The Blue Ball at Braunston
“A warm welcome at a pretty, thatched inn” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Socially distanced and private dining tables. Free hand sanitiser at all key points. Limited venue capacity. Outdoor tables. Table service - no standing at bar or indoors. Full deep clean. Ongoing enhanced cleaning and disinfection of all public and back of house areas and equipment. Enhanced food safety working practices. Social distancing measures and signage. Limited venue capacity. Contactless payment. Disposable Menus. Individual condiments. Temperature checks for staff & customers. Awareness training, 'Coronavirus Taking Positive Action' & practical training for all staff.
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.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Closed: 2
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About the area
Measuring less than 20 miles (32.4 km) across, Rutland has a resident population of around 37,000, and apart from Oakham and Uppingham most of its inhabitants live in tiny villages and hamlets like Exton.
The county’s name possibly derives from the 11th-century word ‘Roteland’, denoting the red colour of the soil in the east of the region; or it could have been part of the estate belonging to an early landowner called Rota. Whatever the origin of the name, one thing is certain, and that is that this tiny county has had a complicated history. The modern bit starts in 1974 when it was dissolved into Leicestershire. After more than 20 years of protest by unrepentant Rutlanders the county was happily reinstated in 1997.
The major tourist draw of Rutland was created in 1975, and is Rutland Water, a body of water which, at 5,000 acres, is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe. As well as a mass of wildlife and water pursuits such as windsurfing and sailing, Rutland Water also has its own church, which is now a museum, sitting on an outcrop that juts out into reservoir.
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