The Olive Branch

Oakham, Rutland

A super little inn where fabulous food goes hand in hand with the odd pint of ale and lots of style - rooms across the lane are gorgeous


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


A lovely pub in a sleepy Rutland village, where bridle paths lead out across peaceful fields. It dates to the 17th century and is built of Clipsham stone, as is York Minster. Inside, a warm, informal, rustic chic hits the spot perfectly with open fires, old beams, stone walls and choir stalls in the bar. But there’s more here than cool design. This is a place to come and eat great food, the lovely, local seasonal stuff that’s cooked with passion by Sean and his brigade, perhaps potted pork and stilton with apple jelly, haunch of venison with a juniper fondant, then a boozy rhubarb trifle. Bedrooms in Beech House across the lane are gorgeous. Three have terraces, one has a free-standing bath, all come with crisp linen, pretty beds, Roberts radios and real coffee. Super breakfasts – smoothies, boiled eggs and soldiers, the full cooked works – are served in a stone-walled barn with flames leaping in the wood-burner. The front garden fills in summer, the sloe gin comes from local berries, and Newark is close for the biggest antiques market in Europe. Picnic hampers can be arranged. A total gem.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Advice on walks.

Dogs £10.

Lots of countryside walks nearby.

Lunch from £8.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £28.50-£40.00. Sunday lunch from £24.50.


Nightly price
from £115
Singles from £97.50. Extra beds £30.
1 Family room for 4
From £115
5 Doubles
From £115


The feeling here is of relaxed quiet efficiency and attention to detail from a young and enthusiastic team. The most delicious breakfast I have had anywhere and lovely suppers with enormous attention to well sourced ingredients. Some accomodation is clearly being touched up in advance of the spring season - our room was very pretty and again great attention to detail with lovely linen and bathroom accessories and a bit of extra space in the shape of a little dressing room with a day bed which makes the room charge really good value. Not a whiff of pretentiousness here - gets our vote.

Jayne, Turriff

Great place to stay and eat - very welcoming and attentive staff. The room had all the extra touches necessary as well as a very comfortable bed, good linen and a great bathroom. Dinner was excellent and the bar had a good selection of interesting drinks as well as plenty of seating space.

Michele, Arundel

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ben Jones & Sean Hope

  • Castles and country houses within 30 mins, including Elizabethan Burghley House with acres of beautiful parkland, sculpture gardens and a Garden of Surprises are perfect for a summer’s day picnic with one of our hampers.
  • Walking, cycling, sailing, golf, horse-riding… dozens of chances to get active, at Rutland Water, Belvoir Castle, Deene Park, Rockingham Castle, Twin Lakes adventure park, Sacrewell Farm, Nene Valley Railway and Rutland Owl & Falconry Centre.
  • We’re surrounded by some of England’s prettiest market towns. Nearby Stamford, film location for Pride and Prejudice, is a treasure trove of cobbled streets, churches, real ale pubs and wonderful independent traders.
  • Ask about cookery demos, kitchen masterclasses, wine tasting events & wine dinners!