The Olive Branch
“Homely village pub devoted to first-class food” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Home-grown and foraged herbs and berries play a big part here, alongside local farm meats, English Channel fish and Norfolk shellfish. Daily-changing menus offer pan-fried pigeon breast with braised lentils; hake with mussels and curry sauce; rump of lamb with sweetbreads; and orzo pasta with chargrilled shallots. Forced Yorkshire rhubarb is a popular tailpiece.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 45
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 31
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 27
- Cuisine style: British, European
- Vegetarian menu
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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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