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Hambleton Hall

Hambleton, OAKHAM, LE15 8TH

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Back in the 1880s, fox hunting was an aspirational pursuit, and one wealthy Victorian brewer built Hambleton as his hunting season holiday home, as any chap of substance would. A water feature, otherwise known as Rutland Water reservoir (now a nature reserve) arrived on the hall's doorstep in 1970 to enhance the splendour of the setting, and Tim and Stefa Hart added the icing on the cake when they bought the place in 1979 and created a country-house hotel of distinction. It is a handsome place that delivers grandeur on a human scale and was always meant for entertainment and pleasurable pursuits, a laudable aim which continues today with elegant bedrooms, chic public rooms and a fabulous restaurant to complete the sybaritic picture. Chandeliers, oil paintings and linen-swathed tables provide reassuring formality, and the service throughout is charming, professional and engaging. Aaron Patterson has headed the kitchen team since 1992, and his food is refined, creative, and firmly rooted in sound culinary thinking. They have their own bakery, so the bread is a cut above, and everything from the canapés to the petits fours is beautifully made and delivered via tasting and à la carte menus. Among starters, champagne foam and shellfish cappuccino might add suitably luxurious notes to a lasagne of Dorset crab, while main course could see roast fillet of brill in a full-throttle partnership with braised pig's trotter, smoked ham hock, Colfiorito lentils and parsley, or go for glazed and smoked venison faggot with slow-roasted loin, parsley root purée, pickled walnuts and king cabbage. Everything looks picture-perfect on the plate and the balance of flavours and technically spot-on cooking continues through to dessert: a light-as-air almond and Amaretto soufflé with quince and honey ice cream, perhaps, or pear and blackberry terrine with caramel ice cream. The wine list brims with interesting things from producers large and small.

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Tel: 01572 756991
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British
Chef: Aaron Patterson
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 5 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £26.50
3 Course lunch from: £33.00
3 Course dinner from: £68.00
Sunday lunch: £55.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Hambleton Hall, Oakham
  • Hambleton Hall, Oakham
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8m W of A1 Stamford junct (A606), 3m E of Oakham
Nearest station: Oakham

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