Where to Eat in Oakham: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 16, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Oakham is the county town of Rutland in the East Midlands of England, 25 miles (40.2 km) east of Leicester, 28 miles (45.1 km) south-east of Nottingham and 23 miles (37.0 km) west of Peterborough. Oakham has a population of 10,922, as of the 2011 census.
Things to do in Oakham

1. The Fox and Hounds

6 Somerby Road | Knossington, Oakham LE15 8LY, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$110 - HK$267 +44 1664 452129
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 255 reviews

The Fox and Hounds

Welcome to the Fox and Hounds in Knossington. We aim to provide a fine dining experience within the homely atmosphere of a country pub. All our food is local produce and freshly cooked to order by our wonderfull chef Roy. We welcome Reservations.Opening times :<br> Monday ...closed all day <br>Tuesday... Food served 6pm - 9pm <br>Wednesday.. Food served 6pm -9pm<br>Thursday...food served 6pm - 9pm <br>Friday...Food served 6pm - 9.30pm<br>Saturday...Food served 6.30 9.30.<br>Sunday lunch... 12- 2.30 pm

Reviewed By russtheblade - Doncaster, United Kingdom

Had a lovely Sunday Lunch at the Fox and Hounds. Very warm and friendly reception by the owner Kate. She is an exceptional front of house.
All the staff are professional friendly and attentive
Lovely ambiance, real fire and cosy comfortable room
Food was as always delicious and well presented. Highly recommended to anyone in this area !!

2. The Blue Ball

6 Cedar Street | Braunston, Oakham LE15 8QS, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards British, Pub, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$110 - HK$220 +44 1572 722135
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

The Blue Ball

The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland&apos;s oldest inn. Proper pub food. Varied Menu of steak, fish, meat & vegetarian dishes, starters & desserts. Plenty of Gluten Free options. Child&apos;s portions & prices. All freshly prepared daily, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible. Great ales & wines. Open Tues- Sun + Bank Hol Mons. Superb stone baked baguettes & hand cut chips also available Tues- Sat lunchtimes. Sunday Roasts 12-3pm. Outdoor Seating. Function/Meeting Room. Free Wi Fi in Bar. Cyclists, walkers, dogs welcome in bar.

Reviewed By Cobnapint - Leicester, United Kingdom

We started visiting this pub 5 years ago, and have to admit the food back then was superb. But visits over the last 2-3 years have been a little below par and Sunday Lunch today was no exception.
First the good points: The pub is cosy as you like, rustic and traditional with excellent staff and a small selection of good beers. There was even a small live jazz band on. Perfect, what more could you ask for, well, better food would be the answer to that.
I had tomato soup to start (I know, fine dining at it's best) which tasted rather insipid. But it didn't taste as bad as the small bread roll that came with it. God knows what dough is being used to make these things but it didn't taste like any bread I'd ever tasted before. Needless to say, it wasn't finished.
On to the roast beef main. The beef was leather-like and chewy, the mustard was almost tasteless so didn't help (luckily I had my trusty Coleman's in my coat pocket), and the roast potatoes were overcooked almost to the point of being burnt. Most unpleasant. We obviously weren't alone in recognising this fact as some other people on other tables had actually decided not to eat them. Surely the chef should have clicked by now that something is wrong if so many roast tatties are presumably regularly making their way back into the kitchen.
Sorry but we won't be returning - which is a shame for us because we love the actual pub itself.

3. Horse and Jockey

2 St. Marys Road | Manton, Manton, Oakham LE15 8SU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1572 737335
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 469 reviews

Horse and Jockey

The Horse and Jockey is an award winning privately owned freehouse located in the idyllic village of Manton on the south shore of Rutland Water.The recently refurbished Horse and Jockey offers all the charm and character of a traditional country inn.The open fires, stone floors and low beams along with good wholesome locally sourced home cooked food and a wide choice of fine wines and real ales will ensure that your visit will be a memorable occasion just waiting to be recaptured.

Reviewed By Lilicles1 - Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Visited this lovely friendly pub whilst staying in the area, wonderful Sunday roast and great Monday night Curry, food good & plentiful, reasonably priced and staff very friendly and attentive.Thank you for the lovely 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that you loved our Sunday Lunch and our homemade curry on Monday evening. We hope we get to welcome you back in the very near future.

4. The Kings Arms

13 Top Street, Wing, Oakham LE15 8SE, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$63 - HK$275 +44 1572 737634
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

The Kings Arms

The Culinary Heartbeat of Rural Rutland.The Kings Arms is a 17th Century Inn situated in the peaceful & secluded conservation village of Wing. Surrounded by beautiful buildings of local stone and Colly Weston slate this quintessential English Inn nestles amidst rolling green hills and picture postcard villages. Within easy reach of Peterborough, Stamford, Melton Mowbray, Uppingham and Oakham and only 2 miles from Rutland Water.A laid back, relaxed ambiance is complemented by award winning cuisine created by our team of chefs dedicated to providing the finest food in the area. Villagers and visitors will be found side by side at the Kings Arms creating that wonderful British country pub ambience. Our friendly and motivated staff serves traditional, artisanal and innovative pub fare on rustic wooden kitchen tables, surrounded by beamed ceilings, flagstone floors & open fires. All this alongside a large selection of fine wines, local ales, ciders and traditional soft drinks and you have an experience worth coming out for.The Kings Arms Wing also offers a total of 8 Bedrooms and Suites rated 4 Star by the AA since 2004. 4 rooms in the adjacent ‘ Old Village Bakehouse’ and 4 more in ‘Orchard House’ further up the long private drive. All of our spacious bedrooms are ensuite, with large flatscreen televisions and wi’fi is available throughout.At the top of the long private drive surrounded by a small young Orchard, fruit cages and our laying hens, we have a large off-road car park which can also accommodate small boat trailers, horseboxes and even motorhomes.

