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“Consistently fabulous food in a quintessential English country setting” is one reader’s glowing verdict on the Olive Branch – a Michelin-starred pub-with-rooms at the heart of a photogenic Rutland
village. The interior is idiosyncratically rustic with lots of agricultural touches, while the kitchen is keen to please – offering everything from toasted sandwiches and pork-pie ploughman’s to
smoked haddock with bubble and squeak, Thai-style cod curry or roast chump of lamb with chorizo hash browns and ratatouille. Blackboards list top-notch wines and regional ales from breweries in
Oakham, Stamford, Grantham and elsewhere, while Sunday lunch is a traditional roast. In summer you can also get plates of tapas and fruits de mer on the pretty terrace. No wonder this place is a
favourite with the smart local set, as well as travellers looking for a posh pit stop off the A1.