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|Address:||Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland LE15 7SH|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £18.75||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2pm (Sun -3pm) Mon-Sun 7-9.30pm (Sun -9pm)|
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My trip to the Olive Branch was over the last bank holiday of the year coinciding with a day trip to Rutland Water and as a country pub it lived up to every expectation and more. If you're the type of Londoner to dream of days out of the hustle and bustle and into the open countryside with vists to idyllic country pubs, but still expect the restaurant quality you've become accustomed to in the old smoke – then this is a place to check out. When you first walk in it is hard to understand why this place is Michelin starred with modest bits of odd furniture strategically scattered around the venue, but once the food menu makes itself available along with the complimentary and yummy warm pumpkin bread you soon start to see ithe michelin rays shine through.
Starters such as the twice baked cheese souffle fill the stomach with delight though still leaving more than enough room for mains. My starter of fried fish came on a stone plate with an array of tasty samples. Mains are innovative yet blend age old ingredients together beautifully, such as the lemon sole with chorizo and parmentiere potatoes.
This really is a unique blend of pub grub that comforts the soul and delights the tastebuds. The friendly service from all staff goes on to make the experience all the more delightful. Ben, who I believe is the manager, even helped us find the best route for a much needed after-lunch walk raound Rutland water. If you are visiting the area soon, leave the picnic and the soggy sandwiches behind and head straight to the Olive Branch (don't forget to book) – you won't regret it.