This traditional village inn, with its open fires, flagstone floors and low beams, dates from…
King's Arms Inn
“A traditional village inn with its own smokery”
Lovers of smoked and cured fish and meats will want to visit Jimmy's Rutland Smokehouse at David and James Goss's 17th-century village inn, all stone walls, beams and flagstones. However, there's lots more than smoked produce to tempt the taste buds; like starters of butternut squash and woodland mushroom risotto or signature steamed mussels; then suet and puff pastry Big Pie; or 28-day-aged rump steak. The 'lunch for less' menu might offer potato rösti, fried egg and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese. The bar brims with home-made snacks, such as biltong and home-smoked cashew nuts, plus its own sloe gin, elderflower vodka and mulled wine – and don’t overlook the local real ales and ciders. Smart en suite guest rooms have been created in the Old Bake House and in Orchard House.
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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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