecoration including new carpet, panelling and wallpaper. Outside, the pub is being given a facelift, redecorated in olive and wood effect panelling with new lighting and signage. New seating and umbrellas are being installed on the terrace with plans in time, subject to receiving the necessary consents, to extend the terrace to create a fantastic outdoor drinking and dining area

A selection of street food style chicken burgers, wings and dirty fries will be offered and a good range of real ales, premium lagers and ciders as well as an impressive array of gins.   Food will be cooked by The Hangry Moose who also cater for The Railway, Lye which is rated 4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor.

In addition to Sky sports, plans for The Hare & Hounds include a pool table with free pool once a week, darts, a weekly pub quiz, regular weekend live entertainment and a DJ and Karaoke on a Sunday.

Says Craig: “We want to reinvigorate the Hare & Hounds and create reasons for people to come out and socialise, much like we’ve done at our other pubs.  Street style food, Free Friday and Saturday Live Entertainment and the Sunday afternoon DJ have provided extremely popular, and we believe Halesowen residents would enjoy them too.  

We’re keen for football, pool and darts enthusiasts to set up teams, making The Hare & Hounds their base and we’ll do everything we can to help them and make them feel welcome.  We look forward to opening the doors after the summer holidays and creating something a bit different in the town.”

Says Steve Wills, Area Manager of The Pub@Group Ltd: “We’re looking forward to introducing more entertainment and some great food for the community and improving the overall ambience of The Hare & Hounds.”

Says Star Pubs & Bars Business Development Manager, Thomas Timmons: “I couldn’t be more delighted that someone of Craig’s calibre has taken on the Hare & HoundsHe has a proven record in the area of turning around pubs and has high standardsI am sure he will make a great success of this latest venture.  

Star Pubs & Bars is also delighted to be investing again in Halesowen, having undertaken a refurbishment of the Hunting Tree last SeptemberIt is a town with a passion for pubs!”