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“Homely refuge with an emphasis on locally sourced food”
Set sideways to the road, this 18th-century, stone-built village pub is lovingly run by Carol and Scott Craddock. Carol notched up more than 20 years working in several renowned kitchens before coming here to put her wide experience to excellent use. She changes her modern British menu weekly, and cooks using locally sourced meats and high quality sustainable fresh fish; she makes bread daily, too. A typical dinner might feature pear, goats' cheese and spiced pecan salad, or five bird terrine with onion confit and toast for starters, then fillet of smoked haddock, spring onion and herb potato cake, poached egg, curry cream sauce; or crisp pork belly with mash, greens and mustard sauce for the main course. Pavlova or sticky ginger pudding with ice cream and toffee sauce for afters. Rutland-brewed real ales are served in the bar.
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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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