The Olive Branch

Oakham, Rutland

Immaculate bedrooms, a rustic bar... but there’s more to this place than cool design. The service is superb and the food is lovely


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Start the evening with a local, seasonal, hedgerow cocktail – try crab-apple bellini. Move onto dinner: the menu changes each day. All the produce is lovingly sourced – eggs from the hens, veg from the garden, local meat and fish – then cooked with passion by Sean and his team.

Set off for Stamford (ten miles), a town rich in history, notable for its medieval Sheep Market, All Saints Church (climb the bell-tower), and numerous side streets to get lost down. The town’s prosperity is linked still to Burghley House, the finest Elizabethan house in England. Take a pub picnic to its lawns.

As for the pub, it’s 400 years old and an absolute gem. It stands at the end of a tree-lined avenue, next to a beautiful stone barn (the pub’s dining room). Bedrooms lie in Beech House across the lane, three with private terraces. Everyone’s welcome, from children to dogs.

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We think you'll love

  • Relaxing in a big luxurious bedroom with freshly baked treats
  • The food is memorable - even breakfast
  • The attention to detail is second to none
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Home truths

  • The restaurant is very popular so busy every night
  • The bedrooms are across the lane – not in the pub


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 £120
Singles from £97.50. Extra beds £30.
1 Family room for 4
From £250
5 Doubles
From £120


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

This inn sits in a sleepy Rutland village surrounded by unspoiled countryside. You’re 20 minutes from the market town of Stamford, and the glorious history and gardens of Burghley House; events include the horse trials in September. At Tolethorpe (9 miles) there’s a Shakespeare Season every summer. Rutland Water (8 miles) has walks, boats, birds and absolutely everything for families.

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!


Ben Jones & Sean Hope

Ben Jones, Sean Hope (chef) and Marcus Welford bought The Olive Branch and Beech House in 1999 and turned a bunch of ruined cottages into an award-winning inn. Ben's father is an antiques dealer who supplied the furniture for the bedrooms in Beech House, while Louise, the manager, runs a happy ship: the staff are attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and keen.