Historical version 9 of Hare And Billet, SE3 0QJ
- 020 8852 2352
- 1a Eliot Cottages, Hare And Billet Road, SE3 0QJ
- noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thu-Fri; 11am-midnight Sat; 11am-10:30pm Sun
Inside, the low-ceilinged space is broken up with square pillars. The floor is dark-stained floorboards, and tables and chairs are varnished wood. The white-tiled bar back is covered with writing in Sharpie, advertising the spirit bottles and bar menu photo.
Kake visited on a Wednesday lunchtime in September 2014. There was one other customer at 12:15pm, and another four arrived a little later. Music was playing, a little too loud to ignore, but not loud enough to impede conversation.
All ten handpumps were on, offering Moor Simplicity, Sonnet 43 Steam Beer, Great Heck Treasure IPA, Celt Experience Bleddyn 1075, Celt Experience Dark-Age, Otley 10 Oxymoron, Hare Ale (presumably a house ale, possibly a rebadged Greene King brew), and the odd one out, Greene King IPA (presumably mandatory given the pub's ownership by the brewery). The other two handpumps had real ciders: Hecks Broxwood Foxwhelp and Biddenden Bushels. According to the 2015 Good Beer Guide, they also serve Belgian bottled beers. A pint of lime and soda was £2.10.
According to their website as of September 2014, food is served noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm Mon-Fri, noon-4pm and 6pm-10pm Sat, and noon-8pm Sun photo of menu in the same month.
Kake tried the imam bayildi with cucumber yoghurt and couscous (£11) photo. It wasn't in fact imam bayildi (a dish of whole aubergine(s) stuffed with tomatoes and onions), but it was a decent enough stew of aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. The yoghurt was low-fat and rather sharp, which in combination with the sharpness of the tomatoes wasn't ideal. The couscous was done well, though, not stodgy or overcooked.
According to a sign seen in September 2014, there's a quiz every Monday from 8pm except Bank Holidays.
Accessibility: A small step to get in, no more than an inch or so. Some of the seating is on a dais, and some is high stools, but there's a reasonable amount of normal height seating on the level. Toilets are up a flight of stairs with bends and handrail on one side all the way up, then two more steps with no handrail.