Loads of bikes that are around your budget but need to know what kind of riding you intend doing. Trail centres, forest tracks or natural trails, or more downhill type of stuff.
He wants a hybrid, so probably none of the above.
Look at Decathlon, Go Outdoors or Halfords. Much better value generally than big brands.
Specifically no idea - links help.
Bikes such as...
Boardmans Hybrid Comp
13 Incline Alpha (heavily skewed towards off-road, but great frame/fork for the money)
The Rookie wrote:
The Escape is dire value, you would be paying £250 for the name, get a Voodoo Marasa and change the rather heavy tyres to something to better suite your usage.