Reviewed By jujohn - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We stayed in this pretty village overnight at the King's Arms and ate a splendid meal in the warm welcoming pub.
The food was outstanding in every respect. Tasty, well cooked, good combination of flavours, beautifully presented and very reasonably priced. We were highly impressed and will return.

5. The Lord Nelson

11 Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT, England Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Bar, Pizza, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks HK$78 - HK$173 +44 1572 868340
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 395 reviews

The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson is a beautiful pub tucked away in the heart of Oakham. As just one of two towns in Rutland, Oakham itself is packed with character. The Lord Nelson fits in perfectly – dating back to the 1500’s the building has been lovingly restored the KNEAD Pubs way. With charming dining areas throughout the building, you’ll be able to find a cosy spot next to the Aga or enjoy a breath of fresh air in the secluded pub garden. The Lord Nelson is bursting with character, but its relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for a bite to eat and a chilled out pint. A centrepiece of the Lord Nelson is the delicious food, fantastic selection of ales and range of wines and other beverages. Here at the Lord Nelson we’re passionate about serving up the perfect pint, along with a mouthwatering meal that combines traditional pub grub with a modern twist. Our well-known, stonebaked (and scrumptious) KNEAD pizzas are always on the menu, plus a great range of lunch or dinnertime dishes. That’s what makes this pub in Oakham the ideal spot for dinner with family, a bit to eat over a meeting or simply a quick drink with friends.

Reviewed By Andy_and_Daniel2010 - Guernsey, United Kingdom

Ok, so I chose to sit downstairs, perhaps going upstairs would have been a wiser idea. A busy Friday evening so lots of tables occupied, all a bit cramped. The menu is fair, not a huge variety and specialising in Pizza, fair enough. You have to order from the bar, not ideal with it being as busy as it is. The groups of people nearby were enjoying a loud pub night out so a bit overbearing, they were pleasant enough but not compatible for a meal out.
I like dogs, I have a dog, but in the dining area I was surprised that there was a Labrador cross eyeing up my dough balls, nice dog, nice people but is this appropriate ?
Had some "nibbles" to start with, huge portions, really almost big enough by themselves, yes, you don't have to eat it all but I don't like wasting things. We didn't get through our mains as a result, nice enough but wouldn't rush back. The staff were all very friendly and attentive.

6. Hambleton Bakery

2 Cottesmore Road | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AN, England Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible British Breakfast +44 1572 812995
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Hambleton Bakery

Hambleton Bakery produces handmade artisan bread and cakes free of additives and preservatives for families, restaurants and hotels.

Reviewed By Pete R - Oakham, United Kingdom

Fabulous bakers that produces the highest quality breads, cakes and innovative treats! Based just outside Oakham and using traditional ovens, the bakery has won national accolades and supplies every major restaurant for miles. Well worth a visit! Get in early if you want an eccles cake!

7. The Wheatsheaf

2-4 Northgate, Oakham LE15 6QS, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$110 +44 1572 756124
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

The Wheatsheaf

Reviewed By Scotty975 - Derby, United Kingdom

Really liked the cosy atmosphere of the bar/lounge areas in this pub and the good range of beers served by pleasant staff. We had booked a table for dinner and the one we had was in the small conservatory - which was quite comfortable but a bit chilly and was used as a corridor for people going to/from the toilet which was a bit off putting. The food was fine but I thought a little over priced for the pretty standard pub food that it turned out to be. Service wasn't too bad but it seemed like the staff were struggling a little and I had to go to the bar a few times to ask for things. Overall we did have a great evening - helped along by the excellent beer! Would certainly call again if in the area.

8. Castle Cottage Cafe

Church Passage | Off Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1572 757952
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Castle Cottage Cafe

Reviewed By Deriel - Fleet, United Kingdom

We visited once before and remembered it on a freezing cold day in January. We enjoyed piping hot soup and generously filled sandwiches with delicious Hambleton Bakery bread and one of us (piggy me!) also had a lovely scone with cream and jam. The owner was very friendly and helpful and the restaurant itself is full of charm and character.

9. Otters Smokehouse and Deli

19 Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1572 756481
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Otters Smokehouse and Deli

Reviewed By Ken O - Nottingham, United Kingdom

I had lunch: Bavarian wild boar garnished with greenery, Italian bread and fries. It was perfect: clear flavours, good portions but not 'quantity rather quality' and brisk, friendly service. The man next to me had a loud, droning voice. Even that serious distraction did not affect my enjoyment.
It was full (a wet, mid-week December) of locals. I was a visitor, so I took it that their presence confirmed my choice.

10. The Barn

12 Burley Road | Oakham, Oakham LE15 6DH, England Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$110 - HK$330 +44 1572 722255
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 264 reviews

The Barn

Delicious and creative cuisine with friendly service in a unique character building

Reviewed By Indomitable27 - Oakham, United Kingdom

The Barn is different, in a good way. As soon as you walk in through the door it is more akin to entering a friends house than a modern restaurant. The Barn hasn't followed the cliches so it doesn't look or feel like one of the many chains. Service is personal, food is excellent. I recommend wholeheartedly.

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