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A warm welcome at a pretty thatched inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Garden
Dog friendly

The 17th-century thatched Blue Ball, a few miles from Rutland Water, is an excellent stopping-off point for cyclists and walkers, as well as diners and drinkers looking for a real country pub. Landlord Dominic Way looks after his ales, as locals in the beamed and cosy bar will testify. Seasonal and local ingredients go into classic pub fare and modern dishes such as pan-roasted duck breast, with sautéed potatoes and braised red cabbage; wild mushroom and truffle risotto; or braised lamb shank with mashed potato. There’s a Sunday roast menu and kids can order small portions of most dishes, confirming the pub’s family-friendly credentials.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Days closed: Monday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Opening times: 12-2.30 6-11 (Friday 12-2.30-5-11 Saturday 12-11 Sunday 12-8)
  • Lunch opening: Tuesday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Tuesday to Thursday 6-9, Friday to Saturday 5.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: EPA and Burton Bitter, Jennings Cumberland Ale, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Oakham north on B640. Left into Cold Overton Road, 2nd left into West Road, into Braunston Road (becomes Oakham Road). In village 2nd left into Cedar Street. Pub on left opposite church

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