Two minutes’ walk from the city centre, this former coaching house is popular with post-grads, locals and dog lovers alike who create a happy mood with their chatter and laughter. The interior is an eclectic mix of previously loved hand-me-downs, comfy sofas, sturdy school chairs, and an assortment of pictures and paintings jostling for space on the walls. Drinkers can enjoy local ales but it seems it’s the food that draws people in. The modern menu might offer confit duck cassoulet with herb butter; and baked haloumi falafel with winter tabouleh.
Closed: 25-27 December
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch opening: Monday to Friday 12-3, Saturday 12-10, Sunday 12-9
Dinner opening: Monday to Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-10, Sunday 12-9
Food and drink
Real ales: Punter (brewed for the pub), Oakham Ales Punter Blonde, guest ales