Hambleton Hall

“Relaxed formality and refined dishes of deceptive simplicity” - AA Inspector

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OAKHAM, RUTLAND

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Owned by Tim and Stefa Hart since 1979, Hambleton Hall was built as a hunting lodge by a successful Victorian brewer, and enjoys an enviable lakeside setting, with gardens and grounds covering 17 acres and surrounded by Rutland Water. It’s a grand and handsome country-house hotel, perfectly designed for pleasure and enjoyment, the stylish public rooms filled with paintings, chandeliers, intricate plaster ceilings and elegant soft furnishings. Staff are engaging and professional and the dining room is reassuringly formal, with linen-clad tables and comfortable seating. Aaron Patterson began his career here nearly 40 years ago, leaving to work with Raymond Blanc and Anton Mosimann before returning to take over as head chef in 1992, and his experience and confidence is apparent in every element of the refined and creative menus. These change to reflect the seasons, with daily tweaks to reflect the kitchen’s focus on the very best local produce, including plenty from the hotel’s beautiful kitchen garden. The wine list is extensive and offers a very good choice by the glass. Patterson’s cooking is often understated and deceptively simple, with flavours allowed to speak for themselves and the a la carte (there’s a vegetarian selection as well) might offer starters like terrine of heritage carrot, spiced carrot ice cream, or lasagne of girolle mushrooms with Iberico ham and grappa sauce, followed by pan fried fillet of John Dory with English asparagus, sauteed prawns, mousseron mushrooms and vermouth sauce, perhaps, or roast guinea fowl, pea and mint risotto, morels and Madeira sauce. Apricot souffle with caramelised almond ice cream is a fine way to end the meal, or perhaps Hambleton’s tiramisu will appeal. The great value ‘lunch for less’ might offer ham hock ravioli with lovage sauce followed by pan fried fillet of sea bass Niçoise and bouillabaisse sauce.

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
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AA Notable Wine List
Hambleton Hall
Hambleton, OAKHAM, LE15 8TH
Phone : 01572 756991

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 19
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Rutland

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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