The Olive Branch
“Village gastro pub with luxurious bedrooms and its own shop”
Never nurdled? Remedy the omission in this pretty, pantiled pub, while engaged with a pint of Grainstore from nearby Oakham, a sloe gin or a fruity cocktail flavoured with foraged berries. Worth highlighting are the superb Norfolk and Yorkshire coast shellfish, the sea bream, monkfish and turbot from Devon and Cornwall, and the deep-water white fish from Newhaven, all delivered daily. Ever-changing menus and blackboards offer a generous choice, ranging from ham hock terrine with duck egg mayo and roast pineapple, by way of beef bourguignon, roasted onions, mushroom purée, pancetta and bone-marrow mash, to hake with curried cauliflower fritter, coriander and wild rice.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £16.50
- Closed: false
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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