24 restaurants in Oakham
Restaurants in Oakham:
Hambleton Rutland, Oakham, LE15 8TH [Map]
There are very few superlatives that cannot be justifiably applied to this highly successful operation, on Rutland Water near to Oakham, presided over by owners Tim and Stefa Hart. The hotel itself has won a whole fistful of accolades. The restaurant, for which the Michelin starred chef, Aaron Patterson, has been cooking since 1991, draws upon materials as local as his own kitchen garden and as wide as the rest of the country and offers exemplary modern British cusine.
While the service, presided over by restaurant director Graeme Matheson for over 26 years, is exemplary and delivered in a friendly, unintimidating fashion.
The constantly changing menu demonstrates an ongoing vigilance, which might be the envy of many a national surveillance team, with results that are unfailingly good. Like most excellence all of this comes at a price but it would be a churlish lover of fine food indeed who begrudged one penny.
This is fine dining at its best, where first courses are resplendent with superb dishes such as Hambleton's mixed salad featuring garden vegetables and a truffle oil vinaigrette, or ignite the taste buds with pan-fried foie gras with rhubarb and lime.
Main courses beckon enticingly with tastes of lamb with aubergine puree and mint jelly, and fillet of line caught sea bass with fennel and oranges. Vegetarians are a happy lot indeed with some delicious choices such as risotto of tomato and artichoke, and tagliatelle of wild mushrooms with Parmesan.
If you've got a sweet tooth, then this is the place where you can pamper it with no regard whatsoever for calories - a chocolate and olive oil truffle, served with salted caramel, pistachios and baked banana is perfectly executed and decadently delicious.
Set menus for lunch and dinner provide exceptional value and you might be tempted to try out the lunch for less option with chicken liver parfait and cherries flavoured with elderflower, followed by pan-fried fillet of salmon with escabeche of vegetables and ending with caramelised lemon tart with raspberries.
Dinner menus change daily, taking into account seasonal availability of the ingredients, but some of the dishes you could come to expect there are ballotine of rabbit with pickled vegetables and grape chutney, followed by roast breast of corn-fed chicken with tomato and artichoke risotto and onion purée, and garden currant cocktail with white currant sorbet.
The wine list, expertly compiled by sommelier Dominique Baduel, is extensive and French inclined, but not to the exclusion of other listings from Spain, California or Italy. Truly this lovely house, sumptuously furnished and looking out over the steadily maturing lakescape of Rutland Water, is a temple dedicated to eating and living par excellence.
More information on Hambleton, its food and its wonderful, highly individual bedrooms, can be obtained from their Website.
Oakham Road, Hambleton, nr Oakham, LE15 8TL [Map]
British it says and you almost expect to see "and proud of it" to follow, so much is this the quintessential English pub. There's an incredible bustle on at any time but Sunday lunch is the time for connoisseurs of that sort of thing. The last time we were there a helicopter stopped by in the field behind the pub and the occupants tumbled out to join in the fun. The whole place just exudes 'country pub' and its location overlooking Rutland Water lends to the magic.
A busy kitchen serves meals that are in a different class from many pubs, full of interest, ably prepared and with an élan that distinguishes them from the norm. Start with mussel and bacon ragout in a filo basket topped with brie and served on a herb salad, or a tagliatelle of artichokes, wild mushrooms and flagoulet beans in a pesto cream. For mains a venison loin in a pepper and blackcurrant sauce comes sat within a beetroot and potato nest, and the seared smoked salmon, served on a white wine and chive risotto and topped off with a poached egg was a dish to be cherished. Their Cajun spiced fries are pretty tempting too.
An extensively travelled wine list covers most of the recognised wine producing countries and house wine at £10.95 is eminently drinkable. The staff, as you might by this time expect, are a jolly crew who combine humour with courtesy and razor sharp efficiency.
Reviewed by Michael Tebbutt
Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW [Map]
25 Main Street, Cottesmore, nr Oakham, LE15 7DH [Map]
Dating back to at least 1643, the Sun Inn summons up what so many of us expect from a typical English pub, both inside and out, standing back from the road in this Rutland village that has miraculously avoided the rawness of the nearby Airbase. The cuisine is traditional English with a Mediterranean influence and does not set out to be anything other than well-prepared, money for value tasty food, served in a friendly and efficient fashion. The wine list is sufficiently comprehensive to cover most tastes and certainly compliments the food. For connoisseurs of fine ales there is a genuinely interesting choice of guest ale always available.
4 Catmose Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW [Map]
Set in a traditional country house smart but informal, serving a high quality choice of modern European dishes. Everything is prepared freshly using only the best ingredients all our sweets and bread are home made. Our extensive wine list and quality food would tempt any food lover.
13 Top Street, Wing, nr Oakham, LE15 8SE [Map]
With an AA Rosette and Michelin and Good Pub Guide listings, diners are sure to be drawn to this traditional country inn oozing with charm and character. The Kings Arms' location in the peaceful village of Wing makes it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding market towns and for lovers of outdoor pursuits it could be walking, fishing, bird-watching, sailing or golf.
Sourcing is taken seriously here and to catch a glimpse of this reverse the menu and you'll notice their suppliers featured prominently. Starters, that are also available as mains, open with a salad of Parma ham, mild Cropwell Bishop goats' cheese, peaches and mint. Main courses bring in some of Scotland's finest beef, so the delightful 12-14 oz Aberdeen Angus is the main attraction but pan-fried fillets of sea bass and rack of Norfolk lamb are not too far behind. A boozy dessert of champagne, elderflower and Manton berries terrine should help you bid adieu in some style.
The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH [Map]
A former farmhouse built of the local stone and looking out over the rapidly maturing landscape of Rutland Water, Western Europe's largest man-made lake. Of the three dining spaces we look at the Edwardian Dining Room where traditional English cuisine prevails. A homemade haddock and saffron bisque with Foccacia bread produced on the premises makes an excellent starter with a very English follow-up of char-grilled fillet of beef. The chocolate fondant with a white chocolate sorbet reads well and lives up to its billing. There is a good wine list and house wine is at £11.95.
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There are very few superlatives that cannot be justifiably applied to this highly successful operation, on Rutland Water near to Oakham, presided over by owners Tim and Stefa Hart. The hotel itself ...
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