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The Olive Branch - Pub in Rutland

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Main Street Clipsham, Oakham, LE15 7SH, Rutland
England, United Kingdom

Ben Jones & Sean Hope
+44 (0)1780 410355(landline)

Don’t miss the food: tapas on the terrace, hampers for country picnics, sloe gin from local berries and best eggs for breakfast...

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Start the evening with a local, seasonal, hedgerow cocktail – try a crab-apple bellini. Move onto dinner: the menu changes each day. All the produce is lovingly sourced - eggs from the hens, veg from the garden, local meat and fish - then cooked with passion by Head Chef Luke Holland and his team. Set off for Stamford (ten miles), a town rich in history, notable for its medieval Sheep Market. The town’s prosperity is linked to Burghley House, the finest Elizabethan house in England. Take a pub picnic to its lawns. As for the Olive Branch, it's 400 years old and an absolute gem. It stands at the end of a tree-lined avenue, next to a beautiful stone barn where you can enjoy a fruit de mer platter with lobster thermidor, smoked haddock chowder, chilli prawns, mussels, squid, cockles and wild sea trout. Everyone's welcome, from children to dogs.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Ben Jones & Sean Hope:

Local points of interest from
Ben Jones & Sean Hope:

  • Castles and country houses within 30 mins, including Elizabethan Burghley House with acres of beautiful parkland, sculpture gardens and a Garden of Surprises are perfect for a summer’s day picnic with one of our hampers.
  • Walking, cycling, sailing, golf, horse-riding… dozens of chances to get active, at Rutland Water, Belvoir Castle, Deene Park, Rockingham Castle, Twin Lakes adventure park, Sacrewell Farm, Nene Valley Railway and Rutland Owl & Falconry Centre.
  • We’re surrounded by some of England’s prettiest market towns. Nearby Stamford, film location for Pride and Prejudice, is a treasure trove of cobbled streets, churches, real ale pubs and wonderful independent traders.
  • Ask about cookery demos, kitchen masterclasses, wine tasting events & wine dinners!
  • Take a look at our new paddock with chickens, ducks (goats coming soon!), polytunnel and veg and herb gardens.
  • There are bicycles for our guests to borrow and picnic with, and walking and cycling routes (for off road and on road).
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"The feeling here is of relaxed quiet efficiency and attention to detail from a young and enthusiastic team. The most delicious breakfast I have had anywhere and lovely suppers with enormous attention to well sourced ingredients. Some accomodation is clearly being touched up in advance of the spring season - our room was very pretty and again great attention to detail with lovely linen and bathroom accessories and a bit of extra space in the shape of a little dressing room with a day bed which makes the room charge really good value. Not a whiff of pretentiousness here - gets our vote. "

Jayne - TURRIFF, United Kingdom

March 2017
"Great place to stay and eat - very welcoming and attentive staff. The room had all the extra touches necessary as well as a very comfortable bed, good linen and a great bathroom. Dinner was excellent and the bar had a good selection of interesting drinks as well as plenty of seating space. "

Michele - Arundel, United Kingdom

August 2016

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Bar meals £10.50. Dinner from £14.50. Sunday lunch £24.95.


3pm-6pm. Open all day Sat & Sun.

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Handy to know:

Lots of countryside walks nearby.

Dog treats:

Advice on walks.

Dog fee:

Dogs £10.

Bringing your dog

Main Street Clipsham, Oakham, LE15 7SH, Rutland


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